T’filah at Temple Shalom
At Temple Shalom, our services provide a warm, welcoming environment for prayer and contemplation. Our Rabbi leads shabbat services once a month, and our many lay leaders each provide a unique meaningful experience. We all engage with Torah and mitzvot in our own way, and just like those who have come before us, some seek spiritual experience, others rigorous textual analysis and debate, others comfort in a time of grief, others tikkun olam, others music, and some simply because, as Daniel Pearl put it, “I am a Jew”.
No matter what brings you through our door: “May this synagogue be, for all who enter, the doorway to a richer and more meaningful life.” – Mishkan T’filah
ברוך אתה יי אלוהינו מלך העולם זוקף כפופים
Building Our Communtiy
Temple Shalom is a thriving community, but it is also a small community. We rely on our dedicated volunteers including lay leaders, Torah readers, musicians, oneg hosts, religious school helpers, and many more to keep our community going. We also rely on financial contributions to pay for our building, maintenance, repairs, our Rabbi, keep our Sifrei Torah in good repair, provide machzorim, run community events, support our members in times of need, and much more. We welcome you to join us in supporting our community and ensuring that we can continue to be a focal point for Jewish life in KW.
We Are Excited For You To Join Us!
Join us for Shacharit and Seder K’riat Hatorah services! Services typically start at 10:30, but check the schedule as it varies depending on the occasion.
High Holy Days
We would be honoured to have you join us for the ימים נוראים – Days of Awe. Make sure to let us know early that you are coming so we can ensure you receive your tickets on time.
Life Cycle Events
Whether in Simcha or in grief, we come together as a community to support each other at the liminal moments that shape our lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I’m LGBT+?
Temple Shalom is an LGBT affirming synagogue, and you are most welcome! We do our best to make services barrier free, and if you have any specific concerns we encourage you to contact us so that you can speak directly with one of our LGBT+ members. You may also want to check out Keshet for resources on fully participating in ritual and communal life as an LGBT+ Jew, as well as our Community Resources page for information on LGBT+ specific information on Jewish life in KW.
What should I wear?
Our dress code is very flexile; in fact, we don’t really have one. Some people wear jeans, some wear dresses; whatever works for you! We don’t have any requirements pertaining to bare arms etc. For those who wish to wear them, kippot are available for people of any gender.
Can I come if I am not Jewish?
We are often honoured to have guests who are non-jewish friends of the community or who have come as an education experience. Anyone from our board will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you to not get lost during the service. There are some restrictions on which rituals may be performed by guests, which can be found here.
Will I count in a minyan?
All Jews over the age of 13 count towards a minyan, regardless of gender. Jews of any gender may participate in all aspects of services, and there are no restrictions on who can make an Aliyah or receive another honour together.
Can I take pictures in the sanctuary?
If you are visiting us to celebrate a loved one’s B’nei Mitzvah, you may be hoping to capture the occasion. Photography and videotaping during services during permitted provided that it is unobtrusive and respectful. Please see our full policy here.