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Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Our Shabbat evening service is held each Friday in the Temple’s main sanctuary and features the rituals, melodies, and warmth of our congregation.
  • The service often includes a reading from the weekly Torah portion and a sermon or presentation by one of our rabbis, cantors or special guests. At the conclusion of prayer, our Oneg Shabbat provides worshippers with a wonderful setting for sharing stories and greetings in the joy of Shabbat. 
  • The first Friday Service of each month will begin at 6:15pm. All other weeks (2nd, 3rd and 4th week) will begin at 7:45pm. Please check the calendar for changes in times due to Shabbat services with special programming.
  • During the summer months services are held at 6:15pm and are held in the Center for Jewish Life (CJL) across the courtyard from the main sanctuary.

First Fridays

  • The first Friday Service of each month will begin at 6:15pm.  
  • We open our hearts and let our spirits soar during an engaging, interactive evening for adults and school-aged children. Come celebrate shabbat with family and friends. 

iSing Shabbat: food.song.soul

  • 30 minutes of soulful music led be clergy and live instrumentalists, projected lyrics so you can sing along, and candle lighting.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine or seltzer and welcome Shabbat in a new way. Delicious catered Israeli style food for the adults and kid-friendly foods is available as well.
  • Designed for K-4th graders and their families, but all are welcome.
  • For information and to RSVP contact rachel.crouch@wrtemple.org.

Tot Shabbat

  • Once a month, join members of WRT for an evening filled with music, movement and stories to explore a different theme (ex. Shabbat, Holidays or even a Pajama Party).
  • The short service (30 minutes) is followed by an arts and crafts activity and child-friendly dinner. 
  • The program is recommended for children ages 2 years to 6 years. Caregivers are required to attend.
  • The program is sponsored by WRT's Early Childhood Center. 
  • RSVP by the Tuesday prior to each program to ecc@wrtemple.org (check calendar for specific dates and times)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Minyan

  • Saturdays, 9:00am –11:00am.
  • Each Shabbat morning we gather informally to read and discuss the week’s Torah portion. The group is led by volunteers, with clergy participation. 
  • The morning begins with a brief Shabbat service at which mourners who wish to say Kaddish are warmly welcomed. 
  • No prior experience with Torah is necessary; just come as you are, with an open mind!

Sharing Shabbat Family Service

  • Sharing Shabbat begins on Saturday mornings at 9:00am with a one-hour engaging musical family service for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade and their parents. 
  • The service is followed by a festive Oneg: bagels, coffee, cookies and conversation for children, parents and teachers. 
  • For families that would like to continue their morning, the group separates, with children going to age-appropriate Religious School classes (10:30am - noon) and the adults joining for an engaging discussion about Jewish life and literature led by our WRT clergy and educational staff. Supervised childcare is available for pre-schoolers.

Shabbat Morning and Afternoon Services

  • Shabbat Morning Services are held Saturdays at 10:00am in the main sanctuary on weeks when B’nei Mitzvah are celebrated.
  • Shabbat Afternoon Services are held Saturdays at 5:00am on the weeks when B’nei Mitzvah are celebrated in the afternoon. Services conclude with Havdalah.

Did you know...

  • Kaddish is offered at ALL of our Shabbat services (except for Tot Shabbat) for anyone who would like to commemorate a loved one. 
  • WRT is committed to the value of inclusion and strives to make worship services fully accessible.
  • Our building and bima are wheelchair accessible, and the sanctuary is equipped with assistive listening devices and large-print prayer books.
  • ASL interpretation is available for any service upon request.
  • Remote viewing of most worship services is available via webcasting from our website.