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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

Shabbat Services: Shabbat Services: Friday evenings throughout the summer at 8PM and 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 is having a Paid-Up Membership Kosher Chinese Buffet Dinner and Basket Auction on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7PM.  There is no fee for paid up members to attend the dinner.  There will be a Basket Auction.  Come on down and have some fun winning items from a variety of baskets! Purchase tickets and be a part of the basket auction!  Please send in $5.to hold your spot.  The money will be refunded to each attendee the night of the dinner/auction.  RSVP by August 4th to Templebeth@aol.com or call the Temple office.

Attention: Gentlemen... Temple Beth Shalom’s 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 and no admission fee to the breakfast.  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, September 12 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 

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

Building is Closed The Building will be closed for the Summer break with the exception of  Shabbat Services   from Monday, July 20 through August 3.  Shabbat Services on Friday, July 25 at 8PM, Saturday, July 26 at 9:30AM, Friday, August 1 at 8PM and Saturday, August 2 at 9:30AM.  The building will reopen at 9AM on Monday, August 4.

 

Something To Think About

By Rabbi Ira Rothstein

 

Here are some of my thoughts about the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens – (Delivered at a community rally on Tuesday, July 1st)

STAR WARS AGAIN?

This moment is about clarity.  When you kidnap three kids and then murder them simply because they are Jews, you get clarity.  You see once and for all that you cannot have peace with people who lust after your children’s blood.  Clarity.         

You know when it became really clear to me?  Not just when I heard the news about their murder.  It was when I saw the picture of the ambulance that had been stoned by a mob of Palestinians because that ambulance was carrying the bodies of those three teenagers. 

Even after these teenagers had been killed the lust for more blood could not be quenched.  It was for me a moment of clarity.  There is no peace because there is no partner for peace.         

The Palestinian Authority rules in unison with Hamas.  How can the Israeli government be expected to make peace with an organization that has, as its reason for existence, the elimination of the Jewish state?  The Palestinian Authority is in partnership with Hamas and as such they are to be held responsible for what Hamas has done.  And that brings to mind this question.  Our tax dollars go into the coffers of the Palestinian Authority.  How is that in our best interest?  Why do we continue to perpetuate the illusion that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are partners in the peace process?  There may be a substantial amount of Palestinian Authority assets in this country that can be frozen.  Why is this not even being discussed?  Clarity.         

I wonder what would’ve happened had President Roosevelt said to the nation in December of 1941 after Pearl Harbor, that we must figure out what the Japanese really want.  Roosevelt didn’t say – Perhaps if we just sit down together and give them a little bit more, then maybe they won’t be so angry at us and then we can live with the Nazis and the Japanese in peace.  There was no peace negotiation with Japan and Germany in 1941. It was a moment of clarity.   By 1945 there was a peace negotiation and as a result today we all see Japan and Germany as allies of the United States.  In history there are moments of clarity.  Perhaps we are living such a moment today.         

I am somewhat confident that there are plenty of moderate Palestinians who would be more than willing to live in peace – side by side with the Jewish people.  But right now at this moment those people are irrelevant.  And one day those people will become incredibly relevant and pivotal, because they will be the future peace partners with the Jewish people.  But that day is not yet here.  Until those who burn with hatred are defeated there will be no peace.         

I think we all know that it’s not easy for Jews to come together.  Kvetching is our middle name, but there are moments when the kvetching disappears and we become Echad – one people.  This is such a moment.  Hamas is not the first group that has dedicated itself to our destruction.  Hamas is just another name in a long list – and as those who came before them failed, so too Hamas will also fail.         

Clarity.  The key to peace is clarity.  For clarity will help us stay on the road of unity and strength and faith.  So what can we do? We should send our kids on birthright. We should stay informed and let our government leaders know how we feel. We should pick a cause in Israel and financially back it.  Their strength is our strength, and our strength is theirs. And Ocharon Ocharon Chaviv – Last but not least – We should have faith and be strong and believe that one day we will all live the words of the prophet – Lo Yeesa Goy El Goy Cherev Lo Yeelmadu Oad Meelchama – nation shall not lift up sword against nation nor shall they learn war any more.          May we all live to see the day when these words become a reality.          In the meantime there are three families who have lost three sons –          Hamakom Yenachem Etchechem – may the families of these three sons of Israel be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.          Naftali, Gilad and Yael – may they rest in peace.