You may have noticed a new face around the synagogue and the Rayner Center. Taylor Petitt has just joined our synagogue team as our new Director of Programming. Working between the shul and the Rayner Center, she will help implement dynamic and innovative Jewish content spanning our youngest children to our adult community. In just a few days, she has already made a significant contribution, and we look forward to everyone meeting her and her boyfriend, Adam. Make sure to ask them about their deep experiences here in Louisiana as well as their continuing work at Jacobs Camp. Most of all, join us in welcoming them to shul and to Baton Rouge! Taylor can be reached at
Old Fashioned Judaism
This August meeting of Old Fashioned Judaism will be next Thursday, August 22nd, at 7:30pm at the home of Diane and David Dean. As the High Holy Days rapidly approach, we will immerse ourselves in the significance of Elul, and the necessary spiritual preparations for these Days of Awe. Together, we will discuss those sacred and crucial steps of teshuvah and cheshbon ha’nefesh. What has changed since last year? How can we set ourselves up for a transformational and successful High Holy Day experience? Expect stimulating and spiritual conversation in a dynamic and informal environment.
As always, expect some delicious drinks and appetizers. If planning to have more than one drink, please arrange for carpooling or Uber/Lyft.
Parashat Vaetchanan

This Week

Friday, August 16 — Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Saturday, August 17 — Shacharit Shabbat Services

Next Week

Friday, August 23 — Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Saturday, August 24 — Shacharit Shabbat Services


September 6th – Celebrating Shabbat Together Services with potluck dinner at Beth Shalom Synagogue
Sunday, September 22nd – Our long-awaited kick-off to our new Jewish Journeys Religious School will begin at 10am. If you would like more information, or would like to enroll your child, please contact Taylor Pettit, our new director of programming.


2019 Interfaith Prayer Breakfast: Rabbi Natan has 10 tickets to this year’s annual community prayer breakfast on Thursday, September 12th, at 7am at the Catholic Life Center on Acadian. No cost to you, plus great food, community, and prayer. Let Rabbi Natan know ASAP before they run out, and show your support for the BR Interfaith Community.
Consider joining us for the 2019 URJ Biennial in Chicago from December 11-15. Rabbi Natan will be leading a BSS delegation and has a few $100 scholarships to help offset registration/travel costs. Contact Rabbi Natan asap if interested.
If you are interested in learning how to lead services or chant Torah or Haftarah, please contact Rabbi Natan to find out how we can help you prepare for greater participation in our services.