At Congregation Ner Tamid, we seek to create a worship experience that is uplifting, inspiring, comforting, engaging, and participatory. Our worship style honors both Jewish tradition and the modern spirit that is the hallmark of Reform Judaism, combining a well-balanced blend of Hebrew and English, opportunities for contemplative reflection, and a thoughtful sermon. Because we believe that music is integral to a moving worship experience, services are filled with music, using both traditional and contemporary melodies, and accompanied in a variety of ways.
Friday Evenings ~ Times may vary, please check the monthly calendar for updates.
Location: Joyce and Jerome Mack Sanctuary and Solomon Beit Tefillah
Shabbat is a celebratory time for Congregation Ner Tamid. At the heart of our Shabbat experience is our worship services. Led by Rabbi Sanford Akselrad and Cantor Jessica Hutchings, our services provide a nice blending of traditional and more recent melodies. From singable songs to inspiring solos, the Congregation seeks to draw worshipers into a highly participatory and inspiring service each week.
Every Friday – 7:00pm (except during Shir Shabbats)
Shir Shabbat – 6:15 pm
Our Shir Shabbats are fun, engaging, perfect for families with young children and of course musical. Since our Shir Shabbats are geared for families with young children, the service will begin at 6:15 pm. Join us on most first Fridays of the month. Our first Shir Shabbat will be held on November 2.
Birthday Shabbat – 7:00 pm
Our CNT Members are important to us and we like to make your birthday a big deal at CNT. Therefore, on the 2nd Friday of each month we celebrate all birthdays. Rabbi Akselrad and Cantor Hutchings will call you to the bimah for a special Birthday Blessing.
Shabbat in the Round – 7:00 pm
We are always looking for ways to engage our congregation and we are excited to announce the introduction of Shabbat in the Round. Shabbat in the Round will be held on the last Friday of the month.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Every Saturday – 8:45am
Study the Parshat HaShavuah, the Torah portion assigned for the week. The group engages in an open discussion on the meaning of the portion and the relevance in today’s world through the use of multiple commentaries and personal reflection. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or text study experience is necessary for this study group. All study supplies and Torahs are provided.
Every Saturday – 9:45am
Location: Solomon Beit Tefillah
This service is lay led and everyone is invited to participate and contribute to the service. The Torah portion of the week is read. The service is open to every one of all ages.
Our Jewish Heritage
Every Saturday – 11:00am
We read and discuss the evolution of Judaism as a religion from early tribal developments to the destruction of the Second Temple and beyond, from the Reformed Judaism point of view.
Tot Shabbat – 6:15 pm
Congregation Ner Tamid welcomes Shabbat with a lively celebration for families with children ages 2 – 7 with songs, story time and lots of fun. Our Tot Shabbat service will make you clap your hands, stomp your feet, and lift your voices to sing along. The service and art project are designed for children ages 2 – 7 and parents or guardian are required to attend. Tot Shabbat is designed to get your kids excited about going to temple and being part of the Jewish community. The service and craft are free and open to children and families. The services and fun are led by Rabbi Akselrad, Cantor Hutchings and Lonnie Kritzler, Director of Education. This wonderful service is made possible through the generous donation of the CNT Sisterhood.
Come celebrate Havdallah in your PJS! Children will be making a special Havdallah project, enjoying hot cocoa & cookies, and then share in the beauty of the Havdallah ceremony with Sam Glaser. Parents must accompany child. Facilitated by our Preschool Director, Lonnie Kritzler, program is open to our Preschool & religious families.
The Shabbatones Service is an interactive Shabbat service with full instrumental accompaniment where everybody is encouraged to: CLAP, PRAY, SING, DANCE AND ENJOY! Our Shabbatones Service fills our sanctuary to beyond capacity each and every time. The Shabbatones Band members include Mike Adler, Eddie Birch, Tracie Birch, David Miller, Jay Poster, Glori Rosenberger, David Rubinstein, Ira Spector, Brad Torchin, Taylor Wachman and Cantor Hutchings. This is one service you won’t want to miss!
An extra-special Shabbat service all about Noah and his Ark!
Join us for a special Shabbat service for the whole family. A Petting Zoo, snack and art project for everyone to enjoy. The service and project are geared towards preschool and young families with children ages 2-7 years old and their siblings and parents. The petting zoo is open for all to enjoy! Rabbi Akselrad, Cantor Hutchings, Lonnie Kritzler, Michael Mehr and are our wonderful song leaders will lead the service.
Shabbat B’yachad (meaning “together”) is a time for our community to celebrate Shabbat and share a meal with family and friends. Please join us for our community service and dinner; bring a bottle of wine and dessert to share with your family and friends.
Pop-Up Shabbat is a community wide Shabbat service held outside of the shul. Join us as we close the Shul on Shabbat and head downtown for our epic community-wide Pop-Up Shabbat at El Cortez. For SECURITY purposes pre-registration is required. All ages are welcome! Pop-Up Shabbat will include Friday night musical Shabbat Service with guest band, Kosher One and Dancing.