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Welcome to Temple Beth Miriam דף הבית ברוכים הבאים לבית מרים

Beth Miriam is a Reform synagogue where we seek to nurture the Jewish life of all of our congregants, young and old, in times of distress and in moments of joy. We are steadfast in our commitment to תיקון עולם (tikkun olam/social justice) in the greater world around us and in Israel, and we seek to strengthen our ties of love and loyalty with Israel in all arenas.  We embrace all Jews, showing warmth, love and equality to all.  We show love and equality to all genders, races, gay and straight families and individuals, marital and parental statuses of every Jewish person. We also welcome the interfaith family to our congregation openly and lovingly.


Social Action Shabbat
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Join the temple community on December 3 at 7:30 for our annual Social Action Shabbat celebrating the temple’s social action and tikkun olam activities.  The evening will begin with a Preneg of wine and cheese at 7 PM and everyone is most welcome.  Come and celebrate Shabbat with a Social Action twist.

Annual Meeting
confer4cOn Sunday December 13th, TBM will be holding the annual meeting. The meeting will begin at 10:00 with a light breakfast at 9:30.  Please try to attend for several reasons; we need a quorum which will enable us to conduct end of year business, committee chairs will be submitting reports summarizing activities giving attendees an opportunity to become familiar with temple activities and make recommendations for future activities, and financial results will be shared.  As well, our youth choir will be singing and adding even more joy to the meeting.
Please join us.
Social Action Soup Making
The Social Action Committee has a wonderful tradition – home made soup making!  We will have our next soup making event on Saturday, Dec 5th.
The menu is chicken noodle and vegetarian mushroom barley – they both sold very well last year.
Soup sales will take place on the 6th. Since there are several events going on that day, we will be selling from around 11 until around 1.
Please mark your calendars. This is always a fun event. Some cook, some chop, others just hang out and give moral support.  We will provide pizza for everyone.
Sisterhood Hannukah Lunch and Dreidel Tournament

jewish_boy_girl_dreidel_lg_clrDate: December 6th
Time: 12 – 2 pm
Come join us for a wonderful lunch of Latkes, Sandwiches, Salad and Desserts.
Then watch your junior dreidel sharks spin their way to prizes and glory in this year’s Dreidel Tournament!
Don’t miss this great annual event!
RSVP TO THE TEMPLE 732-222-3754 By December 1st
Cost: $5 per person/Maximum $20 per family with RSVP
**$2 per person late fee at the door


Men’s Club Event:  Revamping the Library

pullcart_library_book_open_lg_clrOur temple has a need for an updated library.  This project will help our young, old, and all other members utilize our library.  Our goal is to make it a more space efficient, computer driven center for learning. The first phase is to discard old books, references, video tapes, etc.  We need your help.  Please join us and wear something you mind getting dusty!

Date:  December 20
Time:  Noon
Place: TBM library
Bagels, donuts and coffee with be provided.
Deli Night at Beth Miriam

Pastrami-Sandwich-at-Dillmans_600x390-600x390Join us on December 12 at 6:30 PM for a deli dinner and the movie “The Deli Man’ with haimisha interviews with Jerry Stiller, Larry King, Fyvush Finkel, and Ziggy Gruber. You will love this heartwarming and very Jewish movie and the short discussion afterwards and you will love the food – traditional deli with all the fixin’s!  The cost is FREE for temple members  if you RSVP (732-222-3754) by December 9, 2015.  If you are not a member of TBM or want to pay at the door, the cost is  $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.  (Please RSVP though so we can get enough food).  This is going to be a very laid-back night and extremely tasty!  Joyously sponsored by the Programming Committee of Beth Miriam.

Purim Spiel Tryouts

purimWe are  starting to plan for our annual Purim Spiel. This year, following the smash success of Frozen!, we will be doing Disney’s Descendants (also written by Cantor Marnie!). Auditions will be after religious school on Sunday, January 3 and rehearsals will begin on Sunday, January 24.  The sign-up sheet will be on the Music Classroom door beginning in December.  Auditions for parts are open to students in grade 3 and up, and adults (members in good standing). 2nd graders (and older students/adults who do not want a speaking/singing role) can be in the chorus and there will not be an audition.  We are also looking for adults and students (grade 3 and up) to help create the scenery.

Contact Cantor Marnie for more information: cantor@bethmiriam.org

December challenges

The December holidays can be a complicated time for interfaith families. If you are raising your kids Jewish, how can you honor the family, heritage and traditions of a parent who did not grow up Jewish (whether or not the parent currently practices another religion)?  Join us as we welcome Rabbi Jillian Cameron to the temple to lead us in this important discussion on December 6 at 9:30.  Please check this link for further details.