Your health & safety is our number one priority.  Due to the Covid19, all Friday Night services and Saturday morning Torah Study & Shabbat Service will be streamed via Zoom.  Call our office 718-727-2231 for  information to access the the information on Saturday morning Torah Study & Shabbat Service.

Shabbat Schedule

Fri July 2  at 7pm Shabbat Family Service

Sat, July 3 at 10:00am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service at 11am

Fri,  July 9 at 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat, Adult Choir sings

Sat, July 10  at 10:00am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service at 11am

Fri  July 16 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat –

Sat July 17 at 10am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service

Fri, July 23 at 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat,

Sat, July 24  at 10am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service at 11am

Fri July 30 at 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Sat July 31,  10am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service

Fri, Aug 6 at 7:00pm Family Shabbat Service

Sat, Aug 7 at 10am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service

Fri, Aug 13 at 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Sat, Aug 14 at 10am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service

Fri Aug 20 at 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Sun, Aug 21 at 10am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service

Fri, Aug 27 at 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Sat, Aug 28 at 10am Torah Study followed by Shabbat Service


All of our Shabbat Services are open to all in the community, free of charge. 

You are invited to stay for our Onegs following services and enjoy some refreshments. 

Meet Rabbi Howald,  and our dynamic Congregants…. and make new friends!

SHABBAT SHALOM  or GOOD SHABBES is the warm greeting you will receive from our friendly ushers upon entering Temple Israel for Shabbat Services.

In the Torah it is written, “On the seventh day, God finished the work and ceased from all the work and God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because on it God ceased from all work of creation.”  (Genesis 2:2-3).

Shabbat is the only observance mentioned in the Ten Commandments.  It is a day to rest, pray and study Torah.
At Temple Israel, there is a special Shabbat Service just for you.  Our services are in English, with transliterations and translations offered in our prayer books for prayers recited in Hebrew.  We use the new Mishkan T’filah prayer book for our Shabbat Services.


The first Friday of every month is devoted to our families with our FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICE at a new time 7pm.shabbat
which includes a special blessing for those celebrating BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES during the month. 
Mishkan T’Filah for Youth is the child friendly prayer book used in this service with simple prayers,
readings, explanations, and beautiful illustrations.
Children participate in this family friendly Shabbat Service by reading poetry and reciting prayers.    
A special story is told by our master story teller Rabbi Howald.  
The service is followed by our extra special BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY ONEG.
Tot Shabbat – perfect for all families with young children up to 7 years old.          
Tot Shabbat is a lively Shabbat Service with movement, music, and dance.
Rabbi Howald tells a special story and teaches us about prayers. 
Student Cantor leads us with cool moves.
There is fun guitar music played by Jim.
A sweet ending of prayer, juice and mini challah rolls caps this wonderful experience. 
This 35 minute service is held on the 3rd Friday of the month starting at 6pm.   
Our Next Tot Shabbat Service will be announced shortly
Please confirm date and time by checking our website calendar.
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Barbara, Blanche, Sonia & Sheila are prepared for Shabbat.
Kabbalat Shabbat Services  for everyone.  Every Friday night at 8:00pm (except the first Friday of the month) with Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Shirel Richman.  We use the prayer book Mishkan T’Filah.  Rabbi presents a D’Var Torah and the Adult Choir usually sings at the 2nd or third service of the month (check website calendar)  The Torah is read periodically.   Join us for Oneg after services for tasty treats and wonderful bonding with our friendly congregants.   
Saturdays start with Torah Study in the Rabbi Kramer Memorial Library at 10am, followed by Shabbat Service at 11am.
A Saturday morning Torah Study session .  Our students range from those in their teens to their eighties.
Jaimie Blackman & Pam Carlton provide the gift of song on a Saturday Shabbat Service.

Friday Night Shabbat Schedule


Family Shabbat Service

Music, song, youth participation in poetry reading and prayer and a story from our Master storyteller, Rabbi Michael Howald.


every 1st Friday


7:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

2nd and 5th Friday

3rd Friday

4th Friday

Tot  Shabbat (formerly known as I*Shabbat) A 35 minute Interactive Shabbat service filled with music, movement & song –  perfect for families with young children.  3rd Friday of each month (Sept. through June)  6:00pm

Saturday Morning Shabbat Schedule

Torah Study

Shabbat Morning Service









SHABBAT ROSH KODESH:  Shabbat falls on the night of the new moon. 

SHABBAT SHUVAH: The Shabbat of Return is the Shabbat that falls beween Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur also known as the Ten Days of Repentance.  “Repentence” is the usual theme. 

SHABBAT KHOL ha-MOED SUKKOT:  This Shabbat falls during the intermediate days of Sukkot.

SHABBAT BERESHIT: The Shabbat of Beginning or the Sabbath of Genesis is the first Shabbat after Simkhat Torah and marks the opening of the annual cycle of Torah readings once again with Genesis 1:1-6:8.

SHABBAT CHANUKAH: This is the Shabbat that falls on the Friday during the 8 days of the Chanukah holiday.

SHABBAT SHIRA: a Shabbat which falls on or before Tu B’Shevat.  It is the Shabbat of Song to correspond with the parashat B’Shalam which includes the Song of the Israelites sang after they crossed the Red Sea.   Our Adult Choir perform with their gift of song.  A true musical delight for the ears, come & enjoy.  

SPRING SHABBATS:  There are four special Shabbats during the spring.  The first two occur before Purim and the second two after Purim  In addition to the weekly Torah portion for each of these Shabbats, a maftir is read from a second sefer torah.  The four Shabbats are        

1.  Shabbat Shekalim – This Shabbat coincides with Rosh Khodesh Adar (or Adar 11 in a leap year).                             

2.  Shabbat Zakhot – THe Shabbat of Remembrance falls before Purim.  The maftir (Deuteronomy 25:17-19 calls on the Jews to remember what Amalek (Haman is a descendant of Amalek, an enemy of the Jews) did to you.                               

3.  Shabbat Parah: this is the Shabbat of the Red Heifer.  A Heifer is an animal whose ashes were used for ritual purifications.       

4.   Shabbat ha-Khodesh:  The Shabbat of the month takes its name from opening words of the maftir.

SHABBAT HA-GADOL:  Shabbat Ha-Gadol (Great Shabbat) is the Shabbat before Pesach (Passover). The sermon was usually about preparations for Pesach, and this special Shabbat commemorates a preparation for the original Pesach in Egypt. Shabbat Ha-Gadol (The Great Sabbath) commemorates the 10th day of Nissan, when the Hebrew slaves took the lambs that they were going to offer for Pesach and tied them up outside their homes, to keep until they offered it on the 14th (Ex. 12:3-6). According to tradition, this was a dangerous thing to do, because Egyptians worshipped sheep, but miraculously, instead of slaughtering the Hebrews, the Egyptians instead fought with each other over whether the Hebrews should be sent away already.The special haftarah reading for this Shabbat is Malachi 3:4-24. This messianic prophecy regarding the end of days and the return of the prophet Elijah is read at this time because it is believed that Elijah will return at Pesach. This is why we include a cup for him in our seder rituals