Diversified Services for a Diversified Congregation

The members of Congregation Beth Shalom hail from various Jewish backgrounds — Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform. Although we are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we offer a variety of service styles and use prayer books from various movements. We want everyone to feel welcome and at home celebrating Shabbat at CBS.

On Friday nights we welcome Shabbat as a congregation at 7:00pm with services both in person and live-streamed (link can be found in our newsletter, The eShalom). Services are led by Rabbi Derrenbacher, and all are welcome to join us in song and prayer.

The 1st Friday of the month is Tot Shabbat at 6:00pm. This service is designed for families with young children and includes songs, movement, stories, and snacks.

Saturday morning services alternate weekly between online services using the Reform prayerbook Mishkan T’filah and in person services using the Conservative prayerbook Sim Shalom. The in person services are led by Rabbi Cohen as well as members of the community who are called to the Torah, lead prayers, and participate in lively discussions about the weekly parsha. 

Throughout the year we will have various special Shabbat services such as new member Shabbat, services led by the religious school students, and themed services. Please check the calendar or subscribe to our email list to keep up to date on any changes in our Shabbat schedule.


Common Blessings

Blessing the Children

To bless a boy, a girl, or both.

Blessings for Life’s Moments

For a festive occasion, washing hands, eating bread, and lighting a memorial candle.

Morning and Bedtime Rituals for Children

Blessings for children to say upon waking, before eating, and before going to bed.

Shabbat Blessings

For candles, wine, and bread.


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