Shabbat Services

shabbat shirazTemple B’nai Tikvah offers a variety of inspiring Shabbat services to meet the diverse interests and needs of our community.

Take a video tour of the Temple’s beautiful sanctuary with one of our former spiritual leaders, Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman:


To find out more about the different Shabbat services below, please contact the Temple office at 403-252-1654 or by email

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Our regular Kabbalat Shabbat service takes place every Friday at 8:00 pm. The services are led by our Rabbi, using the Mishkan T’filah siddur.  Vocals, guitar and/or piano adds a rich layer of Musical accompaniment to the prayers, in addition to the harmonies of the congregation.

Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat morning services are led by our Rabbi and begin at 10:15 am.  During the Torah service, congregants are invited to engage in a participatory Torah study, asking questions and discussing the parshah.

Family Shabbat Service

On the first Friday of each month, we host a family Shabbat service. We invite members to join us for a pizza party half an hour before the service begins. Our 30 minute-long family service, led by our Rabbi, is fun and interactive, and a great way to introduce children to the songs and structure of the Shabbat service.

Shabbat Shiraz and Musical Service

Every fourth Friday, we open a few bottles of wine alongside plates of cheese and crackers, and invite our members to join us for Shabbat Shiraz, prior to our Shabbat service, to visit and unwind at the end of the week. Our musical service, led by our Rabbi along with a number of our Temple musicians, introduces new music in combination with more traditional liturgy, for an uplifting and lively evening.

Our Shabbat Shiraz service is full of wonderful prayers and music, including this very popular take on Matisyahu’s “One Day” and Craig Taubman’s version of “Hashkiveinu.”

Chant Service

Chanting, the melodic and rhythmic repetition of a sacred phrase, is a way of transforming the words of the liturgy so that they become a path for shifting our consciousness to our own energy, and the energy of the group around us. The chant service is a meditative service, based in the practices of Rabbi Shefa Gold, focusing on a few different chants and full of music designed to engage both body and soul.  The service is held monthly on Saturday mornings in the chapel.

Renewal Service

A group of Temple members hold a Renewal service on the first Friday evening of each month in the small chapel. It is a passionate and informal gathering. We welcome you to bring your voices and instruments, and join us for poetry, blessings, and the songs of Leonard Cohen, Shefa Gold, David Taubman, Shlomo Carlebach and more.

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