We Need You to Be a Shamash!

Posted on January 6, 2020

Have you ever wondered why we use a shamash to light the candles on the chanukiah? We could just as easily use the same match to light all of the lights each night, so why do we need a shamash? Just think of all the candles we could save!  We need the shamash because it Continue Reading »

The World Zionist Congress Elections 2020

Posted on January 6, 2020

When you enter the Temple Beth-El lobby, you will see a large poster that asks, “Why Vote?” You may wonder which election is approaching. The New Jersey primaries do not occur until June. The presidential election is in November. The World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections start on January 21, 2020. The WZC is a representative Continue Reading »

Why We Need to Support ARZA and Vote in the Zionist Elections

Posted on November 5, 2019

On Yom Kippur, I urged us to remember that we Jews are family. We are bound to one another by history and destiny, so what happens to any one of us should matter to each and every one of us. At the same time, we are also extremely diverse. We are Reform and Ultra-Orthodox, religious Continue Reading »

Keeping Memory in Memorial Day

Posted on May 24, 2019

Shalom Chaverim, Memorial Day weekend has become a much-anticipated holiday that presents a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends. It has become the unofficial beginning of summer as the weather usually turns warm and people flock to the outdoors, from parks to beaches.  But amidst the frivolity and celebration of this weekend it Continue Reading »

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Tree of Life Gala a Success

Posted on May 14, 2019

Thank you to everyone who made our 2019 Tree of Life Gala such a success. It was a touching event with much love and respect shown for our three honorees, Ellen Davidson, Steven Weitz, and Liz Cohen. We thank our sponsors and vendors. Click here for the Tribute Journal Slide Show. Click here to learn more Continue Reading »

Mourning Trees

Posted on May 7, 2019

I have never felt a connection to the Holocaust. To me, it was always a horrific crime against humanity and never a terrible act against my own people. But on a recent trip to the concentration camps of the past, where I saw the ashes for myself, it has never felt more real. Being in Continue Reading »

In a League of Their Own — Our Tree of Life Gala Honorees

Posted on March 10, 2019

Move over, Marvel heroes. At Temple Beth-El, we have our own superheroes, and we are proud to be celebrating everything they’ve accomplished at the upcoming gala dinner dance on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Here’s a closer look at our three honorees and what inspires them to go above and beyond.   Ellen Davidson It makes Continue Reading »

How Big Is Your Footprint?

Posted on February 26, 2019

I am happy to report that the Tu BiShvat Seder on January 26 was a rousing success. For the Social Action component, celebrating the New Year of the Trees, we learned interactively about how we can help the trees by reducing our personal environmental footprint. We had about 80 attendees, each of whom worked on Continue Reading »

Jewels of Elul — #15: “What If?”

Posted on August 26, 2018

What If? by Rabbi David Wolpe Life is composed of finite facts and infinite possibilities. Part of the art of living is to take the possibilities and elevate those which enhance our lives, improve our world and grow our souls…. In the Talmud, one Rabbi has a dream about an upside-down world. By stretching our Continue Reading »

Israel @ 70 – A Dream in Progress

Posted on May 7, 2018

“When God returns the exiles to Zion, we will be like dreamers.” – Psalm 126 The State of Israel is the fulfillment of a dream. As we sing in Hatikvah, the modern return to Zion was a hope — a dream of 2,000 years! Today, on Israel’s 70th birthday, it still seems like a miracle Continue Reading »