WHAT IS SABBATH LIKE?
Each Sabbath at Solel you will experience a family atmosphere that is relaxed and friendly with contemporary worship music and a practical, relevant teaching time over this week’s Torah portion. We love people, and we love to study and discuss the Bible.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE ON SABBATH?
Our Sabbath service starts at noon and includes a time of worship, Scripture reading and teaching, as well as traditional songs and prayers. Most of our service is in English, but we will include a few Hebrew words with explanations so you won’t feel lost. We also try to refer to God by His name in Scripture, which is Yehovah, and to Jesus His Son by His Hebrew name, Yeshua.
After the service, plan on staying as our guests for a meal after the service. This is followed by a prayer time together, which includes traditional Hebrew and English blessings after the meal. Finally, we have an informal time of Bible study and discussion as the children play close by. Some families cannot stay, while others continue meeting until 4 pm or later.
WHAT DO I WEAR TO ATTEND YOUR SERVICES?
You’ll find everything from casual clothes to business casual at our services. Come in what is comfortable for you, because Solel is not about what you look like or what you wear.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR THE MEAL?
We eat together each Sabbath, each family bringing food to share. As our guest, we do not expect you to bring anything at all! However, if you bring food, please know that we follow a biblically-clean diet. Some foods are unacceptable — and if you bring them, we’ll be kind but we just won’t eat them. Please don’t feel offended! Our guidelines are found in Leviticus 11, but in general, here are some pointers to keep in mind:
- We do not eat any pork or shellfish.
- Pork and shellfish are hidden as additives in many foods. For example, gelatin is made from pork, so we don’t eat marshmallows or Jello, unless we can find them from a source that we know is not from a biblically unclean animal.
- Some other foods that sometimes contain unclean food are beef sausage casings, bread, salad dressings, pie crust, pastries and doughnuts, and commercially-prepared drinks.
- When in doubt, bring only foods that have one of these symbols on the package:
- You can learn more about clean and unclean food, according to the Scriptures, by reading this article.
- You can find a helpful food shopping guide here.
WHAT ABOUT MY CHILDREN?
We are a family-integrated fellowship, which means that families worship together. Younger children enjoy coloring at a table in the back while our elders teach, and we’re easy-going about baby noise and wiggles. We believe that young people learn best from lots of exposure to wiser, older people, so we try to stay together as much as possible. After our meal together, the children and teenagers enjoy playing games together, even outside when the weather permits. Sometimes the teenagers present a short Bible lesson to the younger children, but most of the afternoon is informal.