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Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom Online

TBS Alive-Friday, September 15 at 7:30PM.  All other Friday evening services at 8PM and Saturday mornings at 9AM

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, September 15 at 7:30PM is TBS Alive. Friday evening, September 22 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 and to our Kol Nidre Food Drive..  Our food bin is located in the education wing door lobby area throughout the year.  Food bins will be set up outside the Sanctuary at TBS and at MHS outside the auditorium on Kol Nidre evening.  The food is transported to the Open Door Food Shelter in Freehold and the Samaritan Center in Manalapan after Yom Kippur and on a regular basis. Remember it is a mitzvah to feed the hungry.  

TBS Alive  Shabbat Service: Friday,  September 15 and October 27 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

Selichot Services- Saturday, September 16 at 9PM.  Come and view a Twilight Zone Episode and view it with a new look.  Enjoy a brief discussion with Rabbi Rothstein after viewing the episode, enjoy light refreshments followed by a spiritually rewarding service as we being the high holiday season together.

Rabbi Rothstein's  Meditation Class -October 10, December 19, January 2,  February 20, March 20, May 22.  Mark your calendars.

 

Something to Think About

Changes

The high holiday season is filled with challenges.  Can I last a whole day without eating?  Will I get claustrophobic with so many people in the sanctuary for so many hours?  Will I survive my extended family and will we get on each other’s nerves?

Perhaps some people will struggle with those challenges, but the greatest challenge of the holiday season is confronting our need for change.  Change is the very definition of life and yet human beings are often reluctant to go anywhere near change.  We become “comfortably numb” in our routines and habits.  As a result, change is the last thing we are interested in.  Yet change is the definition of life itself.          

Here are a few of my favorite sayings about change.          

The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist. (Zig Ziglar)

The first step is you have to say that you can. (Will Smith)          

Free will is granted to all people.  If one chooses to turn himself onto the path of good, the choice is his.  Any person on his own initiative can know both good and evil and then choose as he desires. (Maimonides)          

Consider the major events in your life during this past year.  Is there anything you would change about it?  Other than the results being different, how would you get to the different results?  What steps would you have changed?  Most of all, what is it about your personality and the way you look at the world that continues to get in your way of being able to change.          

Making this new year into a better year means –

1.     You will recognize the problem and understand how it interferes with your life.

2.    You will believe that even if it is immensely complicated, you are still capable of solving the problem.

3.    You will believe that nothing is predetermined.  Free will means that you live with hope and faith that you can make your life better.  

The world is filled with hurricanes and floods and earthquakes.  It is also filled with a depressing amount of hate and sarcasm.  Yet the future is in our hand.  Nothing is predetermined and the choices belong to us.

This year may we all do our best to bring good things to light and to make our lives and the lives of your loved ones filled with laughter and compassion.          

This year, take the journey with us.  Learn, laugh, pray, celebrate with us.  It will change your life for the better.          

Shanah Tovah!