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.
Family Shabbat Service: Friday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Selichot Service: Saturday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Shabbat Evening Service: Friday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m.
To view the service schedule for High Holy Days and for more detailed information about our youth programs, babysitting service, Tashlikh and Break the Fast, please click here.
Join us for the popular Bagels & Talmud on Thursday, September 10, at 11:45 a.m. at the IHOP in Cary with Rabbi Edery. Enjoy lunch as we discuss relevant texts from the Talmud!
Led by Ronni Ticker, Water, Women & Wonder will occur on Saturday, September 12, at Legacy Crossroads Pool, as we welcome the New Year.
Here’s A Thought: Beth Shalom’s Blog
Welcome to our new section, featuring blog posts from Rabbi Edery, Hal and Ronni.
- Adopt an Island: A Beth Shalom Landscaping Project – Hal Zenick September 1, 2015 Have you ever wanted to be in charge of your own island? Here’s A Thought! What if we, at Beth Shalom, began our own “Adopt a (parking lot) Island” program? Individuals, friends, and families could identify a parking lot island to care for. So, you may ask why is such a program needed and why now? Well, several of the major landscape issues have been taken care of. Soon, we will be identifying a landscape architect firm to help develop a long term plan for the beautification of our campus. In the meantime, “Adopt an Island” would be a program that would be fun for our members/families while also greatly contributing to temporary efforts to beautify our campus. Some thoughts along this line might be:
Each island could be adopted by one, or more, members/families. The island parents would check on their island periodically, primarily to keep up with weeding, especially around bushes were spraying cannot be done.
The more ambitious adopting member/family might want to place plants in planters on their island. (Please, no ornamentals – pink flamingos are not kosher any way)!
Although the details remain to be completed, it seems like a great way to have fun while importantly helping … Read more about this post
- Kehillah Kedoshha: A Holy Community – Ronni Ticker August 23, 2015 On Saturday morning, July 11, I was blessed to spend an hour of Shabbat with 10 of our awesome madrichim and Lynn Albert, Beth Shalom’s outstanding Madrichim Coordinator. There we were, sitting around a table at the local Bruegger’s, enjoying our drink of choice and discussing exemplary Religious School conduct. Yes. You heard that right: In the middle of the summer our teens volunteered their time, in exchange for a cup of coffee or soda, to share their wisdom on what it would look like for our school to be a Kehilla Kodesha, a holy community of learners.
Last January, under the guidance of Max Nathison, a congregant and Wake County School District Administrator, the teachers developed the acronym S.P.A.R.K. to clarify what it means for us all to be a catalyst for light as we create and share the sacred space of Beth Shalom, in the classrooms and sanctuary, on the playground, in the bathrooms and hallways, in the carpool line and off-site. We assume that everyone knows what we mean when we say “behave.” As parents, we have certainly learned that life is simpler and sweeter when we go a step further and provide positive guidance that is clear … Read more about this post