Ritually speaking . . . 

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world.” *

*This is one of the many quotes from The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel that each week enhances the cover of our Shabbat Program.

As a liberal, independent congregation, Temple Beth Rishon's Ritual Committee grappled with the question: "How can we, within our synagogue, maintain the spirit and sanctity of Shabbat, this holiest day of the Jewish calendar?" Our goal was to raise the awareness and consciousness of our congregants about the significance of Shabbat.

The outcome of this study and self-examination culminated in the adoption of the following Shabbat Observance Guidelines, which we request that our congregants diligently respect.

From the onset of Shabbat (candle lighting) at Friday night services until the completion of our Saturday observance, which includes the Kiddush, extended Kiddush and/or Shabbat Luncheon, please refrain from:

  • Cell phone use in the building;

  • Preparation or set-up of rooms in the building or grounds for any non-Shabbat events;

  • Repairs or maintenance of the building or grounds;

  • Handling and exchanging money in public view and;

  • Email or phone communication pertaining to synagogue business.

  • In addition, vendors and contractors should be instructed to park and load through the back synagogue entrance during Shabbat.

Many thanks for your cooperation from the Ritual Committee.