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Shabbat Services During Social Distancing

Shabbat Livestreamed:

While we are unable to be together in person, Beth Ahabah will be streaming Friday Shabbat services to our YouTube Channel (Congregation Beth Ahabah, Richmond, VA). Please Subscribe to our channel!

These streamed services will be every Friday at 6:15pm. (There will be no 7:30pm services during this period.) 

Please check the calendar for other services and programming which have been made virtual, cancelled, or postponed.

Access to our prayer book:

Thank you to the CCAR Press for providing the Mishkan T'filah for Shabbat prayer book in a FREE online flip book:
Click here to access the flip book. (how to use the flip book)

Mishkan T'filah for Shabbat prayer book is also available for purchase in the following places online:
• Discounted Amazon Kindle Edition: click here​​​​​
• Print book from the publisher: click here for regular print (click here for large print)

(photo credit: Terry Brown)

Shabbat Services

Come join in Beth Ahabah’s Shabbat evening services! Everyone—members, non-members, visitors and students—is welcome to attend and participate in all of our worship services, which are free of charge.

Beth Ahabah offers many different kinds of Shabbat services throughout the year, but they are always interactive and many feature music from Beth Ahabah’s outstanding choirs.

Our siddur, or prayer book, is Mishkan T’filah, the newest prayer book of the Reform movement.

Fridays From Labor Day through Memorial Day Weekend:

Fourth Friday services begin at 7:30pm, and all other Friday services begin at 6:15pm. Please always check the calendar each week for times as changes to this schedule occur due to holidays or other special events.

  • On First Fridays, the evening begins with light snacks at 5:45 p.m. before a 6:15 p.m. service featuring Kol Simchah (our Youth Choir) followed by a Congregational Shabbat Dinner ($10/adult; children free) and supervised activities for children while adults enjoy socializing after dinner.
  • On most Fridays each month, services are at 6:15pm preceded by a Pre-Neg or light snack at 5:45 pm.
  • The fourth Friday service begins at 7:30 pm and is followed by an Oneg reception and often features the the Beth Ahabah Choir.

Fridays During the Summer Months:

  • Services are held in the Gumenick Chapel at 6:15 p.m.
  • A Pre-Neg Shabbat at 5:45 p.m. precedes the service.


Check the calendar for Shabbat morning and/or afternoon services when we are observing and celebrating a child becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Shabbat morning services begin at 10:00am, and afternoon services begin at 5:00pm.

Special Services:

  • Once a month, services feature our adult volunteer choir, directed by Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman and Music Director Natan Berenshteyn, whose music ranges from contemporary to classical.
  • Our smallest congregants are celebrated as well with Tot Shabbat, an informal Shabbat service for very young children and their families which is held about once a month. Tot Shabbat includes a short service, followed by a snack and activities. They are held on Saturday mornings at 9:00am.
  • At some Shabbat evening services during the year, we honor members of the Congregation, such as volunteers or our auxiliary groups. On occasion, we use creative services made especially for the evening and welcome guest speakers to the Congregation.

For more information on our Shabbat services, contact the Temple office at (804) 358-6757.

Wed, October 27 2021 21 Cheshvan 5782