Temple Emanuel
Denver, Colorado


New Shabbat Worship Schedule - Starting September 2, 2017

We are excited to introduce our new Shabbat evening worship schedule. It will enable the entire community to come together to celebrate Shabbat and experience meaningful connections, transformative worship services, and compelling learning opportunities.

New Weekly Shabbat Evening Worship Times
5:30-6:00 p.m.: Pre-Oneg with wine and appetizers
6:00-7:15 p.m.: Worship Service
7:15-7:30 p.m.: Challah and Wine Mini-Oneg

New Monthly Shabbat Evening Worship Rotation
1st Friday: 6:00pm Traditional Worship Service + Family Service Together
2nd Friday: 6:00pm Traditional Worship Service + Young Family Shabbat Experience  
3rd Friday: 6:00pm Traditional Worship Service
4th Friday: 6:00pm Shabbat Unplugged(NOW EVERY MONTH!)

Young Family Shabbat Experience (Ages 0-5)
YFSE will continue to meet on the 2nd Friday and 3rd Saturday of the month. The Friday evening schedule will be:
5:30 p.m.: Pre-Oneg with kid-friendly snacks/light dinner food
6:00 p.m.: Young Family Shabbat Dinner (bring your own) and program/activity
6:40 p.m.: Special Young Family Friendly Worship with Clergy
7:15 p.m.: Join with Traditional Worship for Kiddush, Motzi, and Dessert Oneg

Family Service (Grades K-5) – NEW MODEL!
5:30 p.m.: Pre-Oneg with kid-friendly snacks/light dinner food
6:00 p.m.: Families begin in the Traditional Worship Service
6:15 p.m.: Children are invited to leave for their own experience with teachers and teens
7:00 p.m.: Children return at end of service for Kiddush and Motzi
Parents are invited to join the students in their worship/activity or stay in the Traditional Service until the students return. On many months, there will be targeted grade activities following the service, such as Shabbat dinner + game night or Shabbat dinner + an ice cream social.

NEW: Weekly Weekday Kaddish Minyan
In our new Shabbat worship model, the 5:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat service will no longer meet. We are excited to introduce our weekly weekday minyan – a smaller, quieter worship experience to say Kaddish for loved ones or for a moment of contemplation during a busy week. Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, October 17. This weekday worshipwill frequently be followed by an adult engagement program.

Shabbat Dinners/Adult Engagement Programs
Shabbat Dinners will now happen only occasionally (instead of weekly), will have a variety of culinary themes. We will accompany Shabbat Dinners with adult engagement programs, such as extended sermons, guest lectures, community conversations, and musical experiences. Join us for our first Shabbat Dinner/Adult Engagement Conversation: The Four Weeks of Elul with Rabbi Black on Friday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

*Do you or someone you know have difficulty physically getting to Temple Emanuel for Shabbat worship? Please reach out to us for assistance - we are happy to help you arrive here. 

Upcoming Shabbat Worship Opportunities


Shabbat at Temple Emanuel

Friday Evening

Kabbalat Shabbat: We offer an early Friday evening service each week at 5:30 p.m. This short service is held in the Feiner Chapel or Meditation Room and is led by a rotation of clergy and lay leaders.

Traditional Worship: Services are held on Friday evenings, typically at 6:00 p.m. Please see upcoming times above or check the calendar for special times, especially during the summer. Our congregation uses the Mishkan T’filah prayer book and our services follow a mainstream Reform model.

Family Service: Held the first Friday of each month from October through May at 6:00 p.m. This one-hour service is geared toward families with elementary age children. Each month we celebrate the birthdays of the children that had a birthday the month prior.

Shabbat Unplugged: Join us monthly throughout the year for a unique Shabbat experience. Inspired by the beautiful melodies provided by Steve Brodsky and the Shabbat Unplugged band, a spiritual experience is achieved through singing, dancing and learning.

Young Family Shabbat Experience: Our Friday night Young Family Shabbat Experience is designed to provide families with children (ages 1-6) with a meaningful Shabbat experience that includes Shabbat dinner (with rituals), Shabbat worship, and programming to build community. Join us!

Saturday Morning

Torah Study: Every Shabbat morning we join together at 9:00 a.m. for Torah Study. We study the weekly Torah portion, slowly working our way through the Torah, with all its commentaries, midrashim, and relevant scholarship. Regardless of previous knowledge, all are welcome to become part of the camaraderie of students who weekly delve into the mysteries of our most sacred and treasured text. Come and learn about the origins of our people, its values and traditions, and make new friends.

Community Shabbat Worship: An informal, participatory Shabbat worship service including a Torah reading at 10:30 a.m. Followed by a light Shabbat Kiddush.

Shabbat Meditation: Start your Shabbat morning at Temple and access your spirituality through Jewish meditation. Temple members Jim Sharon and Ruth Sharon, among others, lead this ongoing opportunity the first Saturday of the month from 9:45–10:30 a.m. in the Seminar Room.

Young Family Shabbat Experience: Our Shabbat morning Young Family Shabbat Experience begins with a light breakfast (bagels, cream cheese, fruit, and danish) followed by a lively Shabbat Worship/Movement Experience! We end the morning with a project and family time in the library. This is a perfect way to celebrate Shabbat morning with your family.