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.
Often we describe our congregation, and indeed Reform Judaism as a whole, as a “big tent” where all are welcome to enter and find meaning: Jews of all ages, Jews of all races, Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and those who love and are loved by Jews. We base this metaphor on the famous […]
A Seat at the Table Perhaps you and I share a Passover memory of being relegated to the “kiddie table” during the family seder. In our family, the seder rotated through the homes of my father and his two brothers. At my Uncle Peter’s house, there wasn’t enough room at the dining room table for […]
Purim is coming and with it fun and revelry, graggers and hamentaschen, carnivals and costumes. As we dress up as our favorite Purim characters, we allow ourselves the freedom to be silly, daring, crazy, and even risqué. After all, it’s Purim: a joyous time of celebration at our salvation from potential annihilation, for which some sages suggest we […]