שבת – Kabbalat Shabbat – Welcome to Shabbat
Every Friday, at 6:30 PM, we welcome Shabbat in our Community. Each Kabbalat Shabbat is a party, full of joy. Men and women sit together. We light the candles, sing and pray accompanied by music. We use a progressive and trilingual Sidur. 3 times a month the Drashot are in Spanish, and there is a printed translation in English. The last Friday of the month, the Drashá is in English, and there is a printed translation into Spanish.
At the end of the religious service, we enjoy together “Kidush” and “Hamotzí”, and share a “Oneg”, offered by a family of the Community.
שחרית של שבת – Shacharit shel Shabbat – Shabbat Morning Service
On Saturday morning, at 9:30 AM, we have our Shacharit service, which includes reading the Torah (7 aliot) and Haftarah. Before reading, we usually have a Torah study space, with questions and active participation of those attending the Minyan. At the end of Musaf, we make the Kidush and the Hamotzí together and share a lunch offered by a family from the Community.
חגים – Chaguim – Holidays
In B’nei Israel we celebrate all the festivities of the Jewish Calendar. We have spiritually creative activities on: Tu B’shevat, Purim, the Community Passover Seder, Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron in the cemetery, Yom Haatzmaut, Shavuot, Tish b’Av, Yamim Noraim, Sukkot and Simchat Torah, and Chanukah.
In the Yamim Tovim, we have religious services only in Yom Tov Rishón.
To know the dates and times, please go to the Community Calendar.
נוראים – Yamim Noraím – High Holidays
שמחה של מצווה – Simcha Shel Mitzvah – Joy
We believe in the value of joy as a component of our spiritual search, as it was bequeathed to us by the Hasidic masters. Our tefilot try to incorporate this element without losing the solemnity of the prayers.
תפילות לילדים – Children’s Services
Every so often we have children’s services, especially for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For this we use a special Machzor for children.
מחזור החיים – Machzor Hachaim – Life Cycle
In B’nei Israel we share our moments of joy and sadness in Community: Births, Brit-Milá and Simchat-Bat, Bar and Bat-Mitzvah, Jupot (weddings), Avelut (bereavement). In this sense, we form an “extended family” to celebrate life in these impactful moments for each one of our members.