Temple Beth Miriam E-lijah November 27

One has to look no farther than the front door to know that this Thanksgiving is so much different than any before.  We can almost say, parroting Pesach, 'Why is this night different from all others?'  Because on this night there is a near-empty table.  Few, if any, are coming home afraid of either catching or spreading the virus. And for more than a quarter million families in our country, the table will be forever missing a soul.  So much is different from years past.  Soon, God willing, this year will be a bad memory of a challenging and sorrowful time.  But for now, we struggle through it together.

So on this Thanksgiving, what ought we to be thankful for?  Everyone has their own reasons to be thankful, for sure.  But maybe this year we ought to be even more mindful of our friends and temple community.  Knowing that your friends have been with you and you with them and knowing that Beth Miriam is still reaching out and serving you is reason for thanks.  In fact, in a profoundly moving way, many of us are grateful that we have not been abandoned.  Maybe this year's Thanksgiving can be even more meaningful than any other before it. 

I don't know about you, but each holiday - Jewish or otherwise - throughout this year has deeper meaning than ever before.  On Rosh Hashanna, we prayed for the blessings of a sweet new year - and, boy, did we ever mean it!  On Yom Kippur, we wondered who shall live and who shall die, who by plague and who by water.  And every Shabbat we would wish one another a Shabbat Shalom - a Shabbat of peace with all the layers and profundities peace means in the middle of the pandemic.  This Thanksgiving will also be more meaningful.  It is no longer simply about turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.  It is about the joy of being loved, God-willing being healthy, having your friends, your family and your temple around, and knowing that you are cared about.  All that is a reason to be thankful.  

So, to paraphrase Ecclesiastes, 'Eat your turkey in joy - and take time to sincerely reflect on the blessings you have and will once again have in the near future.'

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Rabbi Cy Stanway
Shabbat Services
Because of the uncertainty of the state of the pandemic from week to week, please be sure to check the temple website at www.bethmiriam.org to see if services will be at the temple and on YouTube or only on Zoom as we self-isolate.  The website will be updated NO LATER than about 3 pm on Fridays and usually well before that

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Mazal Tov!
​​​​​​​Temple Beth Miriam extends its mazal tov to Sam and Ben Jacobson on their b’nai mitzvah on November 21. Sam and Ben were called to the Torah at the Temple Beth Miriam bima and led us in the reading and the worship service. Mazal tov to parents Greg and Lisa on this wonderful event
Shabbat Siddur for At-Home Use Now Available for Pick Up at the Temple

The pandemic has made us all more creative in the way we worship.  Although we prefer to be in the temple, for now, too many people are reluctant to go indoors just yet.  So, to make Shabbat worship easier for you, you are now welcome to come and get a siddur 'Mishkan Tefillah' for as many people as you need in your household.  The only requirement is that you must be a member household of the temple and, when the pandemic is over, you will need to return it or replace it.  Simply come to the temple (call first to let us know you are coming so we can get the books ready for you), take as many books as you need, sign the form and you are good to go.  Now you can follow along the service from home with the physical prayerbook in your hand.

Havdallah Schedule
Everyone is welcome to our online Havdallah ceremony ending the Shabbat and beginning the new week.  The time is 7:30 on the dates below in Zoom Room 589-198-4173 p/w 181818

November 28  7:30 PM
December 26   7:30 PM
January 23  7:30 PM

November 27
Joseph Milberg
Midge Berkowitz
Gustava Cooper
Richard Hamburger
Bertha Hersh
Edythe Koehler
Lee Lewis
Jacob Rosenheim
Diane Feinberg
Joseph Kashtan
Betty Morris
Max Rosenfield
Ben Rothschild
Sophie Budner
Morris Seidman
Edward Dobrin
Edward Novick
Miriam Graff
Sylvia Gray
Bernard Halbstein
Esther Lefkowitz
William Marlin
Nan Sachs
Meyer Satsky
Albert Ballin
Beatrice Deutsch
Claire Haber
Carrie Hamburger
Helen Klein
Leo Pearl

December 4
Mitzi Fox
Gloria Fried
David Greenstone
Pinkus Jaffe
Albert Newfield
Jerry Tamkin
Marcia Barrett Baker
Albert Parker
Israel Zimring
David Bosniak
Stuart Haupt
Louis Hersh
Morris Leibowitt
Bernice Seldin
Ira Tiplitz
Irving Weston
Samuel Wetzler
Mary Beam
Harry Gorsky
Gilda Lillian Stanway
Ruth Tucker
Susan Zaback
William Davis
Daniel Goldman
Mary Keller
Miriam Klein
Edwin Chesler
Estelle Eisenberg
Sidney Goldstein
Pauline Green
Anna Stamelman
Nathan Strauss

(If you notice an error in the list, either the spelling of the name or the date, please feel free to let the office know so we can correct it)

May their memories be an eternal blessing and may their souls be bound up in the bonds of life
Did you know that you can send a short paragraph about your loved ones so that you can share a bit about them at the time their name is read from the bima?  Just email the temple or the rabbi at tbmoffice@bethmiriam.org or rabbi@bethmiriam.org and we will gladly do this for you.
President Barry Edison  eyedocbarry@gmail.com
Rabbi Cy Stanway rabbi@bethmiriam.org 
Cantor Marnie Camhi cantor@bethmiriam.org 
Religious School Principal Stella J. Stanway 
Administrator George Korbelak tbmoffice@bethmiriam.org
Youth Group Stella Stanway  stellastanway@bethmiriam.org
Religious School Board Wendy Sloter redheadwjs@comcast.net 
Building Superintendent Rosy Franceschy 732-762-4335 
House Committee Keith Kaplan kpkaplan@icloud.com
Invesments Harry Silverman hjsilverman@optonline.net 
Membership Steve Silver steve.silver@gmail.com 
Sisterhood Point Persons Debbie Gerbman dgerbman@comcast.net 
Cindy Singer cinsing@aol.com 
Relig. Pract. Sharon Silverman  shari4h@gmail.com
Social Action/Social Justice Phil Falcone pffalcone@gmail.com
Immediate Past President Harry Silverman hjsilverman@optonline.net

Men’s Club Alvin Goldman alvingoldm@aol.com 
Danielle Delcuore danielledelcuore@yahoo.com 
Brian Gillet gilletbg@optonline.net 
Alvin Goldman alvingoldm@aol.com 
Lori Goldstein lgoldstein83@verizon.net 
Kara Zappacosta karazappacosta@gmail.com
Don Pingitore kg2nv@optonline.net
Rebecca Levin rlreb8@gmail.com 
Sharon Silverman shari4h@gmail.com
Sandra Maseda Perez sandyreym@gmail.com
Chase Kaplan kaplanstudios@mac.com
Roy Dressner rdres@optonline.net
Peter Grayson 
Fred Eckhaus fielaw@gmail.com

President Barry Edison  eyedocbarry@gmail.com
Harry Silverman hjsilverman@optonline.net
Brian Gillet gilletbg@optonline.net
Wendy Sloter redheadwjs@comcast.net
Sandra Maseda Perez sandyreym@gmail.com
Roy Dressner rdres@optonline.net