Friday, November 9, 2018

Weekend with Rabbi Tamara Miller (beginning Fri, Dec 7)

Rabbi Tamara Miller is coming to Congregation Beth Shalom Fri, Dec 7, through Sun, Dec 9.

Rabbi Tamara Miller Schedule

This weekend will be the end of Chanukah, so we have much to celebrate. We plan to have a children’s service on Friday as well as a Chanukah/Havdalah service on Saturday with a dessert/potato latkes party after the service.


  • 6:15 p.m. — Chanukah lighting with the rabbi. Bring your own Chanukiah (Chanukah menorah) and candles.
  • 6:30–7:00 p.m. — Meet Rabbi Miller
  • 7:00 p.m. — Friday service


  • 9:00–10:15 a.m. — Saturday morning service and Torah study
  • afternoon — visits with home-bound community members
  • 5:00 p.m. — Community Chanukah candle lighting with Rabbi Miller. (Bring your own Chanukiah and candles; bring a dessert or latkes for the party to follow.) Havdalah service and Chanukah party to follow.


  • 9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. — Rabbi Miller 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.

We hope that Rabbi Miller will be joining us a few more times during the year so please come on Shabbat on Dec 7 and enjoy her singing, Torah reading, and spiritual leadership.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Vigil for Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue (Sat, Nov 3)

Vigil invitation: details below image

The Vigil for Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue is open to all of our community friends. We will stand together to remember and honor the victims. We will stand in solidarity and friendship.

When: Sat, Nov 3, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Where: Congregation Beth Shalom, 134 S. Cary Drive

Parking: Park on S. Cary and on Sanders

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

ISJL Rabbi Visit (beginning Fri, Oct 26)

Sefer Torah
Sefer Torah, VCU Libraries, CC BY-NC 2.0
We welcome Rabbi Aaron Rozovsky, who will be in town this weekend from Friday through Sunday.

Friday: Rabbi Rozovsky will begin by leading services at 7:00 on Friday, Oct 26. Services will include a Torah reading. We hope you will join us.

Saturday: Join us for Torah study, led by Rabbi Rozovsky, at 9:00 a.m.

At 6:00 p.m., come to the Havdalah service, and bring a dessert to share!

Sunday: Rabbi Rozovsky will visit the religious school.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Book Group Lineup, Fall 2018

Jules Pascin's Girl in Green Reading
Jewish Artist Jules Pascin's
Girl in Green Reading, 1917
Beth Shalom Book group met on Sunday, June 24, and chose the following books to be read in this order:

  1. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. This is a historical novel "seeped in today as well as the seventeenth century in England and Jewish London."

    We will meet to discuss this book on Sun, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. at the synagogue.
  2. Eternal Life by Dara Horn
    Meeting TBA
  3. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
    Meeting TBA
  4. Memento Park by Mark Sarvas
    Meeting TBA

The later books are not set in stone. If another one comes up, we are flexible and can change the selection.

Even if you haven’t ever come, we hope you all can join us!

The Weight of ink by Rachel KadishEternal Life by Dara HornThe Orphan's Tale by Pam JenoffMemento Park by Mark Sarvas

Monday, May 14, 2018

Annual Meeting and Shavuot Celebration (Sun, May 20)

Words "don't forget" on stone
Source: Dave Sandford (via Flickr), CC BY-NC 2.0.
On Sunday, May 20, we will have our annual meeting, followed by a celebration of Shavuot.

3:00 p.m. - Annual Meeting
~4:00 p.m. - Shavuot Celebration

At our celebration, we will read the Book of Ruth. Bring a dessert if you would like!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Jewish Americana Musician Joe Buchanan (Sat, May 12)

Musician Joe Buchanan
Join us for an evening with Jewish Americana musician 
Joe Buchanan.

Saturday, May 12, at 7:30
Congregation Beth Shalom

Gather up with good friends, say goodbye to Shabbat, and start your week with song & spirit! 

The concert is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

A blend of southern soul and country charm, Joe's music is grounded in the belief that there is always more room at the table. Since joining the tribe five years ago, he has led Shabbat services, concerts, and workshops on choosing to be chosen in communities across the United States. He's the host of Jewish Rock Radio's Emerging Artist Showcase and has been featured at numerous festivals and conferences. His first album, Unbroken, is available everywhere. 

Another proud presentation of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life.
For more information: 

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