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Shabbat Worship

Photo by Michael Fox Photography

Warm, inclusive, participatory Shabbat services are part of what makes Temple Isaiah a welcoming place.  At the end of the week, we pause our busy lives to create sacred time and spiritual connections.  Come sing, pray, learn and be inspired while gathering strength from our community.

Below are brief descriptions of additional characteristics of our different services. The wide variety of worship options reflects the diversity of our congregation and ensures that you will find at least one Shabbat service that speaks to you. (While there are services specifically designed to attract families with children, all ages are welcome at every service.) Click here for the Temple Calendar. Click here for a description of our customs.


• Intergenerational service during the first Friday of the month October/November to May.
• 5:45 p.m. Dinner in the Social Hall. 6:30 p.m. Interactive service in the sanctuary with lively singing and visual tefillah.  Followed by dessert, Gaga (Israeli dodge ball), arts & crafts and more!

First Friday is Outdoor Shabbat during the summer

• First Fridays of the month June to September at 6:30 p.m.
• A shorter inter-generational come-as-you-are service that takes advantage of the beautiful summertime in our outdoor Amphitheater.
• A catered dinner follows in the Social Hall. 
• RSVP for dinner by the Thursday before. Check your weekly email or the homepage for the RSVP link or call (925) 283-8575.

Second and Fourth Shabbat Friday Nights

• Shabbat Service at 8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
• Worship from liturgy in Mishkan T’filah, the Reform Movement’s prayer book
• Full inspirational sermon by our clergy
• Noshing and socializing at the Oneg (reception) follows the service

Third and Fifth Shabbat Friday Nights

• 6:00 p.m. Oneg before 6:30 p.m. Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary
• Shorter service leaving time afterwards for Shabbat family dinners
• Festive music from our Mizmor Band on third Friday nights.
• Outdoor amphitheater on third and fifth Friday nights during summer months.

Shabbat Mornings with B’nai Mitzvah

• Worship from liturgy in Mishkan T’filah, the Reform Movement’s prayer book in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.
• Congregation welcomes B’nai Mitzvah to the bimah
• Torah study begins at 8:45 a.m. (or 9:15 a.m. if no B’nai Mitzvah) in the Beit Knesset – Led by a member of our clergy team, we study the weekly Torah portion.  Newcomers are always welcome.

Shabbat Morning minyans without B’nai Mitzvah

• Worship in the Beit Knesset of the Talmud Torah Center at 10:30 a.m.
• Torah study begins at 9:15 a.m. on those mornings. 

Mussar and Meditation Practice

First Saturdays at 10:30am in the Beit Knesset
Mussar is a soul curriculum guiding us to take small steps toward having more patience, tolerance and open-hearted gratitude for the blessings in our lives.  We focus on Mussar teachings through stories from the Mussar tradition, meditative singing of liturgical phrases, and through dialogue and guided silent meditations.
Click here for calendar of services

Tot Shabbat

• Second Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Lounge (Followed by free bagel brunch and kids’ activities)
• Fourth Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary (Followed by catered dinner and kids’ activities, $25 per family)
• Geared toward families with children 0-5 years old, Tot Shabbat is an interactive and friendly Shabbat Experience
• Enjoy food, activities, music and prayer with other young families.
Click here for more information and to RSVP