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First Fridays

Feel right at home at Temple Beth Shalom on First Fridays! Come participate in a comfortable, casual, and community-connecting evening on the first Friday of each month. 

This Shabbat celebration is for everyone! Dinner is very casual, served buffet style, and we welcome even the youngest kids who are always on the move.

Dinner is always free of charge for members, but RSVP is required for all members and non-members. Dinner charge for non-members is $7 per person, with a maximum of $25 per family.

The November First Friday is a special partnership with the Austin Jewish Film Festival!

Following our Erev Shabbat Service, please join us for a presentation by the Austin Jewish Film Festival of their Social Action Short Films Program. Films include:




A Catholic teen takes a DNA test and discovers he’s Jewish. Frightened and feeling alone because his friends don’t like Jews, he turns to his coach for help. His coach introduces him to a Holocaust survivor, and he realizes that perhaps he needs new friends. (7 minutes)

Finding Our Voice

This film follows a song leader on his journey to build connection in a country that’s divided. We explore the zeitgeist of oral tradition community singing, a re-emerging movement that’s deeply rooted in our humanity. Kudos to the director and filmmaker, AJFF committee member Wendy Corn! (6 minutes)

You’re Invited

After hearing that an elderly woman died alone with no one left to mourn, a college-aged woman shows the beauty and contagious power of selfless kindness through a simple caring act. (13 minutes)

Stay for the panel discussion following the films with the filmmakers Steve Bilich, Mark Kapner, Wendy Corn, and Andrew Kaplan.

The film showings are FREE, but please make an online reservation, and print out your ticket. You will be asked to show your ticket at the gate upon entry.

Reserve Your Free Film Tickets Now

Evening's Schedule:

  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Tot Shabbat
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Dinner in Social Hall (free for members, but please RSVP)
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m. - First Friday Erev Shabbat Service
  • 7:30 p.m. - Free film showing in conjunction with the Austin Jewish Film Festival

RSVP for Dinner by Oct. 30

Make Music at Every First Friday

Adults and teens, we encourage your participation in First Fridays services by making music! Voice or instrument, some First Fridays or many-pick what works for you. Join the First Fridays Music Makers!


Connect with Our Congregation by Hosting a First Friday

We are seeking hosts for upcoming First Fridays. This is a great opportunity for your Jewish-related group to connect with a large number of our members! Contact Jennifer Braham ( to discuss hosting opportunities.

Mon, October 14 2019 15 Tishrei 5780