Religious Services

At Beth Shalom, we value the participation of our congregants in the services, with the cantor leading everyone in singing and congregants reading the Torah, Haftarah, and Megillah. Speakers on a variety of topics provide thought-provoking discussions during many Shabbat evenings and mornings.

The times of services are:
• Shabbat evening — 7:00 pm
• Shabbat morning — 9:30 am
• Weekday minyan (Sunday to Thursday) — 7:15 pm Sunday, 7:30 pm other days

Shabbat Evening (Friday)

Our service is led by Cantor Apt, with Rabbi Grossman providing educational content. Periodically, we have a family dinner and programs for tots and students. Once a month is our Ask-the-Rabbi program where people can bring up their questions. Services are followed by refreshments at an oneg Shabbat.

Weekday Services

 

Minyanim are offered from Sunday through Thursday evening. These services are led by members of the congregation. The services support congregants and others in the community saying kaddish or otherwise wanting to attend a minyan.

 

 

Shiva Support

 

The congregation provides an evening minyan for members sitting shiva in Howard County. These services are led by members of the congregation. When providing a shiva minyan, the regular minyan moves from the synagogue to the shiva house.

 

 

 

 

Shabbat Morning (Saturday)

 

Our service is led by Cantor Apt with Rabbi Grossman or other speaker giving a sermon. Torah readings follow the triennial cycle. Services are followed by a community Kiddush.

 

High Holidays

Beth Shalom features both a full service and a family service for the High Holidays. Our main service is led by our Cantor. Rabbi Grossman provides an inspiring message at both the full and the family service. Yizkor is said on Yom Kippur morning, and Yom Kippur ends with a lively shofar-blowing contest and a break-the-fast. Selichot services follow the showing of a movie reflecting on the themes of the holiday.

Other Holidays

All of the major holidays and many minor holidays are observed. Services are conducted on Passover, Sukkot and Shavuout by Rabbi Grossman and Cantor Apt, and Yizkor is said on the appropriate dates. A Tikkun Leil Shavuot provides learning opportunities on that holiday. On Simchat Torah, there is a musical program with singing and dancing. On Purim, we have a musical service featuring a band composed of congregants, with songs written to describe the Purim story. Yom Ha’Atzmaut services are held are the showing of an Israeli movie.

B’nai Mitzvah

Beth Shalom offers a tailorable Bar/Bat Mitzvah program where each student’s participation is geared to their desire. Family members are encouraged to participate in the service.

 

 

 

Shabbat Soirees

Shabbat Soirees are Friday night potluck dinners that take place during the summer months. These get-togethers are held at congregants’ homes and are followed by a brief service. Dinners must be kosher (dairy). Guidance is available for those who do not keep kosher so they can host and/or contribute.