Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom Online

ESP, Birthday and Alef Shabbat 7:30 on May 1.  TBS Alive 7:30 on May 8.  All other Friday night services at 8PM

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

Friday Shabbat Services: Friday, May 1 is Early Shabbat Prayer, Birthday and Alef Shabbat Services at 7:30PM. 

Next TBS Alive is on  May 8, 2015 at 7:30PM.   Shabbat Services at 8PM on May 15, 22, 29, June 5.  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. 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.  

Attention: Gentlemen...  Men's Club is back...  Join in and plan future activities.  Annual Men's Club dues are $18.for Temple members and $25. For non-Temple members.  For more information, call the Temple office.   

TBS Alive Shabbat Service:  Friday, May 8 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.  

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, May 19, 2015  from 7:30PM-8:15PM.  

Shavuot - Sunday, May 24 at 9:30AM- Services will be followed by a Study Session with the Rabbi.  Monday, May 25 at 9:30AM-Services will include Yizkor Service    

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

Something to Think About

BACK TO THE BASICS

I learned a long time ago that life can seem overwhelming, confusing and downright scary.  It is precisely at such moments that we need to get back to basics.  Calmly ask yourself – is what I find overwhelming, confusing and scary really that important?  

Irwin Horowitz is a professor of strategic management at Texas A & M.  One day the professor had a moment of clarity.  After one particular class he reached what he referred to as his “breaking point.”  In a scathing email sent to his entire class, Horowitz called his students  “disgraceful,” citing the cold hard fact that they had no grasp on the basics.  He went on to cite that the semester had been filled with backstabbing, lying, cheating and disrespect.  “I was dealing with cheating and individuals swearing at me.  It got to a point that the school had to put security guards into the classroom.”  According to Horowitz his students lacked a grasp of the basics of maturity and competence.  As a result Horowitz failed the whole class.  He gave everyone an F.  By the way, the school has since announced that the whole class will not receive an F and that Horowitz will be replaced.  

It is a fascinating scenario.  Is it possible that every single student was out of control, disrespectful and incompetent?  Or was this an act of unjust collective punishment?  On the other hand when students verbally abuse and physically threaten their teacher, there is something terribly wrong.

As I write this I am watching Baltimore burn.  I am watching people burn down their own city.  When citizens verbally abuse and physically threaten their own police department, then there is something terribly wrong.  Of course the case can be made that many people do not trust the police.  Of course the case can be made that this teacher was not the teacher he should have been.

But in the end there is only one idea worth focusing upon.  If we want to live in a world worth passing on to our children, then looting and burning your own city is not acceptable.  Verbally abusing and physically threatening a teacher is not acceptable.   Once such occurrences become common enough, the world begins to fray at the edges. Perhaps it’s time to get back to basics.  

Leviticus Chapter 19 – “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God holy.”

If we are to be holy and live a life of excellence, then the Torah gives us the following examples of ways we can lead a life of holiness and excellence.

Revere your mother and father – learn respect.

Keep the Sabbath – learn to slow down and take a rest.

Stop worshiping the wrong things – learn how to prioritize.

Be generous to those who are in need.

Have compassion for those who are in pain.

Be just.

Do not hold grudges.

Love your neighbor as you love yourself.  

As I read about students who abuse their teachers and as I watch Baltimore burn I ask myself – is it not a time to get back to the basics?  

I can only conclude that these young people have never learned the basic rules of decency.  No society can survive very long when the next generation has little grasp of any code of ethics.  Want to know where to even start?  Leviticus Chapter 19 is as good a place as any.