March 5, 2021 E-lijah
 
 
 
 
 

PPP Grant Received


Harry Silverman, Investment Committee


Temple Beth Miriam received its second PPP grant recently totaling $47,000. 

The grant was received only a few weeks after application, and represents a bright spot in our financial balance sheet.  The pandemic has reduced our overall income, eliminating income associated with our summer congregation, High Holiday ticket sales, and Purim basket sales. 

We continue to look into other grants available for small business and religious institutions, and thank all of you for your ongoing financial support of Temple Beth Miriam.  And a special shout-out to Kearny Bank whose help was invaluable in getting the grant.

Harry Silverman
 
 
 
 
Kabbalat Shabbat 

March 5, 7:30 PM


Kabbalat Shabbat for March 5  will be on the in the Zoom Room, 589-198-4173 p/w 181818 at 7:30 PM.  The room will be open for pre-neg schmoozing 15 minutes or so before service and for at least 15 minutes after service for a Zoom-neg.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE RELIGIOUS PRACTICES COMMITTEE HAS ELECTED TO CONTINUE ZOOM SERVICES THROUGH MARCH AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST THE PANDEMIC.  WE WILL REACCESS THE STATUS IN THE SPRING.  WE ALL WANT TO GET BACK IN BUT WE ALL WANT TO BE SAFE, AS WELL.
 
 
 
 
Food Insecurity is real

The COVID crisis has exacerbated the food insecurity issue.  Rabbi Stanway has been responding when necessary and needed and the members of the TBM family seem to have enough food.  However, what about the people who don't reach out to him and who are food insecure?  For many reasons, people do not share that they are hungry.  Therefore, we want to share with you this option.

Fulfill is our local food bank.  Should you or someone you know need food, please follow the directions below:

To find closest pantry to your house, text 888-918-2729, type findfood, provide zip code, and 5 closest pantries will show up. 

In addition, Fulfill has a drive up food pantry every Friday from 1-3 and they will provide a family of 4, four days of food.
 
 
 
 
Purim Was Terrific!
(Even if it was a bit strange!!)

Purim was terrific!  The song session was great, the Kahoot game was terrific (way to go Creative Dingo), and the readings were worthy of the Mercury Theater on the Air (The Mercury Theatre on the Air).  It was a different Purim, but no less fun.  And the costumes were great!!!
 
 
 
 
 
YALLA Shabbat
The college and post-college students at Beth Miriam come together each month for study and learning and one Shabbat.  They wanted to share this experience with their Beth Miriam online family.  Click on the picture below to watch the 25 minute get-together and 'service.'
 
 
 
 
 
COVID Safe Deli Day at TBM!



The ready-to-fill-in menu is set for  our Covid safe Deli Day pick up on April 8.   You can get it at this link and the office will send the .pdf, as well.  Fill it in online, save it to your desktop and attach it to an email to this address: dczegledi@bensdeli.net with the payment info.  That's it!

The Deli will be available for pick up on April 8 outside the temple.  We will notify you of the time etc. 

Full Covid protections will be observed including masks and social distancing. 

This is a great opportunity to help a small business and raise money for the temple.  The .PDF will also be posted on the temple website so you can be sure to download it, fill it in and send it (instructions will be provided).  Please participate as much as you can and enjoy a great deli treat 

 
 
 
 
My Jewish Story








Every one of us has a Jewish story and we almost never get to tell it.

During this pandemic, as we build our community in new and creative ways, this is a good opportunity to tell your Jewish story. We will use the medium of either a recorded Zoom call or a podcast, depending on your preference.

If you want to share your story, give Rabbi Cy a call at 732-768-7773 and he will set up a time and date for the zoom or phone call.



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Our Friends in Texas are Suffering: Let's Help

The cold in the Southwest is undeniable.  Beth Miriam stands ready to help.  If you would like to make a donation to the Rabbis Fund, Rabbi Stanway will use 100% of it for emergency relief.  You can go to the temple website and make a donation or send your donation to the temple.  Rabbi Cy will take it from there.  Send your donation to 180 Lincoln Ave., Elberon, NJ 07740

 
 
 
 
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Yahrtzeit Page

Need to check on this month's Yahrtzeit?  Use this link to go to the temple's Yahrtzeit page.
 
 
 
 
 
Happy Birthday!
 
 
 
 
Happy 61st birthday to John Levy who celebrated by doing a little surfing with his family!  Many years of health, John!
 
 
 
 
Welcome Harber Family
Beth Miriam welcomes its newest family Alan and Bonni Harber.  The children are already actively involved in the Religious School and enthusiastic about this new experience.  Welcome to Beth Miriam!
 
 
 
 
We are grateful for the following donations:


FEBRUARY DONATIONS 2021:

ARTHUR TOPILOW GENERAL FUND

RICHARD & NORMA DANIELS: IN MEMORY OF MAX & RAE KASOFF, HELEN & MORRIS DANIELS

NAOMI BRODBAR IN MEMORY OF JACOB SCHWEICHLER

DANIELLE DELCUORE IN HONOR OF PURIM

MARC AND JUDY RUBENSTEIN IN HONOR OF PURIM

KATHY AND MARK COHEN IN HONOR OF PURIM

DAVID SCHREIER IN HONOR OF PURM AND THE ENGAGEMENT OF HIS SON ERIC TO MARYBETH.
 
