Keeping the Sanctuary a Holy Space

Balancing Sanctity, Inclusiveness, Frustration, Children, and Disruption

THE SANCTUARY: The holiest place in the Temple is the Sanctuary. In biblical times, it was referred to as the "Mishkan," the place where God's presence ("Shechina") stayed in the midst of the Israelites. (In Hebrew, the words Mishkan and Shechina have the same root, indicating that God is in the Sanctuary.) While God is everywhere, we retreat to the Mishkan or Sanctuary when we wish to be with God and with others in prayer.


Preparing Young Children for Services

HOW DO CHILDREN LEARN? One of the most exciting aspects of raising children is watching them develop and learn. Every child is truly unique, and there is no single approach that will work for everyone. However, there are some common principles that we can use to promote healthy development.


The weekly Torah and Haftorah readings can be found here.

The Weekly Torah Portions for the next year can be downloaded here.

This guide to Pesach (Passover) in the Conservative Tradition, can be accessed here as a PDF file.


Pesach Guide in the Conservative Tradition

Prepared by the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards


Junior Congregation/Tot Shabbat is held on selected holidays and dates. Please check the Temple Shalom Calendar or monthly Religious School newsletters for most recent information.

Temple Shalom welcomes students and other visitors, and we invite you to participate with us in our religious services. We hope this introduction will provide you with the information you need to understand, feel comfortable, and get the most from your visit.