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…


By templenjAF | November 18, 2021

Tired of not having a say in community governance? If you are passionate about social justice … we need your help. There is an urgent need for Temple Shalom to join sister congregations across New Jersey and work with RAC-NJ to have a voice in issues that concern our Jewish community. What is RAC-NJ? RAC-NJ, the Religious…

Giving Tuesday – November 30

By templenjAF | November 18, 2021

#GivingTuesday is less than a week away! Last year you came out big and your donations directly impacted the programs that we are able to provide in our community. We are so appreciative of your support! Stay tuned for more information.

Frozen Turkey Breast Donations

By templenjAF | November 11, 2021

Please stop by on Nov 17, to help the Matawan Municipal Food Pantry in their effort to get donations of frozen turkey breasts.

26 Elul 5781

By templenj | September 3, 2021

September 3, 2021 This is the last Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah – the New Year. This week’s Torah portion, N’tazvim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20), states: “Concealed things are known to Adonai our God but revealed things are for us and our children forever, to apply all the provisions of this teaching.” (29:28) The older I get the more I fear…

19 Elul 5781

By templenj | August 27, 2021

August 27, 2021 When you enter the land and get settled, this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) tells us, the most important thing to do, your first priority, is to bring an offering of gratitude.  “God brought us to this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.”(26:9) Then follows a long series…

12 Elul 5781

By templenj | August 25, 2021

August 20, 2021 “When you build a new house, then you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you should not bring any blood upon your house, if any person falls from there.” (Deuteronomy 22:8) This week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)  has more laws than any other in the Torah. Have grown up in…

5 Elul 5781

By templenj | August 17, 2021

August 13, 2021 Why would the Torah have a whole section dealing with the appointment of judges? For a society to be functional and cohesive, it needs rules and laws. Yet if the rules are static, progress, whether economic, social, or ethical, may be impeded. Our Torah foresaw the need for future change. In our portion,…

Elul Jewels 5781 Leading to 5782

By Karen Rosenberg | August 8, 2021

Today is the first day (of two days) of Rosh Chodesh Elul, (which actually falls on the last day of the month of Av). Elul is called chodesh hacheshbon, “a month of accounting,” as it comes at the end of the spiritual fiscal year. It’s also considered the month of preparation for the new spiritual year that begins…

28 Av 5781

By templenj | August 6, 2021

August 6, 2021 It seems to me that we’re coming to terms with the “new normal.” When schools, synagogues, and businesses first closed, we thought we were just doing deep cleaning; we’ll be reopening shortly.  Now we know everything has dramatically changed as we struggle to have a nationwide, if not universal, Coronavirus vaccination fulfillment.…

21 Av 5781

By templenj | July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021 Shalom from URJ Camp Harlam in beautiful Kunkletown, Pennsylvania! I have been involved in some form of Jewish summer camp for almost 40 years; as a camper at URJ Greene Family Camp to staffing there as well as at URJ Kutz Camp and serving as faculty at URJ Camp Harlam. Throughout all…