All of our services are sign language interpreted.

Bene Shalom is a fully inclusive synagogue. At Shabbat and Holiday services, we have a sign language choir, which translates the traditional Hebrew melodies into American Sign Language. In addition, our rabbis use both voice and sign language throughout the service.

We look forward to sharing Shabbat Services and hope you will join us for the Oneg Shabbat following every service.

Join us for…

Our Shabbat Evening Services are held the first, second, fourth, and fifth Friday nights of every month beginning at 7:30 PM.

Family Shabbat Services are held on the third Friday night of each month beginning at 6:30 PM.

Kabbalah Services with guided mediations and Kabbalistic chants are led by Rabbi Dr. Goldhamer, founder of the Hebrew Seminary, where he currently serves as President and Professor of Jewish Mysticism. He has lectured on philosophy, Jewish mysticism, and prayer throughout the United States. Kabbalah services are held the second and fourth Saturday mornings of every month beginning at 10:30 AM.

Musical Shabbat Services are held monthly. The very talented CBS Band, a professional group of musicians, accompanies our rabbis, Cantorial Soloist Charlene Brooks, and the Congregation in familiar and new Shabbat songs. Check our calendar for scheduling.

A young man becomes Bar Mitzvah and a young woman becomes Bat Mitzvah at the age of 13. Bar/Bat Mitzvah means “one who has the obligation of fulfilling commandments.” At this time the young person should become responsible for performing Jewish obligations, called “mitzvot.” Congregation Bene Shalom follows Jewish tradition in its commitment to the value of life-long Jewish study, a mitzvah known as Talmud Torah. This milestone marks another step in one’s religious education. The ceremony of Bar/Bat Mitzvah symbolizes past, current, and future commitments to Jewish study and involvement. This dedication demonstrates the student’s readiness to begin accepting Jewish adult responsibilities.

Please check our calendar for scheduling.

The birth of a baby is perhaps the most joyous, beautiful, and miraculous event in life. It is as if the parents, the family – in fact, the Jewish people everywhere – are bound together as one in celebration of the new life. It also marks the beginning of a Jewish journey for your child and the entire family, and we look forward to sharing that special journey with you.

From selecting a Hebrew name, to planning a baby naming, our rabbis, teachers, and staff want to assist, guide, and celebrate with you. Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer and Rabbi Shari Chen are always eager to speak with you about your new baby and welcoming your child in the Jewish tradition.

As your child enters the covenant, our family embraces your family as we grow together and build warm, rich, and good Jewish memories.

Congregation Bene Shalom offers all its members the opportunity to follow the Shabbat service. Even if Hebrew is not your strongest language, we have created a transliterated Shabbat Service for you to print out and follow. Copies are also available in our Sanctuary.

Special thanks and appreciation to our Cantorial Soloist, Charlene Brooks, for her efforts.



Over the Wine

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, Melekh ha’olam,
bo’re p’ri hagafen.

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.”

Over the Bread

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, Melekh ha’olam, hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.”

When Lighting Shabbat Candles

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, Melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the Shabbat candles.”


This blessing is said whenever something pleasant that has not happened for a while is encountered. The blessing is also recited upon such occasions as affixing a mezuzah (particularly on a new home).

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, Melekh ha’olam, she’heheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higi’anu la’z’man ha’ze.

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.”


Ancient Three Fold Blessing

Y’va-reh’ch’cha Adonai v’yish m’reh-cha
Ya-eir Adonai pa-nav ei-leh-cha vi-chi-neh-ka
Yi-sa Adonai pa-nav ei-leh-cha v’ya-seim l’cha shalom

“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord lift His face upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”