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Welcome to the largest Jewish Congregation in Alaska

Congregation Beth Sholom welcomes all visitors who wish to worship with us. We are a progressive congregation affiliated with Reform Judaism and are proud to be of service to those from diverse Jewish backgrounds. Please visit our About Us page for a detailed description of our values.

Our facilities are located in a peaceful, natural setting to enhance your spiritual experience. While our in-person services are limited, you can always watch livestream services on our YouTube channel: Alaska Judaism Media.

The 5782/2022 Community Seder Was a Huge Success!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Seder this year. For many people, it was their first time back in the synagogue after such a long time. Thank you to all who attended.

This year's game was for each table who participates, to tell the story of the Exodus in 5 sentences or less. The catch? They had to include 3 obscure words given to the table in advance. What fun we all had laughing and enjoying our creativity. The kids loved the afikomen hunt and the Rabbi was able to retrieve the afikomen and complete the Seder. Good job, kids!

Special thanks to our many volunteers without whom this would not have been possible.

Next Year in Jerusalem!

 

 

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A message from Rabbi Abram Goodstein

Dear Members of Congregation Beth Sholom,

 

       

I want to tell you a story of this one time where I was a real jerk. It was during college where I joined an intramural soccer team made up of 6 or 7 teams out of people interested in some casual soccer fun. I really enjoyed it, but I was definitely not the best player, not even close. So anyways, we get through the season and it’s time for the tournament. It’s a pretty simple system where if your team loses you are out, but if your team wins you move up. So, we won our first game in the tournament and we were able to move up. The problem was that since I wasn’t one of better players, I didn’t get that much play time. I found this frustrating since this was supposed to be casual soccer. So, in our second game towards the end, I demanded that our coach/team member to put me in. She was really hesitant since the game was tied up. Anyways I was pretty forceful and so she subs me in. Right as I get out there the ball whips by me and I miss capturing it. It then flies right into our goal and the time runs out and we lose our chance to continue to play in the tournament.

       Whenever I think about this story I cringe internally. If I had been more of a team player by putting the team before my play time, we could have won that game. I have made other mistakes, but I don’t get the same cringe as I do when thinking about me being a soccer jerk. I think it’s because I never really apologized or asked for forgiveness. At first, I was in denial that I did anything wrong, by the time I was ready to accept that I had been a jerk it was like a year later and I had no one to apologize to. So, it stays in my memory banks just generating internal cringes.

       Believe it or not our Torah attempts to prevent this kind of problem from happening. In Numbers 5 it says, “When men or women individually commit any wrong toward a fellow human being, thus breaking faith with Adonai, and they realize their guilt, they shall confess the wrong that they have done. They shall make restitution in the principal amount and add one-fifth to it, giving it to the one who was wronged.” This of course describes the Jewish value of T’shuvah.

       The thing that strikes me in this passage, is the statement, “And they realize their guilt.” This I think is much harder than the text gives it credit for. It’s hard to admit when one is wrong. Like so very hard. It took me over a year to recognize my own guilt in that soccer story. I just didn’t want to be wrong. I didn’t want to think of myself as a jerk and for over a year I avoided that personal narrative. Yet when I finally embraced that narrative, I was rewarded with a lifetime supply of internal cringes. It became a no-win situation for me, because I was unable to realize my guilt. At least not in a timely manner where I could apologize for my behavior.

       Now our Torah does try to solve this problem, if the person is no longer alive or available, by asking God for forgiveness through the priests. In fact the priests have a very specific ritual in which you offer them the compensation for wrong you committed against another. The problem is that this isn’t the way we do Judaism anymore. I just can’t ease my guilty conscience by giving away money. I’m not sure who I would give the money too. But I do think there is a modern lesson here. The guilt I experience may generate lots of cringes but it also helps me to realize my guilt sooner. I don’t want another soccer jerk scenario. I want to acknowledge my mistakes and offer an apology as soon as possible.

       If I’m being honest with myself, I would say that this mistake where I was jerk changed me. This may be the other reason why we have hard time realizing our guilt. Because most people don’t like change and it’s hard to accept that a mistake can be an agent for change. But, accepting that our experiences can change us, can help us embrace those changes better. At the end of the day this memory of me being a Jerk is still a cringe factory. However, the good that it accomplished in teaching me that I need to get over myself and apologize earlier has made this mistake meaningful. So, ideally as our Torah says, we should try to realize our guilt, but if we don’t do that in timely manner than we should at least make our guilt meaningful.

 

Rabbi Abram Goodstein


Congregation Beth Sholom


Congregation Beth Sholom is a diverse and inclusive Jewish community, welcoming people of all ages, backgrounds, family structures, and worship styles.

 

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CBS has a goal to receive 25 copies of The Torah: A Women's Commentary. Your generous gift adds modern and unique perspectives to the study of Torah at CBS. As an inclusive-inspired Congregation, CBS strives to provide literary content accessible to all. Won't you participate in this great opportunity?

Books can be purchased through the CCAR Press link below.

Mailing address for the book order:
Congregation Beth Sholom
7525 East Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99504

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Volunteer Opportunities

Want to make a difference?
Don't have much time?
Ready to join a committee?

This Community works because it is run by its members. Your participation expands Jewish thought, programming, education, and community throughout Alaska., and beyond?

Take a look at some of our current opportunities and if there is something you see needs doing, feel free to reach out to Rabbi Abram or Stacey Saunders, our Congregation President.

  • Library Committee
  • Food Bank
  • Social Action Committee
  • Website
  • Multimedia Committee (photography, videos, live-streaming, social media, website)
  • Gemilut Chasadim (Loving Kindness outreach committee)
  • many more opportunities; let us know your ideas and skills! There's room for everyone at every age.

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Congregation Beth Sholom operates on the goodwill of our members and the community. We welcome your generous donations.

Here are a few ways you can help.

  • Support our Shabbat Live-stream in memory or in honor of a special person or occasion, or simply to share the joy of Shabbat with the community.
  • Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
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  • 8:00am Midweek Morning Minyan (Zoom)
 
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  • 6:00pm Friday Evening Shabbat Service (YouTube Live)
  • 9:52pm Candle Lighting
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  • 10:30am Shabbat Morning Text Study
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  • 10:54pm Havdalah
 
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  • 6:00pm Friday Evening Shabbat Service (YouTube Live)
  • 9:31pm Candle Lighting
Eikev
  • 9:00am Judaism 101
  • 10:30am Shabbat Morning Text Study
  • 7:30pm Havdalah in Anchorage (Facebook)
  • 10:33pm Havdalah
 
  • 8:00am Midweek Morning Minyan (Zoom)
 
  • 6:00pm Friday Evening Shabbat Service (YouTube Live)
  • 9:09pm Candle Lighting
R'eih
  • 10:30am Shabbat Morning Text Study
  • 7:30pm Havdalah in Anchorage (Facebook)
  • 10:11pm Havdalah
 
  • 8:00am Midweek Morning Minyan (Zoom)
 
  • 6:30pm Scenic Foothills Community Council Meeting
 
  • 6:00pm Friday Evening Shabbat Service (YouTube Live)
  • 8:47pm Candle Lighting
Shoftim
  • 10:30am Shabbat Morning Text Study
  • 7:30pm Havdalah in Anchorage (Facebook)
  • 9:49pm Havdalah

 

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