Shabbat

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Shabbat is possibly Judaism’s most distinctive and characteristic practice. Shabbat (often pronounced ‘Sabbath’ in English) starts just before sundown each Friday and continues until dark on Saturday night. Shabbat is more than just a day off from labour. It is a day of physical and spiritual delights that is meant to illuminate certain key concepts in the traditional Jewish perception of the world. Click here to learn more about Shabbat.

Our Shabbat services start on Friday evening at 6:00pm every week of the year. This is preceded at 5:30pm by a time for schmoozing that we call “Snack n’ Yak.” Snack n’ Yak includes cheese and wine, cookies, veggies and dip, etc.

Our Saturday morning service starts at 9:30am and is always followed by a Kiddush lunch to which all are welcome. In the summer, we have Shabbat Mincha afternoon services at 6pm, including Torah reading. In the winter, our 6pm service is often after dark, so we daven (pray) Ma’ariv, the evening service, and join together for the Havdalah ceremony, marking the end of Shabbat.

If you would like to learn how to read Torah or lead services, or would like to get an aliyah, please contact our Ba’alat Tefillah, Debby Fenson, at debby@bethisrael.ca.