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
Shabbat Services: Friday, February 28,
Friday, March 7 @ 8PM and Saturday, March 1 and 8@ 9:30AM
Family Worship Services @ 9:30AM in the Activity Center led by Nancy Shechter and designed for our Religious School Students and their Families on Saturday, March 1 and Saturday, March 22
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, March 20 at 7PM to hear Besty Dubov for a discussion and educational evening about healthy eating, meal planning, recipe modification and label reading. You do not have to be a member of Sisterhood to attend. Please contact the office for more information and RSVP .
Attention: Gentlemen...Temple Beth Shalom’s Men’s Club is Back… Join the fun on Sunday, March 23rd from 10AM to 11:30AM (registration at 9:45am) for breakfast and schmoozing with Steve Somers (Radio Personality from sports radio 660WFAN). This will be an enjoyable bagel and lox breakfast as long time personality Steve Somers entertains those present with stories from his broadcasting career and then opens the floor to questions. This is open to all TBS Men’s Club members and their guests. Annual Men’s Club dues are $18 and no admission fee to the breakfast. There will be a $10 admission charge for all non-members attending. RSVP to the Temple office with number of people attending before March 17th.
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 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 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, March 14, 2014 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. We will be starting the celebration of the holiday of Purim that night and enjoying wonderful treats at our Oneg Shabbat. After the service, Rabbi Rothstein will hold a discussion session on a timely topic. Please mark your calendars.
TBS Cares and our Blood Drive- On March 2 starting at 9AM, we will have our TBS Cares Day which will include our Kenneth T. Gross TBS Blood Drive. If you didn’t sign up but are able and willing to donate, stop in between 9AM and 12:30PM and they will be happy to fit you in.
Purimspiel and Service - Saturday, March 15 at 7PM- Come Boo Haman and join in as we sing our original tunes and watch our Purimspiel Cast perform the story of Purim for us. Our Hebrew School students will lead us in song. Children ages infant to 7 years old will walk in our Purim Parade. All that and fun and hamantashen too!! Join us.
Purim Carnival - Sunday, March 16 from 12 to 2:30- Purim Carnival- Games, Face Painting, Refreshments and fun for all. We are looking for volunteers to help run some of our booths. Contact the office for more information.
A Night of Comedy Music and Impressions- Saturday, March 29 at 8:15PM. Mark your calendars for a night of comedy, music and impressions with talented performer, Joey Vincent. Joey has performed professionally for many years and his one man show blends comedy, impressions, singing and trumpet playing and promises to be very enjoyable. Doors open at 7:45PM and the show will begin at 8:15. A delicious dessert buffet catered by Signature Creations will be served immediately after the performance. Advanced ticket sales are $18 for TBS Members and $25. For non-TBS members.
Teens...Have you checked out our BBYO program???For more information, contact Templebeth@aol.com.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL MAKE UP DATES: Due to the snow and ice from our winter storms causing us to close the building during the school sessions, we are going to be having make up days as follows: Wednesday students will have the added days of Monday, April 7th and Wednesday, May 28th. Tuesday students will have the added days of Thursday, April 10th and Tuesday, May 27th. Hey Celebration has been moved to May 28th. Primary 1 make- up date is Monday, March 10th and Primary 2 make- up date is March 31. Kindergarten Shema Pajama Party make Up date is Monday, March 3.
Something To Think About
By Rabbi Ira Rothstein
CAN YOU SEE THE COLORS?
In our tradition, the morning service begins with a series of blessings to remind us that we must start each new day with gratitude. The first blessing praises God for giving us the ability to distinguish between night and day. There is a blessing that praises God for creating us in the divine image. Still another blessing thanks God for giving us the gift of Judaism. But then there is a blessing that has always puzzled me. Praised are You Adonai our God who gives sight to the blind.
Is this a blessing that only blind people who have regained their sight can pronounce? Or does this blessing challenge us to not be so literal and to instead consider that there may be things in our lives that we are just not seeing?
Richard Riggs is 70 years old and he is colorblind. For his whole life colors like green or red meant nothing to Richard. For Richard, colors were a blur and then one day something happened. Richard tripped and fell on his head. The fall was severe enough to momentarily knock him out. When Richard opened his eyes, he was greeted with an explosion of color – blue, green, yellow, purple. For the first time in his life he experienced living color. What did Richard do? He decided to book himself a trip to Hawaii. When asked why he chose Hawaii, Richard answered, to “see the colors of the flowers and to perhaps even see fully for the first time some colorful bikinis!”
In this little story I find some powerful lessons. Sometimes the bad things that happen to us in life (all those falls and knocks on the head) can turn out to be a really good thing. Remember that, the next time life almost knocks you out. Never be too busy to enjoy the colors! In other words, be more cognizant of your surroundings and of the people who surround you. You may be missing out, not only on the vibrancy of the colors, but on the vibrancy and joy that comes from enjoying special people and special relationships. Sometimes we get so busy and stressed that we fail to slow down enough to open our eyes and fully see. Perhaps that is what the prayer book means when it says, “Praised are You Adonai our God, who gives the gift of sight to the blind.”
Perhaps our ability to more fully see and experience life is an ongoing gift from God that is extended to us every time we open our eyes in the morning. Sometimes you don’t have to be colorblind to miss out on the colors. Thus the question – can you see the colors?
What am I really saying? Look. Hear. Pray. Sing. Learn. Live.
You can do that best if you slow down enough to see – fully see, not only the colors, but the people in your life. When that happens it is as if you have opened your eyes and truly seen.