Welcome to Temple Beth El of Hammonton, NJ. We are a small, vibrant community, cherishing tradition with a creative, modern-day twist.
We have a charming old building in the heart of Hammonton, NJ and have been part of this residential community in South Jersey for almost 85 years. We hope you enjoy exploring our site and will come visit us in person at a service or one of our upcoming events. Read more about us by visiting the About Us pages.
Message from Rabbi Abby:
When the Holy One created the first human beings, The Holy One led them around the Garden of Eden and said: “Look at my works! See how beautiful they are – how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy my world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.” (Midrash Kohelet Rabbah C 800 CE)
Once a people intimately connected to the land, our exile from Eretz Yisrael moved us further and further away from the natural world. Ultimately losing touch with our obligations as stewards of the planet. Our sacred texts and Holy Calendar, keeps us connected to our agricultural roots as shepherds and moon watchers, as well as our Jewish values that affirm the need to respect and care for our environment. With many rich metaphors and rituals, the Jewish way entwines man, Torah and the Divine Flow with the beauty, strength and life’s giving force of Trees.
In the 16th century, the Kabbalists of Tzefat created the Tu B’shvat Seder, based on the Pesach Seder, to empower humankind in bringing forward a Tikkun, a healing in the world. As we see and experience the destruction of our planet, including the loss of millions of acres of trees daily, we know there will be no one else to repair it but us.
Can we, in the 21st century, bring about a Tikkun? As we bless and appreciate the natural gifts around us, let us be inspired to give mother earth the honor and care she deserves.
Please join us for an opportunity to eat, sing and celebrate the birthday of the Trees
at our annual Tu B’shvat, Four Worlds Kabbalistic Seder on February 9th beginning at 2:00 pm.
There is no cost for this event; only a sampling of your favorite fruit to share and an open heart.
May our desires for the planet’s healing be turned into needed action as we celebrate and appreciate the Trees and her gifts.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 9th and for our next Shabbat service, 7 pm on February 7th!!!!
Visitors are always welcome at our services and events. Advance notice is always a good idea, in case an event is cancelled or changed. Please contact our Rabbi or our information liason. Be sure to provide your phone number.