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.
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 […]
In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What is the meaning of the laws, stipulations, and rules that the Eternal Our God has commanded us?’ You shall say to them, ‘We were slaves to Pharoah in Egypt and the Eternal freed us from Egypt with a mighty hand.’” – Deuteronomy 6:20-21 Passover, or Pesach, our holiday of […]
“For these things do I weep, My eyes flow with tears” – Lamentations 1:16 These solemn words from the Book of Lamentations continue to give voice to human sorrow many centuries after they were first written. Just a couple of weeks ago, our country lowered its flag and mourned for innocent lives senselessly removed […]