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From this Moment On

Posted on September 3, 2017

From This Moment On Here is a situation that many of us can recognize: we have wronged someone in a small way or a large one. We recognize our failing, but because we feel guilty, we stay away, continuing to distance ourselves from this person and compounding our guilt. We have many excuses to give Continue Reading »

What’s New? Plenty!

Posted on September 2, 2017

Shalom Chaverim! I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable summer, including some time to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle that dominates the bulk of the year. While we welcome the slower pace of June through August, life at Temple Beth-El is always a beehive of activity. I’d like to take this Continue Reading »

Learn It, Love It, Live It

Posted on September 1, 2017

Welcome back to all! We hope you had a good summer. We are so excited about the new program year and look forward to seeing you when Religious School opens on Sunday, September 10 and throughout the year. Each year on opening day, we begin with a conversation. We ask you to imagine your child Continue Reading »

Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

Posted on September 1, 2017

Beth Borrus has a bold vision for the future: Jews and Muslims learning about and respecting one another’s cultures, breaking down walls of misinformation and mistrust, building lasting friendships and living in harmony. Promoting such an interfaith concept truly spoke to Beth as she began to learn more about Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (SoSS), a 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 NewJerseyFamily.com 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 »

Help the Reform Movement Demand Equality at the Western Wall

Posted on November 2, 2016

Last winter, the Israeli government approved an egalitarian space for prayer at the Western Wall. The long-awaited plan is to create a new area by the Western Wall where the Conservative and Reform movements will be permitted to hold egalitarian prayer services. Under the agreement, this egalitarian prayer section will be located at the southern Continue Reading »

Honoring Those Who Seek it Least and Deserve it Most: Betty and Arthur Roswell

Posted on November 1, 2016

Who are most honorable? Those who honor others. — Pirkei Avot There are those who seek honor. From them, says the Talmud, honor runs away. On the other hand, those who do good for the sake of the deed and for the betterment of others are truly worthy of our respect. To honor such people is Continue Reading »

Welcoming Cheshvan

Posted on November 1, 2016

It seemed as if all through the Holy Day Season, I couldn’t wait to get to the next holy moment. During the month of Elul, I couldn’t wait to get to S’lichot. At Selichot, I couldn’t wait to get to Rosh Hashanah. During Rosh Hashanah, I couldn’t wait to get to Tashlich. After that, I Continue Reading »