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 Vayishlach, Jacob sees Esau after many years of
estrangement. On the surface, the text statestorah
that the two make up. But a closer look leaves the reader unclear as to how things are left between the two brothers – The
Hebrew word saying that they embraced, vayishakehu, is famously marked, leading many commentators to ask if this was a hug of love or an embittered entanglement, not so unlike the angel (God?)
with whom Jacob wrestled earlier in the parsha. This reconciliation is further questioned when Jacob ultimately does not continue to journey with his brother, heading instead in the opposite direction.

Later, Rachel gives birth to her second, and ultimately youngest, child. Rachel dies in childbirth, but not before she has a chance to name him Ben-oni, son of my suffering. Jacob, however, calls him Ben-yamin, son of my right hand, perhaps, as is taught in “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary,” challenging Rachel’s perception that her life was futile. (more…)


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