First Fridays

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.

August 3: Social Justice Shabbat

​Dinner served will be pizza and salad (gluten free available). See RSVP links below.


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

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Communal dinner, social hall (RSVP required). Oneg is set out at 6:30 p.m.

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

7:45-8:30 p.m. - Program and Discussion about Community Policing

Please join our own Austin City Council Member Alison Alter (District 10), representatives from the Austin Police Department, leaders of Austin Interfaith, and the Temple Beth Shalom Social Justice and Advocacy Committee on Friday, August 3, for a special Shabbat and conversation about community policing.

Because our community has centuries of experience with violence perpetrated by state authorities, we are concerned about current trends of disproportionate and sometimes deadly police violence against people of color. Community policing is a philosophy that promotes partnerships and relationships between community stakeholders and the police.

Join us for an important conversation following the Erev Shabbat service to put this challenge and opportunity into a Jewish context and to discuss our responsibility to improve safety for all of our neighbors. Please contact Larkin Tackett (512-657-9383 or for more information. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, August 3.

RSVP Information

  • Temple Beth Shalom members: RSVP by logging into your member portal. (See link in right sidebar.)Member RSVP is for our food-planning purposes only; your dinner is free of charge with your membership. Make sure you have renewed your shared membership commitment (SMC) for 2018-2019 through your member portal.
  • Non-Members: RSVP and pay ($7 per person, with a maximum of $25 per family)

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. Join the First Fridays Music Makers!