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Shabbat at Selah

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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

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Parashat B’har focuses on laws that aim to protect economically disadvantaged members of the community from permanently losing their freedom and means of livelihood. This is done not only because of concern for one’s fellow, but also in the context of a theological lens. This is holiness in action.

We are reminded that everything is ultimately God’s. And so when we experience the Shemitah, the year in which the land and slaves are released back to their original owner (ie God) every seven years, we are encouraging not only an external release of ownership, but also an internal release. The land is released from carrying the burden of needing to produce, of being sapped of life-giving nutrients and energy, of being sucked dry. Servants are released from the burden of shame, of feeling inferior, of manifesting their true identity out in the world. (more…)


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