Honorable Menschen of Spring-Summer 2019

Posted on May 5, 2019

Our temple newsletter, the Shofar, is much more than a newsletter.In addition to announcements,life cycle events and what time we should light the Shabba tcandles, it contains a wealth of interesting articles, current events, recipes,community notices and educational materials. It is a professional quality periodical with something for everyone. Of course, such a work of Continue Reading »

Youth Person of Honor

Posted on May 5, 2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Isabella “Bella” Almeida has been named the 2019 Youth Person of Honor. Here are Bella’s own words describing what Temple Beth-El means to her: “My name is Isabella Almeida and I have loved growing up at Temple Beth-El for the past ten years. I started attending Continue Reading »

Shalom, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

Posted on May 5, 2019

When I was young, I sometimes complained about the seemingly unending school year. My mother replied that I shouldn’t wish the time away because when I got older the days would go by faster. I remember thinking “how silly. Time can’t pass more quickly just because you are older.” But as usual, Mom was right. Continue Reading »

Shalom, Shalom!

Posted on May 5, 2019

Shalom, Cantor Emily! As we come to the end of another wonderful year of sharing our Jewish journeys together at TBE, we must anticipate the poignant moment of saying farewell to our beloved Cantor Emily Pincus. We have had a truly wonderful eight years together, for which we have every reason to be grateful. Cantor Continue Reading »

In a League of Their Own — Our Tree of Life Gala Honorees

Posted on March 10, 2019

Move over, Marvel heroes. At Temple Beth-El, we have our own superheroes, and we are proud to be celebrating everything they’ve accomplished at the upcoming gala dinner dance on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Here’s a closer look at our three honorees and what inspires them to go above and beyond.   Ellen Davidson It makes Continue Reading »

Mark & Cindy Andrews to be honored by Brotherhood

Posted on March 8, 2019

On Sunday, March 24, the Brotherhood will honor Cindy and Mark Andrews with this year’s Person of Honor Award. Brotherhood established the annual award to recognize a Temple Beth-El member or members for his/her dedication to the temple community, their commitment to Judaism to the greater Jewish community, and their acts of tikunolam (“repairing the Continue Reading »

Our Strength Comes From Within

Posted on March 8, 2019

Shortly after I became president of Temple Beth-El, I had an opportunity to meet with one of the leading officials of the URJ to talk about visions and goals. I had never met this rabbi before, and because he is from Seattle, I assumed he knew little of a community in Hillsborough, New Jersey. But Continue Reading »

Woman of Valor Dinner Honoring Laura Miller December 6, 2018

Posted on January 9, 2019

Laura was born to a very loving family in New York City, a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. At least it seemed that way when, in 1968, she moved from New York City to Raritan, New Jersey and attended Raritan High School. On her first day of high school, she Continue Reading »

Sabbatical: Of Crops and Teachers (Including Rabbis)

Posted on January 9, 2019

Among the many revolutionary ideas of the Torah is the practice of the sabbatical year — an extrapolation of the weekly Sabbath day as a time for renewal and rejuvenation. The Torah’s vision of the sabbatical is a year in which the land is allowed to lie fallow so that it can regain its vitality Continue Reading »

Happy Birthday, World

Posted on September 5, 2018

As the last hot days of summer pass, Jews around the world prepare for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah, literally translated as the “head of the year,” occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Referred to in the Torah as Yom HaZikaron (day of remembrance) and Continue Reading »