Gratitude

Shabbat Message: Interdependence Day

Posted on July 3, 2020

This year July 4 is different. Yes, it is still a celebration of the birth of our nation. But this year it is shrouded in a cloud of crisis and controversy about the meaning and nature of our freedom. For some, American liberty means license to do whatever we want, even if it involves blatant Continue Reading »

Farewell to Cantor Simkin

Posted on May 28, 2020

Amidst all the change and turmoil we’ve all experienced this year, as a congregation we’ve also been blessed to have Student Cantor Simkin’s beautiful voice and spirit leading us in prayer. As the newly ordained Cantor Simkin concludes her final services with us, and prepares to assume her new role as full-time cantor for Temple Continue Reading »

Pandemic Positivity: An Attitude of Gratitude

Posted on April 7, 2020

Rabbi Meir taught that we should recite 100 blessings every day. (Talmud Men. 43a) (See this list of 100 blessings offered by author Dannie Siegal: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/100-blessings/). This teaching reminds us to approach life with an attitude of gratitude and to look for the things that bring us joy, even amidst the challenges. Here we all Continue Reading »

Finding Meaning in Challenging Times

Posted on April 7, 2020

The last three weeks have been as challenging as any in my recent memory, and I suspect this statement is true for each and every one of us. And while it is easy (especially for me) to focus on the things that are not-so-great at the moment, I think it is also an opportunity to Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: We Need Seder

Posted on April 3, 2020

Seder means “order” in Hebrew, and on Passover it refers to the order of the service we conduct to relive the journey from bondage to freedom. This year as we prepare for Passover we are out of order, or, as we say in Hebrew, we are lo b’seder, we are not okay. Just a few Continue Reading »

Standing Together at Sinai, Soul to Soul: A profile of Russ and Barb Johnston

Posted on January 15, 2020

For years, Barbara and Russ Johnston have been a fixture at TBE. They’ve been the friendly faces at the Bagel Cafe, Sisterhood and the temple choir. But what you may not know about the Johnstons is their special love story – not just for each other, but for Temple Beth-El, the community that first brought Continue Reading »

For Our Children’s Well-Being Temple Beth-El Youth Mental-Health Initiative

Posted on January 15, 2020

Middot Make Mensches In the September issue of the Shofar, we shared with you that we are expanding our efforts to help our students develop emotional and social skills that will help them understand, express, and manage themselves as they navigate their studies, their relationships, the challenges of daily life, and the complexities of their Continue Reading »

Beyond the Hug: How to Deepen Out TBE Ties

Posted on November 15, 2019

As I reflect upon our recent High Holiday worship, I continue to return to thoughts on the impact that Temple Beth-El has had in my life, both as a long-time congregant and a relatively new president still getting my feet wet in this role. And much of what I wish to accomplish during these next Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »