PAST EVENTS: DOG FRIENDLY HIKE & HAVDALAH:
On Saturday, December 1st
, a group came together in the afternoon to explore Turkey Creek at Emma Long. We were a diverse group that included a many humans and loads of dogs. It was nice to chat and walk the trail. Some of the hikers and some new people then met at Mt. Bonnell for a sweet havdalah service. ZILKER THEATRE MUSICAL production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC:
On Saturday, July 14th
, we gathered at Zilker to enjoy the show. We dined, played games, and chatted waiting for the show. There was some weather drama. What we saw of the show was great and the weather added a bit of excitement. It finally rained right after Maria got married so the few remaining people headed home. We'll do it again next year, hopefully with less weather drama. KAYAK & PICNIC:
On Saturday, June 16th
, a group met to spend the morning kayaking on lake austin, then adjourned to Zilker for lunch. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS VS. TEXAS A&M TENNIS
: On Saturday, April 14th
, our tennis fans gathered together to watch some exciting collegiate tennis.
RESTORATIVE YOGA & JEWISH MEDITATION : On Saturday, April 14th, we joined together to renew, recharge, reinvigorate, and restore. Welcoming Shabbat by honoring rest and relaxation. What a wonderful and peaceful way to enjoy Shabbat!
BIKE RIDE: On Saturday, March 31st , a small group gathered to enjoy a nice Shabbat bike ride at the Gilleland Park Trails in Pfluegerville.
AUSTIN PREMIERE OF "THE GEFILTE FISH CHRONICLES": On Saturday, March 24th , with Passover fast approaching, we watched the Dubroff, Patasnik and Zodikoff Clans prepare for passover. We heard about the creation of the documentary from some of it's stars, got some great new recipes, and were reminded of the special family fun that is seders together.
HAVDALAH ON MT. BONNELL: On Saturday, March 10th , a small group gathered in the unusually wet weather to mark the end of shabbat with havdalah on Mt. Bonnell.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: On Saturday, February 25th , a group came together to discuss and determine which social justice topics best fit for our community.
CHALLAH BAKING: On Saturday, February 11th, there were 2 houses fill of people joyously baking. We came together to share in the mitzvah of challah baking. Everyone had a chance to make dough and learn how to create several braids. Check out the photos to see their stunning and yummy work.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS v. TEXAS TECH BASKETBALL: On Saturday, February 4th, a group of temple sport enthusiasts got together to enjoy a little Texas rivalry basketball. Final score Texas 74 - Texas Tech 57. A great way to end shabbat and begin the week.
RESTORATIVE YOGA & JEWISH MEDITATION : On Saturday, January 28th, we joined together to renew, recharge, reinvigorate, and restore. Welcoming Shabbat by honoring rest and relaxation. What a wonderful and peaceful way to enjoy Shabbat!
BIKE RIDE: We had planned to have a bike ride on Saturday, December 3rd . We had our first weather outtage due to some very much needed rain. We'll reschedule the ride for spring.
SUKKAH PICNIC & SOFTBALL: On Saturday, October 15th , a group came together. We dined in the sukkah and enjoyed the lovely fall weather. We were a little light on softball players so a game of catch followed.
GAME NIGHT: On Friday, September 16th, we joined together to play games, relax, and chat. There was something for everyone including mexican train, ping pong, canasta, and bananagrams.
RESTORATIVE YOGA & JEWISH MEDITATION : On Saturday, September 10th , we joined together to renew, recharge, reinvigorate, and restore. Welcoming Shabbat by honoring rest and relaxation. What a wonderful and peaceful way to enjoy Shabbat!
MUSICAL JAM & HAVDALLAH: On Saturday, August 27th , we gathered together to celebrate the end of shabbat by singing and playing musical instruments together. There were many songs while a wonderful ad-hoc band accompanied Abby...there were drummers, egg shakers, triangle players, rattle shakers, and clappers. We finished with Havdallah and yummy snacks.
