In the past few weeks, the Advocate ran two articles featuring Beth Shalom. We want to share them our community.

After 75 years, Baton Rouge’s Beth Shalom synagogue will have its first female rabbi

BY GEORGE MORRIS | JUNE 26, 2020

When Beth Shalom Synagogue began 75 years ago in Baton Rouge, women could not be rabbis in North America. When that status changed in 1972, Teri Appleby was at Stanford University with an eye toward law school.

It took a while, but Appleby joined the rabbinate, and she’s about to become the first female rabbi at Beth Shalom.

Appleby, 68, begins her one-year interim rabbi position on July 1, replacing Rabbi Natan Trief.

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Two restored Torah scrolls help Beth Shalom celebrate 75 years, return of in-person services

BY GEORGE MORRIS | JUNE 19, 2020

When Beth Shalom Synagogue resumed in-person services June 12, those who attended had extra cause for celebration — two of the synagogue’s Torah scrolls had returned as well.

The scrolls, each older than Beth Shalom itself, had been sent for restoration in January. By the time they were ready, the coronavirus had caused the suspension of public gatherings.

To commemorate its 75th year, Beth Shalom had raised $17,000 to restore the scrolls, which were in need of repair from the wear and tear of use.

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