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Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom Online

TBS Alive- December 15th at 7:30PM.  Happy Chanukah to all!

Who We Are

  • Conservative-Egalitarian-Caring

  • Contemporary-Challenging

  • Uplifting-Learning-Celebrating

  • Comforting-Healing-Exploring

  • Join us on the Journey!

Ira J. Rothstein
Rabbi
Summer Greenwald-Gonella
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

Friday Shabbat Services:  Friday evening, December 8 at 8PM  in the Sanctuary,Friday, December 15th at 7:30PM is TBS Alive, Friday, December 22nd and 29th at 8PM in the Sanctuary.

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

 

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 throughout the year.  The food is 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.

 

TBS Alive  Shabbat Service: Friday,  December  15 at 7:30PM .  TBS Alive 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

Rabbi Rothstein's  Meditation Class - December 19, January 2,  February 20, March 20, May 22.  Mark your calendars.

 

CHANUKAH WALK OF LIGHTS PROGRAM– WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13– 5PM.  Come enjoy our walk together and then our Chanukah Magic Show followed by candle lighting ceremony and then delicious latkes, gelt and dreidels for all. 

 

 

Something to Think About

WE BRING GOOD THINGS TO LIGHT

Cars break down every day.  A nail finds its way into a tire.  A thermostat causes a car to overheat.  A battery dies.  Any number of things can and will go wrong with a car.  But the one thing I never understood was running out of gas.  In this day and age of gas stations at almost every corner, how do you run out of gas?  It happens.

 

Kate McClure was driving down a dark New Jersey highway when she ran out of gas.  She pulled over and started walking down this dark highway to the nearest gas station.  As fate would have it, Johnny Bobbitt, a former Marine, happened to be standing at the very spot Kate’s car ran out of gas.  Johnny said, “It’s not safe out here.  Sit tight and I will get you the gas.”  Eventually Johnny returned with a can of gas after having spent his last $20 to get it.  Kate did not have any cash on her to repay Johnny.  However she was so inspired by his generosity that she set up a Go Fund Me page to help the former Marine get back on his feet.

 

To date the campaign has raised nearly $400,000 for this Marine who had spent his last $20 in the world to help a stranded stranger.

I’m not sure I could have been that generous.  I’m not sure I would have had the strength to see someone else’s pain, when my own pain was so all-encompassing.

 

Helping someone else resolve their pain is only one tiny example of what we mean in Temple Beth Shalom when we say that “We Bring Good Things to Light.”  Perhaps a more powerful way to say it is to quote a passage from Pirke Avot.

 

There are four types of people in the world.  One person says, “What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours.”  Such a person is common.  Another person says, “What’s mine is yours and what is yours is mine.”  Such a person is ignorant.  Another person says, “What is mine is yours and what is yours is yours.”  Such a person is a saint.  Another person says, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.”  Such a person is wicked.

 

Hopefully we don’t have any ignorant or wicked people in our lives.  But my sense is that it is all too common to say, what is mine is mine and what is yours is yours.  It’s easy to mind our own business.  But it is the righteous person who changes the world.

 

Johnny Bobbitt gave his last $20 to save a stranger who was stranded on the side of they road.  Johnny Bobbitt fits the Talmud’s description of a righteous person.  What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is yours.

It’s not easy to live that way.  But it is how we bring good things to light.