Shabbat Services

Temple Am Shalom offers a place for all Jews to celebrate Shabbat through worship, music, and communal participation. We warmly welcome non-Jewish and other spiritual seekers to celebrate along with us.

We abide by Reform Judaism tenets and practices. Shabbat services are informal, interactive, and often quite lively. A blend of English and Hebrew prayer is customary, and music similarly mixes traditional and contemporary melodies.

Throughout the year, Shabbat services are held bi-weekly on Friday evenings, alternating between an 8pm service for adults and a 6:45pm service for families with children. A simple oneg usually follows these evening services, allowing us to mingle and to revitalize our friendships and community connections.

From November through May, 10am bi-weekly Saturday morning services are added to the Friday evening services, offering further opportunities to worship, discuss Jewish themes, and to meet and connect with each other.

Our prayer books are: Gates of Prayer: The New Union Prayerbook (1975), used for our weekly services, and The Gates of Repentance (rev. 1996), used for High Holy Days. Both books are available at the Temple in limited numbers for visitors, but we ask that you bring your own book for High Holy Days.

We strongly encourage you to buy your prayer books from these local booksellers (and tell them Temple Am Shalom sent you!):

Jacob’s Judaica Book & Gift Center
1873 S. Taylor Road
Cleveland, OH 44118
216.321.7200

Frank’s Hebrew Book Store
14425 Cedar Road
South Euclid, OH 44121
216.291.9847

Life Cycle Observances

Temple Am Shalom’s spiritual leaders strive to establish personal connections with our congregants, and they are prepared and willing to both celebrate and to mourn with you. Judaism is blessed with rituals and traditions that enrich life passages, whether through emotions of joy or those of sorrow. Whatever the event, our leaders and our congregation strive to be “present” and available to help you through your life events with dignity, meaning, and grace.

The Temple offers the following life-cycle events:

Consecration

B’nai Mitzvah

Confirmation

Conversion

Adult B’nai Mitzvah

Weddings

Funerals

Yahrzeits

Contact us for further information or assistance at tasmentor@gmail.com or call the Temple at 440.255.1544.

Holiday and Festival Observances

Temple Am Shalom formally celebrates Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot.

We informally observe Yom Hashoah V’Hagevurah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Independence Day), commonly in conjunction with nearby Reform temples and/or local associations.

All services are open to the public. High Holy Day tickets are reserved for members-in-good-standing—guest tickets are available for purchase.

Please consult the Calendar page for specifics.