Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom Online

TBS Alive @ 7:30PM on December 12 and January 2. Come join us!

Who We Are

  • Conservative-Egalitarian-Caring

  • Contemporary-Challenging

  • Uplifting-Learning-Celebrating

  • Comforting-Healing-Exploring

  • Join us on the Journey!

Ira J. Rothstein - Rabbi
Ruth Katz Green - Cantor
Karen Ross - Executive Director
Nancy Shechter - Ed. Dir.

Our Philosophy

Temple Beth Shalom was founded in 1978. Since then we have grown from a handful of individuals to over 500 families. Our building was dedicated in November, 1984.

Our mission is to “Bring Good Things To Light.” We believe that God gifts to each of us a divine spark. It is that divine spark that makes each of us who we are as human beings and as Jews. Our challenge throughout our lifetime is to develop a healthy relationship with that divine spark. If we succeed then by our actions and our growth “We Bring Good Things to Light.” In other words, we each do our share to inject light into a world that is often far too dark.

Mitzvot are tools of light. The more mitzvoth we do, the more light we bring into our lives and into the lives of those around us. Being part of a “community of light” means that we share in this sacred task together. Being part of TBS gives each of us the opportunity to connect with each other, with our history and with our tradition.

Be part of the TBS experience and together we will “Bring Good Things to Light!”


What's Going On

Shabbat Services: Friday, December 12 @ 7:30PM-TBS Alive! Shabbat Services, Friday, December 19  and Friday, December 26-Shabbat Services are at 8PMFriday, January 2 @ 7:30PM- TBS Alive! Shabbat Services. Family Worship Services on Saturday, December 13 at 9:30AM honoring our Gimel Families and on January 10 honoring our Dalet Families at 9:30AM.  Also, Family Worship Services on January 24 @ 9:30AM.

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services are at 9:30AM in the Sanctuary.        

Food Drive Remember to bring your Kosher canned good item for our ongoing food drive.  Our food bin is located in the education wing door lobby area. The food will be transported to the Open Door Food Shelter in Freehold and the Samaritan Center in Manalapan on a regular basis. Remember it is a mitzvah to feed the hungry.  

Attention: Ladies... Sisterhood has great things planned for the Fall. Watch your e-mail and this column for future events.  Annual Membership for Sisterhood for TBS Members is $18.  Life Membership for Sisterhood for TBS Members is $118.  Non-Member-Sisterhood Annual Membership is $25. Send your dues in to the Temple office with your name, address, phone and e-mail address.  For more information, call the Temple office.    .  Sisterhood invites you to join in the fun on Thursday, December 11  at 7PM for Pokeno Night. $3. per person entry fee. Bring 2 rolls of nickels and a $10 gift card to be used as prizes.  Tikun Olom-Bring donation of toiletry item or kosher canned food to be given to food pantry.

Attention: Gentlemen...  Men's Club is Back...  Join in and plan future activities.  Men's Club will be meeting on the first Thursday of each month.    Annual Men's Club dues are $18.for Temple members and $25. For non-Temple members.  For more information, call the Temple office.

Glimmer of Light - Throughout the year on  selected Friday evenings, Rabbi Rothstein will hold a short 15 minute mediation meeting in our Meditation Room.  In 15 short minutes, we will study one teaching and then meditate for a few minutes.  It's relaxing, calming and spiritual. Watch this page for the next date of our Glimmer of Light Session.

TBS Alive Shabbat Service: Friday, December 12 and Friday, January 2 at 7:30PM.  This is our Shabbat Service with musical accompaniment. It is difficult to describe the service that is uplifting and spiritual. You have to experience it yourself to understand what we mean. Please be here and bring your friends.  After the service, Rabbi Rothstein will hold a discussion session on a timely topic. Please mark your calendars   

Mysticism and Meditation- A time set aside for learning meaningful and probing Jewish texts.  Time will also be set aside for meditation and inner awareness.  If you are seeking refuge from the noise of everyday life, this will be a wonderful opportunity for inner reflection, learning and spiritual growth.  Join Rabbi Rothstein on Tuesday, Tuesday, December 16, January 27, March 17 and April 14 from 7:30PM-8:15PM  

Wednesday evening, December 17- A Program for the whole family.  Chanukah- A Walk of Lights-5:30PM.  Meet at the Menorah.  Dour our Walk around the building and return to the Sanctuary for a Chanukah program of song, stories, dreidels, latkes and candles.  It’s A Walk of Lights for the Festival of Lights.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER- Join us for dinner and dancing to celebrate 30 years in our building on Saturday, March 28 from 8PM to midnight.  $100.l per person.  Catered by Exquisite Caterers, Full cocktail hour and full dinner.  DJ, Dancing and more.  There will be a Gift Auction that night as well.  Watch your mail.  Invitations going out this week.

