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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 May 4: Dinner for Purchase, Hosted by Hebrew Free Loan Association

First Friday on May 4 will offer a dinner for purchase. Our dinner host will be Hebrew Free Loan Association (see info below), and pizza and salad will be served (gluten-free pizza available--please indicate your need for gluten free on the RSVP form).

5:30-6:00 p.m. - Tot Shabbat

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Dinner, social hall. Oneg is set out at 6:30 p.m.

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

First Friday dinners require advance online RSVP and there is a charge of $7 per person, with a maximum of $25 per family. The RSVP deadline is Wednesday, May 2, at 4 p.m.

About Hebrew Free Loan Association:

Hebrew Free Loan of Austin (HFLA) is a non-profit that provides interest-free loans to Jews in the greater Austin community. Loans are based on a recycling model where loan repayments are put back to work funding new loans over and over again. 

Examples of loans: summer camp, medical needs, fertility, dental and orthodontic care, tuition, small business expenses, paying off credit cards incurring interest, car loans and repairs, and all sorts of unexpected costs that are sometimes difficult for people to plan for or simply absorb. The average size loans are $500, $2,500 and $5,000, but can vary depending on the need. During the last 6 years HFLA has provided over 85 interest free-loans totaling $260,000 to Jews within the greater Austin community. 

If you could benefit from an interest free loan or can make a donation, please visit the HFLA website or contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





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!