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Shabbat Services and Celebrations


Shabbat occurs every Friday night through Saturday night (exact times vary)


Because the timing of Shabbat depends on natural occurrences (sunset, the appearance of three stars), the exact beginning and end times differ from week to week and place to place.


Shabbat is the seventh day of the Jewish week and a day of rest, mimicking G-d's period of rest after creating the world, which can be celebrated at home or with the larger community. It begins at sunset on Friday and is traditionally ushered in with a candle-lighting, a kiddush blessing over and drinking of wine or grape juice, and a blessing over and eating of braided challah bread before a festive meal. Some also sing other special songs and prayers.


During the day Saturday, any form of "work" is prohibited. Depending on one's level of observance, this can include driving a car, using any form of electricity, handling money, cooking a meal, or even carrying something from place to place (Indianapolis does have an eruv, or boundaries within which items may be carried). These rules are designed to allow more time for "leisure" activities like attending synagogue services, reading, enjoying a (pre-prepared) meal, conversation, spending time with family and friends, singing, taking a nap, taking a walk, or studying Torah.


Shabbat ends on Saturday night, after three stars have appeared in the sky. Some observe the ending of Shabbat and beginning of a new week with a havdalah (division, separation) ceremony: lighting a braided candle, a blessing over wine or grape juice, and smelling fragrant spices. 


Chabad Center for Jewish Life: Orthodox | 2640 W. 96th St., Carmel | 317-251-5573 | chabadindiana.org | rabbi@lubavitchindiana.com


Congregation Beth-El Zedeck: Reconstructionist/Conservative | 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis | 317-253-3441 | bez613.org | bez613@bez613.org


Congregation Beth Shalom: Reform | 849 W. 96th St., Indianapolis | 317-306-5644 | bethshalomindy.org | info@bethshalomindy.org


Congregation B'nai Torah: Orthodox | 6510 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis | 317-253-5253 | btorahindy.org | office@btorah.org


Congregation Shaarey Tefilla: Conservative | 3085 W. 116th St., Carmel | 317-733-2169 | shaareytefilla.org | office@shaareytefilla.org


Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation: Sephardic Orthodox | 6939 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis | 317-251-6220 | etzchaimindy.org | president@etzchaimindy.org


Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation: Reform | 6501 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis | 317-255-6647 | ihcindy.org | info@ihcindy.org



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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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BEZ Sisterhood Havdalah and Tu B'Shevat Oneg

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck 600 W 70th St
Indianapolis, IN 46260

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN

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CBS Shabbat Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 849 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN