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First Fridays

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Feel right at home at Temple Beth Shalom on First Fridays! Come participate in a comfortable, casual, and community-connecting evening on the first Friday of each month. 

This Shabbat celebration is for everyone! Dinner is very casual, served buffet style, and we welcome even the youngest kids who are always on the move.  


First Friday on June 1: Bring Your Own Dinner (before service) and/or stay for the Iftar Dinner (after service)!

First Friday on June 1 has two dinner options: you can bring your own dinner to eat in the social hall at 6:00 p.m., and we invite you to stay after the Erev Shabbat service for a communal iftar dinner with our Muslim neighbors at 7:45 p.m., after the service. An iftar dinner is the meal that breaks the daily fast during Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

Read more about this special opportunity for building community relationships at the iftar dinner—we hope everyone will join us! We are pleased to also welcome our friends at Congregation Beth Israel to this special event. The iftar dinner is free of charge, generously provided by The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest



5:30-6:00 p.m. - Tot Shabbat, including Shalomites graduation!

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Bring your own dinner option, social hall. Oneg is set out at 6:30 p.m.

7:00-7:45 p.m. - First Friday Erev Shabbat Service

7:45 p.m. - Iftar dinner and learning (no charge, but please RSVP), hosted by The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest


June 1, 2018
7:45 p.m. (after the Erev Shabbat service)
Temple Beth Shalom Social Hall
Break the Ramadan fast with our Muslim neighbors! Temple Beth Shalom is hosting an iftar dinner (the meal that breaks the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan) at our temple in partnership with The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest.
The institute organizes many iftar dinners in Austin during Ramadan at a variety of religious venues. On June 1, after our Erev Shabbat service, they will bring a delicious meal to our temple and we will share learning and fellowship together. There is no charge for the meal, but please RSVP.
The tradition of breaking the fast with friends, neighbors, and the needy has been part of the Islamic tradition for centuries. These community iftars help build bridges between communities and foster interfaith dialogue. Please join us!

Adults and teens, we encourage your participation in First Fridays services by making music! Voice or instrument, some First Fridays or many—pick what works for you.

Please talk with Cantor Abby Gostein if this would be your first time singing or playing your instrument with us or if you would use an instrument that is not a “C” instrument.

We hope that those interested will come back again and again to play each first Friday night of the month. If you are only comfortable playing one or two songs after the rehearsal, that’s fine—you can do what you’re ready for at any given service.

Next music learning and prep session:

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please RSVP to Marissa Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For the rehearsal: Bring your instrument/voice, music stand, pencil, and highlighter. Please come fragrance-less (no perfume, scented lotions, etc., due to allergies of many in our musical community. Even scented fabric softener or laundry detergent can be an issue for some).

Please invite any friends you think might be interested!