FRIDAY SHABBAT ON YouTube
Use the contact us tab at the top to get on our weekly newsletter list with a link to our pre-recorded Friday Shabbat Service or subscribe to the B’nai Vail YouTube page. You will be the first to know when the weekly video is queued up for broadcast on Friday evenings.
Join us every Friday night at the Vail Interfaith Chapel at 5:00 p.m. for a warm welcome and early Oneg. Visitors and residents gather to welcome Shabbat with coffee and treats before our Service begins at 6:00. The custom-made, B’nai Vail siddur includes traditional prayers with transliterations, as well as meaningful English readings. Rabbi Newman delivers a brief weekly lesson, and invites congregant participation and Cantor Michelle Levy joins with tunes that you will recognize from your past or can easily catch on for a joyous and uplifting Shabbat. Services are concluded by 7:00.
Saturday Morning Summer Shabbat
Creekside: B’nai Vail offers an outdoor Creekside Shabbat Morning Service outside the Vail Interfaith Chapel during the summer months. This is a Torah Service and we welcome participation in honors such as Torah reading, aliyot, and English readings. An inspirational message from Rabbi Newman explains the weekly portion, and Cantor Michelle wakes up the spirit with her lively and heartfelt music.
Mountaintop: Twice each summer, B’nai Vail takes advantage of the beautiful mountain setting. Special services are held on the Wedding Deck at the top of the Lionshead gondola. A lift ticket is required to attend these services, and members are encouraged to sign up to join in a special oneg either before or after the service. These services are generously sponsored/underwritten by members of the B’nai Vail community.
Family Shabbat/Havdalah Dinner and Services at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel
Young families join together once a month for a joyous Friday evening Shabbat or Saturday evening Havdalah service with Cantor Michelle. After a hearty pot luck dinner, parents and children sing new a familiar songs to celebrate the Sabbath. This is a great way for young families to connect and make new friends, as well as reinforce the lessons from the Religious School program.
Yahrzeit and Misheberach
Our congregation strives to meet the needs of all of our members and visitors. Each Friday night, Rabbi Newman reads the names of those observing a yahrzeit or memorial anniversary that month, and gives time for those attending to say the names of those not on the list. We also include the Misheberach, or blessing for healing as part of the service, and encourage congregants to say the names of those in need of healing.
A name can be added to the yahrzeit list for reading at a service, for the month containing the anniversary of the memorial and at Yom Kippur by contacting the B’nai Vail office.