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Seeking Higher Purpose in the New Year

Posted on January 5, 2018

A new secular year has dawned, and, as with all things new, it brings the opportunity to greet it with optimism and thoughtfulness for its possibilities. For some of us, the possibility exists of choosing to do something truly different with our lives in this new year. Most of us, however, will find ourselves carrying Continue Reading »

Jamie Pear: Repairing the World by Working with Children

Posted on January 2, 2018

Childhood examples of tikkun olam helped inform Jamie Pear’s life’s work. Jamie, a TBE member and resident of Bridgewater, has spent much of her career helping children, and training others to serve the most vulnerable among them. Jamie says she has “always been passionate about working with children,” following in her mother’s footsteps to devote Continue Reading »

What Judaism Means to Me

Posted on January 2, 2018

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of remarks made by Shelley Drozd during Yom Kippur’s Reflection Service. We enjoyed it so much we wanted to share her words with you. I feel my Judaism in my DNA. I come from a long line of Glasers who arrived in this country from Latvia in the Continue Reading »

Time Out for the Soul

Posted on January 2, 2018

Did you finish your homework? Practice piano? Hurry, we’ll be late to soccer! Don’t forget to pack for the school trip! Got the right backpack?! Sound familiar? The average week is so full of activity—school and homework, sports, music lessons, play rehearsals, scouts…the list goes on and on. There’s also Sunday school, Hebrew school, and Continue Reading »

The Origins and Meaning of the Tu BiShvat Seder

Posted on January 2, 2018

There is no halachah, no legal structure to define Tu Bishvat. For this reason, its position in Jewish practice wavers between two opposing poles, which can be understood by reference to two important Jewish leaders of the 20th Century: the modern orthodox scholar Rabbi Irving Greenberg and the last Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. According Continue Reading »

Covenantal Kindness from Generation to Generation

Posted on November 12, 2017

Our tradition teaches us that the deeds we do for the deceased are among the greatest kindnesses possible. Clearly our sages had in mind that such acts are untainted by thoughts of self-service, since there is nothing the dead can do to requite us. A recent experience, however, helped me see a deeper dimension to Continue Reading »

Building Community Inside and Out

Posted on November 5, 2017

One of the things I enjoy most about being part of the leadership of Temple Beth-El is the opportunity to speak to our young people on the morning of their bar or bat mitzvah. On each such occasion, I make sure to emphasize that as young Jewish adults, they will have a different and increased Continue Reading »

Legacy Circle

Posted on November 1, 2017

Thank you to the many of you who have already made a promise to include Temple Beth-El in your estate plans. Your generosity will strengthen Temple Beth-El for years to come. To those of you who are still considering whether to leave a legacy gift to Temple Beth-El, or if this idea is totally new to Continue Reading »

A Great Place for Coffee and Connection

Posted on November 1, 2017

You may stop by Cafe Beth-El, Temple Beth-El’s bagel cafe, on Sunday mornings only once in a while, or you may be a die-hard regular. Either way, did you know that buying your morning bagel and coffee is a mitzvah for our congregation? That’s because all the proceeds go to supporting the religious school, which Continue Reading »

“My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer for All Peoples” (Isaiah 56:7)

Posted on September 12, 2017

What do these religious groups have in common? Sathya Sai Baba Organization (followers of the guru Sai Baba) Muslim Center of Somerset County Family Worship Center (a Christian Spanish-language fellowship) Refuge International (a Christian prayer group) Shree Swaminarayan Loyadam Mandhir (a Hindu community) In addition to the fact that they undoubtedly share certain spiritual values, Continue Reading »