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
Friday Shabbat Services: Next TBS Alive is September 11, 2015. All other Friday evening Shabbat Services are at 8 PM throughout the summer. 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: Shabbat Service: Friday, September 11 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.
Cantor Jason Rosenman will begin as our Cantor on July 1st. Please stop in and say hello to Cantor Rosenman over the summer. There is still time to contact Cantor Green to wish her well in her retirement. Cantor Green will begin as our Cantor Emerita on July 1st.
Building Closure: The Building is closed from June 29- July 12 with the exception of Shabbat Services at 8PM on Friday July 3 and July 10 and Saturday morning Shabbat Services on Saturday, July 4 and Saturday July 11 at 9:30AM. In the event of an emergency or if you have any questions, please call 732-446-1200 and the emergency number will be on our answering machine.
Book of Life: Please send memorial donations and high holiday greetings in as soon as possible to the Temple office.
High Holiday locations: If you have decided to change your locations for the High Holidays, please let the office know immediately.
High Holiday tickets for outside immediate family members and friends in the community can be purchased through the Temple office.
Teens ...Have you checked out our BBYO program??? For more information, contact Templebeth@aol.com
Something to Think About
LESS IS MORE
Less is more. I love that saying, especially because it so often turns out to be true. Have you ever run into this problem? You research something on the internet and the article you read has a link. The next thing you know you have clicked that link and now you are reading a second article that is slightly off-topic from your original research. Halfway through this second article there is another link. By now you can no longer help yourself and you have clicked the third link. Halfway through the third article you have totally forgotten what your original topic was even about! The more you click, the more you get lost. In other words, less is more!
This principle applies in so many different ways. For example, I rarely hear that services are too short! I readily admit that the rabbinic world can do a much better job at creating services that are not drawn out, but are instead more exciting, energetic, spiritual and concise. In other words, less is more!
For all of you baseball fans, would it not make sense for the powers that be to figure out a way to speed up the game? Would not a two hour game be much more exciting to watch than a three hour game? In other words, less is more!
Perhaps then this principle can be applied to almost every scenario. Researchers in England recently carried out an experiment measuring the difference between a lengthy and full handshake and a fist bump. Researchers had people put on sterile gloves. They then had the gloves dipped into a solution of E.coli bacteria. The people wearing the E.coli bacteria gloves then shook hands or fist bumped with other people who were wearing sterile gloves. The researchers found that a handshake transferred 10 times more E.coli than a fist bump.
Think of the logic of this finding. A handshake involves greater contact with someone else both in the amount of skin touched, the duration of that touch and the pressure applied, than the first bump experience. The research says that you transfer 10 times the amount of germs with a handshake, than you do with a fist bump. Here once again it is easy to come to the same conclusion that less is more!
On the other hand, perhaps we should not be making decisions on the basis of germ contact. I wonder what the high holidays would look like and feel like for me, if instead of shaking more than 1000 hands on a Torah procession, I instead fist bumped my way through the congregation. A fist bump is cool and trendy and friendly and perhaps even sends the message that I am not too nerdy. But on the other hand, a handshake that lingers, gives me a chance for greater eye contact and a moment to ask about a person’s life. Sometimes a good old fashioned handshake is superior to a trendy and to the point fist bump.
Sometimes we are so focused on speed. We want our cell phones and computers and video games to function with supersonic speed. Our attention spans have shrunk to almost nothing. Our patience has become almost nonexistent. So it’s true that in a general kind of way, that less is more. Yet there are moments when “more is more.”
Anything that gives us the opportunity to connect with each other on a more human and personal and caring level should fall under the category of “more is more.” I am not against fist bumping. But every once in a while remember to shake the person’s hand and look them in the eye and slowly and thoughtfully ask them how they are doing. Pay attention to such moments and you will know that there are times when “more is more.”
This summer come to Shabbat services. We will enjoy davening with Cantor Rosenman. We will meditate together. We will learn together. We will even shake hands, and yes, a fist bump or two may also be in order.
Enjoy the summer. I look forward to seeing you soon.