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 engaged, uplifting service. Childcare is available from 10:00 am, and a community Kiddush lunch follows services.
Junior Congregation was created especially for children 2nd through 5th grade and takes place 10:30 – 11:45 am the 3rd Shabbat of every 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!
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.
Dale Schatz Musical Service
Dale Schatz joins the CBI community throughout the year to enrich our Shabbat celebrations. These lively musical services are spirited and engaging, and take place monthly on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am in the Family Life Center. Check the Calendar for dates. Dale is a frequent leader of Jewish prayer services, offering an intense instrumental accompaniment in addition to the vocal role as “shaliach tzibor” in a variety of denominational settings. 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, Carl Cedar, and members of the CBI Davening Team. Meets selected Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Check our Calendar for dates. Everyone is invited to attend.
Jewish Meditation with Rabbi Spitz
Participate with Rabbi Spitz in chant and stillness that open us intuitively to the Divine. Meets selected Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10:15 am. Check our Calendar for dates. Everyone is invited to attend.
Prayersong Sacred Chant and Meditation with Amy Robinson
Join Amy Robinson, CBI congregant and cantorial student, 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.
Davening Workshop with our Rabbinic Intern
Wondering how our prayers can vault us into relationship with the Divine? Wondering when we stand, sit, bow and why? Take a deeper look into the siddur, the prayers, and the overall flow of the service. Class is held in the Bet Midrash on selected Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. Check our Calendar for dates. Everyone is invited to attend.