The building will be closed for the Winter break from December 24 through January 1.  We will have Shabbat services as listed above.  In an emergency, contact the Temple office and an emergency number will be listed.   

Teens...Have you checked out our BBYO program??? For more information, contact Templebeth @aol.com      

Something to Think About

What Chanukah is Really About

 December 9, 2014

Latkes, menorah, dreidels, gelt, miracles - what's not to like?  But let's remember the story.  The Jewish people are forced to live under the rule of a King (Antiochus) who is determined to squeeze every ounce of Judaism and spirituality out of their lives.  Antiochus prohibits ritual circumcision.  He prohibits the observance of the Sabbath.  Had he simply collected taxes from his subjects, the Maccabees would probably never have happened.  Instead Antiochus set up royal altars throughout the land and mandated that Jews sacrifice pigs on those altars.  The King fully realized how our ancestors would react, but he did it anyway.  Forcing Jews to turn their backs on their own religion was the King's way of imposing his will.

As with so many moments on the stage of history it only takes one person to step forward and inspire others to follow.  Mattathias met that moment.  One day he stepped forward and said, "Enough is enough!"  An emissary of the King had commanded Jews to offer still another sacrifice of swine to the Greek gods.  We don't know if Mattathias had been planning a revolt all along or he just said it in the heat of the moment.  But the bottom line is that we celebrate Chanukah today because one man, at one moment in time, spoke out. Speaking led to inspiring and inspiring led to acting and acting led to courage and courage led to triumph.  Yes I know that Chanukah is about the oil that miraculously lasts for eight nights.  But Chanukah is also about a small group of people who miraculously triumph against the odds.  How do they triumph?  Passion - persistence - and the belief that in life it's not by might, but by right that we must live our days.

Chanukah is called the Festival of Lights to remind us that there will be moments when we are faced with great darkness.  Anyone who takes a thoughtful look at our society will see a fair amount of darkness.  Race riots, Isis, Iran, Immigration, Healthcare - shall I go on?

This year in France anti-Semitic threats and incidents have more than doubled.  Recently a 19 year old woman and her 21 year old boyfriend were in their home in a Paris suburb.  Three men broke into the home, because as the authorities later learned after capturing the men - "We knew the couple were Jews, so we thought they would have money and valuables in the home."  The three intruders tied up the boyfriend and raped the woman.   I call that darkness.

Examples of darkness reign supreme.  More than 120 senior military political and diplomatic figures across the world have signed a public letter warning world leaders that the chances of nuclear war are increasing every day.  This public letter was released ahead of a conference in Vienna on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons.  These military and political leaders believe that we are all at risk, not only because of the increasing tension around the world, but because so many nuclear weapon stockpiles are not properly secured.  I call that darkness.

I suppose that we can take a snapshot at any point in history and point to areas of extreme concern, if not darkness.  But what complicates this moment in time is the cold hard fact that the vast majority of people across this country seem to have little confidence in Washington, D.C. - from the President of the United States, to every member of Congress, on both sides of the aisle.  People are hungry for leadership.  People are hungry for inspiration.  People are hungry for a "Mattathias moment" in which someone, who is not interested in power and notoriety, but who is instead only interested in the well-being of the country, steps forwards and says - "Enough is enough.  The darkness in the world is thick enough and there is a way out if we are willing to take the journey."

Yes, Chanukah is about latkes, menorahs, dreidels and gelt.  But it is also about leaders meeting the moment.  Few people knew of Mattathias until he met the moment.  The story of Chanukah is so hopeful because chances are that we will not know the next Mattathias until he steps forward.  But the point of Chanukah is that such people will step forward to meet the moment.  It's only a matter of time and faith.  Maybe that is what Chanukah is really all about.


Rabbi Ira Rothstein