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Yard Sale

It’s time to clean out your attic, basement, garage, closets and drawers and find those unused treasures that someone else might want.   

Temple Beth El is having a Yard Sale and your donations will be appreciated to help raise funds for our synagogue. 

“Help is needed for set up at 8:00 AM, manning tables and breakdown at 12 noon.  Tables are available to sell your gently used stuff to FUNdraise for TBE.” –

 ALL PROCEEDS ARE TO BENEFIT TEMPLE BETH EL

 EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN US

You are welcome to help set up and sell even if you don’t have any items to contribute.

This is a great time to do some spring/summer cleaning – remember, your junk could be someone else’s treasure.

If you’re not able to join us for the entire day we hope you do have time to stop by, say hi, and SHOP!

Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, May 4,  10:30 AM

Join us for Shabbat Morning 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 Michaleski

Post Passover Pizza Party

“The day after the festivals is known as Isru Chag.  The Chassidic masters teach that fasting is forbidden and festivities are in order.  Join us on Sunday, April 28th for a Post Passover Pizza Party from 4 PM till 6 PM, to celebrate our crossing of the sea together and learn what the Jewish mystics teach of this special time.” – Rabbi Abby Michaleski

We’re making some fun and exciting changes to our Passover celebration this year.  Sunday, April 28th is the day after Passover has ended.  After a long week of matzoh, matzoh and more matzoh, is there a better way to celebrate than with  P I Z Z A !

Anyone joining us on the 28th is asked to bring something fun to eat to share with your TBE family.  Food items suggested are:  drinks, salads, snacks, desserts, and yes –  D A I R Y  items are a must!  Pizza will be provided by TBE and her President, Stephen Schwartz.

 

We have some  F U N   S T U F F  planned as well – a 50/50 and raffle baskets included.

We hope you’ll join us for “a slightly different spin” to our Temple Beth El Passover celebration this year.

Note:  There is no charge for Friends or Members of TBE.  Donations are graciously accepted.  (Suggested non-member donation:  $10 per person.)

RSVPs are not necessary.  If you have any questions please email Steve .

Purim Celebration

PURIM IS COMING! And, it’s a Big Megillah, too!

Join us for the celebration!

Purim – our Jewish version of Mardi Gras – is fast upon us and you are cordially invited to join us, as we celebrate the 3 F’s – FUN, FOOD & FRIVOLITY!

We encourage everyone to wear an outrageous costume, as we relive the story of Purim – starring The King, Haman and, of course, two queens Esther and Vashti!

A champagne brunch will be served (for consenting adults), but frolickers of ALL ages are urged to attend, to immerse themselves into the story of Purim!

It’s no coincidence that our celebration of Purim, is being held on St. Paddy’s Day, either! So, even if you’re Irish – and urban legend has it that on St. Paddy’s Day EVERYONE is Irish (Faith and Begora 😉 – feel free to bring your lil’ urchins, or, leprechauns, along – to partake in all the fun!

ALSO! celebrity impersonator, Helene Masiko will be appearing as Joan Rivers at our Purim celebration! Helene is an amazing talent.  We’re thrilled to have her entertain us, once again!  

And, don’t forget to please bring some cash, pounds, euros, or, shekels, for a chance to win our 50/50 drawing – to be conducted that day!

Torah Studies

Torah Study led by Rabbi Abby Michaleski.

Every two weeks on Thursday Evenings:

Jan 31, 6:30    (CANCELLED)

Feb 14, 6:30

Feb 28, 6:30

Join us for a creative exploration of the deep teachings of our ancient and sacred text.

Open to all.  No previous  Hebrew studies required.  All text will be in English.

If you are coming, please RSVP to Rabbi

Tu B’Shvat Celebration

Celebrate the Birthday of the Trees at our annual

Tu B’Shvat Seder,  Sunday, January 20, 2 PM  POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, FEB 3, 2 PM

 

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Come and enjoy a festive celebration by candlelight, as we delight in an array of fruits, nuts, wine and fruit juices & chocolate to honor the trees, nature, and all the gifts we receive from our planet. 

Please join us for this magical experience of learning, live music & song, delicious food, and fun!!   Our Tu B’shvat celebration, in the Renewal spirit, is an inclusive and interfaith opportunity to affirm and appreciate Earth’s bounty, while making a commitment to its care and well-being.  

 

For further information and to RSVP email events@tbenj.org

 

Plant a tree!

