April 23, 2014   23 Nisan 5774
About Us  

Temple Beth Shalom is a growing Reform Jewish congregation of over 375 "membership units" (families or individuals) from all walks of life in Austin, Texas.

Led by Rabbi Alan Freedman, our congregation includes single adults, young families, and senior adults with diverse backgrounds.

Our congregation prides itself on its well-deserved reputation for being a warm, welcoming and inclusive community. We learn together, pray together and grow together. We celebrate one another's simchot and comfort one another in times of need. Our congregational life is a rich one. We offer educational opportunities for learners of all ages, from the tiniest tots to adults. We address community needs through committees such as Social Action and Outreach. Ours is also a great community of friends. Our congregants get together for book clubs, theatre outings and more.

Our Mission  

The mission of Temple Beth Shalom, a Reform Jewish congregation in Austin, Texas is to promote worship, spirituality, lifelong education, personal growth, and the nurturing and support of life-cycle events in a collaborative setting.

Our Values  

Mensch-ful Membership
We foster enduring relationships and mutual respect among our members by providing opportunities to support one another in times of challenge, by engaging in social activities, and by creating a sense of “connectedness.”

Perform Acts of Loving Kindness
We provide our members with opportunities to perform acts of loving-kindness for congregants, for the Austin community, and for the greater world – for Jews and non-Jews alike.

We promote social justice and tzedakah through programs that support Israel, feed the hungry, house the homeless, care for the sick, comfort the bereaved, and advocate for the marginalized in our society.

Ruach (Spirit)
We express our Ruach (Spirit) through praying and learning together in a Reform Jewish context—honoring tradition and encouraging innovation as part of a never-ending search for spiritual growth.

We actively encourage worship and share enthusiasm for congregational life.

Leadership with Integrity
We encourage congregants’ participation in temple governance by actively soliciting members to apply their skills, talents, and ideas to the growing needs of the temple.

Our leadership exemplifies Jewish values by being open, honest, and accountable, thereby creating an atmosphere of trust with our membership while balancing short-term obligations with long-term goals.

Inclusive Service To All
We celebrate the diversity of our membership. We welcome and embrace interfaith families, encouraging their participation in congregational life to the level of their individual comfort. We nurture and support our congregants with relevant educational programs, which instill a sense of Jewish identity and inspire lifelong learning. We are dedicated to making “Jewish Life” accessible physically, intellectually, and spiritually.

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