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 »

Jamie Pear: Repairing the World by Working with Children

Posted on January 2, 2018

Childhood examples of tikkun olam helped inform Jamie Pear’s life’s work. Jamie, a TBE member and resident of Bridgewater, has spent much of her career helping children, and training others to serve the most vulnerable among them. Jamie says she has “always been passionate about working with children,” following in her mother’s footsteps to devote Continue Reading »

A Great Place for Coffee and Connection

Posted on November 1, 2017

You may stop by Cafe Beth-El, Temple Beth-El’s bagel cafe, on Sunday mornings only once in a while, or you may be a die-hard regular. Either way, did you know that buying your morning bagel and coffee is a mitzvah for our congregation? That’s because all the proceeds go to supporting the religious school, which Continue Reading »

Thank You My Friends!

Posted on May 4, 2017

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust, French novelist It’s nearly impossible to believe that two years as president and six years on the presidential track (two years as second VP, two years as first VP and two Continue Reading »

May and June 2017 Menschen of the Month

Posted on May 4, 2017

The May Mensch of the Month has earned that designation for the many good works she has done for TBE during her 15 years of temple membership. Leslie Kass has served on numerous TBE committees that range in scope from helping temple youth to serving on the Executive Committee. Among her many contributions, Leslie has Continue Reading »

Our 2017 Person of Honor: Rande Aaronson

Posted on March 5, 2017

Brotherhood will honor Rande Aaronson with this year’s Person of Honor award on Sunday, June 4. Rande has been the colorful master of ceremonies for many Person of Honor breakfasts, so this year, Rande will get a taste of his own medicine as we roast him. The Person of Honor Breakfast supports the Brotherhood Youth Continue Reading »

March and April 2017 Menschen of the Month

Posted on March 5, 2017

March Mensch of the Month – Andrea Fish Bradley Andrea Fish Bradley is our Mensch of the Month for March — and it’s easy to see why. Whether it’s her volunteer work at temple, in the community or just during downtime, Andrea’s many contributions are done with gusto and joy. At TBE, Andrea has served Continue Reading »

Starting a Chain Reaction of Giving

Posted on March 2, 2017

Recently the Township of Hillsborough honored one of our congregants, Dr. Laurene Wolf, after she was named one of “New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Doctors” by for the second year in a row. In awarding Laurene the proclamation for her many achievements and service, Mayor Carl Suraci declared, “We are proud to call Dr. Laurene Continue Reading »

Twenty-five Years of IHN: Until Starfish Learn to Swim

Posted on March 1, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, we at TBE set out to help repair the world. Well, maybe just our little corner of it. We signed on as one of the founding host congregations of IHN, the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County. The bad news is that 25 years later, there is still much brokenness in our Continue Reading »

IHN: A Call to Action Reflections of a New Volunteer

Posted on January 5, 2017

I was nervous. After all, I had never done this before. Hoping to make a good first impression, I wanted everything to be just right: the menu, the setting, and especially the conversation. Having never met the people with whom I was about to spend the next few hours, I worried about the conversations the Continue Reading »