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Fun Shabbats planned at Congregation Beth Am this summer


While it’s summer vacation at school, Congregation Beth Am is not taking the season off as it hosts Shabbat in the Round and special themed shabbatos services to which the entire community is invited.

The CBA sanctuary will be arranged in “the round” with the bima moved to the center of the sanctuary. The Torah will be read from the middle of the congregation where everyone can see the text. The Shaliach Tzibor will conduct services from the midst of the congregation, facing the Ark, where all congregants will face each other with the lay leaders on the same level as the congregation, creating the opportunity for greater participation.

The first Friday of the month will be a birthday and anniversary celebration and the third Friday will be “Happy Hour at CBA,” complete with beer, wine and soft drinks, special hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The last Friday of each month will be a family dinner and service—in June it will be Pasta Pals and Prayer and in July, Pancakes PJs and Prayer. Friday night services begin at 7 p.m. with exception to the last Friday family service with dinner beginning at 6:15 p.m. followed by a service at 7.

Summer services are “Come as you are Shabbat,” wear shorts or casual wear on Friday nights is welcome and encouraged.

These summer shabbatos are hosted by the CBA membership and ritual committees.

For more information, please contact the CBA office at 407-862-3505 or shalom@congbetham.org.


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