Congregation Ohav Shalom is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. We are known for being a warm, embracing, and friendly synagogue family.

Ohav Shalom is a traditional synagogue, deeply rooted in the laws and practices of the past, while not afraid to see change as an authentic part of our tradition. As an egalitarian congregation, we invite men and women to participate equally in all aspects of congregational worship.


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Blessings in Boise : Message from Rabbi Kieval

Dear Ohav friends, It has been a very difficult summer: the airwaves have been filled with reports of violence and terror, and with a political campaign that is charged with hostile rhetoric and emotion. Sometimes it seems that we live in a world filled with curses. In a few days, we will commemorate our people’s many national tragedies as we observe Tisha b’Av, a culmination of the saddest season of the Jewish calendar. All of the focus on tragedy and fear can lead us to anger, to despair, or to curse. On a recent Shabbat we read of such impulses in the Torah, as Balak the king of Moab hired a sorcerer to curse the Israelites. But Balak’s plan was thwarted. Not only were his curses stopped; rather, his curses were transformed into blessings. Imagine: what if we can find ways to take the curses of our world, and not only defeat or suppress them, but turn them into blessings? (more…) ...
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Tisha B’Av Observance At Ohav Shalom, August 2016.

FOR THESE THINGS I DO WEEP. (Lamentations 1:16) Tisha B'Av Observance At Ohav Shalom, August 2016. Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, is the day on which the first and second temples in Jerusalem were destroyed, followed by persecution and exile for the Jewish people. According to tradition, it is the day on which the expulsion of the Jews from Spain occurred in 1492. Tisha B'Av is a day of communal fasting, mourning, and remembering. It is also when, according to tradition, the messiah will be born, thus commencing our people's and the world's redemption from evil. This year, Tisha B'av services will be held at the following times at Ohav: (more…) ...
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AUGUST 14, 10 am AT THE OHAV SHALOM FLAGPOLES At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, eleven members of the Israeli team were murdered by Palestinian terrorists. Since that time, their families have asked the International Olympic Committee to observe a minute of silence at the Olympics opening ceremonies, in their memory. Each year the committee has refused. This year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian and Israeli officials will lead a separate ceremony (more…) ...
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Welcome Shabbat at Ohav with a beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat service.

Please note: our weekly Friday night services are moving back to the synagogue building beginning this Friday, July 29th. (more…) ...
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Summer Fun Ohav Shalom!

Ohav Shalom knows how important it is to just plain old have fun. Here are several opportunities to do exactly that, whether here in the building or traveling out to adventurous places. Let's get together and enjoy one another's company! Take a look at the fun filled opportunities below as there is something for everyone! GRAMMY Award winning pianist André Watts at SPAC August 17: SPAC: Philadelphia Orchestra: $45 AN EVENING WITH YANNICK & ANDRÉ WATTS CONDUCTOR Yannick Nézet-Séguin; SOLOIST André Watts, piano GRIEG Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5 Concert begins at 8; Tickets are INSIDE seats (section 9). Look for Ohav at 6:30 on the lawn for a BYOF dinner; we will provide beverages and parve dessert! Email Nancy or call at 489-4706 x10 to order tickets TODAY! Family BBQ - Sunday, Sept. 18th Just for the FUN of it! Bring the whole family. Kosher BBQ * Games * Entertainment * Good times! $5pp; $18 for family (parents and up to 4 children under 13); children 2 and under free; day of event: $7pp; $25 for family. Full details here! For more info OR to RSVP, email ...
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Mincha Maariv Schedule

Late Afternoon Schedule Please join us for a wonderful learning, worship and social experience each Shabbat afternoon; our Shabbat afternoon and end-of-Shabbat services. Late Shabbat afternoon services will meet in the Chapel . All are welcome to join us each week for seudah shleesheet (3rd meal for Shabbat) which takes place between the afternoon and evening services. In July and August we will meet for worship at the following times in the afternoons: July 23--8:00 and on July 30--7:45 August 6--7:45 August 13--6:30 (Erev Tisha B'Av--Fast begins at 7:59) August 20--7:15 August 27--7:00 ...
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