Repairing the World…One Mitzvah at a Time!

Posted on January 5, 2017

Shalom Chaverim, Many thanks to all those who made our Mitzvah Month of November a success! Following are some of the highlights: On October 30, our joint breakfast program with the Brotherhood was a rousing success. At least 50 congregants attended to hear Assemblymen Jack Ciattarelli and Andrew Zwicker speak on issues of local and Continue Reading »

January and February 2017 Menschen of the Month

Posted on January 5, 2017

Our Menschen for January and February are such a good team that we’re teaming them up in this article. Melissa Pyle and Shari Miller recently co-chaired the Roswell Tribute Event, the lovely weekend expressing our community’s appreciation for Betty and Arthur Roswell. The event was a success in every way. You can see some of Continue Reading »

Meet Sisterhood’s Woman of Valor for 2016: Cindy Scott

Posted on November 5, 2016

The Sisterhood is excited to announce that our Woman of Valor for 2016 is Cindy Scott, a former two-term Sisterhood president, as well as Temple Beth-El board member and College Connection coordinator. Most of us have seen Cindy doing many different things around temple, without adding up everything she actually does for us. For example, Continue Reading »

November & December 2016 Mensch of the Month

Posted on November 5, 2016

November Mensch of the Month: Gregory Hirsch Our Mensch of the Month for November is Gregory “Greg” Hirsch. If you were introduced to Greg only by reading his long CV, you’d discover that he’s a local OB/GYN. You’d see that he’s served in hospitals and clinics and in private practice and has focused his career Continue Reading »

Lisa Friedman to Receive Award from Atlantic District of the Women of Reform Judaism

Posted on November 5, 2016

The Temple Beth-El Sisterhood, a member of the Atlantic District of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), is thrilled to share with the entire Temple Beth-El family that our own Lisa Friedman has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Jane Siegel Tikkun Olam Award. This award is presented at each WRJ district’s biennial Continue Reading »

Working to Bend the Arc Toward Justice

Posted on November 1, 2016

As a teenager, I sometimes cannot comprehend what is going on in the world today. Very often I hear of acts committed across America, and across the world, steeped in hatred and ignorance. Far too often, I see hot button issues talked about in the same hurtful ways in which they were discussed decades ago. Continue Reading »

Sept – Oct 2016 Mensch of the Month

Posted on September 5, 2016

Our September Mensch of the Month is Gari Bloom. Gari is a quiet force behind many activities at temple. She and her family, hubby Charlie and kids Ali (21) and Mack (16), have been members of the community for 16 years. Professionally, Gari is a dentist in a general dental practice in New Brunswick, where Continue Reading »

At Temple Beth-El, We Make Jews

Posted on September 1, 2016

Recently, I have been thinking about our mission. We have a beautifully written vision statement that accurately reflects who we are and what we strive for as a community. (If you haven’t read it, you can find it here.) However, it’s also long and difficult to remember. It occurred to me that if we asked Continue Reading »