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 »

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 »

Ladles of Love

Posted on November 13, 2018

Temple Beth-El’s new Ladles of Love initiative to bring comfort and good noshing to those in need is underway, with its next community cook-a-thon set for Sunday, November 28. The first cooking session, held on Oct. 21, produced 15 mini loaves of pumpkin bread and lemon cake, as well as 23 quarts of butternut squash Continue Reading »

Urban Mitzvah Corps: Recognizing Privilege

Posted on November 13, 2018

This week we participated in a program to help us learn about privilege. In the program, we were asked questions regarding certain privileges we may have and depending on how we answered the questions, we took a step forward or backwards. I found this program very impactful, as it made us more aware of privileges Continue Reading »

20/20 Insight

Posted on September 5, 2018

Sen. Cory Booker describes an “aha” moment in his life that occurred when he was a law student at Yale. Having grown up in North Jersey, he decided that he would live in a housing project in Newark and commute to New Haven, Conn. He was already determined to make a difference in the community, Continue Reading »

Teen Activists of TBE

Posted on May 2, 2018

Every movement has a flashpoint that helps create a new generation of activists. Count TBE’s Erica Milgram, 18, and Mitchell Friedman, 17, among the young people across New Jersey and the country who say  they will no longer stay silent on issues impacting their generation and the world. Both say they were called to action 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 »