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Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom Online

Come down and be a part of Temple Beth Shalom and our many services and activities

Who We Are

  • Conservative-Egalitarian-Caring

  • Contemporary-Challenging

  • Uplifting-Learning-Celebrating

  • Comforting-Healing-Exploring

  • Join us on the Journey!

Ira J. Rothstein
Rabbi
Summer Greenwald-Gonella
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

Friday Shabbat Services: 

Friday evening, services at 8PM  in the Sanctuary for February 9, 16 and March 2,9,16.  On February 23 and March 23, services begin at 7:30pm   Saturday Morning Shabbat Services are at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary weekly.    

Important: In the event of inclement weather, we ask that all congregants check your e-mails for building opening updates.  

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 is 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,  February 23  and March 23 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 -February 20, March 20, May 22.  Mark your calendars.                

Purim is coming before you know it.  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 4:30PM to 6:30PM– Join us for our Purim Carnival.  Fun, Games,  Food.  Something for everyone!                     

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7PM-  This year, our Purim Services will follow our Carnival.  Join us for our Purim Parade and Spiel and our Purim Sing Along.  Come down and boo Haman.

Come spend an enjoyable evening with TBS Sisterhood at Pinot's Palette in the Galleria Shopping Center on Route 9 North in Manalapan on Thursday, March 8 from 7-9PM.  You will have the opportunity to be an artist and paint two wine glasses with instructions and get to take your glasses home. Nosh to be served.  Cost is $40 per person made payable to Temple Beth Shalom.  Must send in money before February 28th.  All attendees must be pre-paid.                         

TBS CARES DAY- MARCH 18, 2018 8:30AM-Noon- Join us as we bring good things to light and volunteer for various charities including serving lunch to the homeless, making cards for hospitalized children, collecting and packaging toiletries for the homeless, painting rocks to spread kindness, making Spring bags to those who participate in the Meals on Wheels program, bake cookies for the needy, Jar of Hope Push Up Challenge, make blankets for children in the hospital and other wonderful organizations and charitable work.

TBS/KEN GROSS BLOOD DRIVE - MARCH 18, 2018- 8:30AM- 12:30PM- Contact the Temple office to schedule your appointment  

TBS CLOTHING DRIVE- Drop off your donations to the Temple in a large plastic bag and one of our able volunteers will take it from your car and give you a receipt for your donation.     

PASSOVER SERVICES -

Services for the Born, Friday, March 30, 2018 at 7AM                          

Saturday, March 31 at 9:30AM

Sunday, April 1 at 9:30AM

Friday, April 6 at 8PM

Saturday, April 7  at 9:30AM(This service includes Yizkor.                            

Sale of Chametz forms available through the office.  All chametz needs to be sold to Rabbi Rothstein no later than Friday, March 30, 2018 at 8AM                       

YOM HA SHOAH SERVICES- Join us on Friday, April 13 at 8PM for Yom Ha Shoah Services as we remember those who experienced the Holocaust.

 

 

 

Something to Think About

WE BRING GOOD THINGS TO LIGHT

Cars break down every day.  A nail finds its way into a tire.  A thermostat causes a car to overheat.  A battery dies.  Any number of things can and will go wrong with a car.  But the one thing I never understood was running out of gas.  In this day and age of gas stations at almost every corner, how do you run out of gas?  It happens.

 

Kate McClure was driving down a dark New Jersey highway when she ran out of gas.  She pulled over and started walking down this dark highway to the nearest gas station.  As fate would have it, Johnny Bobbitt, a former Marine, happened to be standing at the very spot Kate’s car ran out of gas.  Johnny said, “It’s not safe out here.  Sit tight and I will get you the gas.”  Eventually Johnny returned with a can of gas after having spent his last $20 to get it.  Kate did not have any cash on her to repay Johnny.  However she was so inspired by his generosity that she set up a Go Fund Me page to help the former Marine get back on his feet.

 

To date the campaign has raised nearly $400,000 for this Marine who had spent his last $20 in the world to help a stranded stranger.

I’m not sure I could have been that generous.  I’m not sure I would have had the strength to see someone else’s pain, when my own pain was so all-encompassing.

 

Helping someone else resolve their pain is only one tiny example of what we mean in Temple Beth Shalom when we say that “We Bring Good Things to Light.”  Perhaps a more powerful way to say it is to quote a passage from Pirke Avot.

 

There are four types of people in the world.  One person says, “What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours.”  Such a person is common.  Another person says, “What’s mine is yours and what is yours is mine.”  Such a person is ignorant.  Another person says, “What is mine is yours and what is yours is yours.”  Such a person is a saint.  Another person says, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.”  Such a person is wicked.

 

Hopefully we don’t have any ignorant or wicked people in our lives.  But my sense is that it is all too common to say, what is mine is mine and what is yours is yours.  It’s easy to mind our own business.  But it is the righteous person who changes the world.

 

Johnny Bobbitt gave his last $20 to save a stranger who was stranded on the side of they road.  Johnny Bobbitt fits the Talmud’s description of a righteous person.  What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is yours.

It’s not easy to live that way.  But it is how we bring good things to light.