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.
Happy Holy Days Just before Halloween, Ellie and I happened to be at the mall, and got to enjoy the piped in sounds of Christmas carols as the accompaniment to our shopping. Santa himself was available for photos; of course he was, it was only October! To those who demand that we “put the Christ […]
Giving Thanks In the Book of Job, the title character loses everything he values in life: his wealth, his property, his health, and even his children, and yet he remains upbeat. Job says, “Adonai natan, v’Adonai lakach; y’hi shem Adonai m’vorach,” “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Other than at […]
The Open Sukkah At a big dinner party, the host parents turned to their five year old son and asked him to offer a prayer over the meal. The boy was unsure what to do, so the mother encouraged him, “Just say what Mommy always says before we eat.” The boy smiled and nodded, closed […]