Congregation B’nai Israel offers many ways to observe Shabbat on Saturday mornings, whether traditional services in our Main Sanctuary, educational and fun services for teens and young children/families, alternative meditative and musical services, or Torah and text study. Please join us!
Shabbat Morning Services
Join us in the Main Sanctuary starting at 9:30 am every Shabbat morning for traditional prayers and a triennial Torah reading. The Saturday morning service at Congregation B’nai Israel is distinctive for grassroots participation. Each year over 180 different people read Torah and many participate in leading prayers. At the same time, Rabbi Spitz is actively involved creating an engaging, uplifting service. A community Kiddush lunch follows services.
On select Saturdays:
Led by Carl Cedar, Junior Congregation was created especially for children 2nd through 5th grade and takes place 10:30 – 11:45 am the 3rd Shabbat of the month in the Family Life Center. Everyone has a role in making this musical, interactive service come to life! Spirited guitar and beautiful melodies enrich the prayer experience not only for kids, but for parents as well. A great preparation for b’nai mitzvah. Bring your classmates and friends – the more the merrier. And there’s always a sweet treat at the end!
Led by Amy Robinson Katz for preschool age children and their parents, Tot Shabbat takes place10:50am-11:20am the 4th Shabbat of the month in the Bet Midrash. Help your little ones discover the joy of Shabbat! At the end of the program the Tot Shabbat group will join the congregation in the Sanctuary to walk with the Torahs.
CBI Coastal Shabbat Morning Service and Pot-luck
Our alternative, musical, and informal lay-led service meets indoors at University Community Park at 1 Beech Tree Lane in Irvine at 9:30 am the 1st Shabbat of every month, followed by a pot-luck Kiddush lunch. RSVP is needed for a pot-luck assignment. Check the Calendar for dates. Everyone is invited to attend.
YISM’CHU Musical Service
An instrumental musical Shabbat morning service developed by Amy Robinson Katz that takes place in the main sanctuary one Shabbat a month. Led by Amy, professional musicians including Carl Cedar, and members of the CBI Davening Team. Check our Calendar for dates. Everyone is invited to attend.
HAL’LU Musical Service
Traditional like you’ve never seen before…. An instrumental musical Shabbat morning service with Amy Robinson Katz, Carl Cedar, and members of the CBI Davening Team. Meets selected Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Family Life Center and at CBI Coastal. Check our Calendar for dates. Everyone is invited to attend.
Prayersong Sacred Chant and Meditation with Amy Robinson
Join Amy Robinson, our Ba’alat Tefillah, in a meditative chanting circle on selected Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the Family Life Center. Drawing upon the music of Taizé, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Yuval Ron, Carlebach and her own inspirations, Amy leads the circle in song and silence, allowing sacred passages and melodies to open the heart. Everyone is invited to attend.
Parashat Hashavuah Torah Study
Study the week’s Torah portion every Saturday before services, from 8:30 – 9:20 am in the Social Hall. Each week a different lay leader prepares and leads the discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.
How to Read Hebrew Scripture with a Modern Lens
Every Shabbat after Kiddush lunch with the congregation, Ahuva Ho brings discussion and insight through text study. Saturdays 1:15 – 2:15 pm in the Bet Midrash. Everyone is invited to attend.