Adding Meaning to Life

Erev Shabbat (Friday Night)

An artist cannot be continually wielding his brush.  He must stop at times in is painting to freshen his vision of the object, the meaning of which he wishes to express on canvas,  Living is also an art. … 
The Sabbath represents those moments when we pause in our brush work to renew our vision  of this object.  Having done so, we take ourselves to our painting with clarified vision and renewed energy.  

(Mordecai Kaplan, The Meaning of God in Modern Jewish Thought)

On Friday nights, Valley Beth Shalom is filled with song.  Every week there is a different type of prayer service that lifts the spirit, engages our culture, and draws families together. Typical Friday evenings offer Kabbalat Shabbat Minyan in Winer Chapel.  Scroll down to the blue footer at the bottom of this page for current times for the evening Minyan service.  Links to other types of Friday night services offered at VBS are below:

The services are described below.   Click below for more information.

ECC Shabbat-Join the Early Childhood Center for a Friday night service and story followed by a dairy potluck dinner.  Generally held First Friday night of the month, check the Calendar to confirm upcoming dates

Rimonim-A musical Shabbat service that combines song, prayer, and meditation, held on the Second Friday of the month.   Come as you are; leave transformed.  Services are preceded by Snack and Shmooze at 6PM, Services begin at 6:30 PM, and Shabbat dinner requiring advance reservations follows the service on designated dates

Farbrengen-Celebrate Jewish culture through music, comedy and entertainment. Services begin at 8:00 p.m

Shabbat Shira-On Selected Friday nights during the year, a variety of musical services.  Recent programs have included services featuring new melodies for our prayers written by contemporary composers, and services featuring involvement by the VBS Choir and other musical organizations in our community

For more information on any of these services, contact Janet Djalilmand in the clergy office at 818-530-4009.