180 Lincoln Ave, Elberon, NJ  732-222-3754
April 14,  2017


What says springtime more than a Passover Seder and Opening Day of our Men's Club softball team??

We are playing Temple Shaari Emeth from Manalapan. They were the first team we defeated in our undefeated 2016 season.

Sunday, May 21

Game time 9:30-11; warm up at 9

Location: Manalapan Recreation Center; 120 Route 522, Manalapan, Field #5

I need at least 13 players. Please email me at eyedocbarry@gmail.com or text me at 732-233-7274.

Making the Omer Count: Colour Your World

As part of our ‘Making the Omer Count’ series of Social Action events, we are happy to introduce you to ‘Colour Your World.’

During the week of May 1st to May 7th, one of the weeks of the Omer project, we will be collecting arts and craft supplies for kindergarten and pre-school school children, at the Bradley Elem. School in Asbury Park.
You can drop off your donated supplies to Temple Beth Miriam during that week. If you want to make a monetary donation, send check to TBM  office (specify Omer  Arts Project) and the committee will buy the needed supplies. 

Suggested supplies: colored construction paper,drawing paper,crayons, colored markers,colored pencils, glue sticks, sketching pads,water paint kits and any other supplies.

Let’s all make this a very successful venture. It will greatly help the children of Asbury Park.
Thanks for your support!
Making the Omer Count: Pet Fair and Blessings - Bring your pets!
Were you at the Community First Seder?  We would love to hear from you.  Take this simple 30-second survey and let us know what you thought.  Use the link, here.
Passover Yiskor and Text Study

Rabbi Stanway will be leading a text study on Monday, April 17, the seventh day of Pesach and will be leading a Yiskor service which is customary for last day of a Festival.  Join him on Monday, April 17 at 10 AM for this study and service to commemorate the Festival and give honor and memory to those who have gone before us.
We continue our early service series with a service especially created for young families.  Join us on April 21 at 6:30 for a Simchat Shabbat combined with our Visual Tefillah!  The service is filled with music and joy and is guaranteed to go no more than one hour which opens up the whole evening to you and the family.  Everyone is welcome to attend and we encourage you to bring friends who are looking for a Shabbat experience tailored especially for them.
...our Family Program for young children

Saturday, April 15
10 AM - 11:30

Join us for Passover Together, our program for young children.  We will celebrate the Feast of Liberation (Pesach) in a friendly and warm way.  Bring your young children for music, dance, food, and a special Passover arts and crafts project that you can use for next year's Seder. 

Everyone is most welcome.

Breakfast with the Rabbi

Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible
April 23, 9:30 AM

You are invited to Breakfast with the Rabbi on April 23 at 9:30 AM.  We will welcome Rabbi Brooks Susman and Dr. Chris Bellitto as they inspire us with ‘Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible.”

What lessons might we learn about wisdom and growing older from the Bible? Is it true that wisdom comes with age or can we learn about wisdom from young people, too? Join us as we draw lessons from famous (and not so famous) Biblical stories to learn how to gather wisdom and appreciate her gifts of blessings and burdens, patience and laughter, and reaping and sowing. Join us as Christopher Bellitto of Kean University talks about his new book in a discussion led by Rabbi Brooks Susman.

There is no charge and all are welcome.
If you have come into the temple lately, you will notice some physical improvements. Thanks to the generosity of Lenny and Dawn Berkeley, we have illuminated the large Beth Miriam sign on the front yard, removed the old sign that was parallel to the road, illuminated the sign perpendicular to the road, illuminated the flagpole and repaired or replaced and enhanced all the landscape lighting. In addition, we will be replacing the floodlights on the pole in the backyard with LEDs which will be switchable and have an outlet on a new pole. This will alleviate the need for the extension cord having to traverse the patio on those days when we want to bring power to the grassy area in the back. We are also looking into an LED sign for the western edge of the property that will be eye-catching and very informative.

An anonymous family has taken up the task of beautifying the landscape which will include flowers, seeding, and so forth that enhance both our curb appeal and our pride in our building.

Of course, you know about the restoration of the Heimlich-Aaron Library. Under the guidance of Stella Stanway, our principal, the Library has undergone a huge renovation. With a generous donation from the Aaron family - long time multi-generational members of Beth Miriam - and the many donations from congregants (who will be formally acknowledged in another column) the work has been completed. Included in the renovation was removal of old bookshelves (but the original dedication plaques will be remounted on the wall), a new paint job, new tables, chairs and uniform cabinets, a 79 inch TV, dedicated children's area, LED lighting (dimmable) and a library section for adults with classic and contemporary volumes. The dedication is expected to be in late May.  It is a fresh and bright space and a great place in which to learn, meet, and study.

The front office is a much more inviting area. We removed the old cabinets and have painted the office a more calming yellow (actually, the color is called 'Lemon Souflee' - yummy). The area has been purged of old and unnecessary items and, in the coming months, we hope to get new chairs for guests to the office (if you are interested in donating for the chairs, please contact Rabbi Stanway).

A congregant who wishes to remain anonymous is redoing our entire computer system to bring it up to date, secure and we will have our own dedicated server and wireless access throughout the building and into the backyard. That work will be completed in the next several weeks.

Kudos to the Sisterhood!  The Beth Miriam Sisterhood donated some of the proceeds from the Rummage Sale to the installation of a recordable security system and cameras around the temple. Effective immediately, everyone in the office, the rabbi's office and the Religious School office have a video view of every entrance into the building. This enhancement to our security - in addition to the security measures we already had in place - makes Beth Miriam safer for you and your children. You may be wondering if there have been any threats to the temple - no, not a one. This is all preventative work so please rest assured that we have not had any problems in the least.

Finally, many thanks to Cantor Marnie Camhi who donated a new portable sound system to the temple after the untimely demise of the old one.  The new one is more powerful, has many more features and is truly a state of the art portable system.

These improvements are paid for by people who have a dedication and love for the temple. From all of us, we sincerely thank you for your love and commitment.