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  • Pianist Nicole Pesce solo performance | Tbswvaz

    Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley presents pianist Nicole Pesce ​ Enjoy an afternoon listening to the piano mastery of Nicole Pesce in a solo performance from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City. ​ Pesce plays keyboard, organ, accordion, guitar and electric bass. As a composer with a catalog of over 300 songs, she was commissioned to write the title track to the compilation CD, “Amada” — dedicated to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She has performed at many local venues, including the Musical Instrument Museum, as well as throughout the nation and around the globe. Cost is $20 with advance reservation or $25 at the door by cash or check only . To purchase advance tickets, go to “ Zeffy ' ' to pay online. Yo u also can call the Temple office at 623.977.3240 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Advance reservations also can be by mailing a check or dropping it off at the Temple. Deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, Apr il 11 , to make an advance reservation and pay. Read more about Pesce on her website, nicolepesce.com . ​ For everyone’s safety, PLEASE, no backpacks or purses will be allowed. You can utilize a clear purse or clear plastic bag. Otherwise, please leave your items in your car. There will be a security guard onsite. ​

  • Women's Passover Seder 2024 | Tbswvaz

    Sisterhood of Temple Beth Shalom hosts Barbara Moss Community Women’s Passover Seder The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley will host the Barbara Moss Community Women’s Seder at noon Monday, April 15, at the Temple, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City. The late Barbara Moss was the wife of Rabbi Emeritus Sheldon Moss. Barbara created the Haggadah that will be used at the Seder. Leading the Haggadah reading will be Nan Rubin-Lieber. All women are welcome to participate in the contemporary roles of women in the celebration of Passover. Cost is $20 per person for Temple members and $22 per person for non-members. Reservations and payment are required by Friday, April 12. Call TBS at 623.977.3240 for reservations.

  • 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. Reserve your tickets for TBS Passover seder by April 17 Watch Friday April 19th Shabbat Service on YouTube Weekly Torah discussion on Zoom Two perspectives of the Gospels classes in April Antisemitism classes presented in April Stand in Solidarity with Israel: How you can help 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 hoedowns. 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

  • Group Trip to Israel | Tbswvaz

    Temple Beth Shalom is planning a group Jewish Heritage trip to Israel. The Israel visit will be led by our Rabbi Dana Kaplan, who was in Israel in 2022 and who had studied for the rabbinate at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. ​ For more information, contact the Temple at 623.977.3240. Group Trip to Israel

  • Staff | Tbswvaz

    Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Staff Helene Fox Helene Fox is synagogue administrator for Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley. She started her career as a full charge bookkeeper for a small furniture company in Brooklyn, N.Y. For 20 years, she managed two federally funded housing projects in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York responsible for the office staff, maintenance staff, rentals, budget and collection of all rent. Before coming to Temple Beth Shalom, Helene worked in middle management at the Pulte Homes Call Center in Surprise, AZ. as well as being a licensed Real Estate Agent. Helene was married to the love of her life, Adrian Fox, who passed away in 2015. She has two terrific children and two wonderful stepchildren. Helene came to Temple Beth Shalom in March 2018, enjoys working for us and has established many friendships.

  • Social | Tbswvaz

    Social Activities ​ To be a devoted Reform Jew is to do many things. One of the most important is to work toward making th e world a better place. Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley offers many ways to make new friends, celebrate and support one another through good times and bad, and volunteer to help the Temple and the entire community. ​ So cial Action Committee : We work together as a community to try to help the lives of at least a few people. For example, we have been supporters of the Valley View Community Food Bank in Sun City since it was founded in 2007. ​ Brotherhood: Our Brotherhood was established in 1979 at Temple Beth Shalom to promote fellowship and service to the Temple. Toward that goal, the Brotherhood sponsors Temple fundraisers and social events. ​ Sisterhood : All women Temple members are invited to join the Sisterhood. First-year Temple members receive a complimentary membership to Sisterhood. ​ Chavurah: Temple Beth Shalom members with similar interests get together to share communal activities and Jewish learning. ​ Community Projects : From canned goods to cereal, Temple members make donations as part of the "Can Do" monthly campaign to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank. ​ Caring Committee: Our Caring Committee specializes in building connections with our congregants and their immediate family members during times of health crisis and beyond. Book Club : The TBS Book Club meets by Zoom the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. Most books are Jewish-related fiction and non-fiction, but not always. ​ Grief Group : Are you experiencing grief or depression? The grief group meets monthly (except during the summer) at the Temple for all members and non-members. ​ For more information, the Temple office at 623.977.3240. A Jewis h Community for a Better You and a Better Worl d

