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.
Family Shabbat Service: Mar. 7 at 7:00 p.m. with a special recognition of our first graders!
Bar Mitzvah of Nicholas Brodsky: Mar. 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Evening Service – Purim Shabbat: Mar. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Bring “edible groggers” (boxed-food noise makers such as pasta and rice) to shake during the service and then donate to those in need.
Bagels and Talmud will take place at the IHOP on Kildaire Farm Rd on Thursday, Mar. 6 at 11:45 a.m.
Sisterhood Event: Yoga and Jewish Spirituality at Beth Shalom led by Phyllis Kritz of Neshamah Yoga on Saturday, Mar. 8 at 4:00 p.m. All levels of experience are welcome.
On Sunday, Mar. 9 at 9:00 a.m., the Men’s Club is holding its annual Auto Rodeo for teens, young adults and the automotively-challenged of any age. Several men will give a demonstration on the basics of auto maintenance and how to handle various emergencies.
Join us for Adult Education on Sunday, Mar. 9 at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Edery will lead a discussion entitled, With Liberty And Justice for All.
Interested in participating in a service trip to Guatemala? All adults and high school teens are welcome on the trip. Middle school teens 12 years and older may attend if accompanied by at least one parent. Join us for an informational session on Sunday, Mar. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Social Hall. Please read the Proposed Guatemala Itinerary brochure for more information.
Fundraising Organizational Meeting: Mar. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Beth Shalom. This meeting will focus on the initial steps required in launching a fundraising committee at Beth Shalom. We welcome all those who are interested as well as suggestions and ideas.
You Benefit! We Benefit!
Scrip Gift Card. Scrip Gift Cards are available for purchase through the Beth Shalom Office. Target, Kroger, Wal-Mart and Home Depot gifts cards will always be available as will many more from a variety of vendors. Beth Shalom receives a percentage of the value of the specific gift card. You pay no fee and incur no extra cost! Volunteers are needed to sell these cards to members during Sunday School, Hebrew School and other events.
Simcha Grams. Also available through the Beth Shalom Office, Simcha Grams allow you to purchase holiday cards at a nominal fee that are then sent to congregation families. The cards are beautiful and it is an easy, convenient way to wish your friends happiness at these times.
Online Shopping. Be a part of the first and largest online network of shoppers, online stores, and worthy causes dedicated to turning everyday online shopping and searching into much-needed donations. Through iGive, you can shop at over 1,300 stores online and receive special discounts, and Beth Shalom receives a percentage of your purchase. Please visit www.iGive.com/bethshalomnc to join.
In addition, Amazon has now launched AmazonSmile. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Select Beth Shalom in Raleigh, NC and we will benefit! AmazonSmile contains the same products and prices as Amazon. You must shop at smile.amazon.com not amazon.com for Beth Shalom to benefit.
Sisterhood Catering/Gift Shop. The Sisterhood gift shop provides many holiday items and Judaica such as jewelry, Mezuzot and much more. You may also order from one of their catalogs if you do not find what you are looking for in the gift shop. Sisterhood also provides catering for all your social functions such as B’nei Mitzvah celebrations, baby-namings, parties and more. They will also help with ordering of invitations for your teen’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Tree of Life. Members or family members and friends of family members may purchase a leaf to commemorate a special event such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, graduation, or baby-naming. The leaf will be engraved and placed on our Tree of life.
Soon, Beth Shalom will be celebrating the completion of its building expansion, at which point we will hold a Building Expansion Completion Party, which will also serve as a fundraiser. Keep your eyes peeled for details!