Since its founding in 1965, Beth Shalom has depended on our members to keep us growing, innovating, praying, learning, and celebrating. There are so many ways to be engaged, to connect, and to enjoy! Below are some highlights of what we have built together—but be assured that there is plenty more! If you have a special talent or a new idea, we’d love to hear from you.
There are many ways to learn at Beth Shalom. Through our Beit Midrash program, our Rabbi conducts classes on substantive social and spiritual issues, studied through a Jewish lens. The Rabbi, with the participation of our members, is committed to bringing a serious level of engagement with Torah, Talmud and other traditional Jewish texts to contemporary issues.
A table in the social hall will be set up with a tablecloth, silverware, little plates, napkins and cups. Extras can be found in the pantry. After you complete the sign up form, please email the office with any questions you have. Thank you for performing this mitzvah.
To sign up please e-mail Maryann Kopelov, oneg coordinator
The mission of the Tzedakah Initiative is to raise money for Tzedakah from Beth Shalom members and affiliates. Donations are “bundled” and once a year they are awarded to one or more local not-for-profit organizations that have had a positive and supportive influence on people in need here in Bloomington.
The Gathering has been going strong since 1998. We are the slightly older set plus anyone else who would enjoy a nice lunch and program on a Thursday afternoon. We always have lively conversation, are happy to greet old friends and make new ones, eat fabulous food and enjoy great programs. The programs, monthly during the academic year, begin at noon and end by 2:00 pm.
One of the 3 pillars of Judaism is gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness. The Mitzvah Committee is at the center of our caring community. If you are willing to provide occasional meals to congregants in need, drive people to medical or other appointments, or help with Shiva Minyans or Meals of Consolation, please contact Judith Rose for inclusion on the Mitzvah email list. Please consider giving your gift of compassion and empathy to another congregant.
When we are born, a doctor, midwife or a spouse usually help the child's entrance into this world.
When this child leaves this world —hopefully as a well-aged adult — we as members of the Chevra Kadisha support both physically and spiritually the exit of the person from this world in a process which includes Tahara.
It is our to address the social justice issues of our time in keeping with Jewish values. We are charged with engaging the world directly, and as a community. As such we will think globally and act locally for justice.