About Our Synagogue

One of the most important traditions of Judaism is a dedication to lifelong learning. At TBS, we support this tradition through a variety of learning opportunities for Jews of all ages.

The vision of TBS is to create a Jewish home in Salem

We seek to be a place where people are connected, valued, honored, and respected. We aspire to be a gathering place for people to celebrate Jewish culture, to learn, and to worship.


Temple Beth Sholom is dedicated to being a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive center for Jewish life in Salem, Oregon, and its surrounding areas, by creating and cultivating opportunities for Jewish learning, culture, and celebration.

As an affiliate of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Temple Beth Sholom facilitates the search for meaning in Jewish heritage through the discovery and observance of Jewish values and practices within a contemporary setting.

Our diverse membership includes all ages and backgrounds, and all play a part in our collective community life..

Who We Are

Temple Beth Sholom is a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive center for Jewish life in Salem, Oregon, and its surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for religious, social or life-cycle events, TBS is here to meet your needs. Our membership is diverse in practice and varied in observance. Our congregation includes over 115 membership units (families, seniors, couples and singles) from all corners of the United States and around the globe, and from many different backgrounds. . Whether you are looking for a place to worship, learn or come together socially, we hope that you will become part of our family. We want to be YOUR Jewish home in Salem! For more information, please contact the Temple office.

Eli Herb

Eli Herb

Rabbi Eli (pronounced L.E.) is a recent graduate of Hebrew College in Boston and began his new life in Salem, Oregon as the full-time spiritual leader of TBS in July, 2016. Born and raised in Carbondale, Colorado, he studied Music Composition at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Theological Studies at the University of Denver. In 2010, Eli received ordination as a Maggid, a Jewish Spiritual Storyteller and the following year began rabbinical school. 

Amber Giddings

Amber Giddings

Operations Manager

Amber was hired as the TBS Office Manager in 2003 and was promoted to Operations Manager in 2018. She has five children that range from 8 into adulthood. In her small amount of free time, Amber enjoys cross-stitching, skating, camping, and geocaching with her kids and partner, Michael. They also run their company, Crunchy Mamas, making organic skin and body care products.

Amber says she enjoys working at TBS because it is a stress-free job that lets her “serve kind and caring people”.

Mara Cook

Mara Cook

Youth Education Director

Mara grew up at Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, where she developed a passion for Jewish learning.  This love led her to several years of experience teaching at Hebrew schools, directing youth education programs, and being a private writing, art, and music teacher.  She graduated from Willamette University in 2019 with a degree in Anthropology with a focus in creative spirituality.  During her college years, she found a second home at TBS.  She plans to attend Rabbinical school to deepen her spiritual path.  She enjoys painting and making devotional music with her partner Jeremiah and their dog Cote in their little home in the woods of Eugene.