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.
Temple Shalom is privileged to be the custodian of a historic Torah scroll dating from the mid 1800s. It reached us by a long and tortuous journey from what is now the Czech Republic. Jews were deported from this region during the Nazi occupation, leaving behind deserted synagogues and community buildings. A group of Jews […]
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 […]