Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday evening) services provide an intimate setting to usher in Shabbat. The service includes melodies by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and others that fill our chapel with voices joined together, helping to close out the work week and ease us into a day of rest and connection with friends and family.
In winter 2015, BZBI introduced a new monthly Friday night service, Marom Kabbalat Shabbat. Rabbi Goldman and Cantor Grainer lead this meditative service together, accompanied by a percussionist. Marom combines joyful and spirited singing, introspective nigunim (melodies), and moments of silence in an intimate setting. If you haven’t experienced it yet, we’d love for you to come and check it out.
Shabbat morning in our magnificent Goldberg Sanctuary is a special time at BZBI. We come to find a warm and friendly environment in which to greet friends and be inspired by the words and music of our traditional egalitarian service – to celebrate our simchas (celebrations) and those of other congregants, and to provide one another with spiritual support and comfort in difficult times. Our service draws on familiar prayers and melodies, as well as the best new and energizing tunes. Every Shabbat includes a full reading of the week’s parsha. Following services, attendees have the opportunity to catch up with friends, welcome newcomers, and chat with our clergy at a beautifully prepared Kiddush.
Alternative Shabbat Morning Prayer
A Shabbat Yoga Experience, is a space where you can connect with your breath, body, and soul through yoga, meditation, and song. BZBI’s Dr. Deborah Glassman, a certified yoga instructor, leads Shabhakti, an embodied, prayerful Shabbat alternative on the third Saturday of the month. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if possible; limited mats are available at the synagogue. Childcare is available beginning at 9:45 AM.
Minyan Tikvah, a lay-led minyan in Center City, meets once a month upstairs at BZBI for traditional egalitarian Shabbat morning services followed by kiddush. A communal lunch usually follows in a member’s home. Minyan Tikvah welcomes people of all ages, affiliations, backgrounds, and forms of observance, so spread the word about our community!
Come join Rabbi Goldman in the Kehaner Auditorium and be a part of creating a new Shabbat prayer experience. People of all backgrounds are welcome to join this informal service in the round, full of song and conversation, and a creative Torah Service.
Our Neziner Hebrew School meets on Shabbat Morning.
Learn about Shabbat Education at BZBI.