Celebrate Selichot!

Join us Saturday, September 17th to celebrate Selichot!

7:00 pm for a Dessert Reception

Sign up with Dawn, specialevents@templebethtikvahnj.org, to bake & bring your favorite creation!

7:45 pm – Program led by Rabbi Brian Beal

“Ethical Wills: Insuring your values and ideals will be your lasting legacy” 

9:00 pm – Candlelight Selichot Experience

Book & Author Event

Fantasy Football!

Now is the time of year when good things happen. The unbearably warm weather (hopefully) begins to recede, the evening temperature drops, and Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to announce that we will conduct our 4th annual 
TBT NFL Fantasy Football League and Fundraiser
All are welcome to join!
Here is how it will work:
The entry fee is $100. Once we find out how many people will be participating, we will determine if we will have 1 or 2 leagues. There will be a maximum of 24 teams. It is a full-point PPR (points per reception) league with a selection for a defense and kicker. No prior Fantasy Football experience is needed! The draft will be held at 7:00 pm in the Temple’s Chapman Atrium on August 31st (yes, we have Wifi). You are also welcome to join the draft virtually (link provided once registered). To register, please fill out this Google Form by August 30th Google form link! 50% of the total earnings will go to TBT as a fundraiser, and the 1st place winner will receive 50% of the total earnings minus $150, which will go to the 2nd place winner. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to text or call Greg Seligman at 201.417.0382. 

Thank you

Missed Erev Shabbat?

If you were unable to attend or log into Rabbi Beal’s first service with us last Friday, it is posted on our YouTube page!

Please note- we experienced audio difficulties during the Dvar Torah, and the audio lowers significantly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Local Stuff:

Be sure to check out the Community Happenings page for local news & events

Welcome Rabbi Beal!

We are excited to welcome Rabbi Brian Beal and his Family!

Our official welcome of Rabbi Beal has to be postponed – Rabbi Beal has been called out of town for a family emergency. 

We will update everyone when more information is available.

But please join Cantor Erica, Friday, July 8th in person!
Oneg to follow

A Message from Rabbi Beal –

Rabbi Henry M. Weiner, my childhood rabbi at Temple Shalom in Aberdeen, NJ, told the following story:

A rabbi wanted to teach his students an important lesson. The teacher directed each of them to go out into the forest, select two twigs of equal size, and bring them to her.  

When they returned, she asked the eldest student to take one of his twigs and break it in half. The stick snapped with great ease. The rabbi then gestured for the second student to do the same. It broke in two with very little effort. The third student also was asked to sever one of her sticks, and she completed the task in an instant.

The rabbi then took a piece of thread and bound the three remaining twigs together. She handed the small bundle to the first student and asked him to break it in half. The student tried but could not snap the twigs. Neither could the other two students. This time, the sticks remained intact.

​This story is a wonderful allegory for those of us who cherish synagogue life. My rabbi loved to tell it because such a simple message conveyed a profound message. Strength — and blessing, love, meaning, purpose, etc. — comes from connecting with one another. 

We were reminded of this eternal truth when the pandemic arrived, and we craved engagement. Remember that our Jewish identity burns brightest when it is fueled by people who are there for one another in moments of need and times of celebration. I know many of you were grateful for being a part of TBT, sustained by this sacred community presence even when you could not be inside the Temple building. 

 I feel blessed that our family now is part of the TBT sacred community and for the privilege of serving as your rabbi. We have a lot to look forward to in the weeks, months, and years to come. My first ‘official’ day was July 1, and yet I have been active for a couple of months, getting to know a community already in progress and working on essential projects. There is a magnificent team of talented and engaged volunteers and staff in place, and it is a privilege to partner with them. I am eager to dive in full-time and be fully present in the life of TBT and its members. 

As we get to know one another, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at RabbiBrianBeal@gmail.com or at the Temple. I look forward to engaging with each one of you personally as we build additional bridges that connect us one to the other.

Unfortunately, family circumstances caused a brief delay to my ‘TBT move-in day.’ My father became seriously ill, and there was a need to fly to Florida yesterday. I am with my mother and brothers and look forward to returning to TBT as soon as possible. In the interim, I am grateful to our presidents, Lisa and Steve, Student Cantor Erica, Joyce, Alissa, and the entire team of staff and volunteers as they ensure that all of your needs continue to be met to the best of our ability. 

I look forward to meeting each of you soon!

​L’shalom,

​Rabbi Brian K. Beal

Erev Shabbat 7/8/22

Join Cantor Intern Erica Rubin this Friday in our beautiful Sanctuary, for Erev Shabbat Service. Service begins at 7:30pm.

Stay afterward for a fun Oneg!

Friday 7/1/22 – Virtual Only

Due to the long Holiday Weekend, Friday, July 1, 2022’s, Erev Shabbat Service will be Virtual only.

Click here to join