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, March 29, 2015 to Saturday, April 4, 2015
(All day)
Thursday, April 2, 2015
6:30pm to 8:45pm
Friday, April 3, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

From the Rabbi's Desk

March 27, 2015

A couple of weeks ago -- probably longer when you read this – I was reminded of a major surprise I had a good ten years ago.  Okay, it was not a MAJOR surprise, but it was a surprise, none the less.
Back then, while sitting around at the Oneg, someone mentioned that one of the people on our Refuah list -- the speedy and complete recovery list we pray for -- had passed away -- 8 MONTHS AGO.  My immediate response was that I supposed that the prayers we had been praying for him probably had not done much good for the last seven...

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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.


  • 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 

  • Are you comfortable reading the Aliyah blessings or with reading an English passsage during an Erev Shabbat service?
    We encourage your participation in all services.
    Please contact Rabbi Halpern with your information and willingness to participate.

  • 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.

  • 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.