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


The Israelites have just been freed from slavery in Egypt, and the first thing that happens is that they receive many, many laws. One understanding of this is that it is not only that the Israelites were freed FROM slavery, but that they were freed in order TO live lives filled with holiness.

One of the laws given in parashat Mishpatim, is that one should not afflict any widow or orphan – כל אלמנה ויתום לא תענון. Widows and orphans, of course, represent(ed) the most vulnerable members of a society. We are taught that even those who have no one to stand up for them are not to be ill-treated.

Ibn Ezra, a medieval commentator, goes a step further saying that לא תענון  is written in the plural to stress the warning that not only those who torment the widow and the orphan will be punished. It is also those who stand by the sidelines and do not intervene who will be considered as if they themselves had done the tormenting and will be punished as well. (more…)


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