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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 and Saturday mornings at 9:30AM. TBS Alive, October 24th at 7:30PM
Simchat Torah Services- Thursday, October 16th at 7PM. Come down and parade with the Torahs, watch our Alef students receive a special treat as part of the Alef Consecration portion of our service.Young and Old alike can take part in this celebration. Join us in marking the completion of another cycle of the reading of the Torah. Apples will be served!
TBS KIDS SPORTS DAY- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 FROM 10am-12 Noon at TBS. For kids ages 6-12. There will be something for younger and older children as well. Children will have the opportunity to participate in Multi sports games, karate class, zumba and crafts. Cost is $5. which includes all classe, a snack and a bottle of water. Please RSVP to Templebeth@aol.com or call 732-446-1200
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. Join Sisterhood on October 23 at 7PM for TBS Trivia and Make Your Own Sundae Night, on November 13 at 7PM at a Stroke of Creativity on Route 527 in Franklin Plaza and on Thursday, December 11 at 7 at TBS for Pokeno Night. Please contact the office for more information,
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. The first
Glimmer of Light Session for this coming program year will be on Friday, October 17 at 7:30PM will be followed by Shabbat Services at 8PM. TBS Alive! - Join us for our
TBS Alive Shabbat Service: Friday, October 24 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
Essentials of Judaism- "Anti-Semitism and the Jews- A class taught by Rabbi Rothstein to help us better understand our world. Explore the power of sterotypes, the history of hatred and the Jewish people and how do we respond? Classes are held at TBS on Tuesday, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 25 from 7:30PM to 8:30PM.
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, October 21, November 18, December 16, January 27, March 17 and April 14 from 7:30PM-8:15PM
Teens...Have you checked out our BBYO program???For more information, contact Templebeth @aol.com.
Some Thought About the New Year
By Rabbi Ira Rothstein
I have just finished reading two disturbing articles.
Article #1 - more than 350 anthropologists from around the world have endorsed a boycott of Israel and Israel's academic institutions. As they put it, "As a community of scholars we have a moral responsibility to demand accountability from Israel and our own governments. Israeli academic institutions are complicit in the oppression of Palestinians" and therefore they must be boycotted. Among the boycotters are 13 academics from Columbia University, 13 academics from the City University of New York and an additional 17 scholars from Harvard and Yale.
Article #2 - Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish fraternity house at Emory University in Atlanta was desecrated with swastikas in the early morning hours after the end of Yom Kippur. Emory police are investigating the incident.
What these two events share in common is the field of academia. To put it bluntly, our universities on some level, are a breeding ground for hatred and outright anti-Semitism. We are so focused on worldwide anti-Semitism that we sometimes forget that the disease of hatred is alive and well in our own classrooms.
On Rosh Hashanah I talked about the importance of parents and grandparents having a conversation with their children and grandchildren about hatred and how the hatred we see all across the globe is nothing new. Anti-Semitism has been around for a long, long time. Sometimes understanding the history of hatred can help us to better understand and cope with what we are seeing in front of our own faces.
Yet understanding the history of anti-Semitism is not enough. In this world in which hatred spreads like a virus and leaves in its wake an almost impenetrable darkness, we must ask ourselves what we can possibly do next? If there is anything that Jewish history has taught us it is that you never deal with anti-Semitism and hatred by ignoring it. But I also made the point that we ourselves must be careful not to be infected by the hatred virus.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of anti-Semitism and it's resurgence in today's world then I invite you to sign up for my Adult Ed course beginning on Tuesday evening, October 28. In light of all that is going on in the world I will be focusing my class on exploring the power of stereotypes, anti-Semitism in history and anti-Semitism in today's headlines. It is a topic that should be on everyone's radar screen. You may register at templebeth@ aol.com. In the end, the only way to respond to darkness is with light.
FIVE TEACHINGS ABOUT BEING A PERSON OF LIGHT
1. And God said, "Let there be light" and there was light. Always choose light.
2. When you rise in the morning give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
3. If you want to know what it means to live with light then you must seek light not as if it is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Look carefully and you will begin to notice people of light. Observe a person of light and you will see that person making music, mentoring a student, playing catch with his children, listening to someone else who is in pain, volunteering for a cause, taking a class that expands the mind and soul, praying, laughing and dancing. You do not search for light. One day in the course of doing your life you become aware that your path is illuminated before you by the light coming from within you.
4. Every New Year is an opportunity to start over again. See this New Year as the chance to create light where there had been darkness.
5. The mission phrase of TBS - "We Bring Good Things to Light." Add your light to our light. May this New Year be filled with the sweetness of love, laughter, learning and health.
Rabbi Ira Rothstein