Our Annual Celebrations

All year long we offer members opportunities to come together to celebrate and strengthen their faith together. Our annual gatherings are fun events, led and run by our members.

From Shabbat to Yom Kippur, we support the entire community with opportunities to praise God and practice their faith.

Shabbat Under the Stars

When summer finally arrives, it’s time to be outside! Join us as we celebrate Shabbat under the stars! Each month from June to September, we choose one Friday to have a casual dinner outside on the lawn. Then we share an early, family-friendly Shabbat service on our outdoor sukkah platform.

For more information, contact events@templeshalommedford.org.

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 Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These relaxed luncheons, prepared and served by the men of Temple Shalom, are a wonderful time to welcome the new year with friends.

On Yom Kippur, a group of volunteers cook and serve a traditional meal to break the fast at the end of services.

For more information, contact events@templeshalommedford.org.

Sukkah Decorating and Community Sukkot Dinner

After the High Holidays congregants join with the children in the Religious School to 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.

For more information, contact events@templeshalommedford.org.

Sukkah Hop

Celebrate the Festival of Happiness with drinks and appetizers in the sukkot of some of our Temple Shalom members. Members with a sukkah are welcome to sign up as hosts or just join in as a “hopper.” 

Addresses are sent beforehand, and you can visit several homes before meeting back for a community falafel dinner in the Temple Shalom sukkah. It’s the perfect way to revel in the joy of Sukkot, appreciate the beauty of many sukkahs and connect with the rest of the TSM community.

For more information, contact events@templeshalommedford.org.

Hanukkah and Purim Parties

Every year, we host a Hanukkah party with homemade latkes and other treats, games, entertainment and make-your-own menorahs. Our Hebrew school students perform holiday songs in the sanctuary, too!

On Purim, people come from all around the area to celebrate at our carnival. There are games, prizes, skits, face painting and plenty of homemade hamantaschen! 

Children (and adults) are encouraged to wear a costume. And our Hebrew school students perform songs in the sanctuary.

For more information, contact events@templeshalommedford.org.

Mishloach Manot

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.

For more information, contact events@templeshalommedford.org.