Welcome to Beth Shalom!
Beth Shalom is a Reform Congregation in Southern Wake County. In its 30th year, its members cut across all age groups, and, at each level, we strive to provide a warm and welcoming environment for our Jewish and interfaith families with a commitment to inclusion. As diverse as our membership is, so is the wide array of religious, educational and social activities in which to participate. Tikkun olam, repairing the world, is a hallmark of Reform Judaism, and we strive to bring peace, freedom, and justice to all people.
The congregation has continued to grow with approximately 230 families and lots of children; at last count, there were 160 in our religious school and growing. We also have an active Men’s Club and Sisterhood along with Beth Shalom Temple Youth Groups. Beth Shalom is a congregation big enough to provide the traditional things you would expect from a synagogue but small enough such that your voice is heard and you can have a direct and immediate impact through individual participation.
This is simply a snap shot of who we are. Please take a few moments now to tour our website and learn more about us.
Milestone Membership Shabbat Service: Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Pesach Shabbat Morning Service: Saturday, April 4, at 9:30 a.m.
Please note that there is no Shabbat Evening Service on Friday, April 3, as this is the first night of Pesach. Please join us for Pesach Shabbat Morning Service on April 4.
Israeli Blues Band Comes to Beth Shalom! Presented by Beth Shalom and Temple Beth Meyer, the award-winning Ori Naftaly Band will give a taste of their adrenaline-filled Israeli Blues on Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m. at Beth Shalom. This band has toured Israel, Europe, and the U.S. This band has also won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition and has become the first Israeli band to reach the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge. The concert begins at 5:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Q&A. Tickets are $10.00 in advance (does not include fees) or $13.00 at the door (student and senior discounts are available). To get more information and to purchase tickets in advance, click here or contact the Beth Shalom Office.
The annual Beth Shalom Second Night Seder is on April 4! Enjoy a traditional Passover seder led by Rabbi Edery. There will be a catered “Kosher style” meal including green salad, chicken soup, roasted chicken, side dishes, fruit salad and traditional Pesach desserts. The cost is $12.00 per adult and $6.00 per each child ages 5 to 17. Register by clicking here. Please submit payment to the office. While registrations will be received, seats are guaranteed once payment is received. The deadline to register is Friday, March 27.
Mitzvah Day is Saturday, April 25! This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to engage in Tikkun Olam by volunteering at a local non-profit to better our community. The Social Action Committee has organized a variety of activities. Please read the description of these activities and register electronically by completing the Mitzvah Day Registration Form. You may also print the form, complete it and submit it to the office. Registration forms are due by April 10.
The Fundraising Committee has planned another Belk Charity Days on Saturday, May 2, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., as the first event was such a success! As before, tickets cost $5.00 each. When you purchase your item, you will receive the $5.00 back and an additional 15 to 70% off! You may also purchase your item(s) prior to May 2 and receive the same discount; however, you will need to pick up your purchase on Saturday or later. A ticket is required for each item of purchase. Tickets will be on sale at the Sisterhood Gift Shop table on Sunday mornings. Please contact the office with any questions or if you wish to help.
You Benefit! We Benefit!
Scrip Gift Card. Scrip Gift Cards are available for purchase through the Beth Shalom Office. Target, Kroger, Wal-Mart and Home Depot gifts cards will always be available as will many more from a variety of vendors. Beth Shalom receives a percentage of the value of the specific gift card. You pay no fee and incur no extra cost! Volunteers are needed to sell these cards to members during Sunday School, Hebrew School and other events.
Simcha Grams. Also available through the Beth Shalom Office, Simcha Grams allow you to purchase holiday cards at a nominal fee that are then sent to congregation families. The cards are beautiful and it is an easy, convenient way to wish your friends happiness at these times.
Online Shopping. Be a part of the first and largest online network of shoppers, online stores, and worthy causes dedicated to turning everyday online shopping and searching into much-needed donations. Through iGive, you can shop at over 1,300 stores online and receive special discounts, and Beth Shalom receives a percentage of your purchase. Please visit www.iGive.com/bethshalomnc to join.
In addition, Amazon has now launched AmazonSmile. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Select Beth Shalom in Raleigh, NC and we will benefit! AmazonSmile contains the same products and prices as Amazon. You must shop at smile.amazon.com not amazon.com for Beth Shalom to benefit.
Sisterhood Catering/Gift Shop. The Sisterhood gift shop provides many holiday items and Judaica such as jewelry, Mezuzot and much more. You may also order from one of their catalogs if you do not find what you are looking for in the gift shop. Sisterhood also provides catering for all your social functions such as B’nei Mitzvah celebrations, baby-namings, parties and more. They will also help with ordering of invitations for your teen’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Tree of Life. Members or family members and friends of family members may purchase a leaf to commemorate a special event such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, graduation, or baby-naming. The leaf will be engraved and placed on our Tree of life.