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, December 20, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
10:00am to 11:00am
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014

From the Rabbi's Desk

November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Day is based on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.  While in many ways these two celebrations are very different, both of these holidays encourage the inviting of guests.
Judaism’s tradition of ushpizim calls for us to invite special people to our dinners in the Sukkah.  The seven traditional guests are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses Aaron, Joseph and David.
The Halpern Sukkah was also visited by guests, but these visitors included Karl Marx, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, just to mention a few.  In...

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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.


  • For the past seven years the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis has helped needy Jewish families have a Happy Chanukah.  Families will provide family wish lists that we will use to shop.
    This year Congregation Beth Shalom has adopted two families with a total of five people—one family, a single mom with a 9-year-old son, and the other family, a single mom with a daughter 17 and a son 16.
    CBS asks our congregants to support this act of kindness by opening your hearts and contributing money or gift cards. If you would like to participate in this wonderful Mitzvah by donating money or gift cards (to Walmart or Target), please send your check made out to CBS or gift cards in the amount of your choice to either Cheryl Peisner at 10783 Knight Drive, Carmel, IN 46032 or Charlene Pfenninger at 9025 Dewberry Court, Indianapolis, IN 46260 by Sunday, November 30, 2014.
    We will be meeting on Sunday, December 7, for breakfast at 9 AM at the Panera on West 86th Street (across from Brebeuf) and then shop for our families. We will conclude the morning by wrapping gifts at our new space on Michigan Road.  If you wish to join us, please contact either Cheryl Peisner at 733-0805 or cpeisner05@gmail.com or Charlene Pfenninger at 879-9541 or charlene@indianacollections.com.
    Thank you for participating and helping to make this Chanukah season that much brighter for these two families!

  • Donations to Popsie’s Pantry will be accepted at all services. 
    Please look for drop-off areas as you enter.

    Bring staples and non-perishable items, please.

  • The following dates are in need of a sponsor:

    Open dates for Oneg participation for the first part of 2015 are as follows: 
    2/27, 3/13, 5/22, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14 and 8/28 

    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.

    • Colored Cardstock-4 packs
    • School Glue-5 bottles
    • Sparkles, gems etc. for crafts
    • Area rugs
    • Jewish-themed posters
    • Jewish-themed pictures for wall
    • Scotch tape
    • White grape juice
    • Raisins
    • Gluten-free crackers 3 boxes
    • Jewish-themed children’s books
    • Safety scissors
    • 20-Cup Coffee Maker
    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.