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Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat with Rabbi David Stern, world-class scholar, speaker, and President of Central Conference of American Rabbis. February 15-16. Please RSVP here by February 11 if you wish to attend
Friday, February 15
  • 6:00 pm — Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Stern. Sermon: Landscapes of Challenge & Hope: Judaism in the 21st Century. Shabbat Dinner to follow add to calendar
Saturday, February 16
  • 9 am — Bagels & Torah Study with Rabbi Stern add to calendar
  • 10 am — Shacharit Shabbat with Rabbi Stern, followed by Kiddush Lunch and Learn. Topic: Lessons in Judaism: Finding the Joy, Not the Oy! add to calendar

This Shabbat

This week

Friday, February 8
Saturday, February 9

Upcoming Events

Our ISJL (Institute of Southern Jewish Life) Fellow, Carly Abramson, will be leading an action-packed schedule of events on February 22nd and 23rd as her beautiful music and voice will enhance our Kabbalat Shabbat Services on Friday Evening add to calendar and Saturday Morning add to calendar.
In addition, she will be leading Shabbat Yeladim (Tot Shabbat) for our youngest folks at 9am prior to Services with great kid-dish music and snacks add to calendar.
That afternoon at 4pm she will also be leading our next Camp Shabbat experience, our fun and dynamic educational programming for kids and adults alike, culminating with a camp-style dinner and Havdala add to calendar. Don't miss this awesome Shabbat! 

February's installment of Old Fashioned Judaism will be hosted by Gail and Gene Sherman and promises to be an especially meaningful one. We will discuss Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's seminal work on the power of speech in Judaism and the world: Words that Hurt, Words that Heal: How the Words you Choose Shape Your Destiny. He has updated this 1996 work with a new 2019 edition highlighting the dramatic shifts in how people now interact with each other (on-line, social media, etc.) Over cocktails and appetizers, together we'll learn some of Judaism's deepest wisdom regarding the God-like power of speech, and the awesome responsibility it entails. If possible, reading the book would be helpful, though by no means obligatory for participation. Join us, and don't forget to uber/lyft or carpool if planning to have more than one drink!  Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 PM add to calendar

Mark your calendars for Saturday March 16 @ 6pm for our annual Corned Beef Sandwich Making Party add to calendar, and for the 35th Annual Corned Beef Sandwich Sale Sunday through Tuesday March 17 – 19 from 11 am – 2 pm. If you’d like to know how you can help with this most important fundraiser, please contact Rachel Hausmann 225-229-9093 or Gail Sherman 225-273-0202 or

Shalach Manot Boxes
Sisterhood will again be sending Shalach Manot boxes to our college students to celebrate Purim. Please email Diane Dean at or Galia Betech at with your college student’s address so we can be sure to include him or her.

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew with Miriam Bensman will NOT meet on February 10 or February 17.
Beginner's Hebrew with Carin Carlson will meet on Sunday, February 10 at 1:30 pm. add to calendar

Want to schmooze with your bubbe and the rest of the mishpocha, but you’re a bit of a klutz with the words? Take my eytze and join the BSS Yiddish class every Sunday at 2:30!  This Sunday, February 10. add to calendar
Your mama will kvell and your zayde will plotz, so get off your tush and go from pisher to maven in Yiddish! What have you got to lose? Bubkes.


At Beth Shalom we depend on our congregants’ participation in leading services, as well as, chanting Torah and Haftarah. It’s easier than it looks. If you can read Hebrew, you can lead services or learn to chant. Torah portions can be as short as 3 verses and can be scheduled well in advance for plenty of learning time. If you are interested in learning how to lead services or chant Torah or Haftarah, please contact Rabbi Natan to find out more about how we can help you prepare for greater participation in our services. 




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