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!


Weekly Torah

torahAs we move out of Sukkot – a celebration of nature with our gratitude for the fall harvest, our recognition of God’s all-encompassing presence, and our demonstration of faith in God by stepping out of the comforts of our homes and into the vulnerabilities of temporary huts – we complete another cycle of reading the Torah, and so return to the story of creation with parashat B’reishit.

It seems particularly appropriate to turn our attention to creation after we have perhaps cultivated a deeper attunement with nature after our camping adventure of the past week. But the Torah nudges us to be grateful for more than just the creation of puppies and bunnies. Genesis Rabbah 10:7, a commentary on this week’s Torah portion teaches, “Even those things which you may regard as completely superfluous to the creation of the world, such as fleas, gnats, and flies, even they too are included in the creation of the world, and the Holy One, blessed be God, carries out God’s purpose through everything, even through a snake, a scorpion, a gnat, or a frog.” (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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