TBE Teens – Traveling and Learning

Posted on March 5, 2017

Our teens have had two terrific travel experiences over the past few months. In December, our 10th grade confirmation class went to Washington, D.C. for the L’Taken Seminar for Social Justice with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.     L’Taken is an educational leadership program that exposes students to a variety of issues, Continue Reading »

March and April 2017 Menschen of the Month

Posted on March 5, 2017

March Mensch of the Month – Andrea Fish Bradley Andrea Fish Bradley is our Mensch of the Month for March — and it’s easy to see why. Whether it’s her volunteer work at temple, in the community or just during downtime, Andrea’s many contributions are done with gusto and joy. At TBE, Andrea has served Continue Reading »

Starting a Chain Reaction of Giving

Posted on March 2, 2017

Recently the Township of Hillsborough honored one of our congregants, Dr. Laurene Wolf, after she was named one of “New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Doctors” by for the second year in a row. In awarding Laurene the proclamation for her many achievements and service, Mayor Carl Suraci declared, “We are proud to call Dr. Laurene Continue Reading »

Why do I miss my non-Jewish mother on Passover?

Posted on March 1, 2017

My mother, Amy Heinel Garthly, of blessed memory, passed away in 2009. Not surprisingly, there are many moments when I miss her and yearn to be able to tell her of some news, or hear her advice on some issue. My mom was wonderful at many things, and a patient and loving presence. It is Continue Reading »

Twenty-five Years of IHN: Until Starfish Learn to Swim

Posted on March 1, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, we at TBE set out to help repair the world. Well, maybe just our little corner of it. We signed on as one of the founding host congregations of IHN, the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County. The bad news is that 25 years later, there is still much brokenness in our Continue Reading »

IHN: A Call to Action Reflections of a New Volunteer

Posted on January 5, 2017

I was nervous. After all, I had never done this before. Hoping to make a good first impression, I wanted everything to be just right: the menu, the setting, and especially the conversation. Having never met the people with whom I was about to spend the next few hours, I worried about the conversations the Continue Reading »

Repairing the World…One Mitzvah at a Time!

Posted on January 5, 2017

Shalom Chaverim, Many thanks to all those who made our Mitzvah Month of November a success! Following are some of the highlights: On October 30, our joint breakfast program with the Brotherhood was a rousing success. At least 50 congregants attended to hear Assemblymen Jack Ciattarelli and Andrew Zwicker speak on issues of local and Continue Reading »

January and February 2017 Menschen of the Month

Posted on January 5, 2017

Our Menschen for January and February are such a good team that we’re teaming them up in this article. Melissa Pyle and Shari Miller recently co-chaired the Roswell Tribute Event, the lovely weekend expressing our community’s appreciation for Betty and Arthur Roswell. The event was a success in every way. You can see some of Continue Reading »

Our New Governance Structure and Proposed Constitution

Posted on January 5, 2017

On March 19, we will hold a special congregational meeting to approve implementation of Temple Beth-El’s new constitution, which proposes a new structure for synagogue governance and management. Here’s what you need to know: At Temple Beth-El, we strive to stay strong and continue to grow. To do so, it is important to evaluate and Continue Reading »

“Sing unto God a New Song”

Posted on January 5, 2017

On the sunny first day of the secular New Year, I sat down at the piano to take a peek at Gershwin’s First Prelude, also known as the last piece I tried to play before I gave up piano lessons as a kid. Every once in a while, I look at it and attempt to Continue Reading »