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Rock Shabbat

An evening of music, worship, spirituality. A perfect occasion to share with family, newcomers and guests. Once a month—with time off over the summer!

The Temple Beth El Rock Shabbat Band: front, Dror Sinai, left, and Shmuel Thaler; back from left, Andy Yanowitz, Peter Weiss-Penzias, Michael Levy, Anya Ismael, Rabbi Shifra Weiss-Penzias, Shahir Elshyeb, and Rabbi Paula Marcus.

   Rock Shabbat ~ October 26, 7:30 PM
Sponsored by Ray and Jenny Kaupp and David and Helen Resneck-Sannes
   Rock Shabbat 60 for 60 in honor of Rabbi Paula’s birthday ~ November 16, 7:30 PM
Sponsored by Scott Roseman and Jasmine Berke, Marcia Meyer, Marilyn Rigler and Judi Wyant
   Rock of Ages ~ December 7, 7:00 PM
Sponsored by Lenore Hindin, Rose and Felix Ashford
   Rock Shabbat ~ January 11, 7:30 PM
Sponsored by Chavurah by the Sea: Cytron-Thaler, Leopold, Barnes-Castro, Silverglate, Sloss, Sunberg and Zelin-Underwood families
   Rock Shabbat ~ April 12, 7:30 PM
Sponsored by Carolyn and Curt Coleman, Bob Katz and Leola Lapides, Amy and David Harrington
   Rock Shabbat ~ May 17, 7:30 PM
Sponsored by Jackie and Michael Tuttle, Lenny and Geri Wolff, Gus and Wilma Gold, Dave Ptak and Meryl Selman

All Rock Shabbats scheduled for 2018-19 are now sponsored! However, we welcome multiple sponsors for each Rock Shabbat. If you’re still interested in supporting Rock Shabbat please contact Esther at The sponsorship fee is $500 per group.

Once upon a Shabbat, there was this beautiful service that appeared on the horizon. All the congregants were in awe. Gorgeous melodies abounded. Families swayed together to the beat. A community was reaffirmed. All was good in the Land of Temple Beth El. Rock Shabbat prospered and its offspring, Beth El Bim Bam (formerly known as Tot Rock Shabbat), brought special joy to youngsters and their families.

The magic of Rock Shabbat and Beth El Bim Bam is made possible by the rich, creative sounds of our Rock Shabbat Band: Michael Levy (piano), Rabbi Paula Marcus (guitar, vocals), Rabbi Shifra Weiss-Penzias (vocals), Peter Weiss (guitar, vocals), Dror Sinai (percussion, vocals), Shahir Elshyeb (bass), Shmuel Thaler (harmonica), and guest artists. Andy Yanowitz handles the sound and light systems. It's a tremendous draw for younger families and prospective members. The Janet Rothchild Rock Shabbat Fund is once again the generous season underwriter for both Rock Shabbat and Beth El Bim Bam Shabbat. Check the schedule below to let us know if you or your family, friends, chavurah or business wants to sponsor a Rock Shabbat or Beth El Bim Bam Shabbat (18/19 schedule to be announced). If you'd like to make sure these magical musical experiences continue, contact the Temple office (479-3444), Gail Michaelis-Ow (423-0128 or, or Michael Rein (440-9835 or

Thu, December 13 2018 5 Tevet 5779