Worship

A congregational community accords the sacred privilege of participation in one another’s lives. We at Bet David have understood this for more than 40 years. We welcome new lives through birth. We celebrate marriage. We confront illness and loss. We do these things together. The knowledge that we are not alone imbues our experiences with meaning.

The weekly celebration of Shabbat has long served the Jewish community as our primary act of communal prayer. In fact, tradition teaches that Shabbat, above all other holidays and festivals, is Judaism’s most sacred day. Our varied service formats allow for a wide expression of Jewish worship—permitting us to deepen our connections to God, to one another, and to our best and most authentic selves as well. As the needs of our members change, so do our worship opportunities. We hope that you will find a service that allows you to feel comfortable and spiritually uplifted.

Friday Evenings
Erev Shabbat Service
Every Friday · 18.00 · Synagogue

Beautiful music, meaningful prayer, and a d’var Torah or short sermon, highlight this spiritual travel from the work week into Shabbat. Every last Friday a month the service includes a special Blessing for those who had birthday the past month.

Our Kid’s club meets every Friday at 18.00 inside the Synagogue for great fun activities with Kendyll (supervised child care).

Shabbat BeYachad
Once a month · 18:00 · Synagogue

Music, prayer, and stories! Starting with candle lighting, our Family Shabbat brings families with young children and our congregation together.

Saturday Mornings
Shabbat Morning Service
Every Saturday · 10:00 a.m. · Synagogue

Characterised by engaging rabbinical leadership, this service features a blend of traditional and contemporary melodies, Hebrew prayers, English readings, Torah reading, and a sermon around themes found in the week’s Torah portion. This service is followed by a B’rachah in the garden.

Our Torah study group meets before the service every Saturday at 08h45 in the Rondavel.

Tot Shabbat
Shabbat Morning Service for Children between 5 and 10
Every Saturday · 10:00 a.m., followed by fun activities till 12:00 · Children’s Lounge

This brief, children’s experience is facilitated by Kendyll. All welcome!

Festivals
We celebrate all the Jewish festivals according our progressive Jewish tradition – for further details please see our calendar and our festival overview.