Category Archives: Announcements

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

Sisterhood/Chai Mitzvah

Shabbat Service & Dinner

Friday, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm

Please join us in celebrating Shabbat and the completion of Chai Mitzvah studies by eleven dedicated students.  Our guest that evening will be Jennifer Daley, 1st VP of WRJ-Southwest District.  She will speak during service.

RSVP required for the sisterhood-sponsored dinner. Email or call Sharon Berman at or 870-208-5454.

Energizing Sisterhood/WRJ Awareness

Saturday, September 9, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Open to all sisterhood members – If you are interested in making our sisterhood more fun and more meaningful, you won’t want to miss this workshop with Jennifer Daley. Please RSVP to Sharon for planning purposes, including lunch.

Crystal Bridges & Dinner on Square

Saturday, September 9, 2:30 – 7:30 pm

Share your favorite art periods and the amazing outdoors Chihuly “In the Woods” installation with Jennifer Daley.  Dinner following, on Bentonville Square.  Please RSVP to Sharon or 870-208-5454.

NOTE: Sisterhood members can choose September 9 MORNING or AFTERNOON activities or DO BOTH.  But please RSVP your plans.


Temple Shalom Labor Day BBQ

Join us on Monday, September 4th at 12:00 pm

at Temple Shalom 

We will have hot dogs,
(Vegetarian dogs also provided)
Chips, Salad, and Watermelon.

Donations appreciated but not required.

Bring your family and friends!  We look forward to seeing you there!


During the Temple Shalom Labor Day Picnic, we will welcome the newest members of our Jewish community.  Faith and Russell Ashley, and their daughter Sarah, recently completed their conversion to Judaism.  This is our opportunity to say Mazel Tov!


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