February 26, 2021 E-lijah
From the Principal

Lemonade…it’s pretty good. 

You know the saying, right? Well this pandemic has given us so many reasons to make lemonade just to get form one day to the next. Suddenly we are all (well, almost all) Zoom experts, we are all wearing masks and we don’t feel awkward about it, and we have allowed Amazon to really get to know us. What choice have we had? We have had to adjust because life is not a snow day.

At the Religious School at TBM, we were miraculously able to pivot our studies to Zoom immediately when the pandemic hit with parents totally on board with our program. Following a long summer of soul searching the decision was made to stay virtual. We sent out a parent survey to find what worked and what needed and from where I sit behind my Zoom screen, things are going really well. Lemonade.

Attendance is WAY, WAY up. Kids are on time and surprisingly engaged. Teachers have stepped up to create interactive games and discussions. And the best part? They really are learning and progressing. I know this form parent feedback, from checking in with the teachers and just from popping in to each class every week. 

I have asked parents to be our partners in education. They have signed students up to volunteer for parts in the Children’s Shabbat services, encourage their children to participate in optional online activities to strengthen their skills and it shows in students amazing attitude in class.

We have sent packages in the mail to keep the interest going. Packages containing yeast and tea lights along with a recipe for challah, or a recipe for soufganiot  (jelly-filled donuts) were mailed home to the delight of children. Other times, gifts were delivered to homes, including New Year’s Eve treats and Purim treats and crafts. This keeps our students excited about everything they are learning and compliments our virtual program.

The BEST tasting lemonade has been the response to our YALLA pilot. YALLA stands for Young Adult Learning Academy, and it follows the successful Teen Academy format, learning with the Rabbi. To date we have 16 college and post college young adult participants and we are just beaming with pride.

So, while we are all looking forward to life resuming as it was before the pandemic, we’re enjoying our lemonade and we hope you are too!
Kabbalat Shabbat 

February 26, 7:30 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat for February 19 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.


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

New Sisterhood Page

The Sisterhood webpage is being updated and maintained.  Use the button below or the dropdown link (under the About Us) to keep up with the latest Sisterhood news and activities.

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.

New Video Below:
Dr. Erwin Tepper
​​​​​​​Dr. Rita Tangorra
Yahrtzeit Page

Need to check on this month's Yahrtzeit?  Use this link to go to the temple's Yahrtzeit page.
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.
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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