Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom Online

TBS Alive:  Friday, September 23, 2016 and Friday, October 21 at 7:30PM.

Who We Are

  • Conservative-Egalitarian-Caring

  • Contemporary-Challenging

  • Uplifting-Learning-Celebrating

  • Comforting-Healing-Exploring

  • Join us on the Journey!

Ira J. Rothstein
Rabbi
Jason Rosenman
Cantor

Ruth Katz Green
Cantor Emerita
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

Friday Shabbat Services: Friday,  September 23  is our next TBS Alive! at 7:30PM .  All other Friday evening services in August and September are  at 8PM.  Services on October 7 and 28 are at 8PM.  Services on October 14 and 21 are at 7:30PM

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, September 23, 2016 and Friday, October 21 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.   This is our last TBS Alive Service for this program year.

Selichot Services- Join us on Saturday evening, September 24 for light discussion and a screening of a Twilight Zone Episode, light refreshments followed by services as we start our High Holiday season.  Selichot Program begins at 9PM followed by a brief service immediately afterwards.

Religious School begins Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7.

Early Shabbat Prayer Services and Birthday Celebration Services- Friday, October 14 at 7:30PM.  Join us for a special story from Rabbi Rothstein and our special Early Shabbat Prayer and Birthday Celebration Service.

High Holiday Ticket Pick Up for all members is Tuesdays, September 13, 20, 27 from 9AM to 8PM.

High Holiday Tickets are available to non-members.  Contact our Temple office or Templebeth@aol.com for additional information.

Something to Think About

   SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR THE NEW YEAR

A number of years ago the New York Yankees had a centerfielder named Mickey Rivers.  Mickey was what you would call a “colorful character.”  He was a good ballplayer.  He was fast around the bases, but he was even faster with his rather quirky sense of humor.  So here for your reading pleasure is a Mickey Rivers quote.

“Ain’t no sense in worrying about things you got control over,  Cause if you got control over them, ain’t no sense worrying.  And there ain’t no sense worrying about things you got no control over, Cause if you got no control over them, ain’t no sense in worrying about them.”

So many people spend small fortunes in therapy sessions to learn what Mickey said in two sentences.  If we can ever get to a point where we spend less energy worrying about tomorrow and more energy on making the most of today, then our lives would be so much fuller.  After all, how full can our lives ever be if we spend so much time anticipating and worrying about the things we both control and do not control?  

This is a new year.  On Rosh Hashanah we receive the gift of beginning again.  The only question is; how will we use this gift?  I personally intend to use the gift of beginning again by doing my best to live by the words of Rabbi Mickey  Rivers!

This year may we let go of the illusion that we are in control of everything in life.  Once we are willing to be okay with not being in control, we will find the strength and insight to leave our worries behind and to better embrace the sweetness of love, laughter, and learning.

My best wishes to you and yours for a year of fewer worries which will lead to greater joy and so much more laughter.  Let go of the illusion that we can control everyone and everything and we will more fully appreciate the blessings of life.           

I hope you will join us for the holidays during which we hope to inspire people to not only believe this message, but to live this message.         

Shanah Tovah!
Rabbi Ira Rothstein