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Congregation Beth HaTephila

An Engaging, Inclusive, Reform Congregation in the Blue Ridge Mountains



Worship & Spirituality

Our synagogue is a welcoming home for spiritual exploration. Through a wide range of truly meaningful spiritual experiences, from weekly Shabbat services to the celebration of holidays and life cycle moments with your family, we strive to be a place where exploration and discovery is embraced.

Also important to the worship experience are opportunities to build community and friendships. Shabbat and festival worship at CBHT is joyful and interactive, contemplative and soulful. Each Shabbat we gather together in joy and in friendship while instilling or reinforcing an appreciation of Judaism. Sermon topics range from current events to timely and relevant discussion of the Torah portion, giving new insight into our Jewish tradition and contemporary issues.

CBHT is a warm and inclusive congregation that gives voice to the varied sounds of prayer in our community and we are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming space. Our congregation is comprised of Jews from more traditional backgrounds, interfaith and non-traditional couples and families, as well as those who may be rediscovering their faith.

Every service is open to the general community and non-members are most welcome at Shabbat and festival services. At each service we strive to create a worship experience that is warm, welcoming, filled with beautiful and varied music, invites active participation and, we hope, is inspiring to all.  We hope you will join us.

 

Shabbat Services

Our services are warm, welcoming and inspiring. A whole lot of music, led by members of our Sacred Music Team, and periodically by our adult choir, Kol Simcha. Congregants are encouraged to participate (and do!). Services typically last an hour to one and a half hours, followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Dave Hall.

Ours is a very friendly and welcoming congregation. Visitors and guests at Shabbat services are invited to introduce themselves so they are warmly greeted and engaged at the oneg.

We seek every opportunity for communal celebration. Births, birthdays, anniversaries, unions, graduations, b’nai mitzvahs, confirmations, special family occasions, are all opportunities taken to share in the joy.

This joy and warmth is inviting, inspiring, and really not adequately described in words. It must be experienced.

Occasionally, there are Shabbat-at-home services.  These are Friday nights where Shabbat services are held at congregants homes.  On these special events, there are no services at the Temple.

Mon, December 5 2022 11 Kislev 5783