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House of Peace

Location:  308 South “B” Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Mailing address:  200 W. Washington Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556


Beth Shalom Resources:

Membership: To become a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, go to the BECOME A MEMBER” page for information.

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Minyan Club: contact Dean Draznin at

Yahrzeit plaque: to honor the departed, contact Marc Berkowitz  at

Yahrzeit candles: are often available at the synagogue for a small donation.

For further Beth Shalom Information: Call Marc Berkowitz at 472-9509 or email

Special THANKS to Steven Emanuel Blum for helping to make this website happen. He is a man of many talents.

About Fairfield Iowa:

We are located in a very unique city. Fairfield is home to people from all over the world.  For a sneak peek go to:,_Iowa

Fairfield is the home of Maharishi International University, which bought the former Parsons College in 1974.
Fairfield has been called a “national magnet” for practitioners of Transcendental Meditation.[20] Many residents moved to there to participate in the group practice of the TM-Sidhi program at the university’s two golden domes. Maharishi Vedic City, conceived by the Maharishi and incorporated by a group of his followers in 2001 is located a few miles north of Fairfield.
On the first Friday night of every month, Fairfield plays host to 1st Fridays Art Walk, which attracts visitors from all over the Midwest. The art walk showcases many local artists in various galleries and business-galleries around the downtown area. In the warmer months, live musical performances can be heard in multiple locations throughout the evening.Fairfield’s grassroots efforts to create a sustainable community that focuses on reducing energy and protecting resources have been supported by a position created by Iowa State University extension services and the City of Fairfield.[28]
Fairfield’s mayor, Ed Malloy, was named by to a list of 14 mayors nationwide who are noted as “green“ mayors. The list includes mayors from New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Seattle. Malloy describes the city’s agenda for sustainability as aggressive and that includes a Green Strategic Plan covering everything from conservation, local farms, local food, alternative transportation, and bike paths and trails. The hope, according to Malloy, is that Fairfield will become a model community and a “virtual template” for small cities interested in creating a sustainable city environment.[29] The city received an $80,000 grant from Iowa’s Office of Energy Independence for its green strategic plan.[30]
The nearest international commercial airport is in Cedar Rapids, approximately 90 miles (145 km) to the north.”