Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom Online

Best wishes from all of us at Temple Beth Shalom for a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year!

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.    




Saturday evening, September 20, 9:00 PM.  A Twilight Zone episode to make you think about life!  

Wednesday evening, September 24, 8:00 PM- Open to all.   No ticket required.

ROSH HASHANAH - Day 2    Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26, 9:30 AM

10:30 AM - New Beginnings Ceremony A ceremony for parents and grandparents honoring   children born between last Rosh Hashanah (September 4, 2013) and this Rosh Hashanah (September 26, 2014). Please note - this ceremony will take place only in the TBS Sanctuary on both days of Rosh Hashanah.  

10:45 AM - Shofar Service   

11:00 AM - Sermon  

Thursday, September 25, 5:00 PM. An inspiring musical service not to be missed.  Meet at main entrance door of TBS.  In case of rain, meet in the Sanctuary. Remember to bring your bread!  It's time to let go of our sins.  (Open to all-no ticket required)  

~Rosh Hashanah morning services, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning services require tickets.  Remember to bring your tickets.  Services will be held at both TBS and Manalapan High School.  ~All other services take place at TBS and do not require a ticket.

SHABBAT SHUVAH    Saturday, September 27, 9:30 AM

Friday evening, October 3, 6:15 PM

Saturday morning, October 4, 9:30AM

Sermon - 11:30 AM

Yizkor - 12 Noon

Mincha - 4:45 PM (Open to all-no ticket required)

Shofar Blowing - 7:15 PM (Open to all-no ticket required)  

FAMILY WORSHIP WITH NANCY SHECHTER Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and 2, Yom Kippur day in the TBS Activity Center 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM.Please enter through the Activity Center entrance.  

YIZKOR SERVICE      Thursday, October 16, 7:00 AM

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 PM Come celebrate the Torah.  See a Torah up front and  personal.  Parades - flags - apples. Not to be missed!

High Holiday Ticket Pick-up Tuesday 9/16, 9m to 8PM Wednesday, 9/17 9AM to 6:30PM Thursday, 9/18, 9AM to 6PM.
Friday - Closed

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.

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 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 24th 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 

Early Shabbat Prayer and Birthday Service- Join us for Shabbat Services and an entertaining Shabbat story by Rabbi Rothstein on Friday, October 10 at 7:30PM.  All children ages- 13 and under celebrating birthdays in the months of July through December are invited to celebrate their birthday with Rabbi Rothstein and Cantor Green on the Bimah.

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









































Something To Think About

By Rabbi Ira Rothstein


Igor Vorozhbitsyn is a Russian Fisherman, working at his craft in Siberia.  One day he got out of his car to make his way through the woods and to his boat.  Out of nowhere from behind he was knocked to the ground.  Igor looked up and there was a giant brown bear towering over him.  Igor knew his life was about to end when his cell phone rang.           

As a joke, his granddaughter had loaded a Justin Bieber song called “Baby” as Igor’s new cell phone ringtone.  The moment the Bieber song blasted through Igor’s cell phone, the startled bear bolted back into the woods.

Really? Well, it’s a true story.              

I’m sure Bieber fans and critics could have a field day with this story, but perhaps the larger message may be that life sometimes will give you a second chance.  Out of nowhere, a bell or the ringtone of life will give you a second chance.               

Is that not what the High Holidays are all about?  If you’ve made it to a New Year, then you have the opportunity to begin again.  The goal is to not “go around the block one more time,” but to instead see what you may not have seen before and hear what you may not have heard before and do what you may not have done before.  It’s a new year.  It’s a new opportunity to learn and experience and grow.  Come grow with us.              

We Bring Good Things to Light.