Friday Night Services
During this time of physical distancing we have made some changes to our Shabbat services. Click here for details.
Kabbalat Shabbat Services – 6:15 p.m.
Welcome the Sabbath arm-in-arm in our beautiful Ohel Aharon. Services are followed by a festive oneg Shabbat offering everyone an opportunity to socialize. We have a variety of Kabbalat Shabbat programs each month which include:
Shir Chadash Shabbat – Third Friday, 6:15 p.m.
Shir Chadash, featuring Tifereth Israel Synagogue’s new Shir Chadash Band, is the newest addition to our Shabbat programming. Those who have already joined us know first-hand how much this musical ensemble has added to our Kabbalat Shabbat service. Shir Chadash will accompany Kabbalat Shabbat services on the third (usually) Friday of each month.
Learn more about Shir Chadash Shabbat.
My Family Shabbat
Casual, fun, and engaging are just some of the ways to describe what we have in store for you! Rabbi Josh will welcome families with children of all ages for this special Shabbat experience. There will be music, games, prizes, and our service. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate Shabbat that is just perfect for children.
Click here to learn more about our next My Family Shabbat opportunity.
Kol Tefillah – First Friday, 6:15 p.m.
This new Kabbalat Shabbat service is meant to welcome Shabbat with joy, music, intimacy, and an awareness of God’s presence. Together we will join in song, prayer, and niggunim (melodies), as we connect with each other, and with God, as a unified community. Our emphasis will be on communal prayer as we introduce many beautiful melodies that will be more meditative.
More details about Kol Tefillah are here.
Pray at the Park – July and August
On select dates during the summer months, family and friends gather for special outdoor services held at Tifereth Israel or nearby parks
When held at TIS, guests will gather on the grassy area back by our schools to enjoy the summer breezes and the beautiful backdrop of nature. Following the service, the children will enjoy our Shekhter Family Gan Yeladim (Children’s Park) playground. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dairy picnic Shabbat dinner, enough for you and maybe some to share, blankets and lawn chairs so we can spread out and enjoy the beautiful and relaxed atmosphere. Look for specifics in our Coming Events announcements or by checking out our online calendar.
Saturday Morning Services
Shabbat Services – 9:30 a.m.
Combining prayer with study, Rabbi Dorsch leads Torah Services that enhance the traditional with a personal experience. Congregants share the bimah and lead services side-by-side with our rabbi. As an egalitarian congregation, women take a full and active role.
Following our Shabbat morning service, Midrash Shabbat hosts a Kiddush Luncheon and inspiring learning that is expert-led and interactive. Topics are varied and offer a broad spectrum of subjects. Midrash Shabbat has hosted a variety of local and national educators, authors and scholars. Click here to learn about our next Midrash Shabbat.
Midrash Shabbat is funded in part by the Religious Life Committee, the Aaron S. Gold Institute of Adult Jewish Studies, and patrons like you. If you would like to sponsor a future Midrash Shabbat or have ideas for a speaker or topic, please email Rabbi Dorsch or call him at 619 697-6001, ext. 105.
We have created a service that is more musical, experiential and spiritual. We have added brief descriptions of the prayers, uplifting melodies, and short meditations. This service is meant to be participatory. Click here to learn more and familiarize yourself with the melodis.
Please note that the traditional Shabbat morning service will still take place at 9:30 a.m. in the main sanctuary.
Call for Participation: Torah, Haftarah and Megillot Reading
Tifereth Israel Synagogue always encourages Torah and Haftarah readers at all levels, young and old, expert and novice. We offer tutoring for Torah, Haftarah, Yamim Noraim (High Holy Days) and Megillot. If you have the desire to learn to lein, you might just bring out your inner Ba’al Koreh. Even occasional Torah reading is not only a great mitzvah, but gives you a great sense of accomplishment as a much-needed participant in our services.
If you’re itching to read your old Bar or Bat Mitzvah part, please contact our office at 619 697-6001 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted with the date and whatever materials you need to refresh your skills.
Sponsoring Oneg Shabbat or Kiddush
If you are celebrating a simcha — a wedding, a new baby, a birthday, an anniversary, or some other joyous event — consider sponsoring a Friday night Oneg or Shabbat Morning Kiddush. Contact the office for more information by email or by calling 619 697-6001.