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 Nitzavim

D’varim (Deuteronomy) 29:9-30:20

Thoughts on Parshat Nitzavim: Sharing Life Together in the Wilderness


As we prepare for Rosh haShanah, in our study of Torah, Moses approaches the end of his life — he wraps up his discourse with the people, who are gathered together awaiting entry into the Promised Land. Moses ends on a positive note, reaffirming and renewing the covenant between the people and God. The Torah asks that we choose life, despite our challenges and other inducements that will arise in our lives, complicating and even obscuring our choices. As Moses begins to take leave of the people, empowering Joshua to lead, he beseeches the Priests to read the Torah to the people on a regular cycle, so that the words do not depart from the people and the power and majesty of God remains in the center.




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