 
 
 
OUR GENERAL PURPOSE FUNDS
Tree of Life – A beautiful way to honor any occasion of your family with an engraved leaf on the tree bearing the name of the person honored on occasions such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birth, marriage or any other simcha.  Contribution $180.
The Yahrzeit Memorials – Purchase a sanctuary plaque memorializing a loved one who has died.  This
memorial provides that the name of the loved one will be recited yearly on the anniversary of his/her death.  Donation $500.
Prayer Book Fund – Maintains our supply of prayer books for worship services.  Bookplates are inserted in recognition of donation.  Contribution $36.
Social and Community Action Fund – Provides support for local community programs.
Family Affair – The goal of this program is to bring a little relief and a sign of caring to any of our temple members experiencing difficulty in life, by providing and delivering meals to their homes.
Heimlich-Aaron Library Fund – Maintains an in depth library of books on current and historic themes for the use of all age groups in the congregation.  A growing library of video tapes is available for members use.  Bookplates are inserted in recognition of donation.  Contribution $18.
OUR ENDOWMENT FUNDS
The Endowment Fund – For the preservation of our temple and to enable us to fulfill our spiritual, educational, cultural and social needs.
Centennial Fund – Proceeds from this fund are used to underwrite two categories of temple activities;  up to 50% of the programs and programmatic activities; up to 50% of the annual proceeds can be used to underwrite under-funded pensions of Temple staff members.
Tzedakeh Fund – To be able to help congregants who are in needs of financial assistance.
Rabbi Joseph Goldman Fund for Jewish Learning – Proceeds from this fund will be used to underwrite and support an array of educational programs and activities for all age groups within our synagogue.  The objective of these activities will be to enhance Jewish knowledge, experiences, and commitment of temple members.
Heimlich Memorial Scholarship Fund – Established to honor the memory of Ernest Heimlich.
Proceeds of this fund are to be used to underwrite a partial scholarship to a college or school of higher education awarded to a Temple Beth Miriam Confirmand who has distinguished him/herself through exceptional Temple Community activity.  High school and college students.
Dorothy Hirsch Scholarship – Honors the memory of Dorothy Hirsch.  Proceeds of this fund provide scholarships to leadership training activities sponsored by the Reform Movement for high school and college students.
Rabbi Discretionary Fund
The Carolyn Meyer Memorial Lecture Fund – Proceeds from this fund will enable the temple and community to enjoy a biennial lecture on a theme related to Jewish teaching pertinent to a rich congregational life.
Neimark Shabbaton Institute – Honors the memory of Solomon & Regina Neimark.  Proceeds from this gift of $10,000 is to be used yearly to underwrite activities of temple seniors.  The proceeds may be used for the members of the Shabbaton, but are not limited only to seniors.
Berg-Bialek Youth Leadership Retreat Fund – This fund is used to supplement the cost of youth leardership retreats which may include conclaves, biennials and other leadership events.  The use of these funds will be at the discretion of the Rabbi, Temple President and Religious School Director.
Conn Music Fund – Established to honor Gert and Ralph Conn.  Proceeds from this fund are used to provide special musical programs and/or performances during holiday or special celebration.
The Norty Kern Youth Scholarship Fund – Proceeds of this fund will be used to send students of the 7th grade in our Religious School on a class trip.  The preferred trips to be of Jewish interest that will be decided upon by the Rabbi and the Mens’ Club.
Arthur and Hazel Harmon Fund – To honor the memory of Arthur & Hazel Harmon.  Proceeds of this fund are used to purchase a prize for a student of the Religious School who has performed outstanding congregational or community service during congregational year.
The Milton Ziment Fund for Scholastic Achievement – The purpose of this fund will be to provide an annual prize(s) for students of the Religious School who gain recognition for exceptional academic performance.
Sonya Grossman Art & Beautification Fund – This fund is for purchasing works of art & enhancing the beauty of TBM.
The Katz Family Fund – Proceeds of this fund are used to help families in need of funds for Religious School education.
Temple Beth Miriam Wish List – Proceeds are used to help provide needed upgraded technological items and furnishings.
Library Shelves – Available for dedication $1,000.
Evelyn Blank Choral Fund –  To be used for choral and other musical events.
Pess Family Youth Group Fund – Established by Lois & Gary Pess & will be used for all Youth Group activities not covered by other existing funds. It also provides necessary funds for Youth Group members who do not have financial resources to participate in activities & trips
Family Camp Fund – This fund is to help supplement the cost of Reform Jewish sleep-away camp to preserve children’s Jewish future and develop their leadership.
Cantor Discretionary Fund – This fund is directed by the Cantor of the congregation toward non-budgeted musical activities in the congregation.
 
 
 
 
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