Beth El offers both Conservative and Orthodox worship opportunities. All are welcome to attend services in either community.
Our Conservative Services are egalitarian and conducted mostly in Hebrew, with English translations and transliterations available. In conjunction with the rabbi, men and women lead services, serve as gabbaim, and read Torah and Haftarah. Our services are mostly lay-led, and anyone who has completed a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is encouraged to participate as a prayer leader.
Conservative services take place in the main sanctuary, three or four times a week:
- every Saturday morning, beginning at 9:30 am
- Sunday mornings at 9:30 am
- Wednesday mornings at 8:00 am (7:45 am on Rosh Chodesh); at the Freedman Center, 1008 Watts Street, followed by breakfast and Rabbi Greyber’s class, “Exodus: Verse by Verse.”
- Rabbi Greyber teaches a class that includes reading and translating the Book of Exodus, along with English commentary by the medieval commentators. No Hebrew knowledge required. Feel free to drop in.
- select Friday evenings at 6:00 pm. Check the calendar for details.
Members of our Orthodox Community conduct services every Shabbat and on holidays in our Orthodox sanctuary. The services begin at 9:00 am and follow traditional Orthodox ritual and liturgy. Click here for more information about the Orthodox Kehillah. These services are currently being held in the Freedman Center, 1008 Watts Street, Durham, NC.
Alongside these regular services, we have a number of special services each year, including an egalitarian chavurah (with an Orthodox liturgy), Synaplex Shabbat, and our immersive Shabbat 25 program. We also have special services for children and offer babysitting during many Shabbat services.
Beth El welcomes anyone with special needs. In an effort to ensure that everyone can participate fully, “buddies” will be available through the Jewish Federation’s BRIDGES program to help anyone with special needs. Please contact the office in advance if your family would like to be partnered with a “buddy.”
If you would like an honor at services or have a special life cycle event to recognized with an honor at services, please email the gabbaim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The use of cameras, video equipment, and cell phones is not allowed during Shabbat services.
We ask that all men wear kippot during services.