RITUAL COMMITTEE SETS NEW STANDARD TIME FOR EVENING SERVICES and DEBUTS “Early Pre-Oneg Shabbat.” Over the past year, the Ritual Committee has been listening to suggestions to improve attendance at Shabbat services. Some have found the changing service times confusing. Others have asked for earlier services on Friday night. Still others found the 5:45 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat time a challenge to get to, especially for those who live and work far away. Finally, since the Education Committee and the Beth Shalom Beth Hillel (BSBH) faculty has determined to move the Hebrew program from Wednesday to Sunday, Hebrew Students will be attending one less service per week in which to learn prayer skills. Therefore, a BSBH monthly Shabbat service is desired. In addition, the Ritual Committee has noted that many congregations have ended the “late” Friday night services and have begun to offer an Oneg Shabbat BEFORE services, and this has been highly successful. Therefore, as of September 7, on an experimental basis, the following changes and additions to our services schedule are now place. After trying it out a few times, please let us know what you think of this new approach!
ALL FRIDAY NIGHT OR OTHER EVENING SERVICES ARE AT 6:30 p.m. There are Shabbat morning services twice a month on the first and third Saturdays, after Torah study at 9:15 a.m. A catered Kiddush bagel brunch follows services. The first Friday night of each month is a Family Kabbalat Shabbat, geared toward young children. There is no Torah service. The third Friday night of each month is a BSBH Family Kabbalat Shabbat, when the school age families are encouraged to attend and students co-lead the services with Rabbi Feingold with lots of camp-style songs. There is no Torah service. The second and fourth Fridays are full services, including a Torah service and sermon, or, alternatively, a guest speaker. There is a traditional Oneg Shabbat following, hosted by BHT volunteers, as in the past. Fifth Fridays are HOME Shabbatot at the outer reaches of our geographic membership spread, in Racine, Western Kenosha or Lake County, IL. On the first and third Fridays, the catered pre-service Oneg Shabbat, beginning at 5:45 p.m. offers healthy appetizers for kids and adults, plus wine and juice, as Kiddush will be recited. On the second and fourth Fridays there is an Oneg Shabbat AFTER services, provided by congregants, as in the past.