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Israeli Scouts Are Coming July 18-19

Mark your calendars. Tell your friends, Jews and non-Jews alike.  The Israeli Scouts are coming Friday, July 21. There will be an Israeli food potluck at 6:30 followed by their wonderfully, entertaining program at 8:00. We also need host families for Friday night for scouts to stay in Temple Member’s Homes.

Please RSVP to Stanley at or 479-283-0942 to let him know (a) how many are coming to the potluck and what Israeli food you will be bringing and (b) if you would like to host a scout for Friday night. Please check out the short video below.


Holistic Thinking, Holistic Choices

A Special Class for Temple Shalom Members

The traditional Medical Model focuses on Illness: diagnosing, fighting, controlling, attempts at eradicating; and, diminishing symptoms. It compartmentalizes living beings as though they are a collection of parts.

A Holistic Approach focuses on Health: how to create it, how to maintain it, how to regain it.  Furthermore, a Holistic Approach has the basic premise that Mind, Body, Spirit, Emotions, relationships and unhealed past traumas influence the relative states of health wellbeing and illness dis ease in all beings.

Come to a free introductory presentation Wednesday, May 3 at Temple Shalom from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

This will be followed by a more detailed 4 week class on Wednesdays May 17, 24, 31 and June 7, 6:30 TO 8:30 PM, (Sliding scale fees, $70 to $100 per person for series, according to income and No. of dependents. 20% of proceeds donated back to Temple Shalom.)

To register or for any questions, please contact Lilian Bern, MA @

Shabbat Services – May 2017

May 5 Rabbi-Led Service

“What?  Me Holy?”

Please join me for a worship service on Friday, May 5, at 6:30.

A Torah service will be included.  The reading for that Shabbat is a double parshah:  Aḥarei Mot and Kedoshim.  Kedoshim is the central parshah of the central book of the Torah, not a coincidental fact.  It begins: Adonai spoke unto Moses, saying:  Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel and say unto them: You shall be holy; for I Adonai your God am holy.  What does this mean?  Do we all have to be saints?  Angels?  Rebbes?  Can a person, Jewish or not, lead an ordinary life and be holy, too?

We’ll be considering these things on May 5.

Upcoming: Fayetteville Interfaith Forum

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.
First United Presbyterian Church

Rabbi Jacob will be joined by Rev. Phil Butin and Mr. Mehmet Ulupinar as the Fayetteville Interfaith Forum meets once again on Tuesday, May 2,  We will gather at 7:00 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, corner of Calvin and Knox Streets in Fayetteville.  The topic for this meeting will be the situation of minority religions in the contemporary United States.  Hope to see you there!

Community Passover Seder

Saturday, April 15 at 5:45 pm.
Rabbi Jeremy Simons will officiate.

Our community Passover seder will be held at our temple on Saturday, April 15 at 5:45 pm.  Reservations are required by April 8.  Click here for the reservation form.

Please note that you should fill out the form on your computer, then PRINT THE FORM and mail it with your payment.

PesARK Store is Open!

Just arrived:

  • kosher for Passover Horseradish ($3 a bottle)
  • matzah toilet seat covers—LET MY PEOPLE GO
  • towels trimmed with matzah material
  • matzah mitt and gloves

In the shop:

  • seder  plates
  • award winning Pesach books for of all ages
  • charoset dishes (of you could use  for horse radish, honey, et
  • lucite matzah holders
  • matzah crumb buster
  • Shalom Sesame It’s Passover Grover DVD

From Israel:

  • silk matzah cover
  • Miriam kiddush cup
  • mezuzah made out of olive wood
  • Safed candles–in new beautiful colors
  • new decorated round trivet with a Star of David cut out in the middle
  • spices for the spice box
  • Shalom and Shalom Y’all painted decorated tiles–(to hang or use as a trivet)

If you need anything or want something not listed, contact or 479-582-1707

Passover food items at Walmart (Joyce and Martin Luther KIng), Whole Foods, and the Fresh Market Rogers at the Promenade.  Walmart on Joyce even has Pesach pizza making kits!

Shabbat Services – April 2017

Friday, April 7

No Services Scheduled

Friday, April 14

No Services Scheduled

Friday, April 21

6:30 Led by ISJL Fellow

Ali Duhan, fellow from the Institute Jewish Life, will be making her Spring visit to Temple Shalom. Her schedule is as follows:

  • Friday evening, April 21 6:30 Shabbat Service for all ages.
  • Saturday morning, April 22 10:00 Torah Study.
  • Saturday afternoon, April 22 2:30 non-strenuous hike at Mt. Kessler (details in next week’s Chai-Lites). If it’s raining, we’ll meet at the Temple for board games.
  • Saturday evening, April 22 6:00 p.m. Dinner at R & R Curry Express 2576 W. Sunset in Springdale.
  • Sunday morning, April 23 10:00 Religious School event (Earth Day) theme.

Shabbat Services – March 2017

Friday, March 3

Rabbi-led Special Service at 6:30 pm
Naming Ceremony
This Friday’s service, led by Rabbi Jacob, will include a NAMING CEREMONY for five religious school students and one future religious school student.   All are welcome and encouraged to attend: everyone present is considered a witness on this joyous occasion.  Come participate and learn about this special community mitzvah!  Service will include songs led by religious school students — and, we hope, guitar music to back up our prayers.

Friday, March 10

No Services Scheduled