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Know, Feel and Do: Social and Emotional Learning at TBE

Posted on September 15, 2019

In our faculty handbook, we offer the following framework for the work of our Religious School: In everything we do at Temple Beth-El, we aim to guide our students in developing a greater awareness that their Judaism is an integral and valuable part of who they are. We strive to educate the whole child — Continue Reading »

Security at TBE

Posted on September 15, 2019

Temple security is a longstanding priority at Temple Beth-El. It is an issue for which we continue to stay abreast of techniques and technologies to keep our congregants safe. To that end, we have implemented the Standard Response Protocol for emergency preparedness, upgraded parking lighting, put phones in the classrooms, and established door-locking protocols. In Continue Reading »

A Warm and Melodic Welcome to Student Cantor Simkin

Posted on September 15, 2019

As many of you know, this month ushers in not only a return to school and to shul, but also the debut of our new cantor, Emily Simkin. Student Cantor Simkin is thrilled to be part of the Temple Beth-El community, and is looking forward to helping our congregation continue to grow musically and spiritually Continue Reading »

Journey to Leadership

Posted on September 15, 2019

My journey toward becoming President at Temple Beth-El started with an unlikely trip to Cape May – the Victorian beach community at the southern tip of New Jersey. My family joined Temple Beth-El just after our children were born. We made good friends with Religious School families, started to attend family services and slowly but Continue Reading »

Living with the Broken Tablets

Posted on September 15, 2019

The High Holy Days span the period of forty days from Rosh Chodesh Elul to Yom Kippur. According to our tradition, this corresponds to the forty days Moses spent atop Mount Sinai receiving the second set of Tablets. Little has been passed down to us about what was happening down below among the people while 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 »

To Everything (in Your Compost-Pile) Turn, Turn, Turn…

Posted on May 8, 2019

“Turn it and turn it, for everything is in it,” said Yohanan Ben Bag Bag, a Jewish sage living and writing in the first century. To him, the Torah encompassed the entire universe, and to understand its wisdom, one must read it over and over, uncovering a new layer of meaning with each turn of 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 »

Ladles of Love Has a FULL Freezer

Posted on May 5, 2019

Temple Beth-El’s freezers are full with homemade soups and breads, ready for delivery this spring and summer to those needing a bit of tender loving care. TBE’s volunteer cooks and bakers gathered in late March to replenish Ladles of Love’s stock, producing 28 quarts of Gypsy Soup and 18 loaves of Queen Esther’s Jaffa Orange Continue Reading »