In 1979, a small group of families made a commitment to create a center for Jewish life in Vero Beach. The first Services were held at St. Helen’s Parish Hall. Every Friday night the group prayed in the warm glow of the Shabbat candles. A wooden Ark was soon built and it was designed to be portable. During the High Holy Days the Ark was moved to the Community Church. Inspired by the Ark and the Torah inside, Temple Beth Shalom was established at its present location in 1984.