Shabbat Services

Please join us for our Shabbat services every Friday evening.

These are always followed by an Oneg Shabbat where you can enjoy conversation with our members along with the tasty sweetness of the Sabbath.

We’d love to have you join us at any of our services – just check the listing below for times. Or, if you’d like more information ahead of a visit, please contact Rabbi Setel (rabbisetel@gmail.com) or our Temple Emanu-El Membership Chair, Marty Nemeroff (mnemerof@rochester.rr.com).

We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming Shabbat Services

Friday, Jan 24, 6pm – Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

Short Musical Shabbat Service followed by Community Potluck Shabbat Dinner. Free, family-friendly, and open to the community. RSVP with your dish-to-pass by Wednesday, Jan 22, to our Temple Office (585-266-1978‬, emanuel@rochester.twcbc.com) or click RSVP-online.

Friday, Jan 31, 7:30pm

Shabbat Service followed by Oneg

Friday, Feb 7, 6pm

Our first Shabbat Service of the month now begins at 6pm and closes with our ritual kiddush and challah blessing in the library.

Friday, Jan 14, 7:30pm – Tu B’Shevat Celebration

Shabbat Service followed by Tu B’Shevat Seder

Friday, Feb 21, 7:30pm – Discussion Oneg

Our discussion oneg begins after the conclusion of our 7:30pm Shabbat service. The topic will be the work of the Reform Action Center (RAC), both at the national and New York State (RAC-NY) levels.

Friday, Feb 28, 6pm – Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

Short Musical Shabbat Service followed by Community Potluck Shabbat Dinner. Free, family-friendly, and open to the community. RSVP with your dish-to-pass by Wednesday, Feb 26, to our Temple Office (585-266-1978‬, emanuel@rochester.twcbc.com) or click RSVP-online.

Our Shabbat services are led by Rabbi Drorah Setel and our cantorial soloist, Charlene Sommers. The services are relaxed and informal. Some folks like to dress up; others come in jeans. Along with the familiar prayers and songs, we share upcoming travel plans, followed by the traveler’s blessing; names of family and friends needing healing of the body or spirit, followed by the Misheberach; moments of happiness from the previous week, followed by a blessing for those with simchas; and names and memories of those who died in previous years, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish. It’s not unusual during a service for attendees to raise their hands to ask a question, or for Rabbi Setel to ask questions of the attendees.

On the first Shabbat of the month, we generally include birthday blessings – inviting people with birthdays that month up to the bimah to receive a personal blessing (and a honey stick for sweetness). Once a month, Rabbi Setel or an invited speaker leads a discussion during the oneg on any of a variety of topics. We also generally have an early, short musical Shabbat service once a month, followed by a pot luck Shabbat supper – a very relaxed way to welcome Shabbat and meet our members and friends.

Click here for our full calendar of services and events.

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