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Shabbat Morning Service

February 20, 2016     10:30 AM

Join us for Shabbat.

Stay with us for our Pot-Luck Lunch!

Our services are a unique blend of tradition and creativity in both Hebrew and English, using song, prayer, teaching and Torah to connect with Jewish practice in a meaningful and spiritual way.  We hope you, your family and friends, join our welcoming and open community as we gather to celebrate and embrace the joy of Shabbat.” - Rabbi Abby Michaleski

 

Shabbat Morning Service

January 16, 2016     10:30 AM

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Join us as we celebrate Shabbat.

Stay with us and enjoy a Pot-Luck Lunch.

“Our services are a unique blend of tradition and creativity in both Hebrew and English, using song, prayer, teaching and Torah to connect with Jewish practice in a meaningful and spiritual way.  We hope you, your family and friends, join our welcoming and open community as we gather to celebrate and embrace the joy of Shabbat.” - Rabbi Abby Michaleski

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The True Spirit of Chanukah

December 6, 2015     10:00 AM

The True Spirit of Chanukah

Presented by Rabbi Abby Michaleski

Join us for fun, food, learning and more as we celebrate Chanukah in Community. 

 While the children play, come explore the spiritual teachings of the festival of lights to help guide your way through the winter nights.  

Sunday December 6th, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Holiday Line up for the Day

10 am – Cooking with the Kids

11 am – The True Spirit of Chanukah (Adult Ed.)

Children stories with our teens (children Ed.)

Potato Latkes and Pot Luck Brunch

Our Hebrew School children are making holiday Cookies and Latkes with their families.

Everyone is welcome to participate!

Enjoy home made cookies and latkes and bring a dish to share (latkes, bagels, fruit, veggies, etc.)

 *Support TBE and prepare for the holidays by purchasing Yankee Candles – starting at 10am.

 We are also collecting non-perishable food donations for the Hammonton Food Bank.

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“Laughter Throught Tears” – TBE Presents Dr. Lawrence Baron

November 14, 2015     7:00 PM

Clear your calendar for Saturday night, November 14th at 7:00 PM,

as Temple Beth El proudly welcomes distinguished author,

Dr. Lawrence Baron.

Dr. Baron, a visiting professor at Stockton University, will be our special guest speaker presenting “Laughter Through Tears” – a lecture on movie comedies about the Holocaust.  Dr. Baron will be presenting clips from such outstanding films as, “The Producers”, “The Great Dictator” and “Seven Beauties.”

We are thrilled for this rare opportunity to have the esteemed Dr. Baron, one of America’s leading authorities on how the Holocaust is portrayed in the cinema, with us on November 14th.  The lecture and film showing begin at 7:00 PM.

And, if FREE just happens to be your favorite price, then, we have great news!  This outstanding presentation is FREE and open to the public – but, of course, Temple Beth El – given our space limitations – is likely to fill up rather quickly.  So, do make plans to attend a very special evening – one that promises to be both informative and entertaining (not to mention FREE – - – *Donations, as always, are graciously accepted*).

Stephen Schwartz, Temple Beth El President

Macy’s Shop for a Cause August 29th, 2015

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If you shop at Macy’s, do we have a deal for you!  Our little synagogue, Temple Beth El in Hammonton, www.tbenj.org is partnering with Macy’s Shop for A Cause, which takes place on August 29th.  Here’s how it works: Macy’s has supplied us with Discount Passes which can be used all day on August 29th for anything in the store, including home.  The discount is 25% on all regular, sale and clearance items including premium name brands like Polo and Coach which are normally excluded.  In addition they’ve just added a 30% discount on all Macy’s brands.  There’s even a 10% discount on electrics, electronics, watches, furniture, rugs and floor coverings.  Enjoy saving all day for a donation of only $5.00 which will help Temple Beth El tremendously.  If you would like to take advantage of this win/win situation, contact Shirl at ssmarba1@verizon.net.  Your savings pass will be mailed to you without delay.

Many thanks for considering Temple Beth El and Macy’s Shop for a Cause. – Shirl

 

Google Macy’s Shop For A Cause for additional information.

Don’t forget to enter at any Macy’s location to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card!

A Message From Our Rabbi 2015/2016

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Dear Friends and Members of TBE:

I have a vivid memory from the synagogue of my youth that I would like to share with you.  While surrounded by hundreds during High Holy Day services, feeling disconnected from the meaning of the day, my heart was touched by the singing of the cantor.  I was a troubled teen and the healing power of his voice sparked a desire in me to one day bring Jewish music forth to help others heal.  Following my Bat Mitzvah, like many of my generation, I separated from Judaism and cut off that desire along with my Jewish past.  Twenty years went by before I would seek out Judaism as a source of comfort and healing and I reconnected with that spark, leading to a path that became a calling.  Walking through the doors of Temple Beth El in my early thirties opened a Jewish world so very different from the one I had left as a teenager.  Not only did I find a community home, I also found a spiritual connection to a Judaism that was hopeful and healing, meaningful and inclusive.  This Judaism opened my heart and inspired me to come closer; closer to God, to my Jewish soul and to a Jewish mission of building a better world. 

