Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom Online
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
Friday Shabbat Services: NNext TBS Alive is November 20,2015. Friday, November 13 and 27- and December 5th. 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. 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.
TBS Alive: Friday, November 20 and Friday, December 11 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.
PEOPLE WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE IN JEWISH LIFE-Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30PM.
As a follow-up to the Rabbi's class on recognizing leadership qualities, Rabbi Rothstein will introduce you to a series of personalities. Some of them are famous. Some are not. But they all made a difference. What can we learn from these personalities about our own lives? Free for Members $5.00 for Non-Members who did not attend Sessions 1 and 2. You need not have attended the other sessions to enjoy this.
Chanukah Walk of Lights- Join us on Tuesday, December 8th for our annual Walk of Lights. We will meet in front of the building at 5:30PM by the menorah, light the menorah and do our annual walk around the outside of the building and then return to the sanctuary for songs and a Chanukah story and then enjoy latkes, gelt and dreidels together.
Chanukah Congregation Shabbat Dinner- Friday, December 11 at 5:15PM. Join us as we enjoy Chanukah Shabbat Dinner together and, enjoy latkes, pareve gelt, spin dreidels, build a menorah and much more. This dinner will be followed by Chanukah TBS Alive Shabbat Services. Watch your e-mail for the form to choose your dinner items
Teens Have you checked out our BBYO program??? For more info, contact Templebeth@aol.com
Something to Think About
THE PLEASURE OF PERSISTENCE
Some stories live on forever. But if you look at the story closely you may find yourself wondering how there could be any truth to the course of events. I buy into the idea that the patriarch Jacob took one look at Rachel and fell head over heels in love. I can even buy into the idea that he was willing to work seven long and hard years in order to obtain her hand in marriage. Can you imagine working seven years for your future father-in-law in order to get his permission to marry his daughter? Well love is a powerful motivator, so I am even willing to buy into that scenario. But the fact that the father-in-law deceives Jacob and then Jacob is willing to work another seven years in order to finally marry Rachel – well that I have trouble buying into. After all, who has that kind of persistence?
I thought about that biblical story of persistence when I came across the story of two brothers from Atlanta named Brent and Kyle Pease. Brent and Kyle traveled up to New York City for this year’s marathon. Kyle has cerebral palsy and he owns a racing wheelchair. Kyle was determined to “run” the New York City Marathon in his wheelchair, while being accom-panied by his brother Brent. Halfway through the race one of the wheels broke. But both Trent and Kyle were determined to finish the marathon. They didn’t care about how long it took them to finish. They only cared that they would finish the race. They were determined to see it through.
When the wheel broke, Brent tried to carry Kyle and soon realized that given the distance it would be impossible. They then stopped at a bike store to ask for help. Unfortunately the wheel was beyond repair. So it seems that the brothers had no other choice but to quit.
It is said that patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. This is precisely what happened to Brent and Kyle. Brent attached a rope to the wheelchair and two other runners balanced the chair as Brent towed his brother along for the last 13 miles of the race. Yes, they persisted and with much patience and perspiration they finished the marathon.
In that little story about Brent and Kyle I renewed my respect for Jacob. The New York City Marathon took hours for the brothers to conclude. Jacob concluded his marathon for the hand and heart of Rachel in 14 years of hard labor!
So the next time you consider giving up on a project or an idea or a goal, remember Brent and Kyle and the patriarch Jacob. Patience, persistence and perspiration are the path to success. Live by that teaching and you just may change your life.