Category Archives: Social Events

Participatory, non-worship programs. Admission may be charged or donations requested. RSVP or reservations if needed will be noted on the post.

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 @

The Modern Jewish Woman

Location Change – Now at Temple Shalom

Thursday — The Modern Jewish Woman:

Use of Dress by Eastern European Women at the Turn of the 20th Century.

Liz Weisblatt, a graduate of the University of Glasgow and daughter of Judith Weisblatt, will offer an unique discussion and presentation on September 22 at 7:00 pm. Ms. Weisblatt earned her Master’s Degree in Dress and Textile History from the University of Glasgow in Scottish.

The location of the presentation has changed.  It will now take place at Temple Shalom. There is no charge for this event, however an RSVP is requested to ensure adequate seating.  Contact information in is our current Chai Lites.


Labor Day BBQ

We hope you can join us again for another Labor Day BBQ at Temple Shalom.

When:  Monday, Sept 5 at Noon
Where: Temple Shalom

We are providing Hebrew National beef hot dogs, buns, chips, and condiment. *We will provide vegetarian hot dogs upon request.  
Feel free to bring a “Dairy Free” potluck dish, and your drink of choice, we will have water.  Bring your family and friends for some shmoozing and get to know each other, and other members you may not have had a chance to meet yet.  We look forward to seeing your there.

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect.

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

In the photo taken by Corinna Dranow, Anan Takroori is seen standing behind Rabbi Adler.

Temple Shalom Hosts Local Muslims

The board of Temple Shalom, Rabbi Jacob Adler and a few other longtime members Wednesday welcomed members of the Islamic Center of Northwest Arkansas to the synagogue for a nosh. About 20 Muslims joined the dozen-plus Jews for dessert and tea in the fellowship hall.

In the photo taken by Corinna Dranow, Anan Takroori is seen standing behind Rabbi Adler.

In the photo taken by Corinna Dranow, Anan Takroori is seen standing behind Rabbi Adler.

The evening of Feb. 24, 2016, began with a building tour led by co-President Darla Newman. Rabbi Adler brought the guests onto the bimah as he explained the Holy Ark and ritual objects. He opened a Torah with the visitors helping him with the cover, crown and breastplate.

Anan Takroori, an executive committee member of the Islamic Center, which is in Fayetteville near the UA campus, helped coordinate the reception. The temple board earlier had approved inviting members of the mosque in a gesture of good will, in light of hate crimes in recent years in the United States and with hopes of beginning strong friendship in the area.

The area Muslim community brought gifts of food for the evening and a plaque carrying a message of peace and good will that they signed on the back. The mosque and synagogue agreed to future meetings soon as well as to keep each other up to date, such as about university lectures on topics of mutual interest.

The night’s plan for a general discussion was shortened because of the hearty, happy one-on-one conversations that erupted spontaneously from the beginning, at the name-tag stage.

Besides Darla Newman and co-President Jeremy Hess, Corinna Dranow, Sivan Tuchman and Ben Pollock planned the event.

Wine Social

It’s Valentine’s Eve

Please join us for our third annual Wine Social Temple Shalom on Saturday, February 13, 2016, starting at 7:00 p.m. at temple.


  • Wine
  • Music & Dancing
  • Live music by Jeremy Hess and Flashback
  • Chocolates
  • Schmoozing
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Dress up, casual or comfy

Suggested Donations — $10/person

Reservations are strongly recommended. Please RSVP below, giving the total number in your party.

Sponsored by the Temple Shalom Membership Committee

Family Forum Commemorating Holocaust Education in NWA

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The Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee, Jewish Federation of Arkansas, and Congregation Etz Chaim invite you to a morning of inspiration. Adults and school-age children are welcome to enjoy breakfast, discussion, and brief presentations from the speakers of this year’s Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee’s 24th Annual Conference.

Saturday., November 7 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Waterway Christian Church 4074 Highway 112 Bentonville, AR 72712

RSVP by Nov. 1 to


Family Forum Commemorating Holocaust Education in NWA

Burning CandleThe Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee Jewish Federation of Arkansas and Congregation Etz Chaim invite you to a morning of inspiration. Adults and school-age children are welcome to enjoy breakfast, discussion and brief presentations from the speakers of this year’s Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee’s 24th Annual Conference.

Saturday, November 7 from 9:00am to 12:00pm, Waterway Christian Church, 4074 Highway 112, Bentonville, AR 72712

RSVP by November 1 to

Victim, Perpetrator, Rescuer … Who will you be?

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The Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee, the Jewish Federation of Arkansas and Temple Shalom invite you to a special event following the Arkansas Holocaust Education Committees 24th annual conference

This day long Holocaust conference will take place at the Jones Center, Springdale, AR. Intended audience: Middle school students and teachers through college level as well as interested individuals in the community.

24th Annual Arkansas Holocaust Education Conference
Jones Center for Families
Springdale, Arkansas
Conference Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2015

Registration is required, click here for form  

For more detailed information click here for flyer

Shabbat Dinner at Temple Shalom

Friday, November 6, 2015  at 7pm

Cost $18/adult, $6/child, with a maximum of $40/family, or $10/student

Please RSVP by November 1, 2015 and send payment to:

Irene Spalter
116 N. Skyview Lane
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Checks payable to Temple Shalom
Any questions or concerns please call Irene (479) 582-2271 or email

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Join us in helping Etz Chaim collect donations for “Dress for Success”

Dress for Success: A Mitzvah Project

Temple Shalom and Congregation Etz Chaim are jointly involved in a project where we collect good quality used clothing and accessories for low income women to wear to a job interview. We have a clothing rack set up near the office, labeled “Dress for Success” and donations can be put there anytime when the temple is open. An Etz Chaim member picks up these items on a regular basis and delivers them to a specialty shop in Bentonville. Women who are eligible to shop there get what they need at no cost.To read more about Dress for Success –

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The first wedding in our new Temple.  Mazel Tov to Jeremy & Gladys

Gladys & Jeremy's Wedding

Gladys & Jeremy Chuppah with Rabbi Jacob Adler

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Interfaith Discussion 

Temple Shalom Interfaith Event 2011

Temple Shalom Interfaith Event 2011