Upcoming Services

What is the dress for Shabbat Evening Services?

Dressy casual is perfectly fine for Shabbat. However, if at the last minute, the spirit moves you to come to services and you do not have time to change, please come as you are. We want you to be with us!

What if it is difficult for me to arrive at temple by 6:15 pm?

Not to worry. A number of our members
come to services directly from the end of their work day. Please feel comfortable arriving any time after the service begins. It is wonderful to see our Sanctuary gradually fill as more and more people arrive to join their loved ones and friends for Shabbat. 

What are services like? Do I need to know Hebrew to appreciate the experience?

All of our services feature song, warmth, and spirit and are accessible to everyone. Our prayer book, “Mishkan T’filah” is transliterated for those who do not read Hebrew. Our rabbis and musical leaders guide us through the service thoughtfully with explanations and teachings to ensure that everyone is sharing in a meaningful way. For more information about “Mishkan T’filah” please go to www.ccarpress.org and search for “Mishkan T’filah.”

How can I celebrate a life moment with a special blessing during services?

If you are interested in celebrating a life moment (birth, anniversary, special life change) with a blessing during our Shabbat services, please contact either Rabbi Perlman (jperlman@tbsneedham.org), Rabbi Markley (tmarkley@tbsneedham.org) or Rabbi Bressler (jbressler@tbsneedham.org).  They will be happy to help.

Is it possible to purchase my own copy of our prayer book “Mishkan T’filah”?

Of course. To order your own copy of “Mishkan T’filah” (and/or a number of other Jewish books and resources) please go to www.ccarpress.org.

Some Often Asked Questions


Shabbat at Temple Beth Shalom is a time for spirited song, prayer, and sharing as a community. We invite you to end your week with us as we seek inspiration in time shared with community.


Our Shabbat evening services are rich with beautiful music led by our Cantorial Intern, DJ Fortine or Emily Perlman. Our services feature guitar, piano, percussion, oftentimes flute, and always our voices raised together in song.


The prayer book’s poetry and a thought-provoking weekly D’var Torah (”Torah Teaching”) inspires reflection and provides timely insight as we consider how Jewish wisdom might inform our own life journeys.

“Simchat Shabbat” Service:

This special monthly service most often occurs on the first Friday of the month. It is a music-filled service that features our wonderful Youth Choir, birthday blessings, and added joyful spirit. While these services do bring together many families, they are inspirational for all ages!

Shabbat Evening Services


First and Second Friday of the Month: 7:15 – 8:30 pm

These ‘later’ services are followed by a delicious “oneg” (a joyful reception complete with sweet refreshments).


Third, Fourth, and Fifth Friday of the Month: 6:15 – 7:30 pm

These ‘earlier’ services are preceded by a delicious pre-service oneg (hors d’oeuvres [bagel bites, mozzarella sticks, cheese, cut vegetables etc.], wine, juice) beginning at 5:30 pm in our beautiful Community Court. The earlier service time more easily allows families with children to attend and provides an opportunity for Shabbat dinner following services.

Shabbat Evening Schedule


Most Saturday mornings, our congregational Shabbat morning service is held in our Sanctuary beginning at 11:00 am. Poetry, music, prayer, and song blend as our B’nei Mitzvah join Rabbi Perlman, Rabbi Markley, Rabbi Bressler, and Cantorial Soloists DJ Fortine and Emily Perlman to make these services extra special.

Lay-Led Shabbat Morning Services:

Each Shabbat morning, from 8:30 am – 9:00 am, we gather in our Beit Midrash/Library for a beautiful lay led Shabbat morning service.  Our Torah Study session (which runs from 9:00 am – 10:00 am) takes the place of a formal Torah reading during the service.

Shabbat Morning Services


On several Shabbat afternoons throughout the year, beginning at 5:00 pm in our Sanctuary, our B’nei Mitzvah join our rabbis and cantorial soloists to in leading these inspirational services.

Shabbat Afternoon Services

Temple Beth Shalom

670 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494