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  • Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley | Jewish Reform Synagogue | 12201 N 101st Ave, Sun City, AZ, USA

    Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Come as you are. Discover who you are. We are a caring and compassionate Reform Jewish congregation. We connect to people in a meaningful, generous and mature manner with as much warmth and kindness as possible. We serve the entire West Valley, including all the Sun Cities, Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Surprise, Tolleson, Tonopah, Youngtown and Waddell. Shabbat Friday Night Services 9/29/23 ​ ​ Sign up for the"Israel in Crisis" Adult Education Series PRAY WITH US Join us for Friday evening Shabbat services and monthly Saturday morning services. Read More EVENTS Come celebrate Jewish holidays with us and join the fun with special events like chili cookoffs. Read More EDUCATION Learn with us through our adult education, religious school and scholar-in-residence programs. Read More About Become a Member Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley invites EVERYONE — Individuals, couples, and families — to be a part of our congregation. Fill Out TBS New Member Application Learn More Donations Through our portal, you can make a donation in honor of a Yahrzeit, an anniversary, birthday or another special occasion. Your support is greatly appreciated. Donate Now

  • Friday Shabbat Se... | Tbswvaz

    Friday Night Shabbat Services Watch Sept. 29th Friday Shabbat Services Watch previous Friday Evening Shabbat services on Temple Beth Shalom's YouTube channel. Join us via Zoom or sign up to attend services at the Temple by calling 623.977.3240. We celebrate Shabbat every Friday night with a joyous service at about 7 p.m. which runs to about 8:15 p.m., followed by an Oneg. Our Shabbat services are led by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan and Cantor Baruch Koritan. Most of the prayers we read are in English so a worshiper with minimal Hebrew should be able to participate actively. Many of the prayers that are sung are in Hebrew and our prayer book provides transliterations of 100% of them. The services are snappy and upbeat. We want to pray to God with reverence and sincerity but we also want to mix in a little bit of levity and humor. ​ We read the Torah every Friday night. Sometimes the rabbi reads a short excerpt and simultaneously translates it into English, while at other times he attempts to chant and summarizes the biblical story after finishing. We have a Torah processional preceding the reading and the rabbi likes to give one of our two smaller Torahs to children to carry around the sanctuary. The rabbi speaks extemporaneously from notes rather than reading from a prepared text. He likes to come down from the bimah to better communicate and interact with all of us in the pews. Sometimes he engages us extensively in discussion and other times he delivers remarks stressing a particular point about Judaism and connecting it to the contemporary world. We sing Debbie Friedman’s Misheberach song every Friday night as part of our regular prayers for healing. Some of us may believe God can heal us and others may believe that marshaling the combined spiritual power of many people can create miracles. Either way, we want to focus our thoughts and bring forth our emotions in a determined effort to bring healing and wholeness to our friends and family, our community and nation, and ourselves as well.

  • Prayer | Tbswvaz

    Prayer ​ Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley's weekly Friday Shabbat service using the Reform Mishkan T’filah prayer book provides our worshipers with an opportunity to set aside sacred time for engaging with God through prayer and reflection – spoken and sung – and the reading of the Torah. Led by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan and Cantor Baruch Koritan, our members are afforded the opportunity to participate in the service through reading prayers, blessing the lighting of the Shabbat candles, reciting the blessings before and after the reading of the Torah, or carrying the Torah during the Torah service. Services begin at 7 p.m. throughout the year. One Saturday morning a month, a small group meets at a member’s home for an informal participatory Shabbat service lead by Rabbi Kaplan. A guitarist sometimes accompanies Rabbi Kaplan during services. The service includes an abbreviated Shabbat liturgy, readings, and singing, followed by a potluck brunch and socializing. Watch September 29th Shabbat Services

  • Library | Tbswvaz

    Edith Mattal Library The TBS library has a significant collection of non-fiction Judaica and quite a lot of fiction by Jewish authors or with Jewish themes. ​ The Mattal Trust Fund purchased a group of 2021 and 2022 National Jewish Book Award (NJBA) winners for the library at Temple Beth Shalom. The library is open when the office is open, or when there are other open meetings or services. Come in to browse the shelves and take home a book or three to read.

