Mission

Making Strides for Religious Understanding in the Holy Land

Posted on March 12, 2018

Pastor Todd Buurstra, religious leader of the North Branch Reformed Church, and I have been making strides together for some time now. Some have been in the area of advocacy, where we have been strident in our call for justice and compassion for the weak and vulnerable among us: the stranger, our neighbors who are 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 »

Inspired to Serve

Posted on March 1, 2018

Temple Beth-El is privileged to have four newly elected officials in its congregation, serving in positions from local school boards to the New Jersey Assembly. Our fellow congregants and public servants are interested in pursuing a broad range of goals while in office, with an eye toward improving the lives of people in their communities. Continue Reading »

“My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer for All Peoples” (Isaiah 56:7)

Posted on September 12, 2017

What do these religious groups have in common? Sathya Sai Baba Organization (followers of the guru Sai Baba) Muslim Center of Somerset County Family Worship Center (a Christian Spanish-language fellowship) Refuge International (a Christian prayer group) Shree Swaminarayan Loyadam Mandhir (a Hindu community) In addition to the fact that they undoubtedly share certain spiritual values, 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 »

Seeing the Possibilities

Posted on November 1, 2016

It was wonderful to see you during the Holy Days. Many people told me the words I shared on Yom Kippur were inspiring. My remarks are excerpted below. I wish you all a wonderful couple of months with much to be grateful for on Thanksgiving, a bright and joyous Chanukah and a happy and healthy Continue Reading »