Congregational Services

All are invited to attend these services. Parents are encouraged to bring their children. The Shabbat Chapel Minyan includes longtime Emanuel members and newcomers, women and men, children and elders, people who want to learn new davening skills and people who just enjoy being in a cozy setting, people with limited Hebrew skills and expert daveners. You may also visit our Youth and Family Services page for information on other service options for families.

There are a myriad of service options to choose from:

  • Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Shabbat Morning
  • Shabbat Chapel Minyan
  • Shabbat Alive
  • Daily Minyanim

Kabbalat Shabbat

Traditional Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Fridays at 6:30 pm in the Gann Chapel

Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz and Hazzan Sheini Daniel J. Nesson usher in Shabbat in the Gann Chapel, leading the congregation in song, prayer and a D’var Torah at this weekly service.

Shabbat Morning

Hashkama (Early) Minyan, Saturdays at 6:45 am in the Gann Chapel

The Hashkama Minyan, is a fully egalitarian, lay led-service that meets every Shabbat of the year, and is followed by a fabulous sit-down breakfast. For Torah, Haftarah, and davening opportunities please contact Hazzan Sheini Daniel J. Nesson or click for more information about the daily minyanim.

Shabbat Chapel Minyan

The Shabbat Chapel Minyan is a fully egalitarian, traditional lay-led Shabbat morning service that convenes twice monthly at 9:30 am in the intimacy of the Gann Chapel. Members lead davening, chant Torah and Haftarah and deliver divrei Torah.

The upcoming Shabbat Chapel Minyan dates for 2016-2017 (5777) are:

Feb 6, Feb 27*, Mar 19*, Apr 16, May 7, May 28*, Jun 18

* On these dates, there will also be musical services, enhanced with instruments, in the Rabbi Chiel Sanctuary.

There are many opportunities for participating in the service and volunteers are needed and welcomed. Please contact one of the Minyan coordinators if you are interested in participating in the service or in minyan social events. The coordinators for 5777 are:

  • Ralph Isberg – (617) 636-3993
  • Sidney Kadish – (617) 969-7548

If you would like to be added to the Chapel Minyan email list, send a blank email to  If you have any questions, please write to Alan Shuchat.

Read some of the selected Past Drashot / Divrei Tefila delivered by our participants.

Shabbat Alive!

Fridays at 6:30 pm in the Rabbi Samuel Chiel Sanctuary

Our musical service, Shabbat Alive!, begins at 6:30 pm in the Rabbi Samuel Chiel Sanctuary.  Join Rabbi Michelle Robinson and Hazzan Elias Rosemberg for this uplifting service.

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

So remarked 19th century German-Jewish poet and author, Berthold Auerbach.

Every week at Temple Emanuel his words are borne out.  We arrive on Friday evening covered with the dust of everyday life.  We walk into the Sanctuary stressed and preoccupied.  Then, with the first notes of Hinei Ma Tov, the dust begins to wash away.  As we sing and pray and rejoice together, we are transported.  Individuals become a community in song, raising one voice together in joy, until we finally are on our feet, singing not just with our voices but with our souls.  We leave with the buzz of renewal that is the promise Shabbat brings.

These are the melodies that transport us.  We offer you this taste of Shabbat Alive as an invitation to come join us every Friday evening from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm for a traditional, fully participatory Shabbat evening service, with song and instrumentation.

All are Welcome!