1. It’s Enjoyable and Life-EnrichingRead more
It’s the difference between visiting a Temple and being a member. Ask not what the Temple can do for you; ask what you can bring to the Temple, and see the rewards.
2. You are JewishRead more
These days there are different levels of observance. Whatever your level, we know you’ll find TBS enriches your life in ways you might not have imagined. While we are a Reform congregation, many members are attracted to our Saturday morning Torah Study, our adherence to traditions, and our acceptance of all.
3. The Temple Represents Your Interests in the Larger WorldRead more
Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, is one of the tenets of Reform Judaism. What we may not be able to accomplish alone, we may be able to achieve as a member of a congregation. Temple Beth Shalom takes an active interest in issues of religious freedom, legislation that may affect our well being as Jews, and what goes on in the State of Israel and in the world. We also have a Social Action program to help replenish local food banks, donate to schools, and help our own congregants in need.
4. Our Rabbi is a DelightRead more
Rabbi Devora Buchen
Rabbi Devora Buchen
Different Rabbis have different styles. Rabbi Buchen is a warm, outgoing, creative leader with humor, inspiration, and a myriad of talents. She is recognized and respected in our community. She leads in services, choir, adult and child education, and b’nai motzvot.
5. Services are Imaginative, Creative, and MeaningfulRead more
6. The Choir is Inspiring, led by Rabbi BuchenRead more
The TBS Choir is an important part of who we are. Under Rabbi’s direction, volunteers from the Temple membership make up a unit that is recognized and enjoyed by our own congregation as well as the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte counties.
7. FriendshipRead more
We are a warm, welcoming congregation that you will soon come to think of as family.
8. Leaders and AchieversRead more
Our membership is very diverse. We come from all over and from all walks of life. Among our retirees are many high achievement people who bring wisdom and vitality to Temple affairs.
9. MentoringRead more
You don’t just join this Temple. You are quickly made part of what is happening. Joining is just the first step. There are friendly people and an array of activities that will draw you in to Temple life.
10. Our Temple HomeRead more
Our synagogue is warm and inviting, with a large social hall that hosts many varied activities such as dances, bingo, and karaoke.
11. Membership Dues are ReasonableRead more
Ask our membership committee. You’ll be pleased.
12. The Celebration of Life’s Highs and LowsRead more
We all hope our lives stays on an even keel for a long, long time. But life generally comes with surprising upsets and milestone highlights. At such times, you want a congregation you know, a Rabbi and congregation that knows you.
13. A Center of Jewish Social InteractionRead more
Card games, mah jongg, a free library, meetings; our Temple is like a community center.
14. Intimate Education for our youngsters, and it’s FREE!Read more
Three teachers,(two are Israeli,) the religious education chairman, and our Rabbi all participate in our children’s education.
15. Purim FestivitiesRead more
Yes, we usually ham it up!
16. Hannukah Latke PartyRead more
A free meal is offered featuring homemade potato latkes prepared by our Brotherhood, followed by a student Hannukah presentation.
17. The Passover SederRead more
We host a SEDER on the first night of Passover; most of our members attend every year.
18. The High HolidaysRead more
A very special time. Very special services.
19. The OnegsRead more
Every Friday night, and after special services. Eat, drink, enjoy and meet new friends.
20. Torah StudyRead more
Most Saturday mornings the Rabbi sits down and explains the Torah portion, the Torah, and everything ‘Jewish’ you ask.
21. TBS Dine AroundRead more
Sometimes we just all go out and enjoy a meal together.
22. TravelRead more
Sometimes we go places together. Egypt and Israel, once. Movies and plays and concerts and lectures and shows.
23. The LibraryRead more
It’s not big, but it’s full of books on Judaica, and a place to share member’s own copies of New York Times best sellers.
24. The Web SiteRead more
Visit www.templebethshalomcc.org often for updates on new activities.
25. The ShofarRead more
We publish a TBS bulletin quarterly. Hear what’s happened, what’s going to happen, and all the reports of Officers and the Board.
26. The Weekly BulletinRead more
Be put on our e-mailing list and keep up with weekly events.