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

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
10:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, September 21, 2014
11:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, September 21, 2014
3:00pm to 4:30pm

From the Rabbi's Desk

September 12, 2014

The story of Cain and Abel, the first two children of Adam and Eve, is loaded with strange images and statements, not the least of which is in Genesis 4:7 – ‘If you improve, it will be forgiven, and if you do not improve, sin is lying at the door’.  How very strange!  And then there is the mark of Cain – what is that all about? 

This story, which appears in some ways to have come from a different, perhaps earlier, mythology, is so full of questions that we can easily miss what is perhaps its most important lesson – an especially...

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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.


  • The following dates are in need of a sponsor:

    DEC 26
    All dates beginning January,  2015, are open. 

    Please contact Rhonda Berns if you would like to sponsor an Oneg:

  • Our new religious school needs the following items - Please donate anything you can.

    • Little chairs for children
    • Kid height table
    • Colored Cardstock-4 packs
    • School Glue-5 bottles
    • Sparkles, gems etc. for crafts
    • Area rugs
    • Wall clock
    • Jewish-themed posters
    • Jewish-themed pictures for wall
    • Scotch tape
    • Rocking chair
    • White grape juice
    • Raisins
    • Gluten-free crackers 3 boxes
    • Jewish-themed children’s books
    • Safety scissors
    Please contact Cantor Winston with your donations to make arrangements for delivery at Cantordeb.winston@bethshalomindy.org
  • 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.

  • Congregation Beth Shalom is preparing for the much-awaited High Holidays.  In the process the Worship Committee is also preparing “The Book of Remembrance”, honoring those family and friends who have passed.  The book will be distributed during the Yizkor Service beginning at 4:00 PM on October 4, 2014.
    Your thoughtful commitment to this project will enable Beth Shalom to serve needy families, Bar/Bat Mitzvah participants and Jewish Education classes.
    The Worship Committee of Congregation Beth Shalom is grateful for your commitment to this very special fund.
    If you wish to enter the name of a family member or friend, please contact Larry Berns at LMBerns@hotmail.com or mail the name/s to:

    Larry Berns
    7846 Bay Shore Drive
    Indianapolis, IN 46240
    In order to be included, please respond before September 25, 2014.

    Donations:  All contributions are accepted, but due to printing costs the minimum contribution is $36.00

  • There is still time to order your Rosh Hashanah Honey.

    Beth Shalom has sold 38 jars of honey.  We need to sell 50 jars.  Below 50 jars we earn $1.25 a jar, and at 50 jars and above, we will earn $3.75 cents a jar.
    Right now, shipping is $4.00 a jar, but for this week only, if you order 6 jars to be sent to yourself, the shipping will be rebated down to one $4.00 charge.  This is great for those jars you want to hand deliver to a friend or relative.

    Order now.  Make this a sweet year!

    Click this link to order your Kosher Honey now for family and friends.

    Enter the code IND to make sure our Congregation Beth Shalom receives credit. 

    For name of organization, please use Congregation Beth Shalom Carmel Indiana.

    What can make a better Rosh Hashanah gift?