Worship and Ritual at Temple Beth Ami
Temple Beth Ami's Shabbat, holiday and minyan services are designed to emphasize the Congregation's overall philosophy of participatory activity and the meaning of Judaism in contemporary society. Our services are a blend of the traditional and the innovative, with an expansive use of music. Our services stress the living aspect of Judaism in our everyday lives and integrate lifecycle events into Congregational activity. To insure that these concepts contribute to a meaningful experience for all members of the Congregation, special family services are scheduled throughout the year.
On Friday December 19, 2008, Temple Beth Ami began a new era when we formally adopted a new siddur, Mishkan T’filah, as our sole Shabbat prayer book. It is expected that Mishkan T’filah will continue the Reform Movement’s tradition of liturgical innovation.
An introduction written by Rabbis Elyse Frishman and Peter Knobel describes how “the title Miskhan T’filah was drawn from Exodus 25:8 where God commands us to build a portable sanctuary that can accompany us on our wanderings. 'And let them build Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.' Mishkan T’filah is a dwelling place for prayer, one that moves with us wherever we might be physically or spiritually. It offers the opportunity for God, the individual and community to meet."