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  • Rabbi’s Blog | Feb. 16, 2018 | Terumah, Valentine’s Day, Stubbornness and God
    January 18, 2019
    A sermon delivered at Beth Shalom Synagogue on Feb. 16, 2018 I’ve been accused frequently of being stubborn, mostly by my wife, sometimes by others, and yet I’ve always taken it as somewhat of a compliment, as a badge of honor. After all, aren’t us Jews am kshey oref, a stiff necked, stubborn people. Why should I not
  • Israel and Louisiana’s Governor | Jan. 29
    January 16, 2019
    Learn about the Louisiana Governor’s Economic Development Mission to Israel featuring Governor John Bel Edwards and a panel discussion with Louisiana’s Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis (Co-Chair Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission), and President and CEO, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Justin Ehrenwerth. The program will be Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
  • BaRFTY Dinner | Jan. 27
    January 15, 2019
    BaRFTY Presents: Abraham’s Spaghetti Dinner, a fundraiser for Dream Street. Sunday, Jan. 27, 5-7 p.m. at Beth Shalom. $10 eat in or take out, includes drink & dessert. Auction follows dinner. To reserve your spot, please email dskaplan @ cox.net or joshuahblack @ gmail.com. We accept cash or checks written out to
  • Rabbi’s Blog | Coming to Your Pharaoh
    January 11, 2019
    Chaverim Yekarim, What if Pharoah were part of us? We often think of Pharaoh as this cruel and unrelenting villain in Jewish history, refusing to let the Israelites out of slavery despite the calls from Moses and the ensuing plagues. And, indeed, he was this villain. But our Jewish tradition always challenges us to probe
  • JFed Annual Meeting | Jan. 13, 2019
    January 11, 2019
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 13 at 3:00 PM at B’nai Israel. Lindsey Friedmann, Associate Regional Director of the ADL will join us to discuss who they are, what they do and address the current climate as it relates to Judaism and Anti-Semitism. JFed will
  • See you at the movies
    January 11, 2019
    Tickets are now on sale for the 13th Annual Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival January 16-20, 2019 at the Manship Theatre. The Festival has become one of the outstanding entertainment and cultural events of the city. If you have been to the previous Festivals, you know the quality of the films and speakers. If you have not attended the
  • Rabbi’s Blog | Our most amazing gift
    December 28, 2018
    Chaverim Yekarim, Hundreds of years ago in the Middle Ages, the rabbis gave human beings the nickname ha’midaber / the one who speaks, highlighting that crucial distinction between humans and other living creatures. It is that ability to speak that allows us to rise up from our bodies and aspire toward holiness and partnership with
  • Havdallukkah Pictures!
    December 26, 2018
    We’ve added photos from our Dec. 8, 2018, Havdallukkah celebration (Havdallah and Hanukkah combined) to our Celebrations slide show. Check it out by clicking on the photo
  • Pictures from Jacobs Camp Shabbat!
    December 26, 2018
    Thank you Jacobs Camp for hosting pre-neg and leading parts of our Kabbalat Shabbat service on Dec. 14. We are very thankful to have Jacobs Camp as part of our Southern Jewish community.
  • Rabbi’s Blog | Jan. 20, 2017 | Parshat Shemot: Naming It
    December 21, 2018
    A sermon delivered at Beth Shalom Synagogue on Jan. 20, 2017. I have always struggled with speaking, especially as a child. Sometimes the words just wouldn’t come out of my mouth no matter how much I willed them, I would get stuck on certain consonants, stutter my way through them. Sometimes I wouldn’t speak at all in fear
  • Annual Meetings Planned
    December 18, 2018
    Beth Shalom’s 2019 Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 9:30 a.m. The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at B’nai Israel. Lindsey Friedmann, Associate Regional Director of the ADL will join the JFed meeting to discuss who they are, what they do
  • Rabbi’s Blog | Vayigash
    December 14, 2018
    Chaverim Yekarim, As our reading of Genesis approaches its conclusion these next couple of weeks, we reflect on some of the lessons that we have learned. Our ancestors formed part of an epic drama, one in which they played an active role. Yes, God made a lot of things happen to them, but they also
  • Tickets On Sale Now!
    December 13, 2018
    Tickets are now on sale for the 13th Annual Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival, Jan. 16-20, 2019, at the Manship Theatre. The festival has become one of the outstanding entertainment and cultural events of the city. If you have been to the previous festivals, you know the quality of the films and speakers. If you have not attended
  • How “to do” Shabbat
    December 12, 2018
    So, just how do you “do” Shabbat? Here is a video from ReformJudaism.org that explains how to make the blessings over Shabbat candles, wine and bread. This will be old hat for many, but if you are haven’t practiced in a while or are simply curious about Judaism, this is a great introduction.
  • Rabbi’s Blog | Mah Tevakesh – What are you seeking?
    November 30, 2018
    Chaverim Yekarim, This week, Joseph goes off in search of his brothers and loses his way until he stumbles upon a mysterious person. The Torah refers to this person simply as “ish / man,” and yet we must not confuse his anonymity with his importance. At a period of great physical and spiritual changes, this man/angel
  • Jacobs Camp is coming to BSS!