ZILKER THEATRE MUSICAL "FOOTLOOSE": On Saturday, July 23rd , we gathered together to enjoy the end of our Shabbat. We started with a picnic on the hill. Then sat under the stars watching Footloose. It was a fun evening and we're looking forward to next year's performance....The Sound of Music.
REUNION AT THE OASIS : On Friday, July 8th , we headed out to Lake Travis to enjoy the sounds of Reunion while dining at the Oasis. It was nice to be together after services enjoying dinner, drinks and dancing.
SAN GABRIEL PARK : On Saturday, June 25th , we spent the morning enjoying the park. Some people enjoyed walks on the trails while others stayed by the cool CASTLE playscape. We ended our morning with a nice picnic.
TORAH STUDY 101: On Saturday, May 14th - from Aaron (son) – I had fun. It was really interesting. What we did was we discussed the Torah Portion which was Behar and I learned about why and how there is a sabbatical year and a jubilee year. The Rabbi explained how that happened. from Lisa (Mom) – I enjoyed it too. It is nice to be able to take my children with me to anything at Beth Shalom and know that they will be welcomed and that people are excited they are there. It was such a nice way to kick off our Shabbat day.
"MUSICAL JAM" GATHERING : On Saturday, May 7th , we came together on a Shabbat afternoon to "Jam". People brought their voices, instruments, music, and ruach! It was a great way to enjoy a Shabbat afternoon.
"TAKE 5" CONCERT : How great it was to relax and listen to some wonderful music with other Temple Beth Shalom members on Shabbat. Take 5 presented its “I Sing” performance at the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theater on April 30th, 2011 to an appreciative audience , with classics such as “Time After Time”, “Java Jive”, “Old Man River”, “Route 66”, Dave Brubeck’s “Take 5” (of course!), and many more memorable tunes. Temple Beth Shalom’s Fred Lugo wonderfully soloed on the Beatles “Revolution” and “In My Life”, and in Hoagy Charmichael and Ned Washington’s “The Nearness of You”. Along with his Take 5 singing partners Tish Bender, Edie Elkjer, Grady Basler and Pete Meeker, their presentation was upbeat and reminiscent of the Manhattan Transfer, and stayed very energetic throughout the 1 and ½ hour performance. Accompanied by Kay Rivers on piano, Art Kidd on drums, and Utah Hamrick on stand-up bass, the performance was a real treat for the eyes, ears, heart, and a wonderful addition to our Shabbat. After the performance, about half of the Temple attendees enjoyed a hearty dinner and schmoozing at Threadgill's on Riverside Drive. What a wonderful way it was for us to be together on Shabbat!
KAYAK AND PICNIC: Saturday, April 23rd - Spending Shabbat morning with familiar faces and new friends was a nice way to start the weekend. With some regulars and first-timers at the Rowing Dock, the group enjoyed kayaking with each other, and occasionally breaking off to explore turtles and other wildlife along the shore. Our time on Lady Bird Lake was a pleasant balance of introspection and conversation. Being out on the open water, in the fresh air, and surrounded by lush tree-lined banks is an exercise in simply being. In between moments of self-reflection, I enjoyed getting to know people better. We are lucky to have such a great place to be in nature without leaving the city, and a warm Temple family to share the experience. No Jewish event is complete without the requisite noshing. The kayak group merged with a few more families near the Zilker Park playscape for a casual Passover picnic.
BIKE RIDE : On Saturday, March 26th , we grabbed our bikes and headed to the Veloway. We enjoyed riding with each other (and no cars!) and looking at the beautiful surroundings. We finished our morning with a lovely picnic.
CHALLAH BAKING: On Saturday, March 5th , we came together to share in the mitzvah of challah baking. Everyone had a chance to make dough and learn how to create several braids. Check out the photos to see their stunning and yummy work.
ROLLER SKATING: We kicked off our Got Shabbat events on Saturday, February 19 with a fun afternoon of roller skating. After lacing up our skates, we gathered for a Shehecheyanu in honor of our 1st time skaters, those who hadn’t skated in 20+ years, and just for being together. All had a great time skating, what a fun way to spend a Shabbat afternoon with our Temple community.