Message from Rabbi Abby

December 12, 2018

Dear Friends and Members of TBE, 

I hope everyone had a meaningful and joyful Chanukah and the light of the candles guide your way through the upcoming winter and beyond. I always feel a tinge of sadness as the candles of the 8th night burn out, wanting to light just one more night. While the darkness of winter and that of our world can be challenging, the historical and spiritual teachings of Chanukah bring me hope and renewed commitment to change. The Chanukah Haftorah (Zekariah), reminds us that Spirit, not might or power, ultimately helps us prevail over darkness. We’re called to dedicate (Chanukah means to dedicate) ourselves to creating, seeing and expanding the light around us. 2,283 years ago (but who’s counting?), a small group of Jews dedicated themselves and each-other to keeping the light of Judaism shining, affirming the words of Margaret Mead to  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. 

Eighty-five years ago, a small group of committed Jews in Hammonton NJ, formed a community, a Kahal, and then built a little Shul so they could celebrate and affirm their Judaism. In 1934, during a time of heightened Antisemitism around the world and in the US, multiple faith groups of Hammonton came together to finance and build OUR building and then dedicated it to future generations. Last week, a small group of 13 Temple Beth El members came together for our yearly meeting and re-dedicated themselves to keeping that community alive. Old and new members joined together to face the challenges and joys that lay before us as a small, diverse and geographically challenged Kahal. 

We are pleased to share that Temple Beth El of Hammonton will continue to teach, pray, celebrate and support the needs of the South Jersey Jewish community into 2019. Please join us on our journey and help us grow into the future! 

Many blessings for a warm and safe holiday season.

Rabbi Abby

Sending Blessings

Sending Blessings of Light and Love (A Message from Rabbi Abby,  October 30, 2018)

“Eitz Chayim Hi…It is a Tree Of Life to those who grasp her, and whoever holds on to her is happy (Proverbs 3:18)”

Dear friends and members of Temple Beth El,

As we try to rap our heads around the recent mass shooting in Pittsburgh, that which followed a week long assault of violence on our country from within, many of us search for words and feelings that are nearly impossible to find. While our world reels from this latest assault, this time against the Jewish community, we send love and light and prayers to all who are suffering.

Our hearts grieve for the 11 beautiful souls murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue as well as Maurice E. Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones, murdered in Kroger on October 24th.when the killer could not get into a nearby church. May their memories always be for a blessing. We pray for the healing and recovery for all those injured and who lives will never be the same. We send out healing energy to the mourners and pray they will find comfort among all those who mourn.

With the safety and peace of Shabbat temporarily shattered, we search for ways to cope and to integrate these horrific events into our lives. It is important that we not let hate and fear, stoked by violence and virilent words, turn us away from the light and love that is in this world and the hope and possibility of change. We must stand together with all those committed to building a more compassionate and loving society and find our way through the challenges together. Since the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue, we have witnessed communities coming together, filling sanctuaries to capacity and we can gain strength and inspiration from this support. We will grieve for all that has been lost and then we must turn our anger and pain into action.

What can we do to heal and to build a safer, healthier world? We can sing and pray and love each other as we struggle and be sure to reach out with a supportive hand or ear. We can encourage and inspire eachother to move forward towards change, while holding fast to our values as Jews, Christians, Muslims, Atheists and others, all sojourners on this beautiful planet. We can give Tzedakah to worthy causes that fight for justice and freedom (consider a donation to HIAS), in memory of those no longer physically with us, but always with us in spirit. We can vote for individuals that represent our highest ideals and stay committed to  a world that is grounded in love and compassion for all beings with no exceptions.

We can also create circles of healing and support and I invite you to the upcoming gatherings that I will be participating in/or leading, building communities of mutual respect and friendship.

Tuesday, 10/30 –  Marlton Interfaith Service of Solidarity at Congregation Beth Tikvah in Marlton. beginning at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, 11/01 – Torah study at TBE where we will explore the Life (and death) of our matriarch Sarah, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Friday, 11/2 – Interfaith Shabbat Service at Congregation Beth Tikvah-Beth Israel in Sewell, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Saturday 11/3 – Temple Beth El in Hammonton.  We will be welcoming members from the larger Hammonton community in friendship and solidarity to our sanctuary, beginning at 10:30m , following by a light lunch.

Thursday, 11/15 – Healing Circle at RAPHA – The Center for Healing and Spirituality, Cherry Hill beginning at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, 11/20 – Interfaith service of Gratitude – United Methodist Church, Hammonton, beginning at 7:30 pm.

As we journey forward, please remember that you are not alone and I am here to provide support if needed. I offer the two attached melodies in the hope that they will bring you some comfort during these difficult days and you will come sing them with me on Shabbat morning this coming Saturday.

May we work together in building a world from love, Olam Chesed Yebaneh and may Eitz Chayim Hi, The Tree of Life, bring us  peace and healing.

B’Ahava (in love)

Rabbi Abby

(Hear Rabbi Abby’s beautiful chants below. (When you click below the files will be downloaded; then click on the download to hear the audio.) 

Eitz Chayim Hi          Olam Chesed Yebaneh