  • Services Guide | Tbswvaz

    Service Guide Our service guide provides constant access to the music and teachings of our service. Our prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, can also be accessed by clicking the button. Follow the entire service or select individual parts of service by clicking on the links. View Our Shabbat Prayer Book Here Watch a Recent Shabbat Service

  • Contact Us | Tbswvaz

    Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Contact Us Please feel free to call our synagogue administrator Helene Fox at 623.977.3240 or templebethshalomaz@gmail.com Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley 12202 N. 101st Ave. Sun City, AZ. 85351 Shabbat Services Congregants set aside sacred time for engaging with God through prayer and reflection – spoken and sung – and the reading of the Torah. Every Friday: 7 p.m. Once a Month, October-May on Saturdays: 10 a.m.

  • Holidays | Tbswvaz

    Celebrating Jewish and National Holidays at Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley At Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, we celebrate Jewish religious holidays like Passover with meaningful rituals, usually on the nearest Friday night. We also celebrate or commemorate national holidays such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Thanksgiving. This past year, we decided to mark Christmas Eve in traditional Jewish fashion by going out to a Chinese restaurant!

  • About TBS | Tbswvaz

    About Us The mission of Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley is to fulfill and nurture the spiritual, social and educational needs of our diverse Jewish community. Since 1968, Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley has been a Reform congregation, committed to promoting Jewish values. We offer a flexible approach to nurturing the spiritual, educational, and social needs of a diverse community, and are committed to social justice, mitzvot and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Congregation Beth Shalom, predecessor to our Temple, started in 1968 with a handful of Sun City residents looking for a spiritual home. Dr. Aaron Papermaster, a dentist from North Dakota, led the effort. In 1969, the congregation began meeting at the Fairway Center in Sun City and moved to the Sun Dial Center in 1975. ​ The congregation began with a student rabbi, Bernard Beliak in 1970-71, and then Fred Greenspahn in 1971-72. In 1972, Rabbi Albert Michels became the first permanent rabbi of the congregation and was officially installed in 1972 with local church and religious dignitaries participating in the ceremony. The first Beth Shalom Bulletin appeared in 1971, followed by the Beth Shalom Newsletter in 1973. Dr. Aaron Papermaster and his wife presented the first Torah to the congregation. ​ In 1976, land was purchased at the site of the present Temple and the ground breaking ceremony was held January, 1977. As the congregation grew, there were additions to the Temple building. The Social Hall was added in 1983, the auditorium and adjacent rooms, the porte cochere, as well as the choir area were added in 1989, and the office addition was added in 1998. A religious school was formed in 2009 and continues for students K-8, including bar/bat mitzvah training. The rabbis who served Temple Beth Shalom following Rabbi Michels were Rabbi Bernard Kligfeld from 1982 to 1997 and Rabbi Arthur Abrams from 1997 to 2005. Rabbi Sheldon Moss served from 2005 to 2019. ​ ​ Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan has served Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley since 2019. Cantor Baruch Koritan has served at the Temple since 1992. Temple Beth Shalom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. ​ Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan tbsazrabbi@gmail.com Cantor Baruch Koritan baruchkoritan@gmail.com

  • Friday Shabbat Se... | Tbswvaz

    Friday Night Shabbat Services Watch Friday April 19th Shabbat Service 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.

  • Brotherhood | Tbswvaz

    TBS Brotherhood The Temple Shalom of the West Valley Brotherhood was established in 1979 with 42 members starting out with the first meeting. Our Brotherhood's mission is to promote fellowship and service to the Temple. Toward that goal, the Brotherhood sponsors fundraisers and social events such as various entertainment functions, Movie and Breakfast Speaker Series, Mother's Day celebration, monthly potlucks before Shabbat services, picnics, Jewish Chautauqua Society and the Israeli Scouts. With the Sisterhood, we contribute funds and provide many unseen activities that foster a smooth Temple operation. Our "Movers and Shakers" do the annual Succah erection and all chair moving needed for the holidays. We are proud to serve the Temple.

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