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Who We Are
Join us on the Journey!
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
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: Shabbat
Services-Friday evenings at 8PM on November
29th and December 6th. Saturday mornings at 9:30AM
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 invites you to join in on Thursday, December 12 at 7PM for Cabaret Night featuring the wonderful musical entertainment of “Two Plus One… You do not have to be a member of Sisterhood to attend. More details to follow. Please contact the office for more information and RSVP.
Attention: Gentlemen..Are you interested in re-establishing our Men's Club? If so, please contact the Temple office for more information.
Mysticism and Meditation - A time set aside for learning meaningful and probing Jewish texts. Time is also set aside for meditation and inner awareness. If you are seeing refuge from the noise of everyday life, this will be a wonderful opportunity for inner reflection, learning and spiritual growth. Tuesday- 7:30pm to 8:15pm on December 10, January 7, March 11, April 8 and May 13.
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. Each Glimmer of Light Session on November 29, December 20, March 21, April 18 and May 9 at 7:30PM will be followed by Shabbat Services at 8PM.
TBS Alive! - Join us for our TBS Alive Shabbat Service: Friday, December 13, 2013 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.
The building will be closed for Winter break from December 22-January 1 with the exception of Shabbat Services each Friday evening at 8PM and Saturday mornings at 9:30AM. In an emergency, dial 732-610-2992.
Teens...Have you checked out our BBYO program???For more information, contact Templebeth@aol.com.
Something To Think About
By Rabbi Ira Rothstein
The Festival Of Lights
The first book of Maccabees was written soon after the historical events that triggered what we today call the holiday of Hanukkah. In other words, it was written in the last part of the second century B.C.E. The first book of Maccabees is not included in the Bible. Yet, it is of great historical interest for all the insight it gives us into understanding what was going through the minds of so many of the Jews who lived under the thumb of King Antiochus.
From Chapter 2 – “And so it was that the King’s officers came to the town of Modin in order to hold a public sacrifice in honor of the King. Mattathias and his sons stood in a group, as all the members of the village gathered together in the town square. The King’s officers spoke to Mattathias – “You are a leader here. You be the first to now come forward and worship the gods of our King. All other nations have done so.” To this Mattathias replied in a ringing voice, “It may be that all the other nations under the King’s control have chosen to obey him, but I and my sons and brothers will follow the covenant of our fathers. We will never abandon our tradition. If this is what you ask of me, then we will not obey the command of the King.”
As soon as Mattathias had finished speaking, one of the Jews in the town stepped forward in full view of the others and offered a sacrifice on the pagan altar, in obedience to the King. Mattathias shook with passion and right there on the spot he slaughtered the traitor as he stood on the altar. Mattathias killed the representatives of the King and pulled the pagan altar down. He then turned to the people of the village and shouted, “If you believe in our tradition, follow me!”
According to the first book of Maccabees this is how and where and why the rebellion began against King Antiochus. The idea of a foreign government dictating how Jews were to pray was not something that Mattathias was willing to tolerate. It’s one thing to be forced to pay taxes and tribute to a foreign power. It’s one thing when the King comes after your pocketbook. But it’s quite another when he comes after your soul.
One of the reasons Hanukkah can be so powerful is because it reminds us that being told what you must believe and how you must feel and to whom you must worship, is to live in darkness. Hanukkah is called the Festival of Lights not only because we light many candles and not only because it takes place during the darkest time of year, but because it is illuminating to annually re-experience the determination of the Maccabees that no one else dictate to them what they must believe, how they must feel and to whom they must worship. In other words, the Maccabees learned how to bring light into their lives and by doing so, be an example to the rest of us.
On Wednesday evening, December 4th, we will meet in the synagogue parking lot for our annual Hanukkah Walk of Lights. As a congregation, we will walk around the parking lot holding special lights and then come into the Sanctuary for songs, a Hanukkah story, candle lighting and of course latkes, dreidels and gelt. .
Be part of our Hanukkah celebration. It’s fun and you will feel great!
People love Hanukah for lots of reasons. But let’s never forget the most important reason of all. Without freedom there is only darkness. With freedom we have the gift of light and the ability to choose how to use it. Let’s use it wisely!