the electronic newsletter of Beth Miriam 
June 16, 2017
Important Announcement

Rabbi Stanway gave out complimentary tickets from the Axelrod Theatre for the show 'TIME and CHANCE.'  We have just received word that the show has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience
'Days of Awe Art Exhibit' is Looking for YOU!
The debut “Days of Awe Art Show” which will open September 10, 2017 is well on its way to success. BUT we’ll be relying on Temple Beth Miriam members and interested community members, to help make it a reality.

The response from the arts community has been fabulous so please help guarantee its success by stepping forward to help!!! Opportunities and volunteer responsibilities are available below:

Marketing Invitations Committee

Market the show including advertising, mailings, PSAs to inform the Congregation and community know there is a show (looking for 2-4 volunteer)

Recruit artists to submit their work for judging

Inform artists whose works are selected after judging day and thank those for submitting whose works weren’t selected
PSAs, invitations and press releases electronically distributed to target groups

Press releases and PSAs to media and cultural organizations, search engines by June

20, July 15 and August 15

Event-Logistics Committee

Food-flowers-décor; prepared foods-donations, secure utensils and plates. Shop food (loking for 4 people)

Event Committee

Prepare written artist’s bios in two reference books for show
Tags with pricing, plaques to be hung below painting with artist/painting name

Hang show September 4/5th (looking for 5-7 volunteers)
Set up reception September 10th at 2 p.m. (looking for 4 volunteers)

Set up and break down and clean up for opening night reception

Show opening reception September 10th at 5 pm (looking for 6 volunteers)

Serving wine, taking coats, welcoming attendees, answering questions and assisting with sales of the paintings

Please Contact David Nussbaum , either by phone or e-mail at
E-mail: nussmeister1@gmail.com Telephone: 732-245-8488

Days of Awe video project  

Rabbi Stanway is working with one of our congregants who is a professional video producer.  This year we are producing 3-5 videos in mid-August around the theme of the Days of Awe for use on our YouTube channel.  We are looking for script writers for the following themes:

  • Taking advantage of all the worship opportunities of the High Holidays at TBM

  • What to expect in the new prayerbook

  • What to expect in the realm of music (this would feature the Cantor, of course)

  • Something about meaning of Yom Kippur

  • Membership at Beth Miriam and being a part of our community​​​​​​​

If you are interested in helping out with this project, be in touch with Rabbi Stanway by June 15th at 732-222-3754
Israel Trip 2017 now accepting all registrants
The TBM trip to Israel is planned and the itinerary and brochure are ready for download.  Everyone, members of the temple and those who are not (yet) members, are most welcome to register today.  Everyone is warmly invited to join us for this trip of a lifetime.
Now that the summer is upon us, Rabbi Stanway is thinking about Adult Education in the fall. He is working on several things in which you are invited to participate.

  • Theology: a new format for our Wednesday morning Theology class will utilize modern technology as we explore issues of God, Torah, and Israel using a new video presentation format created by the Hebrew Union College specifically for adult learners. The classes will explore the videos, use some of the worksheets and maybe even have an exercise or two before or after each session for further exploration at home. This is experimental but it promises to be a lot of fun and thought-provoking. We will meet in the library and use the new audio-visual space for our class.

  • Midrash: we will continue our exploration through Midrash Rabbah each Sunday there is Religious School. This past year, we explored from the Genesis stories at the beginning of the Torah and are now in the middle of the Noah story. This may not sound like a lot but we read each and every midrash and glean meaning from it pertinent to today’s thinking Jew. Of course, no Hebrew or Aramaic is needed as it is done in all English.

  • Shabbat Morning Torah Study: join us in early September as we delve into the portion-of-the-week using today’s and yesterday’s commentaries and our own personal reflections. Torah comes alive during these wonderful 1 hour or so Torah studies that begin on Saturdays at 11 am. Just enough time to wake up, have breakfast and zip over to the temple for some learning with tachlis.

Watch the temple calendar beginning in September when the classes begin to populate the calendar.

We are looking forward to having you learn with us and enriching the intellectual and spiritual side of your Jewish experience.