Our Social Action Committee helps the larger community understand Judaism and our Temple. Programs include an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, a "mock Seder" for area churches, invitations to attend a Friday evening service, a Jewish Culture day, speakers, and a Holocaust education program in Sumter County secondary schools.
Although Temple Shalom is located adjacent to a large active senior community, we have member families with children of all ages. Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah course of study teaches Hebrew, Holidays, History, Traditions and Prayer. Through the Temple's membership in URJ (Union of Reform Judaism), teens can become members of NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth). We will soon address the need to establish a local chapter.
An Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program was launched in 2007 in response to requests from members. Participants learn to read Hebrew and Parshah, and gain a better understanding of Shabbat and holiday services. Our third group of B’not Mitzvah will lead a service and read from the Torah in March 2015.
“EdJewcation” is a feature of our monthly newsletter, “Shalom.” The column brings members insight into a seasonal aspect of Judaism. Belonging to the URJ will help us expand opportunities for adult education ranging from “Judaism 101” to advanced topics.