Welcome to Beth Shalom!
Beth Shalom is a Reform Congregation in Southern Wake County. In its 30th year, its members cut across all age groups, and, at each level, we strive to provide a warm and welcoming environment for our Jewish and interfaith families with a commitment to inclusion. As diverse as our membership is, so is the wide array of religious, educational and social activities in which to participate. Tikkun olam, repairing the world, is a hallmark of Reform Judaism, and we strive to bring peace, freedom, and justice to all people.
The congregation has continued to grow with approximately 230 families and lots of children; at last count, there were 160 in our religious school and growing. We also have an active Men’s Club and Sisterhood along with Beth Shalom Temple Youth Groups. Beth Shalom is a congregation big enough to provide the traditional things you would expect from a synagogue but small enough such that your voice is heard and you can have a direct and immediate impact through individual participation.
This is simply a snap shot of who we are. Please take a few moments now to tour our website and learn more about us.
Shabbat Evening Service: Friday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Klionsky Bar Mitzvah: Saturday, August 29, at 10:00 a.m.
Family Shabbat Service: Friday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Selichot Service: Saturday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Religious School Opening Day for parents and students in grades kindergarten through 7 is this Sunday, August 30, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please check the Religious School Weekly Bulletin for more details. If you are still interested in registering your children and/or teens in our Religious School, please complete the online registration form by clicking here. If you wish to view and download the registration form, click here. If you have any questions, please contact the Beth Shalom Office.
To view the service schedule for High Holy Days and for more detailed information about our youth programs, babysitting service, Tashlikh and Break the Fast, please click here.
Here’s A Thought: Beth Shalom’s Blog
Welcome to our new section, featuring blog posts from Rabbi Edery, Hal and Ronni.
- Kehillah Kedoshha: A Holy Community – Ronni Ticker August 23, 2015 On Saturday morning, July 11, I was blessed to spend an hour of Shabbat with 10 of our awesome madrichim and Lynn Albert, Beth Shalom’s outstanding Madrichim Coordinator. There we were, sitting around a table at the local Bruegger’s, enjoying our drink of choice and discussing exemplary Religious School conduct. Yes. You heard that right: In the middle of the summer our teens volunteered their time, in exchange for a cup of coffee or soda, to share their wisdom on what it would look like for our school to be a Kehilla Kodesha, a holy community of learners.
Last January, under the guidance of Max Nathison, a congregant and Wake County School District Administrator, the teachers developed the acronym S.P.A.R.K. to clarify what it means for us all to be a catalyst for light as we create and share the sacred space of Beth Shalom, in the classrooms and sanctuary, on the playground, in the bathrooms and hallways, in the carpool line and off-site. We assume that everyone knows what we mean when we say “behave.” As parents, we have certainly learned that life is simpler and sweeter when we go a step further and provide positive guidance that is clear … Read more about this post
- What I Learned Among Sporty Jews – Rabbi Edery August 11, 2015 In our Jewish life there isn’t a good connection with sports. It is not that Jews do not like or are not good at sports (more on that later); it is just that in the practices of holidays, synagogue, religious school, life-cycle events, which are the core of our Jewish life, there is no room for sports. Moreover, sometimes it seems that sports are actually an inconvenience, if not a problem. “Our son cannot attend Hebrew School because he is on the lacrosse team.” Whether it is boys’ lacrosse on Monday, girls’ soccer on Tuesday, or any other game right at B’nei Mitzvah time on a Saturday, our sports life is competing and often in conflict with our Jewish routines.
This is surely not just for our kids and youth. In our beloved Carolina in the month of March, the most popular religious event on Friday evenings is not Shabbat, but UNC/Duke/NCState at the NCAA tournament. The really devout Jews are the ones coming to Shabbat services, and asking about the scores during Oneg. Some have even put forward the theory that Jews cannot really engage in sports because they have Jewish mothers!
During the last two weeks of July, I experienced … Read more about this post