July 27, 2018

We are you!

Beth Miriam is a Reform synagogue and is a temple brimming with tradition as well as creativity. Our mission is to create a holy space for everyone who comes into our Mishkan – the place where God dwells.

This is a place where we invite you to pray, sing, to be intellectually and spiritually stimulated, learn and be engaged with the community and with Israel.
Ours is a place of joy and support and sharing.

We are an egalitarian community where traditional families, LGBTQ people, interfaith families and partners, singles, Jews-by-Choice and anyone interested in finding a sanctuary will be welcome.

Summer services are especially warm and comfortable.  Praying in our magnificent backyard as the sun begins to set is conducive to a Shabbat worship experience.  Those services are at 6:30 and last about an hour giving you the evening to celebrate Shabbat in your own unique way.  Everyone is welcome and you are invited to dress as casually as you wish.  This is just one of the ways that Beth Miriam is more than a temple: it is place where your soul and body can worship, learn, teach, sing and just be.

Please, reach out.  We promise to reach back.
This Week's Torah Portion: Vaetchanan
Parashat HaShavuah
Moses pleads with God to let him enter the Land of Israel with the people, but God once more refuses his request. (3:23–28)

Moses orders the Children of Israel to pay attention and follow the laws given by God in order to be worthy of the land they are about to receive. (4:1–40)

Specific areas of the land are set aside to serve as cities of refuge. (4:41–43)

The covenant at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are recalled. Once again, the people are exhorted to heed God’s commandments. (5:1–30)

Moses speaks the words of the Sh’ma, the credo of Judaism, and commands Israel to show their love for Adonai and keep God’s laws and ordinances. (6:1–25)

Moses warns the people not to commit idolatry by worshiping the gods of the nations they will conquer in Israel. (7:1–11)
Shabbat Around the World Beach Service
The Shabbat Around the World Beach Service and Dinner was a huge success.  180 people joined at the temple to walk down to the beach on a perfect Friday night.  The service was inspiring and the dinner was wonderful.  Crunchy the T-Rex made his appearance (thank you NJDINO.NET) and the ice cream truck was a huge hit (thank you to the anonymous donor).  All in all a beautiful mid-summer eve's event.
Prenegs this Summer
Everyone welcome
July 27 & August 17

Join us this Friday for some wine and cheese before services.  Everyone is welcome at 6 PM and service is at 6:30 PM

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Mark Your Calendars for a uniqe Selichot

The Days of Awe may be some time away but mark you calendars for  a new kind of Selichot experience
Southern Fried Shabbat

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Sisterhood Escape the Puzzle Evening

The Sisterhood is having an Escape the Puzzle event.  Participation is limited so sign up today.
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Help us get ready for the Days of Awe
The Days of Awe are on their way and we are beginning to get ready.  

You can keep up with all the Days of Awe news at Beth Miriam at the temple website page for the Days of Awe.

Have you checked the Yiskor book and the passings page?  If you lost someone this year, please be sure to put them on the passings page so their name can read during Yiskor.  Use this link to go to the page and check out the book and the names list.
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