    November 26, 2018
    On Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., join Assistant Director of Jacobs Camp, Joshua Posner, for a special Jacobs Camp Kabbalat Shabbat Experience!  Kids will come up and help lead parts of the Service and you’ll have a chance to learn about this exceptional Southern institution and how it could play a role in your
  • Rabbi’s Blog | Happy Thanksgiving
    November 22, 2018
    Shalom Chaverim, Thanksgiving is the quintessential American AND Jewish holiday. As Jews, we do it everyday of our lives. It is hard-wired into our DNA. It is our very name! The word Jew comes from the Hebrew word yehudi, derived from the root l’hodot, to thank.  The Jewish People get another one of its names in this
  • Brotherhood Meeting | Dec. 2
    November 20, 2018
    The Beth Shalom Brotherhood will meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Please join
  • Happy Havdallukah!
    November 20, 2018
    Join us Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. for our 2nd ISJL Camp Shabbat! Let’s build on the momentum from our first amazing weekend! Camp Shabbat offers great educational content for kids and adults alike in a fun and dynamic setting. We’ll learn about this awesome holiday of Hanukkah, along with the corresponding mitzvot that
  • Sisterhood 2019 Planning Meeting
    November 19, 2018
    Please join your Sisterhood for our 2019 Planning & Working Meeting — 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 2.  We will be organizing and planning for our Dec. 8, 2018, Havdalukah celebration & Dairy Potluck Dinner, plus all of our spring 2019 events including Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat with David Stern, corned beef sandwich sale, Purim, and
  • The December Book Club book is…
    November 19, 2018
    Beth Shalom Synagogue’s Book Club is back! Get a head start on your reading now in preparation for our meeting on Saturday, Dec. 15. Our December book is “We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel” by Georgia Hunter. Find it on Amazon or at your local
  • Join Us for a Celebration-Filled Weekend!
    November 14, 2018
    Join us for what is sure to be a weekend full of singing and holiness as we are joined for an Americana Shabbat by Jewish musician Joe Buchanan and ISJL Education Fellow Carly Abramson!  Friday, November 16 6 pm — Kabbalat Shabbat followed by a Special Shabbat Dinner in honor of Francine Fisher and Elaine Kaplan Saturday, November 17 10 am — Shacharit Shabbat 4-5:30 pm — Our first Camp Shabbat will be Kehila Kedosha:
  • Rabbi’s Blog | #ShowUpForShabbat
    October 31, 2018
    Hatred has struck deep within our national fabric. Our People are left reeling after such a senseless and heinous act. And yet, as we have from time immemorial, we pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and get back to work. We do not let it define us because hope is the incurable Jewish condition. What
  • A healing message of hope and love
    October 30, 2018
    Thank you to everyone who joined us Monday night as we honored the lives lost in the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. We had 500 people of all faiths crowd into our sanctuary to hear a message of faith, hope and love. Thank you to everyone who said the Mourner’s Kaddish with us. The mourner’s
  • Memorial Service Monday, Oct. 29
    October 29, 2018
    Chaverim Yekarim, The Jewish Community of Baton Rouge is planning a memorial service in honor of the victims of yesterday’s tragic and barbaric attack in Pittsburgh. Please join us in solidarity and prayer as a united Jewish community along with our interfaith brothers and sisters. We would love this to be a broad community show
  • Rabbi’s Blog | Our Jewish Family Shattered
    October 28, 2018
    Chaverim Shalom, My heart is with you all as we mourn the senseless murders at Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We are but one Jewish family and this impacts us like a punch to the gut…this, the worst attack to hit our Jewish People in this Nation’s history. Eleven worlds cut down by
  • Learn Yiddish
    October 23, 2018
    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! Your mama will kvell and your zayde will plotz, so get off your tush and go from pisher to maven in Yiddish!
  • Save the Date | Scholar in Residence
    October 19, 2018
    Save the Date for February 15-16, 2019. Join us for what promises to be an exciting and stimulating Shabbat experience with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Stern. In addition to serving as the President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, he is an inspirational and engaging lecturer and teacher. When he is not crisscrossing the country
  • How many Torah scrolls?
    October 10, 2018
    Do you know how many Torah scrolls Beth Shalom houses? Or where they came from? Our Torahs have seen war and hurricanes, along with much more celebration, joy and life. Read more about Beth Shalom’s Torah scrolls…  
  • Join Our Guest Song Leader on Fridays in Fall
    October 4, 2018
    Please join us in joy and gratitude as we celebrate these musical Shabbatot with guest song leader and educator, Leo Henkin. Leo is based in New Orleans, and is currently studying at Tulane. In addition to bringing with him many years of experience in the world of Jewish prayer, music and education, he also brings
  • Save the Date for Americana Shabbat | Nov. 16 & 17
    October 4, 2018
    Beth Shalom is excited to welcome to Joe Buchanan, a musician who plays Americana with a Jewish Soul, and Carly Abramson to our American Shabbat on Nov. 16 & 17. Save the date and we’ll have more details
  • BSS Book Club!
    June 20, 2018
    Jewish Journeys has partnered with the Jewish Book Council’s National Jewish Book Clubs to launch Beth Shalom Synagogue’s Book Club. Our book club will be a space dedicated to social, educational, and cultural enrichment through reading and discussion of contemporary books that span the Jewish world. Contact Galia Betech for more information. Upcoming Dates: Oct. 13 –
  • Rabbi’s Blog | July 14, 2017 |  Parshat Pinchas: Pinchas and True Peach
    January 4, 2018
    A sermon delivered at Beth Shalom Synagogue on July 14, 2017 Something very strange happens at the beginning of this week’s Torah portion based on what happened at the end of last week’s. For an act of extreme violence, Pinchas is rewarded by God with a brit shalom / a covenant of peace. As many of us know