Celebrating Shabbat

Friday Evening, Erev Shabbat

Every Friday evening minyan is held at sunset, participation is open to members and guests via Zoom.

Shabbat Babayit: A Shabbat Family Experience in your home is held every Friday at 5:30 pm. Join Rabbic Intern Jessica Dell’Era, Rabbi Small and Barbara Fink for songs, stories and blessings before Kabbalat Shabbat!

Hebrew Health Care: The third Friday of each month, Emanuel members conduct an Evening Service for residents of Hebrew Health Care. Information: Pamela Garry.

Additionally at various times throughout the year, we hold Shabbat Under the Stars which incorporates an in person outdoor musical service in keeping with current social distance guidelines. For a schedule of Shabbat Service times, visit the website front page.

Shabbat Morning

*During Covid-19 restrictions, Shabbat Services will be livestreamed via Vimeo and Zoom. Limited in-person attendance is permitted with pre-registration. Click for details.

Saturday morning service anchors our prayer week. We are currently offering two virtual options via Livestream and Zoom on Saturday morning. Limited in -person attendance is permitted on a preregistration basis (visit our website front page for details) Children, including those with special needs, are welcome to attend the main service, and are offered opportunities to participate:

9:00 am Main Sanctuary: Shacharit, “Torah at 10”, Sermon & Musaf.

11:50 am (approx) Service conclusion: Children (below B’nai Mitzvah age) are invited to the bimah* for Adon OlamKiddush (wine blessing), Netilat Yadayim (hand wash blessing), and Motzi (bread blessing).

12 Noon (approx) Kiddush: We gather weekly for Kiddush as a congregation*, and EVERYONE is invited! Open seating includes a buffet lunch. To sponsor a Kiddush, contact Kiddish Coordinator: Regina Miller.

Shabbat Afternoon/Evening

MinchaHeld in the late afternoon via Zoom, just prior to Maariv. Specialty classes beforehand are scheduled throughout the year.

Maariv & HavdalahEvery Saturday evening via Zoom Maariv Service is recited followed by Havdalah, and the congregation is encouraged to stand to usher out Shabbat.

We are happy to celebrate special occasions  birthdays, anniversaries, trips to Israel, etc. with an aliya to the Torah! If you would like to chant Torah, Haftarah or have an Aliya, contact Hazzan Moshe Pinchover (860) 236-1275, ext. #117 .

*During Covid-19 restrictions, no large in person gatherings are permitted, and our weekly Kiddush luncheon is suspended. Please consult our Operations Procedures during Covid 19 for more details.

Kids & Families on Shabbat

Shabbat is an important component to a child’s Jewish education! Community building happens both in and outside of the classroom, and Shabbat is a wonderful opportunity to experience socializing together as a community. A bonus is that those who regularly attend Shabbat services are most prepared for their B’nai Mitzvah. Children of all ages are always welcome in our Main Sanctuary. There is a bookshelf* with quiet toys, games and books for children to play and read at their seats!

*not available during Covid-19 restrictions

Tot Shabbat  (ages 5 and below, with their families): an interactive Shabbat service for preschoolers and a caregiver with songs, stories & games.

B’Yachad (grades K -6 and their families): A fun interactive activities for families with grade school children. Our 5th and 6th graders read Torah for us.

Jr. USY (grades 6-8) For middle school students. An age appropriate service includes fun activities to support learning and engagement.