  • Reform Judaism | Tbswvaz

    Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley presents Reform Judai sm adult education series ​ Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan will present an adult education series about Reform Judaism in October. It is open to people of all faiths. ​ Temple Beth Shalom is a Reform Temple affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Kaplan has written several books about Reform Judaism, and is recognized in the Reform Rabbinate for his knowledge and expertise in this area. Classes will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Temple, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City. During these four sessions, Rabbi Kaplan will help the participants look at what Reform Judaism in America means and will provide a brief history of the Reform movement. Some of the critical issues and challenges he will present are mitzvot and prayer, the nonrecognition in Israel of Reform, and how the Reform movement has responded to assimilation in the United States. Call the Temple office at 623.977.3240 to register by noon Oct. 3. Cost is $20 for members and $35 for non-members. - LESS...

  • Reform Judaism | Tbswvaz

    Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley presents Reform Judai sm adult education series ​ Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan will present an adult education series about Reform Judaism in October. It is open to people of all faiths. ​ Temple Beth Shalom is a Reform Temple affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Kaplan has written several books about Reform Judaism, and is recognized in the Reform Rabbinate for his knowledge and expertise in this area. Classes will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Temple, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City. During these four sessions, Rabbi Kaplan will help the participants look at what Reform Judaism in America means and will provide a brief history of the Reform movement. Some of the critical issues and challenges he will present are mitzvot and prayer, the nonrecognition in Israel of Reform, and how the Reform movement has responded to assimilation in the United States. Call the Temple office at 623.977.3240 to register by noon Oct. 3. Cost is $20 for members and $35 for non-members. - LESS...

  • Events | Tbswvaz

    Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Has Something for Everyone! Come join in the fun! Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley's Chanukah celebrations go on for several nights at the Temple and into the communities. Our special events like the Klezmer Band Jewish Folk Music concert draw visitors and annual Golf Tournament from all over the Phoenix area. These are a few examples of the Temple's joyous events. The TBS Sisterhood is hosting a Break the Fast following Yom Kippur services on Sept. 25. Cost is $18 per person, and there is no charge for children 12 or younger Deadline to make reservations is Wednesday, Sept. 20. More Details More Details Join us for the uplifting and beautiful High Holy Days services conducted by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan and Cantor Baruch Koritan. ​ ​ Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley presents "Israel in Crisis" adult education series in October, and is open to people of all faiths. Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, who visited Israel in 2022 and 2023, will lead discussions about how Israel, which was a stable western-style democracy just a few months ago, seems to be tottering on the edge of dictatorship. More Details Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan will present an adult education series about Reform Judaism in October. It is open to people of all faiths. More Details We celebrate Shabbat every Friday night with a joyous service at about 7 p.m. followed by an Oneg. Our Shabbat services are led by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan and Cantor Baruch Koritan. More Details

  • Adult Education | Tbswvaz

    Adult Education Lifelong learning is a cornerstone of Reform Judaism. At Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, we provide a variety of opportunities to assist our members in finding educational offerings that meet the varying needs of our members. Whether it be the weekly study of Torah with Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, a four-week class on Kabbalah, a participative program to enable learners to identify the meaning of God on a personal level, or an interfaith study of “Rabbi Jesus” open to Jewish and non-Jewish members of the Phoenix West Valley, or a scholar-in-residence who spoke on the theft of art from the Jews of France during the Holocaust, we offer something for everyone. The Adult Education Committee and Rabbi Kaplan are in the final stages of developing a list of course offerings beginning in October 2023 and continuing through May 2024. For most months, there will be two courses on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons, and there will be a few "extras" added here and there. We will also be introducing a new weekly study group for the serious learner which will focus on God. Watch for the course descriptions and dates in early August. All our courses are open to TBS members and non-members, whether the non-member is Jewish or a member of another religion.

