Judaism, South Austin style.

Shabbat at Selah


Selah is a community which gathers monthly for spirited and musical Shabbat services led by Rabbi Gail Swedroe, Dr. Harvey Raben, Rabbi Neil Blumofe and the wonderful Selah Ensemble.

All are welcome as we raise our voices in prayer and song.

Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat:

Unwind after the week by gathering in intentional community and soulful prayer.

We provide childcare and wholesome snacks, a big playground and delicious vegetarian dinners after Friday night services.

Upcoming Shabbat Celebrations:

Shabbat services will resume after the summer.

All services meet at Faith United Methodist Church 2701 South Lamar Blvd 78704.

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Simchat Torah


Monday, October 5

6:00 p.m. Simchat Torah Children’s Jew-bilation includes music, dancing and ice cream, geared for 3-9 year olds. The final day of Sukkot marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle. Come celebrate this joyous occasion.

7:15 p.m. Community-wide Celebration with dancing, and festive food and drinks.


Weekly Torah

Thoughts on Chol haMoed Sukkot: Finding Emotion and Beauty in Our Learning

Moshe asks ttoraho see God—God instructs Moshe to carve a second set of stone Tablets like the first, and ascend Mt. Sinai, where God comes to stand with Moshe revealing Thirteen Attributes of Mercy. More commandments are now given to seal a renewed covenant and for 40 days and nights Moshe remains with God, without food or drink.

What follows is learning from Rabbi Brad Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles:

In the Talmud, In Massachet B’rachot (6b) we are told, “The reward for a halachic discussion lies in the reasoning.” Reasoning. Ours in not a tradition that distrusts logic. To the contrary, we revel in a disciplined mind. But, I will hasten to insist that to be able to engage in logic well, to be able to utilize reason soundly, requires a great deal of prior learning. When I was a junior in high school, I enrolled in an Advanced Placement course in American History; the teacher, Saul Taischoff, a wonderful pedagogue, stood up and said the following: “The class is not a discussion; it is a lecture because at this point I know something about American History, and you don’t. You will spend a year listening to my lectures and reading assignments. At the end of the year you will then know something about American History, and at that point anyone who wants to come into my office and have a discussion about anything about American History, will be welcome to do so.” Turns out that Jewish tradition says more or less the same thing, “Learn first, and then reason (Shabbat 63a). “ Reason unaided by hard, factual knowledge, is fantasy. To be able to reason responsibly requires great learning first. (more…)

Sukkot Party

Come celebrate what Sukkot has to offer us!  A gathering to harvest herbs and vegetables, snack, kids activities, Havdalah, and general discussion about what Sukkot means to us today and in relation to current events.e023a4c1-986d-4bfc-8799-d0294729f6ed

Please bring light snacks! The gathering is outdoors so we are sunshine only. Enter through open gates at end of driveway. Parking is readily available on the street.

Saturday, 10/3, 4:00-6:00 at the Levy house

Please RSVP and invite folks along!

The Selah Experience

Selah was born out of a desire to re-imagine Jewish life in South Austin. We seek to create a living Judaism that is experienced through vibrant and soulful prayer, transformative study of Torah, and purposeful engagement with our wider world. We are progressive and yet traditional, informal, creative, and committed to social justice.

Selah School

Selah School classes-1Selah now offers four religious school class levels (ages 4-K, 1st & 2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, and 5th & 6th graders)
Fall 2015-2016 classes will take place Thursdays 4-5:45 PM
  • Music that enriches the program
  • Jewish holiday activities and discussions
  • Integrated art projects
  • Group conversations and literature experiences on Shabbat, mitzvot, Tzedakah and Jewish values
  • Hebrew vocabulary to enhance and expand learning projects

Learn more here

If you are interested in this program or have questions, please contact us : info@selah-austin.org.


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