Interested in Becoming a Member of Temple Shalom? What are you looking for in a synagogue?
When you think about joining a synagogue, what do you think of? What are you are looking for in a time when life is fast paced, and many families are spread out across the country?
At Temple Shalom, we give this a lot of thought. As we welcome new members and energize our synagogue, we continue to respect the history and traditions of the members who founded our synagogue over 60 years ago.
Temple Shalom is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue that welcomes all Jewish members. Interfaith families are welcomed as well, and we respect their many beliefs and traditions. We hold regular minyanim for anyone who is saying Kaddish or in mourning. Our Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat and Saturday morning services are egalitarian and may be attended by all ages. Children are welcome at all services to spend time in the playroom and wander back into the sanctuary at favorite times, such as the Shema or the carrying of the Torah. This is a time when customs are passed L’Dor Vador, from generation to generation.
Our Rabbi, Braham David, is also the director of the Jewish Discovery Institute (JDI) which offers programs and workshops focused on keruv/edud – the welcoming of interfaith families into Conservative congregations. The JDI also offers a program for those seeking conversion to Judaism (gerim). Our Cantor, Howard Stern, leads enlightening adult education programs and mentors young and older students in Torah reading and studies.
If you are looking for a synagogue where your family can find a Jewish home, consider Temple Shalom. At our monthly Tot Shabbats, children and parents have an hour of singing, puppets and Jewish learning. Older children attend our religious school where they learn about Jewish culture, values, life cycle events and the Hebrew language. Other events include story hour, game nights, and in the summer, a weekly family swim in our pool. Dor Hadash, our group for young singles and families meet for events such as movies, hiking, and apple picking. Adult Education has included the book group, Talmud and Hebrew classes, learners’ services and speakers.
Are you looking for a synagogue that has at its heart a strong tradition of Tikkun Olam? Our commitment to “fixing the world” has been the common cause which brings our community together. During Cheshvan, we participate in International Jewish Social Action Month. Our causes are local and global, Jewish, and secular. At Purim we look forward to the mitzvah of making Mishloach Manot together. Last year we baked over 1,000 hamantaschen and delivered Purim baskets to every member of our congregation and donated Matanot l’Evyonim, gifts to the poor.
At Temple Shalom our membership is growing. We feel as if our community is really doing something right. The words we keep hearing are “warm and wonderful”. When you think about what you are looking for in a synagogue, could it be Temple Shalom?