Ramot Shalom is an exciting and entrepreneurial Reform Community in the southern city of Be’er Sheva. It is the first of its kind in the Negev, with its members coming from near and far, to experience prayer in a pluralistic setting. Ramot Shalom was started in order to provide an alternative vision to the Jewish people living in Israel and in the Negev region: a vision of peace, dialogue, openness and acceptance.
The community is now in the stage of rapid growth. Its first service took place on Yom Kippur in 2014 with 150 people in attendance. The congregation then decided to have weekly Shabbat services and an operating community centre throughout the week. Ramot Shalom is currently seeking to develop its community in several ways. First, the community is looking to form a weekly Jewish and Arab Beit Midrash for Jewish and Muslim scholars seeking peaceful communication and discussion. It is also hoping to move into a suitable physical space, as its current location is only 60 square metres in size. Its aim is to further develop the parent-child centre and to offer more classes and to provide support for children with special needs.
Temple Sinai has the opportunity to participate in the new and changing world in Be’er Sheva.
On this page, you will find updates and pictures from Ramot Shalom, visits from Be’er Sheva and new and exciting opportunities to be a part of this wonderful community. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.
We hope you will join us on this journey!
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