Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that Judaism is not frozen in time. It is not an heirloom. Judaism should be a living fountain. Reform Judaism believes in the principal of personal responsibility. Each and every one of us has a right and responsibility to engage with Jewish culture, history, tradition and law to decide how to live a meaningful and valuable Jewish life.
The positions of the Reform Movement are based primarily in two sources: Resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism, and resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Temple Beth Shalom is home to one of the nicest groups of people in town. At Temple Beth Shalom, we support one another with a caring community and a culture of inclusiveness. We have weekly worship opportunities, adult education, religious school for children, many groups and clubs, and great opportunities to meet other people at our religious, cultural and social events.
We have lots of opportunities for getting involved and meeting people, starting as soon as you join if you so choose. Probably the best way to get to know people is to get involved. Every time you come to our campus or out in the community, you have the opportunity to meet and interact with members of our congregation.
It is never too soon to be a part of the Jewish community. Babies grow up fast. They start asking questions and interacting with the world at a very early age. By joining our congregation, developing connections to the members of our community and strengthening your Jewish identity, you will offer your growing child not only your knowledge but the support of a caring community and a four thousand year old tradition. Before long (when your child is 18 months old) you will be able to register for our outstanding Torah Tots program.
While we offer many family-oriented programs, that does not mean we are only open to families with younger children. We focus on community building, with Sisterhood, Men’s Club, adult education seminars, leadership opportunities, and, of course, worship experiences. The synagogue’s task is to enhance your connection with other Jews and your personal search for meaning and holiness.
A Jewish sage once said that “the Gates of Prayer are always open.” Reform synagogues are committed to keeping their gates open and inclusive to all, and Temple Beth Shalom is no exception. While the Temple has expenses like any other organization, we strive to ensure that financial constraints are never an obstacle to membership. Confidential discussions on reduced dues are encouraged if that will enable you and your family to be part of our community.