Temple Emanuel – Grand Rapids

Worship Times

FRIDAY NIGHT: Our main community services are held on Friday nights at 6:00 PM, and are generally around an hour and 15 minutes immediately followed by our Oneg Shabbat. Oneg Shabbat is a social hour after services where we say the blessings over wine (kiddush) and bread (hamotzi).  opportunity to eat challah, wine/grape juice, and some light snacks. Would you like to sponsor the oneg Shabbat in honor or a special event or in the memory of a loved one? Sponsor an Oneg.

We offer several different Friday evening worship experiences:

General Friday night Worship

Temple Emanuel holds general Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 6:00 PM, and are generally around an hour and 15 minutes. This service features a stirring D’var Torah (a word of Torah) or a sermon (a commentary on current events in the world) along with musical settings that range from classical to contemporary. We use the siddur (prayer book) called Mishkan T’filah.

Family Shabbat

Once a month, Temple Emanuel has family Shabbat. This Shabbat is led by the clergy in conjunction with our religious school children. The Rabbi tells a child appropriate story and the musical settings are kid-friendly. We use the siddur (prayer book) called Mishkan T’filah for Youth.

Themed Shabbat

Several times a year, our Shabbat services surround a special theme. In the past, it has been Rock Shabbat, LGBT Pride Shabbat, Sephardic Shabbat, Yemenite Shabbat, and Classical Reform Shabbat, Israeli Shabbat, and MLK Shabbat.

Saturday Shabbat Services

We offer several different Shabbat morning worship experiences:

Tot Shabbat at 9:30

  1. This service is led by Rabbi Schadick. It is aimed at the age group of 2-6 years old. The morning features a few child-accessible prayers and activities and the participants all sit on the ground in a circle. 
  2. B’nei Mitzvah at 10am
    1. Many Saturday mornings feature a child becoming a B’nei Mitzvah (a child of the commandments)
  3. Masks are optional.

The Shabbat Morning Minyan at 10am

This service is a participatory and discussion-based experience. Between prayers, congregants are asked questions and conversation is generated within the minyan. Led by both the Cantor and Rabbi, this service is only an hour and 15 fifteen long.

Yoga & Meditation Shabbat.

  • Join certified yoga and mindfulness teacher – Corey Dane – to explore the themes of the Parasha.  
  • Yoga & Meditation Shabbat provides opportunities to more fully embody prayer through movement, breathwork, meditation, and song. 
  • There will be mat-based and chair-based movement options, time for silent prayer, a brief Torah teaching, and a recitation of Kaddish. Mats and props to assist your prayer practice will be provided; you may also bring your own. Everyone is welcome to attend. 
  • No previous experience with yoga, meditation, or prayer required. 
  • Masks are optional. Vaccination is recommended, not required. 
  • Yoga & Meditation Shabbat is supported by The Roseman Adult Education Fund.
  •  Questions about Yoga & Meditation Shabbat?  Email Corey: coreydane@gmail.com. Interested in sponsoring a Yoga & Meditation Shabbat?  Email: cathy@grtemple.org  
  • There is no formal registration. 
  • Park in the lot and enter as you would Friday evening. 
  • Arrive early enough to settle into the space. We start promptly at 9:00 AM and doors close/lock at 9:05 AM. 
  • We have mats and props, you’re also welcome to bring your own.
  • The program will be around an hour and thirty minutes.

Never done yoga? No problem! There will be lots of variations to make movements accessible in your body.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.