PRAY AT B'NAI
Erev Shabbat (Friday Evening)
Kabbalat Shabbat — 6:00 pm
- Welcoming Shabbat (Friday evening services) commence at 6pm unless otherwise noted. Services are led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and skilled members of the congregation. We welcome visitors and Jewish community members to join our services which are free and welcoming. Light refreshment follows most services.
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat — 2nd Friday of the month
- Our Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services are led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and an ensemble of talented local musicians. The prayers and music are beautifully intertwined and ideal for community singing. Join us for this uplifting service which also begins at 6pm with refreshment served prior to services from 5:30 to 6:00pm. RSVP requested for food prep.
Shabbat Sparks — Last (or 4th) Friday of the month
- 6:30 pm =”Lite Bites”
- 7:30 pm = songs, prayers, and other special programming.
Onegs (light refreshments to enjoy the pleasure of the Sabbath among friends) follows most services. Please consider sponsoring for special occasions (or simchat) by contributing to the Kiddush Fund. (DONATE HERE).
Shabbat (Saturday Morning)
Shacharit — 9:30 am
- CBI hosts traditional egalitarian Shabbat service every week, starting at 9:30am. The service is very participatory and is led by Rabbi Gartenberg and skilled members of the congregation and the Jewish community. The service features Shachrit services, a Torah service that features a triennial Torah reading, Haftarah reading, a teaching from the Rabbi, concluded by Musaf. We love to sing and learn.
- Kiddush (dairy/milchik) in our social hall customarily follows worship. Those who attend services are invited to stay afterwards for a light meal. It is a pleasure to break bread with new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends over a plate of delicious food. At B’nai, we are fortunate to have some of the most satisfying comfort foods prepared in our kosher kitchens by the Garcia Family. The menu reflects the Southwestern flavors from our region, and if you haven’t experienced a savory mouthful of green chile enchiladas at B’nai, you’re are missing out!
Junior Congregation (Shacharit) — 2nd Shabbat at 10:30 am
- Special service designed for little kids up to the age of 10 or 11. This service occurs on the 2nd Shabbat morning of the month at 11:00 am.
Every week after services, we honor Shabbat and the community with a delicious Kiddush lunch. All worshipers are welcome. Consider sponsoring a Kiddush in honor or in memory of a loved one. To sponsor a Kiddush, contact our office at 505 266-0155. We encourage donations to our Kiddush fund. (DONATE HERE).
If you are blessed with communal synagogue skills such as Torah chanting or service leading, consider joining our volunteer Shabbat rotations. Please contact Rabbi Gartenberg to learn how you can contribute to these very participatory services.
Below is the current schedule of Shabbat services including special classes and programs taking place on Shabbat.
B’nai’s Minyanaires daven Shacharit in the small chapel on Mondays & Thursdays at 7:30 am, and at 8:30 am on National Holidays (days the synagogue office is closed).
At B’nai Israel, the “minyan” is a quorum of ten or more adult Jews (over the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah), male or female, who assemble for the purpose of communal prayer. The quorum ensures that the Kaddish, and other prayers, can be recited for mourners or those observing Yahrzeits. A minyan is also required for publicly reading the Torah from a Torah scroll (as well as any required Haftarahs).
The Minyanaires at B’nai Israel are the stalwart participants in the minyan who muster for lay-led morning prayer. Newcomers are always welcome.
To worship among one’s bretheren satisfies a spiritual need for many Jews.
At some point in our Jewish lives, we may need to say Kaddish while mourning, or on the anniversary date of a loved one’s Yahrzeit. A central custom of traditional Judaism is that we are commanded to bring comfort to those in mourning with our presence, and come to each day to their shiva observance.
Being counted among the minyan is a meaningful way to contribute to your fellow Jews and concretely know you are an integral part of the Jewish community. Participating in minyan is a traditional way to hold a regular conversation with God. Joining minyan offers a time to connect with old friends and meet new ones.
At B’nai Israel, after the shacharit service, the participants often sit together for bagels and coffee to learn, discuss wide-ranging topics, and find pleasant comaraderie and companionship.
- Prayer books, siddarim, are provided in the small chapel. Some members may elect to bring thier own. If the service is being held in a congregant’s home, because they are sitting shiva, prayer books will be arranged to be provided.
- Respectfully, at a minimum, men wear a headcovering by means of a yarmulke or hat; married or observant women wear a scarf, kippah, or piece of fabric pinned to cover their head. As one enters the synagogue foyer there is a basket of appropriate headcoverings (lace doilies and kippot) that can be borrowed. If one is entering a private residence, it would be appreciated to have one’s own headcovering.
- Some Minyanaires bring thier own Tefillin, phylacteries that are are a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah.
- Torah readers may elect to bring thier own yad, a Torah pointer, if they have one.
- A Talit, prayer shawl is worn if one has one. There is a limited supply of borrowable talitot in the synagogue foyer. At a private residence, one would be expected to bring his or her own if its use is desired.
- A positive attitude and mere quiet presence is a bare minimum to comfort those in mourning. Showing up, to be counted in the quorum, to allow for special mourning prayers, is itself an act of kindness.
- Those who are unfamiliar with the prayers can listen, read, and follow along in the service with the given prayer books.
- Bringing an open heart and sense of compassion is supportive and appreciated by those who are in shiva, or who are observing Yarhtzeit.
- Knowledge and familiarity with the liturgy, a willingness to read the Torah, audibly participating in–or leading–the service will elevate the experience for everyone who is there to for the communal activity.