Shabbat morning is our primary time for services. We are very proud of our Main Sanctuary service, which is the primary venue for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of learning to come together in prayer.
The service runs from 9:00am-12:00pm, but as Rabbi Krupnick likes to teach, it begins for you whenever you get there. The service features beautiful traditional prayers led by our hazzan (we love to sing), words of Torah shared by our rabbis (we love to learn) and a full Torah reading by our corps of over one hundred (and counting) readers trained by our hazzan.
The congregation follows the reading in the Eitz Chaim Chumash. Newcomers to Beth El overwhelmingly tell us that they appreciate our “laid back” and “engaging” style and we are proud to provide such a welcoming setting for all.
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturdays: 9:00am (Torah Service: 10:00am)
COVID-19 Policies updated 10/27/21:
Beth El has consistently adhered to Federal, State and Local guidance. That has served us well. It’s allowed us to have a fully functional on-site ECC program and to reopen our building gradually for various purposes. We have successfully gathered in person and enjoy coming together with everyone who is comfortable being here with us.
The CDC and State of New Jersey both continue to recommend wearing masks indoors regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status. Beth El is adhering to this recommendation, and continues to require masks for all congregants, visitors and staff at all times and in all spaces in Beth El (other than for the staff in the administrative office, private offices, or when our clergy are leading services). Masks are required for everyone while attending services. There is no longer any requirement of social distancing, but we have found that those joining us for services are creating the space they need when in the Sanctuary or Chapel.
To be clear: Proof of vaccination is not required to attend services, but we are still requesting that members show proof of vaccination to the staff member or volunteer at sign-in. We believe that it is important to be vaccinated if you are eligible. It is required for some in-person programming we offer, and by showing proof of vaccination, you will be added to our master list of fully vaccinated members. If you are a member of Beth El and would like to be added (or have your family members added) to our Fully Vaccinated master list, please do so in one of the following ways:
- Upload an image/photo of your vaccination card, you may do so using this secure link: UPLOAD VACCINATION CARD.The image of the card you share will be deleted once it is recorded on our list.
- Contact the main office and arrange a time to stop by Beth El so that one of our office staff can verify proof of being fully vaccinated and enter your name(s) onto our list.
- Come for Morning Minyan; Monday through Friday at 7:30am or Sunday at 9:00am. Bring your proof of vaccination with you, and it will be recorded on our list.
- Come for Evening Minyan; Sunday through Thursday at 7:00pm. Bring your proof of vaccination with you, and it will be recorded on our list.
- Join us for Shabbat on Friday nights or Saturday mornings. Bring your proof of vaccination with you, and it will be recorded on our list.
- If you have a meeting or appointment scheduled at Beth El for any reason, bring your proof of vaccination with you, and it will be recorded on our list.
As per the CDC: People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine.
We are delighted that we are once again hosting our Kiddush for the congregation indoors starting on Saturday, November 13. Masks will be worn by all when not sitting at your table eating. The Kiddush buffet will be set-up in the Foyer, and there will be three rooms available for eating:
- One room where anyone can sit, including any individual that is unvaccinated.
- One room reserved for fully vaccinated individuals.
- One room reserved for families with children ineligible to be vaccinated and any individual that is fully vaccinated.
We understand some of our members may not be ready to stay for Kiddush, and of course that’s up to each individual.
Families celebrating simchas also have the option of either having their own room for their guests and enjoying the same Kiddush provided to the congregation or they can host a private Kiddush following services so long as they follow Federal, State and Local guidelines. Simcha families are of course invited to join us for our congregational Kiddush as well.
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, cough, loss of taste and/or smell or shortness of breath, or are simply not feeling well, please stay home and join our programming virtually. These guidelines are for the safety, health and well-being of all in our community.
We look forward to seeing you in shul!