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 2016-2017 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 Talmud teaches that the tradition of praying three times a day comes from the practices of our ancestors (BT Brachot 26b). We learn that Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before God (Genesis 19:27) – and so Shacharit, the morning prayers, were established. We learn that Isaac went out to meditate in the field at evening tide (ie late afternoon) (Genesis 24:63) – and so Mincha, the afternoon prayers, was established. And in this week’s Torah portion, Vayetzei, we learn that Jacob encountered a place, sleeping there overnight, and in the process experienced God (Genesis 28:11-16) – and so Ma’ariv, the evening service, was established.

There are further word plays that one can make with each of our patriarchs’ names and the service associated with them, by taking the second letter of each of their names and saying that it corresponds to the time of day in which “their” prayer is recited. (more…)


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