Category Archives: Announcements

General announcements not in other categories. Also announcements from 2014 and earlier.

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!

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 – December 2016

Friday, Dec. 9

Nosh and Drash: This Friday at 5:00

Shabbat Service Preceded by Warm-Up

On Friday, December 9, Rabbi Jacob will lead a Shabbat service at 6:30.  The service will include songs led by our Religious School students.

The service will be preceded by something new:  A “Nosh and Drash” Service Warm-Up from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Here’s your chance to learn about the structure of the service, the meaning of the prayers, and prayer tunes, both new and old.

Substantial refreshments will be available, so you won’t have to be hungry during the service.

This Friday, among other things, we’ll be learning about Lecha Dodi and practicing a couple of the many tunes used for this beautify poem.  As always, your questions are welcome.

Please RSVP if possible.  Questions?  Contact Rabbi Jacob at or 479-200-1397.


Friday, December 16

Evening Lay-led Services at 6:30 pm

Asbell School Snack Pack Project

This year Sisterhood is preparing 40 snack packs per month for Asbell School’s weekend feeding program.  We have provided nine items for these snack packs during September and October and will begin asking for the congregation’s assistance beginning in November.

Ideas for snacks include fruit cups, pudding cups, jerky, fig bars, granola bars, fruit bars, etc…

** No nuts

Please bring to Temple on Sunday mornings or Tuesday mornings, labeled ASBELL SCHOOL, and place in Judaica Shop area near the front office door.

Shabbat Services – November 2016

Friday, November 4

No services scheduled

Friday, November 11

No services scheduled

Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Eugene Levy, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Bnai Israel, Little Rock will hold Sabbath Services. He will also lead Torah Study at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

Rabbi Levy was born in El Paso, Texas, and was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas and the Rabbinic School at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. He served as the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Little Rock from 1987-2011. After retiring, he has continued to work both with smaller Jewish congregations and with churches in Arkansas and Louisiana.

Saturday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m.

Rabbi Allison Tick Brill, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El, New York City will hold Havdalah (end of Sabbath) services and give a lecture on “Gratitude is a Jewish Tradition.” This event is a vegetarian potluck.

For further information please contact Stanley Rest at 479-283-0942.

Friday, November 25

No services scheduled