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TBS Alive! This Friday evening, November 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
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 at 8PM and Saturday mornings at 9:30AM.  TBS Alive, November 21st at 7:30PM    

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.    .  Sisterhood invites you to join in the fun on Thursday, December 11  at 7PM for Pokeno Night. $3. per person entry fee. Bring 2 rolls of nickels and a $10 gift card to be used as prizes.  Tikun Olom-Bring donation of toiletry item or kosher canned food to be given to food pantry.

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 next session for Glimmer of Light is on Friday, November 28 at 7:30PM and it will be followed by Shabbat Services at 8PM.    

TBS Alive Shabbat Service: Friday, November 21st 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?  Next class is at TBS on November 25 from 7:30PM to 8:30PM.  

Movie Night at TBS- THE LADY IN NUMBER 6- TBS NIGHT AT THE MOVIES–  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 AT 7:30PM.  A short film about the oldest Holocaust survivor and how she is able to not only survive, but thrive.  Come see and learn her secrets about how to live life– even when everything and everyone around you is filled with darkness.  Join Rabbi Rothstein for a fascinating film followed by discussion.  Open to all.  Bring friends.  No admission fee.

 CONGREGATON CHANUKAH SHABBAT DINNER- Friday, December 12 at 5:15 SharpAdult Chicken Dinner or Adult Vegetarian Dinner-$14. Children’s Chicken Finger Dinners-$9.  (Latkes, Dreidels, pareve gelt and more)  TBS Alive will follow at 7:30PM. Join us for a TBS family tradition.

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, 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    

Something to Think About


 NOVEMBER 18, 2014

This week I am scheduled to meet with a number of our Hebrew School students and their parents in our Sanctuary.  The purpose of our meeting is to talk about the ideas and the ideals that went into the design of our Sanctuary. We spend so much time in our Sanctuary without giving a thought to the specialness of this place.  The idea is that not every place in the world is equal.  Some places are more equal than other places.  Some places have embedded within them a unique energy and atmosphere.  I enjoy these meetings because it gives me an opportunity to show people how much symbolism can be packed into one space.  But as I read the latest reports of the massacre that took place in a Jerusalem synagogue, it makes me realize how much hatred motivates so many Muslims in our world.  The massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue comes upon the heels of still another gruesome beheading of an American by Isis.

Isis took a young American who did not come to the Middle East to fight, but to rather be a friend to anyone in need.  He was doing mitzvah work.  He was helping to distribute medical supplies to those who were in crisis and his great crime turned out to be that he was an American. They chopped off his head and presented it to the world as a piece of meat on a platter.  In Jerusalem two Palestinians armed with guns and meat cleavers burst into a synagogue screaming Allah Akbar and proceeded to shoot up and carve up Jews as they were praying, as if they were pieces of meat.

As I write these words I am looking at a picture of Palestinians holding guns and meat cleavers.  What are they doing?  They are celebrating the massacre in that Jerusalem synagogue.  They are handing out candy to children, because the massacre is for them a thing of beauty and joy.

Good people everywhere must be horrified, not only by the slaughter, but by the celebration.  The loss of human life, regardless of religion or ethnic background must never be celebrated.  Most of all, if the world is to have any chance at not destroying itself, we must teach our children that hatred is a disease that kills.  More correctly, every culture and religion must teach that hatred kills.

When I meet with our children and their parents in the Sanctuary this week, I must reach for the right words and set the correct tone.  Every house of worship must be a house of peace. Every religious leader must use his pulpit to convey to his congregation that life is sacred and precious.  Disagreements will always separate people.  Truth may travel different paths.  Therefore we must never impose our truth upon someone else's truth. At the same time if someone comes at us with a meat cleaver because we believe in a truth that is different from his truth, then we must learn that wishing away the meat cleaver and its wielder is both naive and dangerous.  We will have to defend ourselves and wait for the day when all truly believe that hatred is not the way.         

What happened this week makes me stop and say - "It makes you think."         

On our ark can be found the words of the Prophet Hagai - Bamakom Hazeh Etain Shalom - in this place I shall give peace.  May it soon come to pass in our lifetime that the place we call our Sanctuary and that the places all around the world in which everyone else refers to as their sanctuaries, will always be respected as places of peace.

As the rescue workers in Jerusalem wipe the blood off the floor and the walls of that synagogue, let us remember that we have not yet learned how to live in peace.


Rabbi Ira Rothstein