October 19, 2018
Shabbat Services

Every Friday Night at 7:30.  Everyone is always welcomed with a warm and genuine smile and a Shabbat Shalom!  

Nominating Committee will be meeting to consider nominations for the Board of Trustees and Officers of the congregation. Anyone interested in serving on the Board of Trustees should communicate with Mike Gross, Chair of the Nominating Committee, either by calling him at 732-219-5486 or emailing him at mgross@ghclaw.com.
Annual Congregational Meeting

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 16 at 9:30 for breakfast and the Annual Congregational Meeting.  The meeting will share with the congregation where Beth Miriam is at, what our plans are for the future, and will present the recommendations for the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee.  It is an important meeting and you are all urged to join us and vote for the motions presented.  We look forward to seeing you there.  No RSVP is needed.
Geniza Experience

Over the course of many decades, Beth Miriam has amassed a great many books from donations and purchased.  Many of them were lovingly used and read and were falling apart.  Old prayerbooks which could not be used, old tefillin and tallitot were all collected over the years, as well.

Jews do not like to throw out books or other holy objects as we consider these things to have souls, like people.  And, like people, when their lives have ended, they deserve respect and honor.

In mid-October, the upper-grade students of the religious school took the books from the temple geniza (store-house for holy objects) and we went to the Beth Miriam cemetery to participate in a service thanking the books for their wisdom and light and then laying them to rest forever.  It was a moving ceremony and the students and adults who participated did something quite rare.

The books and holy objects that gave wisdom and joy and moments of spirituality to so many now exist in the hearts of those they touched.  May their inspirations guide their readers for years to come.
Breakfast with the Rabbi

Rabbi Brooks Susman and Dr. Chris Belitto

Everyone is welcome as we learn about Jewish and Christian Art with Dr. Chris Belitto and Rabbi Brooks Susman.  November 11, 9:00 am.  No charge
Hannukah Gift Gallery News

November 5th from 9-11 - Sisterhood will be packing up the Hannukah gifts for the religious school children and setting up the tables for the Gift Gallery. Please come and help for as long as you can.

The Hannukah Gift Shop sponsored by the TBM Sisterhood will be open on Sundays- November 18th, December 2nd & 9th from 9 a.m.-12:30p.m.
Come do your holiday shopping. Great gifts for family & friends! End of Hannukah Clearance Sale on December 9th!

You can send students with  money if they want to purchase items for family, or shop at any time from drop off through pick up. Come see our wide variety of fun and affordable gifts! If you would like to help with sales, contact Lisa Jacobson at lwarner5@aol.com

Jewish War Veterans Shabbat

Everyone is welcome as we honor the service of all American War Veterans and especially our own Jewish War Veterans during Shabbat service on November 9 at 7:30.  Please join us for this special service.
For The Sisterhood Clothing Drive
10/28-11/2 & 11/4
Where are the items going?
The sisterhood will be using a company that will pay us by the pound for everything we collect. Then the items will be sorted and distributed locally, nationally, and internationally to be sold at economical prices to help low income areas. In addition, nothing will ever be discarded, which keeps it out of landfills. All while cleaning out your closets! It’s a quadruple win!

What We Want
Your unwanted gently used, cleanand wearableclothing, pairs of shoes, purses, hats, belts, household linens, and small toys. Please bring items in white kitchen garbage bags, not the very large black garbage bags, so the bags are not too heavy.

What We DO NOT Want
Old, smelly (including cigarette smell), stained, moldy, damaged or wet clothing, items from storage units, large toys, furniture, books, DVDs, VHS, electronic items, appliances, or socks. PleaseDO NOT bring in such items because it will waste space in the transport vehicle.

Where and Whencan you drop off your donations?
Dates: 10/28 – 11/2, and11/4.There will be No Drop Off on Saturday 11/3because of a private event.

Where: Temple Beth Miriam, 180 S. Lincoln Ave, Long Branch, NJ. Items should be brought to classroom 15 on the lower level.

Time: Sundays8:30am-Noon; MF-when the temple is open. Call 732222-3754 to verify hours.
If you feel you will need assistancecarrying your items to the lower level, please bring them on one of the Sundaysand someone assist you. There will be no assistance during the week.

Get the word out: Share with family and friends & post on social media!
Contact Debbie Gerbman to help out or for questions – Sisterhood@bethmiriam.org

Movie Night & Dinner

The Women's Balcony

The Programming Committee of Temple Beth Miriam presents Dinner and a Movie on Saturday night, October 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. with a showing of "The Women's Balcony", an Israeli film which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Critics Pick and Israel's #1 film of the year.

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a Orthodox community in Jerusalem. A good hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. Preceding the film will be an Italian dinner catered by Nick's Grill and Restaurant of Wanamassa.

The cost is only $15 per person. Please RSVP to the TBM office at 732-222-3754 or email to signups@templebethmiriam.org.
Join the Choir

Open to all students    

Join the TBM Youth Choir! All religious school students in grades 1-12 can sing with us! Rehearsals will be Sundays, November 18 after school and December 2 during school. We will be singing on Friday, December 7 for Shabbat during Chanukah. Email Cantor Marnie to sign up your child: cantor@bethmiriam.org.
Beth Miriam Donates Torah to Barcelona Synagogue  

Over the more than one hundred years of Beth Miriam, we have acquired Torah scrolls from various places.  In fact, a few years ago, we added a new Torah to our Ark.  There were Torahs that were no longer being used, generally because of age and the Religious Practices Committee and the Board agreed to donate a Torah under the Rabbi's guidance.  We are happy to report that a brand new young Reform congregation in Barcelona, Spain is now the guardian of that special scroll.  May they read it in joy and may it be the Tree of Life to which that new congregation clings for many years. 
Teen Academy    

Stay engaged!

Our next Teen Academy is on October 21.  First class 9-10:30.  Second class 10:30-12:00 pm.