Our services range from traditional to creative and interactive. Once a month we hold a Havurah Shabbat that includes more reflection, participation and mindfulness. We also offer Tot Shabbat and holiday celebrations for families. In the summer you can find us every Friday night praying and welcoming Shabbat by the ocean at Lynch Park. Kids are welcome at all services.
Regular Service Times:
Fridays: 7:00 PM
Saturdays: 9:00 AM
Monday and Thursday mornings: 6:55 AM (including on secular holidays)
Sundays: 9:00 AM when Religious School is in session
We follow the Jewish calendar cycle with traditional ritual and services as well as creative celebrations. On Sukkot we connect to the gift of the earth’s bounties and enjoy our beautiful Sukkah; on Simchat Torah we dance, unroll a Torah scroll fully around the room and reflect on the journey through its stories and teachings; on Hanukkah we light lights – including metaphorically and spiritually; on Tu B’Shevat all generations celebrate trees, honor our responsibility to care for the earth and plant seedlings for our Pe’ah Garden; on Purim all ages come together to be silly, perform a shpiel, and tell the story of Esther; on Passover we hold a community Seder and all are welcome; on Shavuot we honor the gift of Torah through ritual and blintzes (food is part of most celebration!). We also mark Israel Independence Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day and Tisha B’Av.
You are invited to join us in experiencing Being Jewish in your hearts & souls! All of our activities and practices as a contemporary progressive synagogue are infused by the inspiring spiritual leadership of our Rabbi and the creativity of the Spirituality Committee. Shabbat Services, Sunday Morning Meditation, Healing Services, Tu B’Shevat Sedar, Friday Night Services by the Sea (during the summer), Yom Kippur Study & Meditation are examples of where the mindful inclusion of Jewish Spiritual Awareness is interwoven with both traditional and progressive practices and activities. We invite your ideas & participation!
To read some of Rabbi Alison Adler’s writings and sermons, please check out her blog. Most of her teachings on the Shabbat morning Torah portion are in study and discussion format (we have vibrant discussions!), so those are not posted.
Please join us for Shabbat Torah study and other chances to learn together.
A yahrzeit is the anniversary of the death of a loved one, and is observed according to the Jewish calendar. If you would like to receive notification of the yahrzeit of a loved one, please contact the office. Names of people being remembered are read on the Shabbat prior to their yahrzeit dates, before the Mourner’s Kaddish. If you would like to receive a special Aliyah to the Torah and recite El Malei Rachamim, another memorial prayer, please join us at one of our morning services.
Temple B’nai Abraham honors the memory of your loved one. Below are those we are honoring this week:
In August of 2015, we adopted on permanent loan a Czech Torah that survived the Holocaust. These scrolls are overseen by the Memorial Scrolls Trust in Westminster, England.
This precious scroll survived a long and harrowing road to reach its home at TBA. Starting in 1942, members of Prague’s Jewish community gathered more than 100,000 artifacts, including some 1,800 scrolls, from devastated communities and synagogues. Among them was our Torah from Brno, Czech Republic.
A sofer (scribe) led the TBA community in its repair and dedication. It resides in our ark and is taken out on the occasion of our young men and women celebrating becoming bar or bat mitzvah. They lovingly embrace it in their arms, and chant from its holy 200-year-old hand-crafted words. The Rabbi tells its story and all who are present are invited to see it up close and learn more. In this way we honor the lost Jews of Brno and plant seeds of hope in our children and for our future.