Worship With Us

COVID-19 Update: 

We are offering our Friday Shabbat Service via Zoom video conference at this time.  Once Kent County test positive rates fall to 5% or lower we will be able to welcome people back to our sanctuary once again.  Please contact our office for the most up to date information.

Worship is a central part of community life at Temple Emanuel. Our services are lively, musical, and engaging.

Friday Night Services

Temple Emanuel holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 6:00 p.m. Shabbat evening services times may vary due to special events or holidays, check the Temple Calendar for service times.

What to expect during the service

  • Most services are held in our sanctuary, however, services are sometimes held outdoors in the Padnos Family Courtyard when weather permits.
  • We use the prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, which are available as you walk into the sanctuary. Some of our service is in Hebrew.  All prayers are transliterated and translated in our prayer books.
  • If we are having a family service that uses our family prayer books, they will be available as you enter the sanctuary.
  • Kippah, for men and women, are available for use during services.  Wearing a kippah is a personal choice, and is not required to participate in services.
  • Services last about an hour and involve songs, prayers, and poetry.  There is the occasional standing as well.
  • Our rabbi is fantastic at letting people know about the parts of the service, when to stand, and what page we are on!
  • We have coloring trays and crayons for kids.

Oneg Shabbat following Friday night services

Oneg Shabbat is a social hour that is immediately after services. We say the blessings over wine (kiddush) and the bread (hamotzi) and then we snack on various treats hosted by congregants. Would you like to sponsor? It’s a high honor. Please click here to Sponsor an Oneg!


Havdalah services, which celebrate the end of Shabbat (Saturday nights), are held occasionally, usually in conjunction with a holiday, festival or a B’nei Mitzvah.

Healing & Yizkor Services

Periodically, we hold healing services, often in conjunction with holidays and festivals.