It is our minhag (custom) to offer a variety of religious services and observances that will appeal to a broad range of congregants and guests. Listed below are short descriptions of each of our regular (or semi-regular!) worship services offered at Temple Emek Shalom. They are, of course, all subject to change. (Please see the Meditation section for more specific information on our meditative offerings and retreats).
Shabbat Shirah (Sabbath of Song) is our all-music Friday evening Sabbath service that Rabbi Marc Sirinsky brought to TES more than 10 years ago. We are led in prayer by Rabbi Boettiger, plus five of the finest instrumentalists and vocalists in the Valley: Bari Frimkiss, Pat O’Scannell, Jordan Saturen, Asha Slater, and Dave Young. The Jewish music from around the world regularly includes Israeli, Sepharadi (Spanish), Ashkenazi (Eastern European), and Mizrachi (Middle Eastern).
Starting at 7:00 PM, typically on the second Friday of the month, this is a wonderful service for families, for music lovers, and for those who find that music elevates their soul. The Shabbat Shirah service (approximately 1.5 – 2 hours in length) is followed by a fruit and dessert potluck and lots of schmoozing.
Almost every Friday evening from 5:30 -6:00pm (when there is not a Shabbat Shira), TES member Emanuel Ben David leads a sweet and songful kabbalat shabbat evening service in the library here at Emek Shalom. All are welcome.
Eat, Pray, Sing Family Shabbat Service
Eat, Pray, Sing – Shabbat Around the Table is an informal potluck Shabbat dinner. It begins with the blessings over candles, wine and challah and a short story or teaching by the Rabbi, or another parent. After the meal we join together in z’mirot (songs), and then begin a short family prayer service, led by the children.
Please Note: All Shabbat morning services start at 10:00 AM and are over at noon, plus or minus a half hour. A Torah service is integral to each. Saturday morning services that are followed by a vegetarian/dairy potluck lunch are noted as such in the monthly calendar.
Shabbat Morning Service
Our Shabbat Morning Service is our most traditional service. Amidst the singing and davennen, we enjoy a lively Torah discussion based on the week’s parashah (portion). The first Shabbat service of every month is Shabbat Simcha, where we celebrate congregants’ joyous occasions that will occur during the month ahead.
Join Jeff Solomon and Sara Weber, who co-lead this meditative service (along with the Rabbi) once a quarter. Through chanting and drumming, interspersed with silence and words of Torah – we enter the spaciousness of Shabbat together.
Once a quarter on Saturday evenings, join us for a special service with Hasidic stories, plus niggunim (wordless melodies) and songs connected to the end of Shabbat. The gathering concludes with havdalah, the ritual separating Shabbat from the rest of the week.
Sunday Family Service
Every other Sunday, for the last half hour of Shul School (Religious School) from 12:30 to 1:00pm, Rabbi Boettiger and other teachers and parents lead a family service, which is open to all. This typically includes lots of song, storytelling, informal teaching, and other age-appropriate doorways to prayer.