February 2 Elijah



First Seder Help Needed

We are happy to announce that TBM will be hosting another fabulous First Seder for Pesach.  Bob Kellert is going to be our Seder Coordinator and is looking for volunteers.  This is a big event and a great opportunity to get involved.  Contact me at rabbi@bethmiriam.org if you are interested and I will get you all the necessary information.  Or, if you wish, reach out directly to Bob Kellert at bobeggs@aol.com.  Thanks!


Creative Shabbat Experience

The Rabbi and the Cantor are breaking out of the box!  They are creating some Shabbat experiences for the Spring and early Summer that will be simply amazing.  Here is what we are working on:

Shabbat worship hike

Shabbat Yoga

Shabbat Drum Circle

Shabbat Chanting

Shabbat Meditation

Watch this space!


Chocolate Oneg

Our front office staff loves our temple!  And, to express that love Frankie Langer and Tyler Barbato are sponsoring a chocolate-themed Oneg Shabbat on February 16th at 7:30.  Come join us!

Visual Tefillah
Make a note to join us for our next Visual Tefillah Kabbalat Shabbat on February 23 at 7:30.  And, of course, join us for any and all Shabbat services at Beth Miriam.
Social Action Committee News
The Social Action/Social Justice Committee is in high gear as it plans to address local and statewide issues.  Look at this link to see what the committee is working on.
Save the Date
  • Family Pizza and Bingo night: April 7, 6PM.  Everyone most welcome!
  • Movie Night: 'The Band's Visit' - February 10, 7 PM.  Desserts and yummies by Stella Stanway

Sunday Morning Talmud 

After a year of challenging ourselves in Genesis Midrash Rabbah, we are almost finished the current volume. Our next course of study will be Tractate Megillah in the Babylonian Talmud regarding the laws of the Purim megillah and Purim in general. Everyone is most welcome to join us for the class which is held every Sunday morning that there is Religious School.

If you want to get the book (which you will need if you are coming to class, you can get it here in various formats
Rabbi Stanway at MLK event
Rabbi Stanway participated in the community-wide service at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr on January 15th.  The presence of two Jewish clergy along with a dozen or so Christian clergy and a local imam gave voice to ecumenical nature of the gather and an even more clear voice that the divisive state of dialogue present in this country has a powerful witness against it.  It was a moving and meaningful event and next year, you are all encouraged to participate.
I Love the 80's Purim Spiel 
Save the Date!
Grab your groggers and wear your favorite ‘80s clothes and join us for TBM’s totally rad 80’s themed Purim Spiel “The New Queen on the Block” (written by Cantor Marnie) on Sunday, February 25 at 11am.  Sing, dance and laugh to the music of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Gibson & more!

Beth Miriam and Trinity AME Share a Wonderful Shabbat
It was a wonderful Shabbat evening as Beth Miriam welcomed the members of Trinity AME church in Long Branch to join us for a Shabbat of Unity as we wrapped up the week of commemorations of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The sanctuary was full and the music by Cantor Camhi and the Trinity choir was uplifting.  The sermon by Rev. Deveraux was insightful and moving.  A wonderful Shabbat was enjoyed by all!



A musical by Samuel J. Bernstein

Queen  Esther’s  Dilemma is inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther. This original musical play blends humor with anguish, tragedy with triumph, while exploring Jewish identity in all its complexities---an amazing tale presented in a full production with 8 actors and orchestra.

Four exceptional performances:                                                        March 1st   at 2p.m.  (special Purim performance)                         March 4th   at 8p.m. (opening  night)                                                March 13th at 3p.m.                                                                                   March 18th at 6p.m. (closing night)                

At the Center for Jewish History                                                      15 West 16th Street                                                                                 New York, NY 10011  

Tickets ($20 and $30) may be purchased through queenesther.bpt.me or by calling 1.800.838.3006.*                    Note: There is a slight reduction on some tickets that are purchased prior to February 1st.

*If needed, the event registration number is  #3232007.

This event is not sponsored by Beth Miriam but is included in Elijah as a PSA