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.

Unwind after the week by gathering in intentional community and soulful prayer.  All are welcome as we raise our voices in prayer and song.

Upcoming Shabbat Celebrations:

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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.

Weekly Torah


Parashat Terumah goes to great lengths to teach us how the mishkan, the structure which will allow for God’s Presence to dwell amongst the Israelites, is to be built. We learn from this parashah, that as in so many other places in our lives, how we do things is just as important as what we do: The intention of the givers must be pure. The items that are to be made of gold, are to be made of solid gold, not just something with a gold veneer – its insides need to match its outsides.
The Torah is often translated as teaching that we should build the mishkan so that God can dwell in it – ie we’re building a home for God. But what the text literally says is “v’asu li mikdash v’shechanti b’tocham” (Exodus 25:8) – in them or among them. In other words, it is the process of building this dwelling with the purest of intentions, both of the people building it and of the objects themselves, that will allow God’s Presence to dwell among the people. (more…)


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