Welcome to Congregation Beth Shalom

Congregation Beth Shalom is an intimate, evolving, intergenerational congregation, located in Central Indiana. We were founded in 2010 with the goal of providing a small, warm community in which members are made to feel welcome and comfortable.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015

From the Rabbi's Desk

July 24, 2015
While waiting in the airport recently, I had the distinct pleasure of overhearing an argument that I wish had been carried out in some other city.  Two sisters (I presume) were discussing a family affair that had turned out a major disaster.  Each held the other to blame, and from where I sat – clear across the room – there was plenty of blame to go around.  And then the final pronouncement:
After all, it’s the thought that counts, anyway!
Judaism’s worldview would say, in a word, “No” – in two words, “No, No.”...

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Erev Shabbat Services

All Erev Shabbat Services are at held University High School, in the West Building. Services are on the 2nd and 4th Friday evening of each month at 6:30pm, and led by Rabbi Halpern and Cantor Deb Winston. Childcare is provided.

Please view our calendar for details on our next Erev Shabbat Service.

High Holidays

Our High Holidays services are also held at University High school.  View our schedule of services on our calendar.


  • We need a volunteer to blow the Shofar for the Children’s Service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prior to the Adult Service.
    Dates:  September 14 and September 23

    Contact Mickie Gurvis at MGurvis@comcast.net

  • Support Your Congregation and Your Business!
    The new CBS 2016-2017 CBS Membership Directory will be going to press soon.  This effort is self-supporting through the money received for advertisements in the book by members and others.  An ad may be in black & white or full color and must be submitted in PDF format to print well in the directory.
    Business card $45.00
    Half or partial page $75.00
    Full page $110.00
    Deadline for ad submission is June 30, 2015
    Please contact David Gurvis at 317-251-3755 or deg1@comcast.net with questions.

  • This 8-ounce jar of kosher honey arrives in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday decorated with a colorful label and includes a personalized card reading “L’Shana Tova – Wishing You a Healthy and Happy New Year.”  This card also lets the recipient know that a donation has been made in their honor to Congregation Beth Shalom.
    Your cost is $11.00 per jar, which includes shipping and handling within the United States.  We will gladly mail orders outside the United States for an additional fee.  To order honey go to www.ORThoney.com/ind or click on the honey jar and follow the step-by-step instructions.
     Order by July 7, 2015, to avoid a $4.00 per jar shipping fee.

    What better way to wish family, friends and business associates a “Sweet and Healthy New Year” than sending a jar of honey?

    For more information please contact:
    David Gurvis
  • Indy has many Jewish families who want to celebrate Passover but struggle to afford Kosher for Passover food for the holiday. Our partners at Popsie’s Pantry have agreed to help.

    How can we help?
    Bring Kosher for Passover foods to services on March 13.
    Drop food at Popsie’s Pantry
    Make a check out to Popsie’s Pantry and bring it to services 

  • Now that our Religious School is about to open, we need a library cart and more books! If you and your family have any books you would be willing to donate, please contact us and let us know. We're collecting both children's and adult Jewish books, but please, no prayer books or very old library books. Soon we hope to be a member of PJ Library, an organization (through Federation) that mails Jewish books to a congregation's children monthly! Check your book collection and call us to donate your books.