  • Israel in Crisis Adult Educat... | Tbswvaz

    Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley presents "Israel in Crisis" adult education series ​ “Israel in Crisis: What’s Happening and Why” is the focus of an adult education series offered by Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley in October, and is open to people of all faiths. ​ Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan will lead the education series from 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City. Rabbi Kaplan lived in Jerusalem during the years of his Rabbinic studies, and he visited Jerusalem in both July 2022 and July 2023. It is almost unbelievable that the World Happiness Report found that Israel was the fourth happiest country in the world just a short time ago. And yet the country now appears on the verge of civil war amidst internal collapse. A country that was a stable western-style democracy just a few months ago seems to be tottering on the edge of dictatorship. Most Israelis felt that the external security threat would be the main problem threatening the existence of the country but now many see the conflict between the government and the Supreme Court as leading Israel towards dysfunction, crisis and even dissolution. The political system has broken down in such a short time frame that virtually everyone in the country is surprised and indeed shocked. Both sides are still battling for control and the winners and losers are still undetermined. Huge protests are still being held almost daily, with counter protests organizing as well. No matter which side emerges victorious, the country will never be the same. What will Israel look like in the coming years? The series will start with historical background information, including Israel’s government structure. Rabbi Kaplan will focus on current issues, including judicial reform efforts, the settlers, the ultra-orthodox, the moderates and the left, as well as the threat of brain/income drain in the country. In the last session, he will focus on the future of Israel. ​ Cost for the four-week series is $35 for non-members. Call the TBS office at 623.977.3240 to register for classes. Registration deadline is noon Wednesday, Sept. 28.

  • Israel in Crisis Adult Education Series | Tbswvaz

    Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley presents "Israel in Crisis" adult education series ​ “Israel in Crisis: What’s Happening and Why” is the focus of an adult education series offered by Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley in October, and is open to people of all faiths. ​ Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan will lead the education series from 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City. Rabbi Kaplan lived in Jerusalem during the years of his Rabbinic studies, and he visited Jerusalem in both July 2022 and July 2023. It is almost unbelievable that the World Happiness Report found that Israel was the fourth happiest country in the world just a short time ago. And yet the country now appears on the verge of civil war amidst internal collapse. A country that was a stable western-style democracy just a few months ago seems to be tottering on the edge of dictatorship. Most Israelis felt that the external security threat would be the main problem threatening the existence of the country but now many see the conflict between the government and the Supreme Court as leading Israel towards dysfunction, crisis and even dissolution. The political system has broken down in such a short time frame that virtually everyone in the country is surprised and indeed shocked. Both sides are still battling for control and the winners and losers are still undetermined. Huge protests are still being held almost daily, with counter protests organizing as well. No matter which side emerges victorious, the country will never be the same. What will Israel look like in the coming years? The series will start with historical background information, including Israel’s government structure. Rabbi Kaplan will focus on current issues, including judicial reform efforts, the settlers, the ultra-orthodox, the moderates and the left, as well as the threat of brain/income drain in the country. In the last session, he will focus on the future of Israel. ​ Cost for the four-week series is $35 for non-members. Call the TBS office at 623.977.3240 to register for classes. Registration deadline is noon Wednesday, Sept. 28.

  • TBS Sisterhood Break the Fast | Tbswvaz

    Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood hosts Break the Fast following Yom Kippur services ​ The Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Sisterhood is hosting a Break the Fast following Yom Kippur Day services on Sept. 25 at the Temple, 12202 N. 101st Ave, Sun City. The menu includes homemade k ugel, egg salad, tuna salad, bagels, fruit, salad, pastries, coffee, juice and tea. Cost is $18 per p erson, and there is no charge for children 12 or younger Deadline to make reservations is Wednesday, Sept. 20. Send checks made out to TBS Sisterhood to the Temple or call the Temple office at 623.977.3240. More information about Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley’s High Holy Days services is available at tbsaz.org .

  • Scholar-in-Residence | Tbswvaz

    Scholar-In-Residence Professor Rabbi David Frankel from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem was Temple Beth Shalom's Scholar-in-Residence in November 2022. He spoke about "How Can We Cope with Evil and Suffering?" ​ He is an internationally known scholar, and teaches M.A. and rabbinical students at the Schechter Institute. He is the author of "The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School" and "Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel." ​ ​ ​ ​ Helen Schwartz , who has lectured and written about stolen French art by the Nazis during World War II, spoke at Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley in April 2023. ​ Helen, a retired Indiana University English professor, has written several books, including her historical thriller, “Thieves of Paris.” She has lectured at universities, community centers, synagogues and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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