The electronic newsletter of Beth Miriam
OCTOBER 20, 2016
                  180 LINCOLN AVE, ELBERON, NJ 732-222-3754
TBM Listens - Making our Community Stronger

TBM Listens
Share Your Voice During Our Small Group Meetings

Temple Beth Miriam has undertaken a new project- a listening campaign. 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.

Over the next few months, there will be many scheduled small group meetings at the homes of temple members.  At each meeting of ten or so congregants, a facilitator will ask a few predetermined questions to help us  better understand our members. These get togethers will give you the opportunity to share your voice and vision for Temple Beth Miriam. 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.
TBM Listens: Our First Hineynu: It's Our Turn Project
A Profile of Lori Goldstein

To understand, one has to listen. These are the requirements for a dialogue designed to build a promising future. As well, finding out what moves people is done by searching out new opportunities and chances. Lori Goldstein is ready to listen and understand. A third generation member of Temple Beth Miriam, Lori is very involved in congregational life. She was the president of Sisterhood, on the Board of Education, and currently sits on the Executive Board of Temple Beth Miriam.

For a few years, she wondered how to best identify the wants and needs of congregants. A new project has made it’s way to Temple Beth Miriam, called Hineinu. Hineinu’s goal is to build a strong future for the congregation by giving each congregant the chance to speak their mind and be heard.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) successfully conducted a listening campaign at 5 congregations. The result was the identification of a deeper understanding and relationship within the community. Lori Goldstein saw a chance for our congregation to get involved with the URJ project, and along with congregants Judy Berg and Joanne Edison, discussed bringing the campaign to Temple Beth Miriam.

The TBM Listens Campaign is currently running from October through end of January. At each meeting, a host welcomes a small group of congregants to their home, and a facilitator will ask three key questions. These questions are designed to identify their views on the congregation’s future, and to identify opportunites, wants, and needs. A note taker will gather all information so that the results can be evaluated and put into action.

Through this campaign, interests, wishes, and concerns can be identified, and a strong future for the congregation can be developed. For Lori Goldstein, it is important that the synagogue is not made of programs, but of people. TBM Listens is a precious opportunity for each individual congregant to be heard and to be a part of building a strong congregation for a strong future.

Katharina Weiner
Mishkan HaNefesh: A Days of Awe Machzor for a New Generation of Reform Jews
In a very exciting program, Beth Miriam is going to be introducing Mishkan HaNefesh, our new High Holiday prayerbook on Rosh Hashanna 2017.  This remarkable machzor (High Holiday prayerbook) is unlike anything you have ever used.  It is filled with original readings, art, new Torah readings, unique services as well as the customary reading you are familiar with.  The music will include the familiar tunes but also some new melodies to match the new prayers.
This prayerbook needs an introduction.  Rabbi Stanway will be teaching an introduction to this machzor (High Holiday prayerbook) throughout the year after the High Holidays 2016.  The dates are (mark your calendars):
January 29 - 9:30 am
February 12 - 9:30 am
March 19 - 9:30 am
May 14 - 9:30 am
April 30 - 9:30 am
Of course, there will be no charge and all resources will be made available.
Sukkot Activities and Services

In celebration of Shabbat and Sukkot, the Religious Practices Committee is happy to be your host and invite you to join the temple family for a Shabbat dinner in the new and beautiful Sukkah on our beautiful grounds.  The dinner - catered by Tuzzio's - will take place on October 21 at 6:15 with Shabbat service outside (weather permitting) at 7:30 PM.   There is a limit of 60 people for the catered dinner so, if you would like to join us, please use Chaverweb or call the office at 732-222-3754. 

The cost for the dinner is:
$15/person - $10/children 12 and under - $50/maximum (Beth Miriam members)
$20/person - $15/children 12 and under (If you are not yet a member of Beth Miriam

Yiskor, Consecration, Special Simchat Torah Aliyot and Singing, Scotch Tasting, Sukkah Take-Down
Let’s celebrate the end of Sukkot with some special programs and events.

We will welcome our Kindergartners and first-time Beth Miriam students with a special blessing and music on October 23 at 10:15 in the Sanctuary.  Following the Consecration, we will celebrate Simchat Torah with music led by the Cantor and with the 7 Aliyot and we will read from the Torah the story of creation – a story about beginnings as we begin our new year.  After the Simchat Torah celebration we will move to the Sukkah somewhere near 10:45 and take a moment to reflect on the lives of our lost loved ones with Yiskor led by the Rabbi and the Cantor.  And, right after that, join us for Scotch tasting to toast the end of the Festival and, following that, we will take down the Sukkah and say ‘shalom’ to Sukkot!  A busy day at Beth Miriam!  Join us!

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