Temple Shalom offers a Reform Jewish community with opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, lifelong learning, and social interaction. We are a diverse community, rooted in tradition, yet moving towards the future. As such, we welcome young and old members of Acadiana who practice Judaism, seek to explore Judaism, and/or are interfaith families seeking to honor and support the Jewish elements of their family identity. We wish to inspire individuals to strengthen their identities as part of Am Yisrael (the Jewish People) and to participate actively in our Jewish community.
“Blessed shall you be in your comings and blessed shall you be in your goings” Deuteronomy 28:6 As we stand with our ancestors and heed the final exhortations of the great lawgiver of our people in the final chapters of Sefer Devarim (the book of Deuteronomy), we understand that the stakes are higher as they […]
Whether they know it or not, anyone who has been to a Jewish summer camp has some familiarity with the Book of Numbers (Sefer Bamidbar). Its tales of talking donkeys, rocks that flow with water, and scouts who see giants all provide more than suitable material for skits during Saturday morning services at virtuallyany Jewish […]
While studying at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, I attended a session whose focus was the gradually increasing rate at which religious themes have been incorporated into Israeli popular music. One of the many songs we discussed came from a band called Habrera Hativit, or “The Natural Choice,” which was one of the first Israeli rock bands to incorporate musical elements and […]