The Valley Temple is a mid-west main-stream Reform Congregation. Services are held every Friday Night at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise advertised) and Saturday Mornings at 10:30 a.m. The Rabbi Solomon T. Greenberg Sanctuary seats around 110 in its smallest configuration, and can expand to seat over 450. The space is flexible and intimate, and allows for chairs to be arranged in different ways to promote different types of experiences.
We use the CCAR’s Mishkan Tefillah on most Shabbat Evenings and Mornings. Friday Night Services mix an array of musical styles, and the rabbi or rabbinic intern speak about the week’s parasha, a “hot topic,” or a combination of both during this one hour service. Shabbat Morning Services are very informal, usually follow a 9:30 a.m. Torah Study, and the service includes Torah and Haftarah readings.
B’nai Mitzvah services are made special by a special prayer book compiled by Rabbi Kopnick and inspired by previous versions by Rabbi Greenberg to be inclusive of diverse groups who attend these special life-cycle events.
Family Service: On the second Friday of every month, we hold a special Family Service at 7:30 p.m. The sermon is replaced with a story, we honor children who celebrate birthdays that month, and we use a family service pamphlet created by our rabbi and rabbinic interns for the occasion.
Rockin’ the Temple: Keeping with a trend in the Reform Movement, six or seven times a year, our Friday Night Service is called “Friday Night Live” and features a band with Temple members and professional musicians. The music is very festive and seeks to create an inviting and interactive approach to worship. Transliterations are tastefully projected for all to use as we create a community in song.
High Holy Days: Valley holds a full offering of High Holy Day Services, including morning Family Services, a very popular Tot Service, and our main-service from the CCAR’s Gates of Repentance volume. Marilyn Zelcer, soloist will expand her role from our Shabbat evening soloist to our main soloist for the High Holy Days. She will be joined by long-time soloist Lincoln Chapman. Flute and Cello are also added to most of these services.
Charlene Gubitz of Knoxville, TN is our soloist for the Family and Tot Services. An accomplished musician in her own right, Mrs. Gubitz is a former director of education in a URJ congregation and currently teaches music in pre-schools in Knoxville. She also participates in our Friday Night Live Band and is frequently found helping with our Tot Shabbat service during the year.