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 March 10, 2017 at 7:30PM. All other Friday evening Shabbat Services are at 8 PM.
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 throughout the year. 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, January 13 and March 10 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.
Rabbi Rothstein's Meditation Class -January 17, 2017 and February 28, 2017 at 7:30PM. Contact the office for more details.
Sisterhood- Come spend an enjoyable evening with Sisterhood at Pinot's Palette in Manalapan. You will have the opportunity to be an artist and paint a picture with instructions and get to take your picture home. Open to the first fifty responses. Must RSVP to the Temple office no later than January 10th. Cost is $38 per person and must be paid to Temple Beth Shalom in advance of the event.
Teen Leadership Event- Join our Teens as they plan their community service events on January 8th at 10AM at the Temple. Contact the Temple office for more information. Light breakfast is served.
Purim Megillah Reading, Purimspiel and TBS Hebrew School Chorus- Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7PM
Purim Carnival- Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 12 Noon to 2:30PMTBS Cares Day- March 19, 2017 - 9AM to 12 Noon
Something to Think About
WE BRING GOOD THINGS TO LIGHT
We bring good things to light is the mission statement of TBS. But what does that phrase really mean?
Sometimes the best way to explain the concept is with a story. Clarence Stevens lives in Nicholasville Kentucky. One day he drove to the store only to realize that he had locked his keys and cell phone in the car. After kicking the tires and sharing a few choice and rather colorful words with his car, he noticed that he was being watched by a teenager on a bicycle. The teenager asked what was wrong and Clarence explained that even if he could call his wife, she wouldn’t be able to bring him the extra set of car keys because they only had one car. The teenager reached into his pocket and gave Clarence a cell phone and said to him – call your wife and tell her I am on the way to pick up the keys. Clarence said – I can’t ask you to do that. My house is 3 ½ miles there and 3 ½ miles back. The teenager smiled and shrugged and pedaled away. An hour later he returned with the car keys. Clarence offered him some money, but the teenager refused and said, I needed the exercise. Then like a cowboy in the movies, the teenager rode off into the sunset. This episode is one example of how each of us can figure out ways in which we bring good things to light.
The philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote in his seminal work called The Insecurity of Freedom – time is the presence of God in the world of space. Heschel went on to explain that each of us has the potential to infuse every moment with kindness and integrity and a deeper awareness that life itself is a gift. We do not have to bike 7 miles to be a person of light. However, we do have an obligation to teach our children and grandchildren that we are not entitled to the “things” we enjoy in this life. Instead we are obligated to teach our children and grandchildren that all the things we enjoy in life are not an entitlement, but a blessing. The people who live by such ideals are the people who think nothing about jumping on a bike and going 7 miles out of their way to help someone in need. When we succeed in teaching that in the giving is the getting, then and only then will we transform ourselves and others around us into a community of light.
There are three basic steps on the path to light.
Number one – tefillah or prayer. When we make prayer a priority we connect ourselves to God and to the community around us and we will find a way to better understand ourselves.
Number two – limmud or study. When we open our minds to the study of Jewish tradition we will deepen the spiritual path of our lives.
Number three- gemilut chasadim or acts of kindness. When we make it a practice to see outside of our own personal needs and cultivate a sense of compassion and kindness for others, we will come to see that we really can make a difference in the world and that we do matter.
These are the three basic steps that will help us appreciate what it really means to be a person of light. Our goal as a synagogue is to not only encourage each individual to be a person of light, but to figure out a way to create one larger source of communal light. It is a journey and we hope you will take that journey with us as we grow together. Temple Beth Shalom – the place where we bring good things to light.
Rabbi Ira Rothstein