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

Asbell School Snack Pack Project

This year Sisterhood is preparing 40 snack packs per month for Asbell School’s weekend feeding program.  We have provided nine items for these snack packs during September and October and will begin asking for the congregation’s assistance beginning in November.

Ideas for snacks include fruit cups, pudding cups, jerky, fig bars, granola bars, fruit bars, etc…

** No nuts

Please bring to Temple on Sunday mornings or Tuesday mornings, labeled ASBELL SCHOOL, and place in Judaica Shop area near the front office door.

Shabbat Services – November 2016

Friday, November 4

No services scheduled

Friday, November 11

No services scheduled

Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Eugene Levy, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Bnai Israel, Little Rock will hold Sabbath Services. He will also lead Torah Study at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

Rabbi Levy was born in El Paso, Texas, and was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas and the Rabbinic School at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. He served as the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Little Rock from 1987-2011. After retiring, he has continued to work both with smaller Jewish congregations and with churches in Arkansas and Louisiana.

Saturday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m.

Rabbi Allison Tick Brill, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El, New York City will hold Havdalah (end of Sabbath) services and give a lecture on “Gratitude is a Jewish Tradition.” This event is a vegetarian potluck.

For further information please contact Stanley Rest at 479-283-0942.

Friday, November 25

No services scheduled

High Holiday Schedule 5777

L’Shana Tovah 

Rosh Hashana

First Day
Sunday, October 2
Evening Service -7:30pm

Monday, October 3
Morning Service – 10:00am
Childrens Service – 11:15am – 12:00 noon
Dairy, Veggie, Fish potluck lunch following services
Taslich & Dessert at Wilson Park – 2:30pm

Second Day
Tuesday, October 4
Morning Service – 8:30am
Kiddush & Refreshments – 11:00am
Service Continues – 11:30am
Dairy, Veggie potluck lunch following services

Yom Kippur

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by Olve Utne

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Kol Nidre – 7:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Morning Service – 10:00am
Children’s Service – 11:15am – 12:00 noon
Afternoon Service – 4:00 pm
Yizkor Service – 6:15pm
Concluding Service – 6:45pm
Evening Service – 7:30pm
Break-the-Fast (Dairy, Veggie, Fish) – 7:35pm


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.


25th AR Holocaust Education Conference

October 28 at The Jones Center
The theme this year is “Out of the Ashes”.

Members of Temple Shalom are invited to attend as in past years. The registration fee is $10 which includes lunch. Presenters are coming from several states around the US. A list of presenters (including a survivor from Denmark) can be found below. Forms to sign up for the workshop will be available within the next 2 weeks. Space is severely limited so sign up when the forms become available.

Download the Official Flyer or Registration Form here

Presenters for 25th Annual
Arkansas Education Holocaust Conference
Steen Metz was a young boy living in Denmark when the Nazis conquered Denmark in 1940. His family experienced three years of occupation until they were arrested and deported to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia in 1943. This camp was a work camp, not one of the infamous extermination facilities. However, it became a death camp for his father, an attorney, who died within six months of starvation and hard labor.

Kenneth Elkins currently teaches Southwest Missouri State University

Sol Factor has been a Holocaust Educator for over 40 years. He previously taught at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Lance D. Jones is a USHMM Teacher Fellow, a Fellow of the Memorial Library (New York) and a member of the Holocaust Educators Network (HEN). Mr. Jones has presented at several events including the 2015 Arkansas Holocaust Conference and teaches at Casper College, Casper, WY.

Jacqueline Littlefield served as the Education Coordinator for the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine

Chad Austin will be presenting, “What is Justice: Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals and Beyond”


A Special Letter From The Rabbi

Dear Friends,

Today, as I write these words (it’s Sunday), it is the first day of Elul, the last month of the Jewish year and the beginning of the New Year season.

It is customary during this month to recite Psalm 27 every day (download the text in English and Hebrew here) and to blow the shofar (if you have one) every day except Shabbat until the next-to-last day of the month. These things serve as reminders for the spiritual work we need to do during this month.

Most us are familiar with the teaching of the Mishnah, quoted in countless prayer books:

For sins between a person and G-d, Yom Kippur atones, but for sins between one person and another, Yom Kippur does not atone until one appeases the other.
For many of us, the language of sin no longer rings true, and the image of G-d as Judge seems alien. The prayers in the traditional Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book) might seem like something from another time, from a society we no longer identify with.

But if you clear away the clutter, the season still has a message for us: when we think of G-d as Judge, it means that we need to speak the truth to ourselves—the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. There so many things that fall into the cracks of our mind and remain there unthought-of. So many things we avoid thinking about. So many pretexts we invent to avoid the pain of self-reproach. And it may even be that at times we need such evasions and pretexts to move forward with our lives. But as the High Holidays approach, we need to put aside these evasions and pretexts and see ourselves as we really are.

And as for sin—well, we may not think of our lives in terms of sin, but people really (all too often) do bad things to each other. Hopefully, our own bad deeds are not truly evil, but often we don’t live up to the standards we set for ourselves. And even more, although we may be good enough, we can do better than merely “good enough.”

Elul gives us a chance to review our lives, to do what tradition calls ḥeshbon ha-nefesh, a spiritual account-taking. The Ten Days of Repentance are hardly enough to do such a serious and sometimes complicated task. Have we hurt or offended anyone? Have we lost sight of our true life goals in the busyness of day-to-day life? Have we lost touch with people we should be connected with? Have our relationships fallen into ruts of mediocrity when they could in fact rise to heights of beauty and excellence?

Elul is the time to begin this review, so that when Yom Kippur comes, we can think back on our year with satisfaction and not regret.

Hayya, Luu, Lily and I wish you all a year of health and happiness.

Rabbi Jacob

(You can download your copy of Psalm 27 in English and Hebrew here.)

Shabbat Services September 2016

Friday Night Service Added for Tonight!  Sept. 2, 2016

A Friday evening service has been added to this week’s schedule at Temple Shalom.  Please join us Friday evening, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. for a traditional lay-led service.

Friday, September 9

Rabbi-led Service at 6:30 pm

Sing. Pray. Eat. Elul Begins

Join us on Friday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 pm for a rabbi-led service with potluck to follow.
Music by Reb Jeremy Hess on guitar and Rabbi Jacob on mandolin.

Rabbi Jacob will usher in Elul (the month before the High Holidays) with the question: Why do we have a festive, celebratory meal on such a serious day as Rosh Hashanah.

Children from our Religious School will lead Oseh Shalom and Adon Olam. Come, enjoy, and reflect.

Friday, September 16

Lay-Led Service – Linzi Oppenheimer – at 6:30 pm