The electronic newsletter of
Beth Miriam
December 24, 2016
                  180 LINCOLN AVE, ELBERON, NJ

Important Purim Spiel Announcement
We are planning ahead for Purim!! This year’s Purim Spiel will be The Little Mermaideleh! Auditions will be on Sunday, January 8 immediately after religious school. Bring a light lunch with you (no pork or shellfish please). The sign-up sheet is posted on the music room door. All TBM religious school students in grades 3-12 are welcome to audition for a speaking/singing role. Students in grade 2 can be in the chorus (no audition). Adults that are members in good standing are also welcome to be part of the show. Please prepare 1 song to sing that will show off your voice. Rehearsals will be on Sundays immediately following religious school beginning January 22. The spiel will be performed on Sunday, March 12. If your 2nd grader would like to be in the show, please email me to let me know. If you/your child in grades 3-12 would like to be in the chorus only (no audition), please also let me know. Please email me with any questions.
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.
TBM Religious School/Teen Academy Reunion!
As we come to the close of the year 2016 and look ahead, we have come to realize that college students and post college young adults really have little connection to TBM other than (hopefully) lots of warm memories of Teen Academy, SALTY events and adventures at Religious School. We further realize that many are home over the winter break and that there are also many more than we realize who are post college and either living at home or near by.

So we decided to tap that demographic, gently, by simply inviting them to gather at TBM, annually, on the first Sunday when we are back from our winter break. In this way, we hope that this group of people feel welcome and TBM, and have a chance to reconnect with one another, the Rabbi and the TBM community.

This year our TBM Eisenberg-Bierman Religious School/Teen Academy Reunion will take place on Sunday January 8 beginning at 9:30-of course breakfast will be served and will be completely free.

All we need is an RSVP.

Please SHARE with your college or post college student and encourage them to share it to their TBM classmates or acquaintances as we begin to compile our TBM alum database.
To RSVP for this event, please click here https://saltyyouthgroup.wufoo.com/forms/wapak660m0ujjv/
The Religious School at the Atria
Several students from the Eisenberg-Bierman Religious School shared Hanukkah joy with the residents of the Atria.  The residents were thrilled and the students got a chance to bring joy in the dark of winter.  Mazal tov!  Yasher Kochacheem to Gayle Topper, Milt Ziment, Gayle Hackman and Karen Pigitore on chaperoning our students.
Meet your board members
Your board members are devoted to the health and welfare of Beth Miriam.  Welcome to all the board members and mazal tov on your election to serve the temple!  From top left to right and then left to right beginning on the second line:

Harry Silverman, President - Danielle Delcuore - Lenny Berkeley - Lori Goldstein - Bob Kellert - Pat Shapiro - Barry Edison - Mark Cohen - Steve Silver - Wendy Sloter - Brian Gillet - Chase Kaplan - Al Goldman. Absent: Stu Lippsett, Judy Berg, Emily Feldman, Michael Gross, Gary Pess, Paula Rowland, Cindy Singer
Thanks, Art Topilow and friends!
Many thanks to Art Topilow and friends who entertained us during a fantastic concert before the board/annual meeting.  The music was superb, the musicians were fabulous and created a wonderful mood for the annual meeting.  Thank you Art, Gary, and Annette!
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. 
Let's study the portion of the week
Rabbi Stanway is happy to announce the beginning of a Portion of the Week study.  We will be learning the parashat hashavuah using commentaries and delving into some of the themes and issues in each portion.  We will meet beginning on January 7 at 11 am and the study will be about an hour.  A full calendar will be available on the temple website.
Hannukah Blessings
Hannukah is almost here!  I hope your holidays is filled with warmth and light.
And speaking of celebrating Hanukkah, here are the blessings.  Enjoy!
Rabbi Stanway's Reflection on the new Days of Awe prayerbook

Rabbi Stanway will be sharing some reflections throughout the year on the new Days of Awe prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh.  You can read them from the links below:
Sisterhood Sports Fun-draiser

If you or someone you know is a big sports fan, then we have a great app for you! And best of all, signing up for this FREE app will raise funds for Temple Beth Miriam! Go to AppStore/GooglePlay and search for the App Firefan…and use code TBMWINS.
You will be able to play along with sporting events that are being broadcast live! Eventually all sporting events from around the world will be associated with the app!

It is free to download and works like an arcade game. Players earn points and can trade them in for rewards, such as hats, t-shirts, electronics, tickets to big games and more!

The best part is, while you are having fun playing the app Firefan, you will be helping TBM!
Sisterhood has arranged it so that every person who downloads the app Firefan, with our unique code (TBMWINS), will be registered under our non-profit group.

When you play, earn points and watch advertisements in the app, TBM earns money to put towards all the incredible events and programs that our community enjoys every day!
Please pass this on to all your family and friends.
When TBMWINS (our code) we all win!!

If you have any questions, please email Judy Peckmore at jpeckmore@verizon.net
Hanukkah Celebration Dinner and Shabbat
Friday, December 30
6:15:  Dinner
7:30:  Shabbat Service

Bring your menorah and candles, your dreidels and your appetite as we celebrate Shabbat and Hannukah with fried chicken dinner including latkes and jelly-filled donuts, a dreidle tournament and menorah lighting on the 7th day of Hanukkah.  This will be followed by a music-filled Shabbat service with Cantor Camhi singing with a Hanukkah twist! 

The cost is $10/adult $5/child (12 and under) and a maximum of $35.  It is very important to RSVP to the temple at 732-222-3754 so we know how much food to buy.  Invite a friend, too and celebrate the Festival of Lights!

Please join us for this fun evening in the dark of winter but with the light of Hanukkah and Shabbat with your friends and family.   Don't forget to bring your menorah!