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.
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 […]
Time Flies; Elul is Here Summer vacation is drawing to a close, bringing with it the unwelcome obligations of lessons and homework in lieu of endless days and nights of fun and relaxation for school children everywhere. When we were young, those summer breaks seemed like eternity itself: a paradise of potential, a release from […]