Shabbat Under the Stars
When summer finally arrives, it is time to be outside! We have casual dinner outside on the lawn, and then share Shabbat on our outdoor sukkah platform.
Shabbat at Home
Once a year, community members open their homes to each other for Shabbat dinner prior to Kabbalat Shabbat services at the synagogue. See Upcoming Events for more details.
Rosh Hashanah Luncheons and Yom Kippur Break Fast
Every year the Temple Shalom community welcomes the new year with luncheons after services on both days of Rosh Hashanah and a Yom Kippur meal cooked and served by a group of volunteers.
Sukkah Decorating and Community Sukkot Dinner
After the High Holidays we spend a Sunday afternoon making decorations and hanging them in our community sukkah.The city of Medford donates the skach for the roof, and we all help to put the sides up and make a place to eat, share food, and gaze at the sky.
Celebrate the Festival of Happiness by enjoying appetizers and drinks in the sukkah at the homes of some of our fellow Temple Shalom members. Members with a sukkah are welcome to sign up as hosts or just join in as a “hopper.” Addresses are sent before hand, and you can visit several homes before meeting back at Temple Shalom for a community falafel dinner in the Temple Shalom sukkah. This event is a perfect way to revel in the joy of Sukkot, appreciate the beauty of many sukkahs, and connect with one another in a relaxed way.
We host an annual Chanukah party with homemade latkes, games, entertainment, and make-your-own menorahs. For Purim, we host a carnival with games, prizes, skits, and face painting. People come from all around the area to celebrate with us.
On Purim we are commanded to give Mishloach Manot (gifts to friends) and Matanot l’Evyonim (gifts to the poor). Every year at Temple Shalom, the community gathers to bake over 1,500 hamantaschen and pack boxes of treats for every member of the congregation. We use this wonderful event as a fundraiser for our synagogue as well as for those in need.