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TBS Alive is coming on April 11, 2014 at 7:30PM.  See below and our Newsletter for Passover Information

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: Friday, April 4 @ 8PM, Friday, April 18@ 8PM and Friday, April 25 @ 8PM.  Friday, April 11 is 7:30PM- TBS Alive! Shabbat Services.  Saturday, April 5,12,l19,26 @ 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, April 5 and 26

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, April 10 at 7PM for our Chocolate Seder.   Please contact the office for more information and RSVP.       

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.

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  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  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, April 11, 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 Passover  that night.  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.

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. 

PASSOVER HOLIDAYS: All sale of chametz forms must be returned to Rabbi Rothstein no later than Monday, April 14th at 8AM.  Check out the Passover issue of the newsletter on our web site for additional information on holiday preparation.

PASSOVER SERVICES: Monday, April 14th at 7AM- Burning of Chametz and Service For The First Born, Friday, April 18th at 8PM, Saturday, April 19th at 9:30AM, Tuesday, April 22nd at 7AM(Including Yizkor Services)

Building is Closed The Building will be closed for the Passover break with the exception of Passover and Shabbat Services as listed above from Monday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 22.  The building will reopen at 9AM on Wednesday, April 23 at 9AM.   

Yom Ha Shoah Services- Join us as we remember all who went through the Holocaust.  Teach our children that these things still happen in this world.  Let us never forget!  

 

Something To Think About

By Rabbi Ira Rothstein

AND NOW TO
THE RESCUE

"Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsman. Moses turned this way and that and seeing no one about he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand." Exodus 2:11-13

With this encounter the process of rescue begins. Moses feels, for the first time, what it's like to rescue someone else. What Moses does for that one slave he will end up doing for an entire people. He rides or strides to the rescue.           Anyone who finds himself in enough physical or emotional danger knows what it feels like to be in need of rescue.

Otis Orth is 52 years old and he lives in Alaska. Otis not only loves Alaska, he loves to snowmobile. One day Otis took his dog Amber, a Golden Retriever, out with him to snowmobile. Before he knew it, he was caught in an avalanche and found himself almost buried alive and in desperate need of being rescued. Deep down he knew that he would never survive the night buried in the snow. Otis was certain that he had reached the end of his days. He was all alone, with Amber as his only companion. It wasn't long before Otis slipped into unconsciousness. But before he blanked out, he said goodbye to his life.

Much to his amazement, Otis opened his eyes as the sun rose. It took him a moment before he realized that he was in fact still alive. How could he have possibly survived the freezing temperatures of the previous night? It did not take long for Otis to realize that his dog Amber had spent the night huddled next to him, giving him just enough body warmth to survive the night. As Otis reached over to hug Amber, out of nowhere the dog bolted. In no time at all Otis lost sight of Amber. It turns out that Amber had seen and heard a rescue party. Technically speaking it was the rescue party that rescued Otis. But we all know that it was Amber who had played the role of Moses.

One of the powerful messages of Passover is that there comes a point in all of our lives in which we need to either rescue ourselves or be rescued. We may not need to be rescued from an avalanche of snow, but it is entirely possible and plausible that we may all need to be rescued from an avalanche of worries and problems that threaten to enslave us.          

So if you need rescuing, start with yourself. Figure out a way to free yourself from that which is enslaving you. But if by some chance you are impossibly stuck in a pile of your own problems, then remember what one of the wisest people I ever knew(my grandmother) once taught me, - if you don't ask, you don't get. Sometimes if we ask with sincerity and passion, we may be amazed by all the rescuers who will appear.           Our rescuers may be a Moses or an Amber. He may even be us.          

Passover is all about remembering what it feels like to rescue ourselves or to be rescued by others. In fact, each one of the Seder's Four Cups of wine/grape juice is a reminder of the four different words of freedom used in the Torah to describe our rescue from the clutches of Pharaoh.          

The Torah describes our rescue with these four phrases -          

I shall take you.
I shall rescue you.
I shall redeem you.
I shall bring you.

So this Passover remember what the Four Cups are about and remember that rescues happen, not only on Passover, but every moment.

Happy Passover! .