Sunday, April 21, 2019

Blood Drive (Sun, Apr 21)

Come join us from 10 to 2 on Sunday, April 21, for our annual blood drive.

LifeSouth will bring the Bloodmobile and their friendly staff. Bring a healthy, well-fed, well-hydrated you. Bring a friend. Bring all of your local friends, for that matter!

LifeSouth says,
To give blood you must be in good health, 17 years or older (or 16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo I.D.
Good health? Yep. Remember that iron supplement if you need it.

At least 110 lbs? Got it!

17+ years old? Most of us qualify.

Saving a life is a mitzvah. The blood is needed locally and will save lives. Furthermore, you are needed for this mitzvah. Many in our community donated whole blood after the recent tornadoes and must finish waiting the mandatory 56 days. If you are eligible and able, please show up and donate. Don't be shy about bringing friends. Do it for the t-shirt and snacks. Do it for the congregation. Do it because it's important. Whatever brings you out is fine; just come out to donate.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Beth Shalom Passover Seder (Sat, Apr 20)

Seattle Seder by Quinn Norton
Photo courtesy of Quinn Norton, Flickr. CC BY-NC-2.0.

Passover Seder 2019
with Rabbi Dreffin

Time, Place, and Cost

Women's Club of Auburn
712 Sanders Street, Auburn, AL 36830
Saturday, April 20
5:30 p.m.

$15 per member
$25 per non-member
$5 per child 5–12 (under 5 free)
$30 per family

The costs will help cover the main dishes, the venue rental, etc. As in the past, side dishes will be potluck (meat or pareve only, with no chametz, please). Likely we will email a SignUpGenius link soon.

RSVPs and Payment

Please RSVP to

*Make checks payable to Beth Shalom.
Bring to the Seder or send by mail (details to come: probably mail to Scott Z.).

– Contact us at the email above for full mailing details.

What is the "Community" in "Community Seder"?

This Seder, always a lovely event, brings together people from across our local Jewish community—including interfaith partners and family members, as well as students. As instructed, we celebrate our exodus from Egypt by observing the Pesach holiday. But also, we connect with friends and community.

Are you Jewish and new to the area? Seeking a welcoming egalitarian Jewish congregation? Looking for Jewish community? We would love to hear from you.

If, instead, you are looking for an educational Seder—a Seder for the broader community to learn about Passover—unfortunately, we likely cannot accommodate your needs at this time because of limited space.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Magical Purim Party Weekend with Rabbi Tamara Miller (beginning Fri, Mar 22)

Rabbi Tamara Miller is leading our Purim celebration Fri, Mar 22, through Sun, Mar 24.

Please join us for the fun and enlightenment!
Rabbi Tamara Miller
  • 7:00 p.m. — Friday Shabbat service
  • 9:00 a.m. — schmooze
  • 9:30 a.m. — Torah service;
    we need 10+ commitments for minyan
  • 10:15 a.m. — Torah study
  • 5:00 p.m. — dinner at Beth Shalom: Hogwarts House chicken; everyone is invited
    See Signup Genius (coming soon by email)
  • 6:00 p.m. — Purim Spiel
  • 6:15 p.m. — Megillah reading
  • 6:30 p.m. — Dessert (parve or dairy only) 
  • 7:00 p.m. — Havdalah service
  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — To the best of our knowledge, Rabbi Miller is visiting the religious school

About Rabbi Miller

Rabbi Miller is a vibrant and devoted rabbi with three decades of sharing Jewish wisdom in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

She received her ordination as a pluralistic rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York City and now specializes in Jewish life cycle events and non-denominational, multi-faith spiritual counseling.

You are welcome to take a look at Rabbi Miller’s Spiritualetters blog. She looks forward to the opportunity to guide us on our spiritual journey.

This visit marks Rabbi Miller's third weekend with us. Please come to enjoy her singing, Torah reading, and spiritual leadership.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Lee County Tornado Recovery

We are deeply saddened by the losses and devastation in Lee County. Our neighbors are hurting in unimaginable ways. The recovery process will take a long time and significant resources.

Please visit the Congregation Beth Shalom Facebook page for guidance on how to help. If you are on our email list, please check your email as well.

Thank you.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Camp Shabbat (Fri, Mar 1)

guitarCome celebrate Shabbat with a special camp spin for kids!

ISJL Fellow Mackenzie Haun is in town and excited to spend Shabbat with you! (We might have s'mores.)

Camp Shabbat runs from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. with regular services to follow.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Lecture: Jews of India (Mon, Feb 25)

Torah scroll case from Kolkata, India
Image via Magnes Museum.
Join us on Monday, Feb 25, for Jews of India, a lecture by John McLeod.

This lecture is part of our Educational Scholarship Program.

Photo: Torah scroll case and finials from a synagogue in Kolkata, India, 1830.

10 Minutes of Torah from the URJ