Children are always welcome at Shabbat Worship.
Shabbat Evening Services (Kabbalat Shabbat) are held every Friday evening throughout the year. Services usually begin either at 6:00 pm or at 7:30 pm. An Oneg Shabbat, sponsored by congregation members, follows 7:30 pm services. Children are welcome at all services!
Saturday Morning Study Session (Bagels and Torah) are held every Saturday moring at 9:00 am. Come and take part in lively and educational discussions with our Rabbi.
Shabbat Morning Services (Shacharit Shabbat) are held every Saturday at 10:00AM.
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Special services and activities are conducted for religious holidays and festivals. These include:
- This service, which ushers in the High Holy Days, includes a special Oneg before the study session and late night service led by Rabbi Gardner.
High Holy Day Services:
- Beth Shalom welcomes a guest cantor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur worship.
- Two days of worship are observed for Rosh Hashanah.
- Sisterhood hosts an Oneg following the first Rosh Hashanah evening service.
- Tashlich service is held at a natural body of water on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
- There is a congregational Dairy Potluck Festival Meal prior to the second evening of Rosh Hashanah service, and a congregational Kiddush Luncheon hosted by the Men’s Club following the second morning Rosh Hashanah service.
- Yizkor service is held on Yom Kippur afternoon, just prior to the Neilah service.
- Sisterhood hosts a light Break Fast reception at the conclusion of Yom Kippur services.
- Children’s High Holiday services are conducted by our Baton Rouge Temple Youth Group, in coordination with the rabbi & cantor.
- Sukkot is celebrated for 8 days.
- Our community comes together to build and decorate the Synagogue’s Sukkah where members enjoy festival meals throughout the holiday.
- The congregational family comes together for a Dairy Potluck festival meal just prior to our service on Erev Sukkot.
- Festival Shacharit Services are held on the first two and last two mornings of Sukkot.
- Yizkor is observed during the morning service on the 8th day of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret morning service)
- Sisterhood and Men’s Club host a deli dinner followed by Simchat Torah Services.
- During Simchat Torah services, everyone has an opportunity to dance with the Torah.
- Students who are new to our Religious School are blessed during Consecration.
Our Beth Shalom family comes together on the Shabbat during Chanukah for a very special Chanukah Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat Service.
- Tu B’shvat observances vary from year to year, but are always an opportunity for planting trees and for Jewish education of environmental concerns.
- Our congregation celebrates Purim with the traditional wearing of costumes and with a Dairy Potluck Family Dinner followed by a Megillah reading and Purim Shpiel. Congregants of all ages are welcome to this traditional Purim celebration
- Passover is observed at Beth Shalom with a congregational seder on the second night.
- Festival Shacharit Services are held on the first two and last two mornings of Passover.
- Yizkor is observed on the eighth day of Passover during the Festival Shacharit Service.
- Beth Shalom Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge join together annually to observe Yom HaShoah. Typically the service alternates yearly between each of the synagogues.
- For more than a decade, The Advocate Newspaper has sponsored an essay contest for local students. The winners of the essay contest are recognized during the service and their essays are published in The Advocate.
- The interfaith community is invited and participates in our Yom HaShoah observance.
- Our synagogue’s founders’ strong sense of Zionism resulted in their recognizing and observing Yom Ha’Atzma-ut (Israel’s Independence Day) with a variety of celebrations.
- A recent Beth Shalom tradition was established for those who choose to grow their hair for Locks of Love, and have it cut on Lag Ba’Omer.
Shavuot & Yizkor Services:
- Shavuot is observed for two days at Beth Shalom, with Festival Shacharit Services held each morning, and Yizkor observed during the morning service of the 2nd day.
- On Erev Shavuot, the Festival Evening Service, which is led by our 10th grade confirmation class students, is also a celebration of these students’ Confirmation.
- Tikkun Leyl Shavuot is the all night study session that begins after the Shavuot evening service and concludes with a sunrise Shacharit service.
Please visit our calendar page for the current and complete list of service times.