What I realized early on, was that Judaism provided a never ending toolbox for healing, and for coping with our lives and challenging world in which we live.  My teacher, Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi of blessed memory, who passed out of the earthly realm a year ago today, spoke of Judaism as a vital organ of the world, along with all the other religions and cultures seeking universal healing.  He taught the importance of remembering and honoring the Judaism of old, while bringing forth its spiritual God energy to address the needs of the present and the future.  After ten years as TBEs spiritual leader and rabbinic student, I am excited to say that I look forward to a new year of delving deep into the “spiritual juice” of Judaism, as Reb Zalman would say, and, as your Rabbi, bringing it forward to the community in a meaningful and joyful way.  I hope you will join me on this journey and this ongoing mission to find the beauty, wisdom and joy in Yiddishkeit, and bringing it home to blossom. 

Wishing you a wonderful summer and a sweet and joyful New Year as we look ahead. 

Many blessings,

Rabbi Abby

A Message From Our President 2015/2016

SteveDear Members and Friends:

It is most difficult to fathom that yet another year has passed.  Is it merely my imagination, or, does time pass far more quickly, the older we get?  After all, do not the same time parameters apply – 60 seconds to a minute; 60 minutes to an hour?  In any case, here’s hoping that you and your family are well and we wish you a healthy and gratifying year ahead.

We sincerely hope that you are enjoying summertime – when the living is easy – and given how quickly time seems to fly by, bring to your attention that the High Holy Days are right around the corner.  And, we cordially invite you to join us for the most important period on the Jewish calendar.  Temple Beth El opens its doors to all who wish to attend our High Holy Day services.  There are no tickets to purchase, nor do we charge any additional fees.  I would, however, recommend that you do make arrangements early, as – given the space limitations of our sanctuary – we don’t want anyone who wishes to attend, to be disappointed. 

As many of you are aware, Abby Michaleski, our Temple Beth El spiritual leader, was ordained a Rabbi this year.  She has worked tirelessly for many years and her efforts were rewarded with her ordination.  We at Temple Beth El could not be more proud of her accomplishment.  We are kvelling and bursting at the seams!  Having Rabbi Abby lead our services is a great honor and, for those who have yet to be present when she conducts a service,  please know that it is an experience that you will not soon forget.  Following one of our services, I can assure you that you will feel better about yourself and life, in general.

We are celebrating our 78th year here in Hammonton, NJ.  We are proud to be etched into the very fiber of this wonderful community.  There is a very special feeling, a closeness, one with which members of Temple Beth El are quite aware.  If you are not yet a member, we cordially invite you to become one – so, you too, can experience that special feeling.  There’s always room – and we can scoot over – to make room for you! 

Thank you so much for your time and here’s wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, peaceful and joyous New Year!

Warmest personal regards,

Stephen R. Schwartz

President

 

Shabbat Service

May 20, 2016     7:30 PM

Join us for Shabbat

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Pot-luck Oneg immediately following service.

“Our services are a unique blend of tradition and creativity in both Hebrew and English, using song, prayer, teaching and Torah to connect with Jewish practice in a meaningful and spiritual way.  We hope you, your family and friends, join our welcoming and open community as we gather to celebrate and embrace the joy of Shabbat.”   – Rabbi Abby 

Shabbat Service At The Shore

July 15th, 2015   7:30 PM

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SHABBAT AT THE SHORE

Bring your beach chair.

We will gather at the Ventnor home of members for service at 7:30 PM.  You are welcome to join us for a pot-luck dinner at 6 PM.

RSVP to (609) 822-8780 for further details.

“Our services are a unique blend of tradition and creativity in both Hebrew and English, using song, prayer, teaching and Torah to connect with Jewish practice in a meaningful and spiritual way.  We hope you, your family and friends, join our welcoming and open community as we gather to celebrate and embrace the joy of Shabbat.”   – Rabbi Abby 

Shabbat Morning Service (last day of Passover)

April 11, 2015   10:30 AM 

 

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Temple Beth El of Hammonton invites the community to join us for Shabbat on the last day of Passover.

The Yiskor Memorial Service will be recited.

A light lunch will follow services.

“Our services are a unique blend of tradition and creativity in both Hebrew and English, using song, prayer, teaching and Torah to connect with Jewish practice in a meaningful and spiritual way.  We hope you, your family and friends, join our welcoming and open community as we gather to celebrate and embrace the joy of Shabbat.”   - Rabbi Abby