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Rosh Hashanah

Monday Sept 30, 2019  10:00 am to 1:00 PM

Tickets are NOT required for High Holy Day services at Temple Beth El.  Donations are accepted and very much appreciated.  All are welcome, please invite your family and friends to join us as we celebrate together!

Following services Temple Beth El will host a luncheon.  Everyone is invited!

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the needy.

For more information, please email Info

High Holy Days

Please plan to join us for the High Holy Days.  

Rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur

In addition to the above at Temple Beth El,  Rabbi Abby will be officiating at the following High Holy Day events.  Members of Temple Beth El are invited to attend these without tickets.

Beth Israel Congregation
1015 E. Park Avenue
Vineland, NJ      

Rosh Hashanah

  • Monday September 30 – Tashlich – Gaimpietro Park 6:00pm
  • Tuesday October 1 – 2nd day service – 9am – 12pm

Yom Kippur

  • Wednesday, October 9 – Rabbi Abby’s sermon and Yizkor 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 9 – Services resume at 5:15pm followed by a break-fast @ 7:30 **

** (registration for the break-fast is required)

For questions, concerns, or more information, please email Info

A Message From Our President

A MESSAGE FROM President Steve:

August 8, 2019

Dear Members and Friends:

Incredibly, it’s 2019. It seems as if the years come and go with far greater frequency, than in years past. When we were kids, time seemed to move at tortoise-like speed. In fact, it seemed as if it took forever for another birthday to roll around . So much so, that we often told our age in fractions, i.e., 7-and-a-half, 7-and-three-quarters, etc.

As we aged, however, the hands of time began to resemble a ceiling fan on high. “Eek, what? – not another birthday,” we’d exclaim!

Yet another shining example of wisdom at work. Wisdom, however, can only be gained through life experience. Therefore, kids cannot appreciate going through time, that is, essentially, “standing still.” Like most other life’s lessons, one must “grow-longer-in-the- tooth,” in order to fully grasp that fact of life.

As we embark upon another new year, we recognize the importance of “adult things” with which children pay little attention. Paramount among them, is the importance of good health. Something else maturing teaches us. However, having a sense of community, camaraderie and spirituality, are also of the utmost importance. And while I’m hoping that this missive finds everyone who is reading it, in the very best of health, I’d like to point out that we, at Temple Beth El of Hammonton, are proud to make the latter available to you and your family.

Our mission is unique. To provide a safe, comfortable, private place, for you to be with your higher power. Our lovely, quaint, sanctuary, is just such a place..

In addition, our spiritual leader, Rabbi Abby Michaleski, is, well……a true treasure! As Billy Joel famously sang, “She’s Got a Way.” Rabbi Abby has an engaging presence – one that exudes warmth and genuinely connects with others. For those of you who have yet to witness her conducting a service, I cordially invite you to do so. I’m certain you’ll find it rather refreshing. Our services combine tradition and creativity in both Hebrew and English, while utilizing song, prayer and meaningful teaching, in a spiritual way.

For those looking for Hebrew School for youngsters – with an eye toward studying to become a Bar, or, Bat Mitzvah – Temple Beth El offers that accommodation, as well.

Also, adding to our uniqueness, there is never a charge, nor, tickets to purchase, in order to attend ANY services at Temple Beth El – and that includes High Holy Days services, as well. Of course, donations are certainly encouraged and graciously accepted.

This year, Temple Beth El proudly commemorates our 85th anniversary in Hammonton, NJ. It truly is a monumental birthday and a true reason for celebration. We would greatly appreciate the honor of your presence for this historic event! Details will be forthcoming.  

Finally, as you have likely discerned, we currently occupy an America that has become increasingly divided. As such, few things seem of greater importance than the task of mending that divide. Therefore, we encourage you to look upon Temple Beth El of Hammonton, as a safe haven – one that takes pride in our inclusiveness – where all persons are equal and welcome!

Here’s wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, peaceful and joyous New Year! And, may all of your dreams come true in 2019!

Warmest personal regards,

Stephen R. Schwartz,  President

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.” –



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!

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

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. Ulti

mately losing touch with our obligations as stewards of the planet. Our sacred texts and Holy Calendar, keeps us connected to our agricultural roots as s

hepherds 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!!!! 

Rabbi Abby


Dear Friends,
Being in awe of a beautiful sunset, resting from the constant doing of our hectic and challenging world, pursuing justice, experiencing holiness… these are just a few ways that Judaism brings meaning, direction and comfort to my life.

How does Judaism manifest in your life? Do you have a soul stirring for more spirituality or connections? Do you think you might benefit from Jewish centering, healing or rituals that bring a sense of hope, purpose and joy into the world? Well, do I have a “gift” for you!

The Jewish way, over 3000 years of evolving ideas, values, rituals and more are available to you through a myriad of paths. No need to take a pill or sign a contract. Just dip your toe in the water or take a dive with an open mind, heart and spirit and the rewards will be priceless.

You can find more information, including translated libraries of ancient Jewish wisdom and literature through Google, find friends and community at your personal synagogue in Hammonton or click Rabbi to email me. 

I‘m here to answer your questions, guide you through a creative and meaningful Judaism or just be a supportive ear.

Wishing you a safe and joyful summer and I look forward to connecting in the New Year!


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