Temple Oseh Shalom – an overview
Temple Oseh Shalom of Bluffton, SC, is an Egalitarian,
Reform-oriented Jewish congregation with over 500 members. Temple Oseh Shalom was founded in 2006 as a
place for area Jews to meet. Temple Oseh Shalom was originally served by a lay
religious leader but today is served by two alternating visiting Rabbis for its
monthly service. For more information on
the history of the Temple, we invite visitors to view our 13-minute video on
YouTube that summarizes Temple Oseh Shalom’s origins, evolution and services our
congregation provides: Temple Oseh
Shalom 10th Anniversary Video.
Temple Oseh Shalom is an active and compassionate Jewish
congregation whose members enjoy an inclusive structure of religious services
to satisfy their spiritual needs and provide educational and social
opportunities in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Through the guidance of
our clergy, lay leadership, auxiliary groups and diverse membership, Temple
Oseh Shalom represents a Jewish presence in the local community that maintains fruitful
and respectful relationships with other area synagogues and various religious
Temple Oseh Shalom is not your traditional synagogue! For example, we do not occupy a dedicated
building that requires a building fund and maintenance fees. Instead we use space provided by the
Lowcountry Presbyterian Church in Bluffton, SC, for our monthly service on the
3rd Friday evening of each month, followed by a Saturday morning
educational lecture by the visiting Rabbi.
To better understand the relationship between the Temple and Church, we
encourage you to read a 2017 article in the local newspaper – The Island Packet
– that described a joint project that our two religious organizations
story of ‘The Cabinet: “How two congregations share space and faith
However, Temple Oseh Shalom does offer many of the familiar
aspects of a synagogue. We offer a
Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Choir, Film Club, Book Club, Care Committee, Community
Outreach, Tree of Life for Yahrzeit Remembrance, dedicated cemetery, monthly
newsletter, and many other services congregants expect from their
synagogue. We offer Bar/ Bat Mitzvah
training for those that did not have the opportunity in their youth to savor
the emotional feeling of this accomplishment.
(Again, the video on the 10-year history highlights some of these lifecycle
Our affiliate organizations and outreach programs have
benefitted our membership and the surrounding community. The Sisterhood sponsors
various functions throughout the year – including The Sisterhood Seder, Mah Jongg/Card
Party, and Fashion Show to name a few – that allow our female members to gather
together and have a good time; many of these programs result in fund raising
that goes to support the Temple or the local community.
The Men’s Club offers many opportunities for our members to
enjoy various activities – e.g. bi-monthly breakfast meetings that feature
outside speakers and occasional trips to local sights of interest. Applications for the Men’s Club and
Sisterhood are posted on this website as well as a membership application for
joining Temple Oseh Shalom.
Sound interesting? Come join us and become part of our vibrant, active Temple.