Celebrate Shavuot This Week

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Celebrate Shavuot!

When the Israelites were about to receive the Torah, it is said that they fell asleep and had to wakened by Moses.  Since then, it’s a tradition to stay awake all night and study holy texts on Shavuot.

Here’s our schedule for Saturday night:
7:00 Shabbat Afternoon Service 

7:45 Study

8:15 Shavuot Evening Service

9:15 Study  

How late we stay depends on the endurance of those present!

Question?  Contact Rabbi Jacob at 479-200-1397 or jadler@post.harvard.edu


Shabbat Service June 2016

Friday, June 3
No services scheduled

Friday, June 10
Rabbi-led Services at 6:00 pm
Shavuot Service and Potluck Dinner and Tikkun

Food: Dairy, Potluck, and lots of dairy delights provided by Sisterhood to enhance our celebration.

Prayer Music: “Reb” Clarke Buehling & Rabbi Jacob

Tikkun: A variety of education and learning experiences.

Friday, June 17
No services scheduled

Friday, June 23
Lay-led Service by Daniel Levine at 6p

Shabbat Service May 2016

Friday, May 6

Children-led Service at 6 pm

Friday, May 13

No Services Scheduled

Friday, May 27
Led-led Service Ilana Berman and Sivan Tuchman at 6:00 p.m.
This service will be a “Happy Hour Service” (BYOB)

This is meant as an adults only service. Please feel free to bring your favorite adult beverage.

We will provide some light bar snacks as well. Be ready to learn some new fun songs to accompany the usual service as well as our general merriment!

This is also a great opportunity to invite friends who are Jewish or non-Jewish alike.


Counting of the Omer: A note from Rabbi Jacob

Dear Friends,

This year, I invite you to join with me in focusing attention on the Counting of the Omer.  Counting the Omer is a Jewish practice that has meaning on many levels.  On the simplest level, it is simply a matter of counting out the days–49 days–between Passover and Shavuot.  On a spiritual level, it can be understood as a way of focusing on a sequence of emotional attributes.  The mystics distinguished seven such attributes–compassion, rigor, balance, victory, glory, foundation, and sovereignty.  Each of these attributes has seven aspects.  Thus, during the first week, we focus on compassion of compassion, rigor of compassion, balance of compassion, and so on.

Obviously, the meaning of some of these emotions is more obvious than others.

Counting the Omer is also a way of preparing ourselves for Shavuot–the holiday marking the anniversary of the giving of the Torah.  Each Shavuot we receive the Torah again.  To truly receive it, one must be prepared.  The Omer process is a way of getting ourselves ready.

The Counting of the Omer begins on Saturday night, and is observed every night after dark.

Surprisingly, the best online Omer calendar with how-to directions seems to be “Counting the Homer,” based on Homer Simpson:


A set of daily meditations can be found at


Aish Daily Omer Meditation

Photo by Aish: Daily Omer Meditation

I will be talking about this more at the service on Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.

Hayya, Luu, Lily and I wish everyone a sweet Pesach.


Rabbi Jacob

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.

Community Passover Seder

Saturday, April 23 at 5:45pm

Our community Passover Seder Dinner will be held at Temple Shalom on Saturday, April 23 at 5:45pm.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY APRIL 15.  Because space is limited, priority in seating will be given to members and prospective members of Temple Shalom. Others will be accommodated as space is available.  

Click here for the reservation form.  Please note, that you should fill out the form on your computer, you MUST PRINT IT and then mail the form along with your payment.   

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

Shabbat Services March 2016

Friday, March 4 at 6:00pm

Lay Led service with Daniel Levine

A dairy/vegetarian potluck at Darla’s house following the 6 pm service.  RSVP’s welcome but not required dpnewman@sbcglobal.net.

Friday, March 11 at 6:30pm

Rabbi-led service with Torah reading
An Oneg hosted by the Caplan family will follow the service.

Friday, March 18 at 6:00pm

Lay-Led Service Andrew Garber

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.