From Thursday morning minyan to Shabbat services, our new sanctuary is home to services that reflect the very fabric of our community. Shabbat morning includes a reading of the weekly Torah portion with a lively discussion that brings both Rabbi and congregant together in spirited conversation. And of course the traditional coming of age observance is always a cause for celebration. Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are cherished occasions in the presence of both family and friends. Both a culmination and a new beginning, the Bar Mitzvah brings an end to our Religious studies while at the same time begins a lifetime of Jewish learning.
Shabbat is observed at CBS as it is around the world. Consistent with the traditions of Conservative Judaism, we take a collective step back from our daily lives and embrace the sanctity of the holiest day of the week. That time between sundown on Friday and the lighting of the Havdallah Candle on Saturday night, this is when the Jewish Community of Santa Clarita can reflect on what events have transpired and prepare for whatever the week to come may bring.
Our services include monthly Tot Shabbat for families with toddlers, USY Youth-led Shabbat, and Musical Shabbat services combining prayer with traditional melodies and lively instrumentation.
The Jewish Calendar is a feast of celebrations at Congregation Beth Shalom. The Torah comes alive as we begin the year with the High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our services are full of Ruach, the hebrew word for spirit, and the sounds of the CBS Adult Choir fill our new sanctuary.
As we finish one holiday we start the next with the building of our Sukkah. The holiday of Sukkot brings our Men’s Club Sponsors together with our Religious School to provide a place to lean in and learn. Our classrooms meet outside and congregants enjoy getting together to mingle and enjoy the celestial view.
From the joyous hakafot of Simchat Torah, to the noisy, gragger-filled reading of Megillat Esther for Purim, and the all-night learning sessions on Shavuot. Congregation Beth Shalom is a place to embrace the traditions that have kept the spirit of the Jewish people alive for millennia.
Being together in prayer and reflection is central to what makes Congregation Beth Shalom a sacred, spiritual community. Whether you are commemorating the passing of a loved one by reciting Yizkor, or introducing a new child into the world with a baby naming, CBS is a warm, welcoming environment where the cycles of Jewish life are observed and celebrated.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation accompanies the final year of Religious School education at CBS. We are blessed to have two of the finest tutors on staff to help guide students through the prayers, Maftir and Haftarah portions. By the time the day arrives, all of our Bnai Mitzvah are thoroughly prepared to step up on the bimah and become responsible members of the congregation.