Reimagining Prayer

Shabbat & Holidays

Our community is reclaiming Judaism…the prayers, the ancient myths, the music, the moral imperative…and breathing new life into it. Join us in a communal Shabbat experience on Friday nights with prayer, music, song and joy. Explore and experience the beauty of Jewish ritual; Find peace and sanctuary; Give thanks for our blessings; Embrace your friends and loved ones and socialize at our Oneg celebrations where you can enjoy good conversation and homemade desserts and challah!

There is always something for everyone to usher in Shabbat! Our Tot Shabbat at Beth Or for families with toddlers and young children is always a fun time. Rabbi Robyn leads the children in candle lighting, prayer & story time followed by a lively songfest, often with guest songleaders.

Holidays are a time to mark holy time and to infuse our lives with meaning and purpose. As Abraham Joshua Heschel, the 21st c. Jewish theologian, noted, “Judaism teaches us to be attached to holiness in time, to be attached to sacred events, to learn how to consecrate sanctuaries that emerge from the magnificent stream of a year.”  Each holiday in our Jewish calendar is an opportunity to connect to the ancient and modern traditions that shape Jewish life and identity. It is a time to dance and sing in the rhythms of time and to be more mindful of ways to sanctify time. As with all of our services, during holidays we explore and enjoy different genres of music, incorporating spiritual, meditative and meaningful experiences. Our prayer experiences are opportunities to celebrate, to express gratitude, to acknowledge our blessings, and to find peace and sanctuary in the cycle of Jewish life. And, our sacred gatherings also inspire us to embrace our moral imperative to bring love, compassion and justice to the world.


Musical Celebration
Every Friday night

More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.

-Ahad Ha’am