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Celebrate Shabbat at Oak Park Temple

Our congregation has given considerable thought to who we are and where we are as a community in relation to our Shabbat services. We wish to make our Shabbat services joyful experiences for everyone.

Several years ago we began our “2nd Shabbat” and “4th Friday” Shabbat services. On these evenings our community joins together in the rotunda at 6:00pm for wine and cheese, juice and cookies and social time.  At 6:30 pm we gather in the sanctuary or chapel for a musical Shabbat service. The time of the service allows those with small children to join us following a quick dinner at home and those who have more scheduling flexibility to have a leisurely dinner with family or friends following the service.

The “2nd Shabbat” service is typically accompanied by Tsimmis, Oak Park Temple’s acoustic band. Worship is enhanced using both contemporary Jewish music and traditional melodies played on mandolin, guitar, keyboard, bass and acoustic percussion.

Friday night Shabbat services begin at 8 pm on the 1st, 3rd (and sometimes 5th) Fridays of the month. Following services, the community is invited to enjoy an oneg Shabbat, a dessert reception.

Throughout the year, families with small children are invited to Tot Shabbat, an abbreviated service on Friday night or Saturday morning where children can sing songs and hear stories from our rabbi or cantor. Each grade in our Jewish school is also invited to participate in a Shabbat service during the year.

Shabbat morning services begin every Saturday morning at 10 am.

Shabbat and other Jewish holidays allow us private time for reflection, time for joyful communal singing, moments of restfulness and moments of exaltation.

Mon, April 22 2024 14 Nisan 5784