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Shabbat Services

Everyone is welcome.

Beginning in September 2023, B'nai Or Shabbat Services will be held twice monthly, generally one Friday Kabbalat Service and one Shabbat Morning Service. In addition, "Pop-up Shabbats" (short, Friday night services), Havdalah gatherings, and weather permitting, Shabbat in Nature Services are frequently scheduled. The majority of our services are multi-accessible (Zoom and in-person). 

Shabbat Service Zoom links can be found on the Calendar page and the information below. In-person services, unless specified otherwise, are held at:

First Parish in Waltham

50 Church Street

Waltham, MA

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To become a MEMBER of B'nai Or, click HERE.

Please use the below ZOOM Information for the listings shown below -- unless noted otherwise:

Meeting ID: 482 721 1484

Passcode: 031942

May 2024

Friday, May 3, 7:30 PM. Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Parashat Achrei Mot) led by Reb Ariel and Special Guest Co-leader, Hadar Ahuvia. Currently attending Hebrew College, Hadar is a performer, dancer, choreographer, singer, Jewish educator, and ritual facilitator.

FPW - Chapel. Oneg kiddush following the evening service. Host Tribe: Shabbat

May 10-12. Annual Community Retreat on Cape Cod. Back by popular request, we're delighted to announce that Joel Segel will lead this year's retreat. Registration is closed.

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 AM. Shabbat Morning Service (Parashat Emor) led by Reb Ariel. Whitcomb Hall. A vegetarian potluck kiddush will follow the morning service. Please bring whatever you like to eat (enough to share). Host Tribe: Rainbow River

Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM. Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Parashat Bechukotai) led by Reb Ariel. FPW - Chapel. Oneg kiddush following the evening service. Host Tribe: Roots

June 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 PM (NOTE TIME). Shavuot, A Community-led Evening of Learning and Discussion. Whitcomb Hall. Check HERE for details.


Saturday, June 15, 10:00 AM. Shabbat Morning Service (Parashat Nasso) led by Reb Ariel, and co-led by Rabbi David Curiel, in Whitcomb Hall. Oneg sponsored by Teresa Lessin and Toni Fentin in memory of Paul Lessin and Rick Fentin.


Friday, June 28, 7:30 PM. Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Parashat SH'lach) led by Reb Ariel, and co-led by Joel Segel. FPW - Chapel. *NOTE: Weather permitting, this service will be held in Nature. Stay tuned.


Summer Shabbat Services, Events, or Gatherings will be announced by June 15, 2024.

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Covid Guidelines: B'nai Or of Boston In-person Services

  • We expect that everyone is vaccinated, even if not caught up with the newest booster.

  • Do not come if you are feeling ill. Do not rationalize that “it’s just a cold”.

  • If you become ill within 10 days after attending a service/event in person, let the B'nai Or Executive Director know.

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