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In the photo taken by Corinna Dranow, Anan Takroori is seen standing behind Rabbi Adler.

Temple Shalom Hosts Local Muslims

The board of Temple Shalom, Rabbi Jacob Adler and a few other longtime members Wednesday welcomed members of the Islamic Center of Northwest Arkansas to the synagogue for a nosh. About 20 Muslims joined the dozen-plus Jews for dessert and tea in the fellowship hall.

In the photo taken by Corinna Dranow, Anan Takroori is seen standing behind Rabbi Adler.

In the photo taken by Corinna Dranow, Anan Takroori is seen standing behind Rabbi Adler.

The evening of Feb. 24, 2016, began with a building tour led by co-President Darla Newman. Rabbi Adler brought the guests onto the bimah as he explained the Holy Ark and ritual objects. He opened a Torah with the visitors helping him with the cover, crown and breastplate.

Anan Takroori, an executive committee member of the Islamic Center, which is in Fayetteville near the UA campus, helped coordinate the reception. The temple board earlier had approved inviting members of the mosque in a gesture of good will, in light of hate crimes in recent years in the United States and with hopes of beginning strong friendship in the area.

The area Muslim community brought gifts of food for the evening and a plaque carrying a message of peace and good will that they signed on the back. The mosque and synagogue agreed to future meetings soon as well as to keep each other up to date, such as about university lectures on topics of mutual interest.

The night’s plan for a general discussion was shortened because of the hearty, happy one-on-one conversations that erupted spontaneously from the beginning, at the name-tag stage.

Besides Darla Newman and co-President Jeremy Hess, Corinna Dranow, Sivan Tuchman and Ben Pollock planned the event.

Shabbat Services, January 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016
No Services Scheduled

Friday, January 15, 2016
No Services Scheduled

Friday, January 22
No Services Scheduled

*January 23rd – Shabbat morning service at 10am conducted jointly by Rabbi Jacob and recent Bat Mitzvah, Myriah Dorf. It is a delight to see a young person taking responsibility for the conduct of worship services. We hope this is just a beginning.  (*This service is required for students preparing for B’nai Mitzvah in the next 12 months).

Friday, January 29
Shabbat Service at 6pm
(followed by a dairy/fish potluck)

Temple Shalom will welcome Rabbi Jeremy Simons, ISJL Director of Rabbinic Services on Friday, January 29 as part of a long weekend of spiritual learning and fun for the entire family.

Rabbi Simons will lead our Friday evening service starting at 6pm. It will be followed by a community dairy/fish potluck dinner.

Saturday, our regularly scheduled Torah study time will enjoy the participation of the rabbi. Later that afternoon, there will be an adult education session (4:30pm) followed by Havdallah and a dinner at a local restaurant. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

We’ll round out the weekend with a children’s service at 10am on Sunday, January 31. Then from 11am to 12:30pm, our teens, along with teens from Congregation Etz Chaim, will enjoy a discussion session and lunch with Rabbi Simons at Jose’s Mexican restaurant.

It’s sure to be a spiritually uplifting weekend for everyone in the family. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for as much of the weekend as you can fit into your schedule.

Shabbat Candles

Volunteers to lead services in future months are welcome!  If no one responds, none will be scheduled.  Contact Darla or 479-521-3119.

Hanukkah Candle Lighting, 2015 / 5776

Candles Day Date Heb Date

1 Candle at sundown Sunday 12/6/2015 24th of Kislev 5776
2 Candles at sundown on Monday 12/7 25th of Kislev 5776
3 Candles at sundown on Tuesday 12/8 26th of Kislev 5776
4 Candles at sundown on Wednesday 12/9 27th of Kislev 5776
5 Candles at sundown on Thursday 12/10 28th of Kislev 5776
6 Candles at sundown on Friday 12/11 29th of Kislev 5776
7 Candles at sundown on Saturday 12/12 30th of Kislev 5776
8 Candles at sundown on Sunday 12/13 1st of Tevet 5776

(For 12/6-12/10, light candles after 5:02 pm; 12/11 light before 4:44 pm;
12/12 light after 5:45 pm; 12/13 after 5:04 pm)

Gift Shop Features New Hanukkah Items

Sponsored by Sisterhood

Gift Shop Update

ARKanukah shop new arrivals:

  • Made in Israel silk scarfs, candles (Hanukkah, Shabbot, and Tapers), trivets
  • Hanukkah Rubics cubes and dreydals filled with silly putty
  • Chocolate gelt (made in Belgium and nut free)
  • Mahjong gifts (jewelry, cases, towels. key chains, serving pieces)
  • New Menorahs
  • Jewish American girl doll and all the books that tell her story growing up in NY turn of the century
  • Numerous other things like the menorahs that use day glo sticks instead of candles and the wine cork that has a brass menorah attached to it, etc etc etc

Come check it out — Chanukah is less than 3 weeks away — open Sunday mornings or contact or 479-582-1707

If you need to come to the store at a different time, contact Beth Nodelman at or 479-582-1707.

