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.

Check our Facebook Page for further event info!


Shabbat Splash

shabbat splash

 Join us this

Friday, Aug. 28th

5:45 pm ~ JCC Pool

Come enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs by the pool in sweet community as summer begins to come to an end!

After we’ve filled our tummies, we will strive to fill our souls with Shabbat services to follow in the Congregation Agudas Achim Chapel. We’re excited to bring a taste of South Austin up north with Selah melodies and accompaniment.

$5.00 children ages 4-12
$12.00 ages 13 and up
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High Holy Days 5776


On Erev Rosh Hashanah (Sunday, September 13th), we’ll meet at 6:30 pm for a lovely service led by Rabbi Gail Swedroe, Ruth Navarre, and the Selah Ensemble. There will be apples, honey, and delicious homemade challah.

Kol Nidre (Tuesday, September 22nd) will be at Congregation Agudas Achim on the J Campus off Far West. Services start at 7pm and will be led by Rabbi Gail Swedroe & the Selah Ensemble.

The Selah community is warmly invited to attend other High Holy Day services at Congregation Agudas Achim.  Details can be found here.

For tickets, please contact Lanie Bailey at 512-735-8410 or hhdtickets@caa-austin.org.


Weekly Torah

torahThis week’s parshah, Ki Tetse, contains more than 10% of the 613 mitzvot, listing one after another: ways in which we should be in sacred relationship with one another, how we should engage in business, how we should treat animals, how we should
carry out legal sentences, how we
should treat our children, how we should plant our crops, how we should behave in times of war. In the span of 110 verses, 74 commandments are given.

This parshah immediately follows parashat Shoftim, which was focused on setting up a just society. And while one might expect issues of war and business to be given a great amount of parchment space, it might be surprising to learn that the Torah mentions what one is to do with lost objects twice – once in Exodus 23:4-5
and once here: “If you see another person’s animal, you shall not hide from it; you must return it to the owner. If the owner is not known to you, then you should bring the object into your house, where it shall remain until the owner inquires after it, and you will return it to him. So shall you do for his donkey, his garment, or any lost article that you may find…” (Deut. 22:1-3).” (more…)

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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