Challah Drive-By

By templenjAF | January 18, 2022

Challah drive-by sponsored by Ways & Means Drive-by Temple Shalom to pick up Challah & say hello! Friday, January 28th & Friday, February 25th 4 – 6 PM For more information and to place an order, click here.

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | January 14, 2022

As we read this week’s Torah portion, Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), just when the Israelites think they have escaped Egypt, their oppressors chase after them. The situation looks grim and impossible to overcome.  The Israelites say sarcastically to Moses, “Were there not enough graves in Egypt that you had to take us out here to die in…

New Jersey Hope & Healing: Coping with Change

By templenjAF | January 10, 2022

RWJ Barnabas Health & Temple Shalom of Aberdeen Together in Partnership to Provide Connections During These Challenging Times Mondays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Beginning on Monday, January 17, 2022 All sessions are virtual and free to attend; they’re open to the community. Click here to attend

JNF “Leaving No One Behind” event

By templenjAF | January 10, 2022

Jewish National Fund-USA presents Leaving No One Behind A Special Evening in Honor of Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month Monday, January 31, 2022 at 8:00pm ET via Zoom Video Conferencing Join Jewish National Fund-USA as we recognize Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAAIM) with an inside look at how people like…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | January 7, 2022

I was reading an article written by Rabbi Noah Farkas of San Bernindo, CA who asked the questions: Who are we to each other? What do we have in common with you and me? What are we hoping to achieve? These questions keep rattling around in my mind as we progress through another challenging week…

Virtual Services and Classes

By templenjAF | January 5, 2022

Dear Temple Shalom Family and Friends: First – a happy and healthy new year to each of you. We pray that we will return to some sense of normalcy soon. Considering the increased COVID cases locally and throughout our state, in addition to learning that several members and their children have recently tested positive for…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | December 31, 2021

We have questioned the business of Pharaoh’s “hardening of the heart” from many different aspects over the years. But there is another entity that we haven’t looked at – the average Egyptians themselves! Did they know why all of these “plagues” were happening to them while Goshen remained unscathed? Were they aware of Pharaoh’s attitude?…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | December 24, 2021

There are a lot of movies that depict the events of this week’s Torah portion, Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1), so it might be the most famous portion of the entire Torah. The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt tell the story of the birth of Moses, his vision of God at the Burning Bush, and his first appearance…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | December 17, 2021

A major feature of this week’s Torah portion, Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) is the world’s first recorded Ethical Will, as Jacob approaches the end of his life. For each of his sons, he has either advice or predictions. Our Rabbis, however, wonder about his treatment of Joseph’s sons. There are many explanations, but let’s look at the…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | December 10, 2021

Rarely in life are we given a chance to correct the mistakes of our youth. One of the marks of becoming an adult is learning to live with our past errors and striving to grow from them. Sometimes, though, we are able to try again and see whether or not our efforts have made a difference,…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | November 26, 2021

I begin with a story – a young boy was walking to meet his father and walked past a woman sitting on a bench and crying. He realized something was wrong and asked her if he could help. She said no and he started on his way, but something made him stop and turn around. It…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | November 19, 2021

This week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43), we read, “Esau ran to greet him. He embraced him and, falling on his neck, he kissed him; and they wept.” (33:4) Torah readers who know the special trope marks will note in this week’s reading that there is one phrase inscribed in the parchment with diacritical dots…