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


In parashat Re’eh, we are reminded of the mitzvah of making burnt offerings and other sacrifices, tithes and contributions, and the firstlings of herds and flocks during the pilgrimage festivals.  Sefer HaChinnuch, teaches that whoever has vowed or volunteered an offering should do so at the pilgrimage festival that occurs first after the vow is made. In other words, if someone made a vow in Kislev/November, one should fulfill it by Nissan/April when Pesach comes around, but not wait for Shavuot or Sukkot almost a year later.

The commentary goes on to explain that it’s not reasonable to expect a person to make the offering right after promising to do so, and that technically speaking, the promise is not considered delayed until all three pilgrimage festivals of the yearly cycle have passed. However, we are told in Deuteronomy 23:22 not to put off fulfilling the vows we have made. And so, in a sort of compromise, our tradition teaches that we should fulfill our promise by the first pilgrimage festival that occurs after our promise is made, since it is assumed that one would be going to the Temple at this point in time anyway. (more…)


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