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Last Updated on 26 January 2017

Program Descriptions

Hebrew Learning Options

Adult B’nai Mitzvah

Temple Shalom offers a program for those who never had the opportunity to celebrate becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the age of 13 or who wish to experience a meaningful ceremony filled with knowledge and purpose. The program, culminating in being called to Torah, utilizes all of the adult learning options given here at the Temple and around the community. Membership at Temple Shalom is required. Contact Rabbi Malinger at rabbi@templeshalomnj.org for additional information.

“Being a Menstch – Come Learn How to Lead a Minyan Service”

It is a mitzvah to comfort the mourners and the best way is to help lead a minyan service in a House of Shiva.  Come and learn how to do this wonderful act of kindness and be the best mentsch you already are! Instructor – Ed Miller

“So You Want To Lead A Shabbat Service”

Come learn how to lead a Shabbat service and volunteer to lead or co-lead with our clergy on a Friday night or Saturday morning.  Instructor – Ed Miller


Worship Interactive Options

Adult Choir

Led by Music Director Peter Isherwood, this volunteer choir rehearses twice a month, on Monday evenings, preparing to help lead our Congregation in song at many Shabbat services during the year. If you love to sing, this is the place for you! Contact Peter Isherwood, isherwoodp@middletownk12.org ,for additional information.

Shabbat Speakers

Watch the SHALOM for featured guests who will be welcomed to the bimah to share lessons of Torah and Jewish answers to today’s tough questions.

Torah Trek

Imagine a worship experience which strengthens the intimate connection between humanity and the earth.  Come and join us for an outdoor nature worship experience guided by members trained in the skill of Torah Trek. – led by Edward & Susan Miller

Judaic Learning Opportunities

“Christians & Jews – Faith to Faith”

Rabbi Malinger will offer concurring daytime and evening classes on this subject that involves Tragic History, Promising Present, and Fragile Future.  See the SHALOM and calendar for class times.  There is a fee.

“The Way to the Heart of Judaism is Through the Stomach: Lessons on Jewish Food for the Cook and the Consumer”

Learn how Jewish law, ritual and migration have influenced Jewish cuisine as well as how Jewish cooking has influences world cuisine. –Taught by Edward Miller

Brotherhood/Sisterhood/Caring/Renaissance Programs

What does a person do on a Sunday morning from 9:30 am -11:30 am? How about treating ourselves to a delicious breakfast? In addition, you will be able to nurture your minds and souls with great speakers and wonderful programs of learning.  Participating in these activities may be subject to membership and fees.

Night at the Movies – A Mussar Lesson

There will be two evenings dedicated to a contemporary movie with a thematic lesson of Mussar –  a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural idea that encourages moral conduct, instruction or discipline.


This group is for our “empty nesters” in their middle years. Programs include peer-oriented social, educational, cultural, and recreational activities that keep participants active and involved.

Rosh Chodesh

Each month, our Rosh Chodesh group gathers to study and celebrate the arrival of the New Moon.  This is a wonderful opportunity to discover the beautiful spiritual connections of women and our Jewish traditions.


This coming year, we are pleased to welcome to Temple Shalom three special guests this year for programs of learning and spiritual nourishment.  We welcome:

Cantor Lisa Levine (February 28, 2015) for YOGA SHALOM – As an alternative to the traditional prayer service, Yoga Shalom can engage and unite us. Whether you have no yoga experience or have been practicing for years, and regardless of your age or abilities, Yoga Shalom will help you relax your body, calm your mind, and nurture your spirit. Yoga Shalom brings Jewish worship into sharp focus by clearly explaining each of the prayers, their connections to yoga and context of the service as well as kavannot, interpretive writings which add depth and creativity to each chapter.

Cantor Ellen Dreskin (March 27-28, 2015) – an innovative leader in today’s Reform Movement.  Her expertise extends from music to synagogue transformation, from experiential education to enlivened liturgy and mysticism.   She is dedicated to revitalizing and re-energizing synagogue life in North America.

Rabbi Rex Perlmeter (May 8-9, 2015) – Rabbi Perlmeter created the he Jewish Wellness Center of Montclair to fulfill the mission of working with institutions and individuals in pursuit of sh’leimut – an experience of wholeness grounded in the belief that wellness can best be achieved when addressed holistically in the four realms of human experience – the physical, psychological, intellectual and spiritual – as framed by the teachings of Jewish tradition. Through teaching, worship and guidance, he strives to embody and cultivate practices in each of the four for the sake of transforming lives and, through those lives, communities and worlds.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Led by our rabbi and at times by lay leaders, this interactive discussion group examines weekly Torah portions and selected books of the Prophets and Writings, the second and third sections of the Torah. Join us each Shabbat morning from 9:15 am -10:15 am for lively conversation and stay for the Shabbat service afterward! No background required—just a willingness to learn and share ideas or just listen. Contact Rabbi Malinger, rabbi@templeshalomnj.org, for additional information.

Sisterhood Book Club

This program is hosted by Sisterhood but open to all. Dates and book titles for this fun and interactive activity offered throughout the year will be announced. Contact Kendal Karten: k2garden@verizon.net  for additional information.

 Sisterhood Shabbaton

Join members of Sisterhood and our clergy for Sisterhood’s annual Shabbat Retreat away from the pressures of everyday life. Participate in prayer, study, meditation and social activities with old friends and new!

Special Programs

JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others)

On the first Tuesday of each month (beginning October 7, 2014) we will offer a private space for friends and love ones to gather and support one another in meeting the challenges of substance abuse and dependency.  Open to all.


Social media, in so many ways, is an amazing thing. For all the garbage that gets thrown at it, its powers are almost unrivaled compared to any other tool on the internet. Come and learn about Jewish social media tools and how you can become connected to the current Jewish world and many more opportunities for active Jewish engagement . March 1, 2015 – Instructor:  Rabbi Laurence Malinger


Instructor: Guest Genetic Counselor and Rabbi Malinger

23 & Me is the world’s trusted source of personal genetic information.  This program will introduce us to the world of genetic testing and the lessons to be gleaned from this information.  We will discuss how the DNA information enables you to learn about potential health issues as well as learn about ancestral links throughout the world.  Anyone who attends the program will be given access for FREE testing kits. April 12, 2015

Jews and Brews

Join us (Rabbi Malinger and local religious leaders) for a buffet of appetizers and some brews as we study Jewish tradition and enjoy meeting new people – Date TBA


Your Ideas are Always Welcome!

Our Life-Long Jewish Learning program at Temple Shalom will continue to grow over the years. Please offer your suggestions or volunteer to teach a class in an area of interest, or help sponsor a program with a donation. Contact Ed Miller (speshuled1215@optonline.net) or Rabbi Malinger, rabbi@templeshalomnj.org, for more information.

Simple Calendar

July 21, 2017
  • Shabbat Service at Middletown Ideal Beach
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Location: Ideal Beach, Middletown, NJ, USA


    Bring Chairs and Water Bottles

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