Category Archives: Announcements

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

Mishloach Manot for Purim

The Sisterhood is offering everyone the opportunity to take part in a wonderful and traditional mitzvah… the giving of mishloach manot [miʃˈlo.aχ maˈnot].  Mishloach manot (literally, “the sending of portions”) are bags filled with sweets and treats that Jews are supposed to distribute to friends and loved ones at Purim.

The Sisterhood will prepare mishloach manot bags for all Temple Shalom families and for children of temple members who are away at school.

To participate in this mitzvah, send a send a check for $36.00 made out to Temple Shalom Sisterhood no later than March 1st

**We are in the process of setting up an account with POPMoney, many banks offer this service through your online banking portal.  If you wish to send money through your money movement service provider, our new email is  You can also send any questions you have to this address.

Film Screening: Teyve

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:30pm

Temple Shalom, in conjunction with the UA Jewish Studies Program, will be screening Tevye, the 1939 Yiddish version of Fiddler on the Roof. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Jacob.

The showing of this film is made possible by grants from the Legacy Heritage Fund (under the direction of the Association for Jewish Studies) from University of Arkansas Hillel; and the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. We are grateful to those institutions for their generous assistance.

Hanukkah at Fayetteville Public Library

Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 10:30am

Temple Shalom Religious School will help Fayetteville Public Library host their annual Hanukkah event on Saturday, December 6 at 10:30am. Please come and help us celebrate and educate! Reb Daniel, Reb Ralph and Reb Jeremy will put on a wonderful performance at the children’s library.

Click here for more information

Mitzvah Project for Peace at Home Family Shelter

The Sisterhood is involved in a project called “SANTA SACK”. Our goal is collect gift items for the shelter children and their mothers. A Sisterhood member will deliver the items on Monday, December 8. Contributions are needed BEFORE December 8.

There is a box, or boxes, in the temple lobby labeled “SANTA SACK”. Some gifts are suggested but don’t hesitate to choose anything that you think would be nice.

Under 3 years – Building blocks, push toys, learning toys, blankets. NO STUFFED TOYS.
4 – 12 years – Puzzles, cars, dolls, action figures, board games, scarves, gloves, fun slippers.
13 – 17 years – Costume jewelry, make-up, books, watches, purses, gift cards, fun lamps.

Gift cards, kitchen supplies, small appliances (coffee pots, toasters, crock pots, etc.) nice home knick-knacks (wall clocks, frames, etc.), body products (soaps, lotions perfume, makeup, etc.), slippers, socks, robes.

DO NOT WRAP GIFTS. On the day of Santa Sack, moms pick out gifts for their children and children pick out gifts for their moms. Wrapping will be done later. However, wrapping paper, tape, ribbons are welcome.

Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 25 from 7-8pm

(Waterway 4074 SW H Street, Bentonville, AR)

Congregation Etz Chaim and First Christian Church are sponsoring and hosting the first ever Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service in Northwest Arkansas. Join with our brethren of many faiths for an inclusive celebration of this great American holiday, which is rooted in our Jewish holiday of Sukkot. As a whole community, we will welcome the holiday with scripture, music, prayer and a Thanksgiving sermon delivered by Rabbi Rob Lennick. Join us for this special moment when we gather as one spiritual community and give thanks for our bounty and blessings.

High Holiday Prayer Book Sponsorships Now Available

Temple Shalom is adopting the newly published Mishkan Hanefesh machzor for next year’s High Holidays. This new prayer book was many years in the making and offers an integrated fully translated liturgy, expanded commentary and alternative readings, and additional study texts to enhance the meaning of the holiday.

We welcome your contribution of any amount to our Book Fund to facilitate this purchase. We are also pleased to offer book sponsorships for $36 each. Sponsorships will be acknowledged by a bookplate that can be personalized to honor a special person, mark a life cycle event, or memorialize a loved one.

Click here for the prayer book sponsorship form.

Consider a book sponsorship as a Hanukkah gift for friends or family!

Film Screenings: Fiddler on the Roof and Tevye

Temple Shalom, in conjunction with the UA Jewish Studies Program, will be screening two Jewish-themed movies:  Fiddler on the Roof, and the 1939 Yiddish version of the same story, called Tevye. The two films are fascinatingly different.

Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Jacob.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Monday, November 24, 6:30pm
TEVYE – Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.
(The early hour allows for a full screening of Fiddler on the Roof, which is a 3-hour movie.)

Contemporary Jewish Thought Course

Rabbi Jacob will be teaching a course on Contemporary Jewish Thought during the spring semester at the University. The course is a survey of Jewish thought in the twentieth and twenty-first century. We will consider how Jewish thinkers respond to such issues as assimilation, the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, suburbanization, the 60’s counterculture, feminism, intermarriage, continuity and others. There are no prerequisites.

⇒Arkansas residents age 60 and over can enroll without cost.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Jacob at

Meditation for Adults Shabbat

Please join us this Friday night November 7 at 7:30 for a Meditation service at Temple Shalom.

This will be a service for you to “get into” praying. To feel your prayers. To feel your thoughts. To connect with yourself and God through prayer.

Be sure to bring your yoga mat or blanket or pillow or whatever helps you feel comfy and cozy. It’ll help you relax and feel your prayers, not your aches and pains, or the cold hard chair. If you are most comfortable in the chairs, please feel free to use them.

It is import that those attending are not distracted by movement and sounds around them, so please have your cell phones off, and leave potential distractors at home. Your experience will be much nicer.

I look forward to praying with you Friday night.

This is open for anyone 12 years and older.
Jan Osmundson

Please contact Jan for questions

Email Jan or Phone (501) 580 – 1760.