April 23, 2014   23 Nisan 5774
Upcoming Events  

A Shabbat of Hope, A Shabbat to be Inspired & Informed
Survivor Shabbat - Friday, April 25th

Cancer touches so many, whether you are a survivor, currently battling, or a family member or friend of someone affected, this night will let us all come together to learn and heal.

Evening Agenda:
5:45 PM - 6:15 PM
Dinner- Please order by Thursday, April 24th
6:15 PM - Presentations begin (you need not purchase dinner to attend presentations)
Marcia Levy & Susan Lubin founders of the Seton Breast Cancer Center
7:00 PM - Special Shabbat & Healing Service.
Guest Speakers will be Marcia Levy, Susan Lubin & Cecelia Stewart.

So that we can plan accordingly, please RSVP.


Joint Social Justice & Sisterhood Shabbat Service
May 9th @ 7PM

Sermon by Koreena Malone, a local affordable housing advocate, Music by Kol Hakavod Ensemble, and information available for social justice and action opportunities


Social Justice Civic Academy on new Austin 10-1 City Council Format
May 10th - 10:15AM
Religious School - Beit Tichon - Signup for 2nd Semester Food
A documentary was just made featuring Temple Beth Shalom member, Jennifer Greenberg Seth , and her story of Jewish identity through music and family. The Temple Beth Shalom Kol Hakavod Ensemble sings in the background throughout most of the documentary and you can see many shots of our group singing and of our sanctuary. PBS's " The Story of the Jews ." The program will air on KLRU Tuesday 3/25/14 & Tuesday 4/1/14, both starting at 7pm.
Shalom Seniors - Guys & Dolls at Georgetown Palace Theatre - June 8th
Oneg information & Signup

Opportunities & Updates  
Do you have a child who is between the ages of 2 and 5? Your family is eligible to participate in Torah Tots this Spring. Lucky you!! Registration is now open for Spring 2014.

Adult Education-Rabbi Freedman Discusses his Sabbatical
- if you missed any sessions, watch here:
1st and 2nd and 3rd
Support Temple at No Additional Cost to You !
Learn more.. HEB Card Fundraising Program

Join a Havurah




Let your voice be heard - Sign the Petition to support equal representation for all Jews at the Western Wall
Press Releases from the Religious Action Center
RJ.org Blog Entries  

NFTY Blog Entries - News & Views of Reform Jewish Teens

Submissions from our own Temple Beth Shalom members....

May 8, 2013 - A letter to my daughter for her first NFTY year by Allison Kramer


Sacred Stories - Learn more about how to share your own story, and read stories of average Reform Jews– stories of moments when their worlds were transformed – through struggles with tragedy, encounters with the divine, moments when their communities reached out to them or when they reached out to another.

Submissions from our own Temple Beth Shalom members....

September 14, 2012 - Turn: A Poem for the High Holy Days by Mark Wendel

January 26, 2012 - Pastor at a Yizkor Service by Mark Wendel

October 6, 2011 - Finding Comfort in a Caring Community by Lori Freedman

Upcoming Events  
April 2014
04/23 -  Hebrew School
Session 1: Grades 3,4,5,&7: 4:30pm - 5:40pm; Grade 6: 4:30pm - 6:00pm Session 2: Grades 3,4,5,&7: 5:20pm - 6:30pm; Grade 6: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
04/26 -  Torah Study
Bring your own dinner and join us in sending off Shabbat at the Park!
During regularly scheduled Religious School hours.
Adult Education
04/28 -  Hebrew School
Grades 3,4,& 5 - 4:30 - 5:40pm Grade 6 - 4:30 - 6:00pm
04/30 -  Hebrew School
Session 1: Grades 3,4,5,&7: 4:30pm - 5:40pm; Grade 6: 4:30pm - 6:00pm Session 2: Grades 3,4,5,&7: 5:20pm - 6:30pm; Grade 6: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
May 2014
05/02 -  Family Service
joint oneg to follow
05/02 -  Tot Shabbat
followed by joint oneg at 7:15
Pre-oneg at ~7:10 with Tot Shabbat & Family Service
05/03 -  Torah Study
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Community Events  

Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt

Sunday, June 1, 4:00-8:00pm

JCC Austin  Join the Hindu and Jewish communities for a night of multi-cultural entertainment, food, and fun! Enjoy an Indian food dinner followed by Jewish dessert, along with traditional music and dancing. All proceeds will benefit the education of homeless and economically underprivileged children in Austin, Manor and Del Valle schools.Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available online at https://www.shalomaustin.org/namaste

Jewish World News  
RJ.org - The Reform Blog  

We Had to Use Music to Change the World

By Louis J. Dobin Recently I flew in from Israel and stopped in New York on my way to Texas to attend the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) Gala. It was a wonderful evening, and put me in touch with people from every generation of my life – those with whom I work now, […]

Christian Leaders Offer Prayers, Consolation after Kansas Shooting

Our friends from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offered their sympathy this week for those affected by Sunday’s deadly shootings at two Jewish communities in a suburb of Kansas City, KS. As you surely know, three people were killed by gunfire, including a grandfather and his 14-year-old grandson. […]

URJ Books and Music Releases the Ultimate Debbie Friedman Anthology

URJ Books and Music is proud to release the ultimate anthology of the musical works of Debbie Friedman, z”l (1951 – 2011). Regarded as one of the most influential Jewish singer-songwriters in history, Debbie is known for her timeless Jewish folk music, filled with peaceful and universal messages, which have been adopted by Jewish congregations […]

“We Must Live for Today; We Must Build for Tomorrow”: Social Action in NFTY

By Sophie Foxman The concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world) was introduced into Judaism in the early rabbinic period. It was introduced to me — and has shaped my life in astonishing ways since then — when I entered NFTY. Growing up, I idealistically believed I could do anything and help everyone, a concept […]


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