Jewish faith offering family oriented services in El Dorado County

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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The congregation of the Temple Kol Shalom has been in El Dorado Hills for seven years and although it has no permanent home, it strives to have a presence in the community. Brenda Sims, trustee to the board of Temple Kol Shalom, said the temple welcomes everyone in the community. Meetings and services are held at community locations and members’ homes. “We encourage a feeling of community and welcome diverse families,” she said. Sims, along with the local Jewish community, welcomes everyone to attend Tot Shabbat April 27. Tot Shabbat is a Friday night service and in this case it will be geared toward younger children. “The adult service is a bit longer and harder for children to sit through — so we do this service just for them and make it interactive,” Sims said. “We want to encourage those with younger children to come to services.” Kol Shalom isn’t a large group and is welcoming of any and all that are interested in joining and also want to engage local Jewish families. “We want to encourage Jewish families with small children to visit and meet other families with children,” Sims said. This group’s positions are one of reform. The Reform Movement is primarily on two sources: Resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism, and resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, according to the website. There are two upcoming events that are open to eat entire community. April 27, the Temple is hosting a Tot Shabbat pizza dinner and service beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a family Shabbat service at 6:45 p.m. at 3294 Royal Drive, Suite 101, in Cameron Park. On May 4 there will be a teen-led Shabbat service at 7 p.m. For more information on either event visit or call (916) 221-4050.