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 »

Brotherhood Person of Honor: Leigh Freeman

Posted on March 8, 2018

A long-time member and trustee of Temple Beth-El, Leigh has been involved in a variety of temple projects and causes. She is best known for her ongoing work as a volunteer for the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of Somerset County. Since1996, when she first began serving as an evening shift volunteer, to her current volunteer Continue Reading »

65 Years of Excellence

Posted on March 7, 2018

The year 1953 was an interesting and historic year. In Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated as president, and Earl Warren was sworn in as chief justice of the Supreme Court. The Korean conflict came to an end. The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line and the first issue of Playboy hit the Continue Reading »

Biennial Impressions

Posted on January 14, 2018

As many of you know, a large delegation from Temple Beth-El attended the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial Convention, held in Boston on December 6-10. Our heads are still spinning and our hearts still dancing from the learning opportunities, significant speeches, musical presentations, and — the highlight of every Biennial — the very special opportunity Continue Reading »