If you are looking for  Judaic supplies; Shabbat Candles, Kiddush Cups, Judaic themed kitchen towels, mezuzah’s, etc, you will be able to find them in our very own gift shop.

The shop is open when the Temple is open. All proceeds benefit Temple Shalom.

Gift Shop Honey

If there is an item you are looking for, please let Beth know.

Family Forum Commemorating Holocaust Education in NWA

Burning CandleThe Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee Jewish Federation of Arkansas and Congregation Etz Chaim invite you to a morning of inspiration. Adults and school-age children are welcome to enjoy breakfast, discussion and brief presentations from the speakers of this year’s Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee’s 24th Annual Conference.

Saturday, November 7 from 9:00am to 12:00pm, Waterway Christian Church, 4074 Highway 112, Bentonville, AR 72712

RSVP by November 1 to

Victim, Perpetrator, Rescuer … Who will you be?

Holocaust_TWITTERVictim, Perpetrator, Rescuer…. Who will you be?

The Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee, the Jewish Federation of Arkansas and Temple Shalom invite you to a special event following the Arkansas Holocaust Education Committees 24th annual conference

This day long Holocaust conference will take place at the Jones Center, Springdale, AR. Intended audience: Middle school students and teachers through college level as well as interested individuals in the community.

24th Annual Arkansas Holocaust Education Conference
Jones Center for Families
Springdale, Arkansas
Conference Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2015

Registration is required, click here for form  

For more detailed information click here for flyer

Shabbat Dinner at Temple Shalom

Friday, November 6, 2015  at 7pm

Cost $18/adult, $6/child, with a maximum of $40/family, or $10/student

Please RSVP by November 1, 2015 and send payment to:

Irene Spalter
116 N. Skyview Lane
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Checks payable to Temple Shalom
Any questions or concerns please call Irene (479) 582-2271 or email

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Join us in helping Etz Chaim collect donations for “Dress for Success”

Dress for Success: A Mitzvah Project

Temple Shalom and Congregation Etz Chaim are jointly involved in a project where we collect good quality used clothing and accessories for low income women to wear to a job interview. We have a clothing rack set up near the office, labeled “Dress for Success” and donations can be put there anytime when the temple is open. An Etz Chaim member picks up these items on a regular basis and delivers them to a specialty shop in Bentonville. Women who are eligible to shop there get what they need at no cost.To read more about Dress for Success –

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The first wedding in our new Temple.  Mazel Tov to Jeremy & Gladys

Gladys & Jeremy's Wedding

Gladys & Jeremy Chuppah with Rabbi Jacob Adler

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Interfaith Discussion 

Temple Shalom Interfaith Event 2011

Temple Shalom Interfaith Event 2011


September Trail Clean-up

Sunday, September 27, 2015

We will meet at 12:30 at the trail crossing at North Street, between Leverett and Gregg. Easy parking is at the North St. Mini Mart/Laundromat.

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation provides the trash bags and gloves. We will have hand sanitizer and a couple of rakes and grabbers. Please feel free to bring your own gloves, garden rakes and grabbers. Any adult or teen or wants to tackle the creek should wear appropriate footwear. Also, beware of poison ivy, so long sleeves, long pants, and closed toe shoes might be wise.

Thanks to all who can come out for an hour or so and help the TSRS in this wonderful mitzvah and community effort.

Labor Day BBQ on the Patio

What’s Labor Day Without a BBQ?

Temple Shalom is throwing a Labor Day BBQ on Monday, September 7th at noon.

This is going to be your lucky day. We will be grilling kosher hotdogs on the temple patio. Dogs will be served with parve buns. However, we’d like you to bring something non-dairy to share. Here are a few suggestions:
chips (non-dairy)
soft drinks
sweets / desserts (non-dairy)

We encourage you to bring your children, there will be hula hoops and a slip & slide to keep them busy.
Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you wish to enjoy the outdoors. Beer is acceptable for this event, but you must bring your own.

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Seder 2014

Here are photos from this year’s community seder.