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Dear Prospective Congregant,

As president of Temple Shalom, I invite you to join us as a member.

Temple Shalom is a full-service congregation formed in 1869. The property on which Temple Shalom is built was given to the Jewish community of Lafayette by Governor Alexander Mouton in 1889 for the purpose of forming a House of Worship. The temple was built during that year.

Rabbi Joshua Lief is our part-time rabbi. When he comes for a weekend, the weekend begins with a Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m. and services at 7:30 p.m. Services are over at 8:45 p.m., and an Oneg Shabbat follows services for more socializing. The Rabbi reads and interprets the torah portion, provides a lively commentary on the portion, and delivers a sermon that connects the torah portion to every day events.

On Saturday morning, Rabbi Lief generally leads a torah study session at temple. Saturday afternoon, the rabbi is available for consultation, home visits, and lessons. Saturday evenings when the rabbi is in town, there is usually an adult education program is held at the home of a congregant. On Sundays, parents and volunteers conduct a very active religious school. When Rabbi Lief is not in town, lay leaders conduct Friday evening “Daven and Dine” services at 6:30 p.m. A short services is followed by dutch-treat dinner at a restaurant. All temple events are at 603 Lee Avenue.

Temple Shalom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, and one of 291 congregations under 100 members. Our leadership attends regional and national meetings, and takes advantage of the many services provided by the Union. By supporting Temple Shalom, you are ensuring that the future of our Jewish community in Acadiana will continue for many more generations.

Dues and an information form are found on this website. Should you be unable to meet minimum dues requirements, please contact treasurer David Abraham. All special arrangements are confidential.

Looking forward to having you as a member of Temple Shalom.

Edye Mayers