Category Archives: Culture, Performances

Performances and cultural programming. Admission may be charged or donations requested. RSVP or reservations if needed will be noted on the post.

SOLD OUT – Benefit for Temple Shalom

Feb 17 – Theater Squared Stage Reading at Temple Shalom

Theatre Squared Artistic Director Robert Ford will present a staged reading in February of his play “My Father’s War” at Temple Shalom in Fayetteville, starring Amy Herzberg.

Silent Auction and reception begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.  Proceeds benefit the congregation.

The production will begin at 7 p.m.

My Father’s War is based on the true story of Private Art Herzberg, a Jewish kid from Chicago’s North Side who landed at Normandy on D-Day and fought through to the Battle of the Bulge. Herzberg survives one near-death experience after another — not to mention anti-Semitism in his own ranks — through luck, chutzpah, and brilliant comic timing.

Tickets are $30, of which $20 is a charitable donation, are available at Nightbird Books, by contacting, or from Gene Tweraser, 479-521-1453, Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

For details: Darla Newman, 479-521-3119

Tickets are sold out.  Thank you for all of your support.  

We welcome donations for the event if you cannot attend.  We appreciate you!

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.


Interfaith Prayer for Peace

Abrahamic Faith Forum

Thursday, April 14, at 7:00pm at Temple Shalom in Fayetteville, AR

Interfaith Prayer for Peace

The Abrahamic Faiths Forum will meet at Temple Shalom this Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 pm for for a unique program.  Usually the Forum has presented a discussion of some topic relevant to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  This time we will be offering, collectively and separately, prayers for world peace.  In the current situation, with religious differences seeming to cause so many conflicts, it seems important that we can pray together, in our own ways, for peace in the world.

Leaders will include Rev. Phil Butin (First United Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville), Mehmet Ulupinar (Dialogue Institute of the Southwest), and own Rabbi Jacob Adler.

Refreshments to follow, provided by the Raindrop Foundation.

Jewish Studies Program

Please join us on April 6th, 4pm, in JBHT 149 for a talk on the history of Jewish Communities in the Ozarks Region, presented by Mara Cohen Ioannides, the President of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. Copies of her book Jews of Springfield in the Ozarks (Mt. Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Press, 2013.) will be available for purchase.

Jews in the Ozarks

Jews and Muslims in North America

Schedule at a glance

Sunday: March 6 at 3 PM at the Fayetteville Public Library
Sunday: March 6 at 7 PM at Temple Shalom
Monday, March 7 at 4:30 PM on the UofA Campus: Gearhart Hall 25 (formerly OZAR 25)

In addition to his talks at Temple Shalom and the Fayetteville Public Library, Prof. Katz will present a different talk on Monday on the university campus in Gearhart Hall 25 (formerly OZAR 25) at 4:30pm.  The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.


On Sunday, March 6 at 7 PM, Prof. Ethan Katz, an historian from the University of Cincinnati, will be making a presentation at the Temple. Refreshments will follow. Prof. Katz, whose visit is via the auspices of the Jewish Studies program, is the author of the very well received new book: The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France, which recently won a Jewish book award.

His talk at the Temple is entitled “Strangers and Dangers: How should Jews regard our Muslim neighbors in America?”

In addition to his talk at the Temple, he is giving a different talk at 3:00 PM Sunday at the Fayetteville Public Library, and another on Monday on campus.

Tzofim Friendship Caravan Agu

Rabbi Rob Lennick will lead the 6 p.m. service this Friday at Temple Shalom. Come to the service, bring a veggie dish for the potluck, and watch the Israeli Scouts perform!Agur


Friday, July 24

Shabbat Service – 6pm
Rabbi Rob Lennick from neighboring Congregation Etz Chaim will be leading the 6 p.m. service this Friday, prior to our potluck and performance by the Israeli Scouts.

Potluck Dinner – 7pm
Following the service, we will host an Israeli food potluck at 7pm. Please bring a vegetarian/kosher fish dish or salad; do not bring deserts, which will be provided by Temple. Please contact Eden Tallman at (219) 241-1156 if you have questions about the potluck.

Performance – 8pm
Following dinner, Tzofim will perform their traditional show at 8pm.

Tzofim Friendship Caravan Agur

Friday, July 24 at 6pm

As we approach the exciting visit to NWA by Tzofim, we are thrilled to give you this chance to meet Caravan Agur. Click here for more information about the Scouts. You can see a preview of the scouts on their You Tube video.

The Scouts will arrive on Friday, July 24. They will spend the day with the Temple Shalom Day Campers.

In addition to Tzofim visiting Temple Shalom, we will have a lay-led service at 6pm. Tzofim will join and sing during the service.

Following the service, we will host an Israeli food potluck at 7pm. Please bring a vegetarian/kosher fish dish or salad; do not bring deserts, which will be provided by Temple. Please contact Eden Tallman at (219) 241-1156 if you have questions about the potluck.

Following dinner, Tzofim will perform their traditional show at 8pm.

As is always the case, we do need host families for the scouts and two leaders. To volunteer your hospitality, or for any other information, please call Mark Tallman at (479) 250-5720.


Tzofim Friendship Caravan Israeli Scouts to Visit in Summer

It is that time of year again and the Israeli Scouts, Tzofim Friendship Caravan 2015, are coming to Temple Shalom!

The Scouts arrive Friday, July 24.  They will spend the day with the Temple Shalom Day Camp, sing a few songs during our Shabbat Service, break bread with us during an Israeli food potluck.  Following dinner, they will perform their traditional show.  We will invite Etz Chaim from Bentonville to join us for services, the potluck, and the show.

Movie Night: The Frisco Kid

Saturday, March 14 at 7pm

Join your Temple Shalom friends for a second fun evening of schmoozing, laughing and having a great time! We will be showing the very funny comedy The Frisco Kid. Gene Wilder plays Polish rabbi Avram Belinsky, who intends to set up a congregation in San Francisco. Eminently unsuited for life in the Old West, poor Avram is victimized by everyone with whom he comes in contact. Salvation arrives in the unlikely form of taciturn bank robber Tommy (Harrison Ford). Incredibly, Tommy takes a liking to the feckless Avram, and together the two men embark on a series of comic adventures.

Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie!