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.
A special custom of this holiday of Sukkot is the chanting of the Book of Ecclesiastes. Known as one of the Five Megillot, the five scrolls chanted during major holidays and festivals, one of the central themes of this text is the transience of material existence. This is also a central theme of Sukkot, which […]
“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 […]