It is traditional to read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot. The link between this Biblical heroine and the holiday we are celebrating is rooted in the giving of the Law. Shavuot, which means ‘Weeks’, follows seven weeks after Pesach when the Children of Israel stood at the foot of Mount Sinai and received the Torah, which would turn them from a disparate group of tribes into a single people. Likewise, Ruth, after the death of her husband, her father-in-law, and her brother-in-law, linked her faith and life with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and...
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.
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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.
Our High Holidays services are also held at University High school. View our schedule of services on our calendar.
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
The following dates are in need of a sponsor:
Open dates for Oneg participation for the remainder of 2015 are as follows:
Please contact Rhonda Berns if you would like to sponsor an Oneg.
For the past year Cantor Deb has been collecting children's books for our eventual library collection. 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 call Cantor at 317-344-3114 and let her 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 317-344-3114 to donate your books.
If you will need child care during services, please sign up so we may plan ahead.