Worship is central to the spiritual life of a synagogue. At Temple Solel, we believe that music, congregational connections, and learning with our Rabbi are what make our services so memorable. Music at services is led by our Cantor and is composed of both traditional and modern melodies, with active participation by the congregation encouraged. The traditional wearing of the kippah at all services and the tallit at morning services is welcomed. Mishkan Tefillah is used at all Shabbat Services.
Shabbat Service times for Friday evenings vary so please check the calendar for a schedule of services. Saturday morning Shabbat services begin at 10:00 am. The first Friday of every month is a Family Service. On both the Friday evening and Saturday Shabbat Services, congregants and guests should wear clothing appropriate for the sanctuary.
During Shabbat morning services when there is no Bar or Bat Mitzvah, we invite congregants to share their own perspective on the week's Torah portion, in place of a sermon from one our rabbi. There are a number of Shabbatot in the coming months with no Bar Mitzvah scheduled, please consider participating. You do not have to be a Torah expert or a Saturday morning regular! Rabbi Berk would be happy to help you prepare your remarks. Please consider making this important contribution to our community.
Our Temple follows the Israeli calendar of holiday observances: two days of Rosh Hashanah, one day of all other holidays. Yizkor services are held on Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, the seventh day of Passover and Shavuot.
The High Holy Days begin with a Selichot program and service. During the High Holy Days double services, early and late, are offered for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah morning, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning services. Tashlich Services are held at Cardiff Seaside State Beach. Every year, our families gather along the shoreline of Cardiff as we symbolically “toss our sins” into the Pacific Ocean. Temple Solel provides a light Break-the-Fast after the Yom Kippur Concluding Service. On Erev Sukkot we celebrate with a family picnic in the temple sukkah. Besides our regular High Holy Day services, a young children's service, led by the Rabbi and Cantor is held on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.