The electronic newsletter of
Temple Beth Miriam
January 13, 2017
                  180 Lincoln Ave, Elberon, NJ


PreNeg Friday, January 13
Join us for wine, cheese and shmoozing on Friday, January 13 at 7:00 PM.  Everyone welcome and invited to attend.
Sisterhood Open House Breakfast

Come ring in the New Year with your TBM Family!

January 22ND starting at 9 am

All congregants are welcome to attend,

Membership is not necessary.

RSVP to sisterhood@bethmiriam.org is appreciated!

Hope to see you there!!!

TBM Listens
Share Your Voice During Our Small Group Meetings
Our listening campaign is well under way. To date, almost 100 congregants have participated in our small group meetings. TBM Listens is designed to take the pulse of our congregation by bringing our diverse voices together, learning about each other, deepening our sense of community, and discovering our common interests and concerns.

   We are in the process of scheduling get togethers for January and February. At each meeting of ten or so congregants, a few predetermined questions will be asked to help us better understand our members.  We need your help to nurture and support our community. Please contact Lori Goldstein at lgoldstein83@verizon.net or 732-239-2146 to participate as a meeting guest, or with any questions about TBM Listens.
Purim is Coming!

Purim begins on the evening of March 11th. Temple Beth Miriam will continue the custom of fulfilling the Purim mitzvah of Misloach Manot, the tradition of giving friends and family yummy gifts to spread the joy of the holiday. The Purim baskets for temple members will remain the same at $4.00 each.

You will receive a letter of explanation; an order form; a two-sided list of temple members, staff, and teachers; and a list of those people you sent baskets to in 2016.  Please indicate the names of people you wish to give Purim baskets to this year and send the order form and list back to the temple by February 6, 2017 with your full payment. You may donate your basket, give baskets to non-temple members ($15.00 each), and reciprocate with other temple members, as described in the letter.

You don’t want to miss out on being a part of this wonderful tradition and donating to the temple at the same time!

Thanking you in advance,

Wendy Sloter for the Purim Committee
Snowy Soup Sale Success Story

TBM's Social Action Committee met several hours earlier than planned last Saturday to make soup to keep the Soup Sale on, despite the snowstorm that was already in full effect. Possibly outperforming the US Mail Service, the Committee got together at TBM to make over 80 quarts of Chicken Noodle, Italian Vegetable and Black Bean Soup. The challenges didn't end there, as the Soup Sales was to occur after Sunday School the next day, but all activities at TBM were cancelled, with the 80 quarts of soup chilling in the TBM fridge.

Determined to finish what was started, the Committee Members sold quarts of soup practically out of the backs of their cars, and had ad-hoc sales events on Monday and Wednesday nights, selling every drop, as always, thanks to all of the TBM community, which apparently has quite an appetite for soup. Despite all of these additional and unusual challenges, the committee raised $275 in profits, which is being donated to the Reformation Lutheran Church's Food Pantry to stock their shelves.

The Social Action Steering Committee is comprised of Larry Nagel, Steve Peckman, Liza Restifo, Pat Shapiro, Gayle Topper & Michael Vernick, and were joined by the entire Restifo & Topper families and Sue Gruskin for food shopping, soup making and selling.

The committee would also like to thank to Rabbi Cy, Shari, Frankie & Rosie for all of their support to pull this effort off.

Mazal Tov, Andrea Marshall
Mazal Tov to Andrea Marshall who sworn-in as Superior Court Judge on January 11.  Andrea and her family are long-time members of Beth Miriam and all of us congratulate her for this truly momentous achievmenent

Engaging Torah readers
As part of our Hineynu: It's Our Turn engagement initiative, we are inviting guest Torah readers.  On January 20, we will welcome Dr. Robert Grossman who will be our ba'al koreh.  Mazal tov, Bob, on ascending the bima for this honor and honoring Beth Miriam.
Israel Visual Tefillah!
Rabbi Stanway is putting together another Visual Tefillah service and wants YOUR Israel trip pictures!  It doesn't matter how old the pictures are, just put them on a thumb drive and bring them to the temple for inclusion into the next Visual Tefillah service on March 3. 
Important Purim Spiel Announcement
The Spiel Auditions have been moved to January 22 right after Religious School and the first rehearsal will be on January 29.  If you are interested in auditioning, please make it a point to be here on the 22nd.  Everyone is welcome!

Thank you!

Cantor Marnie

Send us your Hanukkah pictures!
Rabbi Stanway began an ancient tradition last year (!) and asked you send him a Hanukkah picture for the Elijah after the holiday.  Please send them to him at rabbi@bethmiriam.org.  We'd love to see you celebrate the Festival of Lights.