CLOSTER, N.J. -- Temple Beth El of Northern Valley is hosting an outdoor family-friendly "Welcome Summer" Shabbat service on Friday, July 8, at State Line Lookout off the Palisades Parkway. The event is open to all.
"This will be a great way to celebrate Shabbat amid the beauty of the Palisades, high above the Hudson River," organizers note.
This informal service with songs and prayers will be led by Rabbi David Widzer and Rabbi Beth Kramer-Mazer. Folks are welcome to enjoy the hiking trails before the service.
State Line Lookout is situated at the highest point on the Palisades Cliffs, and has a large parking lot. Enter off the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway, two miles north of Exit 2. Bring your own lawn chair -- and bug spray if needed.
The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. In case of rain, the service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 221 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter.
There will be two other "Prayers on the Palisades" services this summer. The first will be Friday, July 22, held jointly with Temple Emeth of Teaneck. The informal service will be led by Widzer, Rabbi Steven Sirbu and Cantor Ellen Tilem. The final such service will be held on Friday, Aug. 19, with Temple Sinai of Bergen County of Tenafly. It will be led by Widzer, Rabbi Jordan Millstein and Cantor Nitza Shamah.
For more information, visit the temple's website or call 201-768-5112.