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.
Jews began to immigrate to Vermilionville (the original name of Lafayette) in the early 1800s. They found an atmosphere there that spoke of opportunity for their skills, products, and services. Temple Rodeph Shalom was founded in 1869 as an Orthodox synagogue. That same year Governor Alexandre Mouton donated land to be used as a cementery for the […]