Upcoming Calendar of Events involving Social Action/Social Justice, of interest to congregants of Temple Beth Miriam
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Activities January 16-21, 2019read more ...
Don't pass up the opportunity to study with Rabbi Cy and fellow congregants at the Rabbi's Sunday 8 am class on Talmud, also Wednesday 10 am class on the Talmud's Pirkei Avot volume, and additionally Wednesday evening 7 pm January 23rd when the class explores a new book, Pirke Avot: A Social Justice Commentary. See 'read more' below for a brief summary of the January 9th evening class, and also more about resources that examine or challenge the very notion of Social Action/Social Justice in a Jewish context.
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Watch the TBM Calendar for when the TBM Membership Committee sponsors renowned gastronomic gatherings, buffet-style, such as the Chanukah Shabbat dinner, wintertime diaspora Canadian Picnic next scheduled for Sunday January 27, 2019 at 12 noon (click here for details on TBM home page), summertime Beach Service BBQ, and Sukkot Havdallahcue. PLEASE invite friends and neighbors. The expense is modest, and as always, there are special deals for families.read more ...Please contact the TBM office for event registration which helps membership chair Steve Silver get an accurate count for the food. Contact Steve firstname.lastname@example.org about volunteering for an event or to join Kathy Cohen, Mark Cohen, Sandra Maseda, Roy Dressner, Pat Shapiro, Phil Falcone, Steve, and the Rabbi on the membership committee.
Watch for TBM Programming Committee Movie Nights that generally attract an older crowd of congregants for a buffet dinner followed by an Israeli or other Jewish-themed film on TBM's big screen along with some enlightening discussion. Next movie night is Saturday January 26, 2019 at 6 pm, click here for details on TBM home page.read more ...Please contact the TBM office for event registration which helps membership chair Mark Cohen get an accurate count for the food. Contact Mark email@example.com about volunteering for an event or to join the programming committee.
Harmony Coffee House at Temple Beth Miriam on Sunday March 3, 2019 at 2 pm.read more ...
Please think of bringing a non-perishable food donation to drop off in the bin by the front door, whenever you are coming to Temple Beth Miriam for services, Hebrew School, or a special event. Your food contributions are taken weekly to the newly expanded food pantry at The Lutheran Church of the Reformation at 992 Broadway in West Long Branch. If you are interested in volunteering there, you might consider joining fellow TBM congregants one day a month at the food pantry.
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Stay tuned for Temple Beth Miriam's annual soup-making and soup selling fundraiser.
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Each Friday night at 7:30 pm (sometimes earlier, particularly in summer) please come to TBM to celebrate Erev Shabbat, joining Rabbi Cy and fellow congregants, along with Cantor Marni often accompanied by other TBM musical talents. Erev Shabbat services are usually traditional, but sometimes feature a Bar or Bat Mitzvah reading prayers, celebration of baby-naming, birthday or other blessings, new music from Cantor Marni, or the participation of a group from among TBM youth. Erev Shabbat services are always followed by a delicious oneg. Summer services frequently are outside on the patio.
For many of us, the holidays such as Purim, Passover, Selichot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Hannukah are what tie together our Jewish religious practice, Jewish culture, and our daily lives. Don't deny yourself the opportunity for social action that is absolutely for each of us ourselves, as we are nurtured, and simultaneously help to nurture by celebrating together.
Rabbi Cy and Cantor Marni are sponsoring at the Temple a Passover second-night Seder on April 20, 2019 starting at 5 pm. Call the TBM office for details.
Stay tuned for when Temple Beth Miriam congregants lead a Passover Seder (during a weekend afternoon not the first or second day) at The Atrium Assisted Living residence in Tinton Falls.
read more ... This annual event attracts approximately two dozen of Atrium's Jewish residents and their visiting family members. The Atrium prepares a delicious menu of traditional Passover Seder dishes and ritual items. TBM volunteers help lead the Passover Seder service, though you'll be amazed at the knowledge and humor of Atrium residents themselves. Contact TBM organizer Gayle Topper firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to volunteer, and also to honor TBM's near-centenarian congregant and teacher Milt Ziment who hopefully will join us, and who for many years has volunteer-led Shabbat and holiday services at local assisted living facilities.
Formally join Sisterhood or Men's Club to be on the inside track of these happy and satisfying excuses for TBM congregants to engage in social action -- getting together -- sometimes for serious purpose, and sometimes for fun. Or please, at least sample some of their many sponsored events and activities that promote social action closest to home, among congregants within our own Temple community. The expense is modest, and as always, there are special deals for families.read more ...
Contact Sisterhood leaders Debbie Gerbman email@example.com or Cindy Singer firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Men's Club president Al Goldman email@example.com for more information.
Watch the calendar for the occasional very-well-attended Sunday Breakfast with the Rabbi events that invite a guest speaker who has a significant role in the lives and fortunes of all TBM congregants, to address us and answer our questions, in an up-close and personal setting.
PLEASE invite friends and neighbors to participate in any of TBM's events and activities (TBM-congregant-only gatherings are rare). Your extending an invitation would be a social action mitzvah. Expense for events is modest, and as always, there are special deals for families. Please talk to Rabbi Cy if you think TBM should welcome your guests gratis.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) (until 2003: Union of American Hebrew Congregations or UAHC), founded in 1873 by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, is the congregational arm of Reform Judaism in North America. The other two arms established by Rabbi Wise are the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. See the following Wikipedia links for RAC and URJ
The Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey (RJVNJ) is an extension of the Religious Action Center, focused on issues impacting New Jersey that reflect our values as Reform Jews. See calendar above regarding the annual Trenton information and lobbying session.
Social Justice listening campaign house meeting report
In early December 2018 TBM former president Judy Berg organized a house meeting that was hosted Rabbi Cy and Stella Stanway, attended by TBM Board members and other congregants who have had a variety of roles as social justice leaders.
Judy's agenda was an initiative from the CSA that involves 360 congregations across America, to devise strategies for future efforts of the Reform Movement concerning issues of social justice.
The house meeting at the Stanways featured a guided engagement conversation to brainstorm about which issues are most broadly and deeply felt. Judy's goal was to assess the role, interest, and capacities of the Reform Jewish community on issues of social justice to influence RAC's next social justice initiative.
Participants shared personal stories of experiencing or witnessing injustice. Concerns included anti-semitism, women's rights, racism, gun violence, abuse, mental health and homelessness.
What is it that empowers and unites Jews, that might engage us regarding issues of social justice? We heard at the meeting about the importance of community, our desire to debate and discuss, our compassion for others, out need to give back, our acceptance of others, our openness and our command to repair the world. This sets the tone for all we could accomplish.
Some participants felt it was better to stick with local initiatives like getting involved with food pantries and community kitchens to support those who are food insecure, dealing with homelessness and mental health issues, confronting sexism and racism, addressing women's issues, promoting legal justice including voting rights, and helping immigrants. But the group seemed open to explore and pursue additional broader issues that are shared with Jews and others nationally and globally, such as anti-semitism, climate justice, gun violence, defense of Israel, security at houses of worship, interfaith families, and engagement of unaffiliated and all Jews to make the synagogue and Jewish practice more meaningful.
Judy will report back key findings and takeaways from the TBM meeting to the RAC. The RAC will then analyze the findings from many such engagement conversations and develop a strategic campaign that will take RAC's social justice efforts through 2019 and beyond.
A selected RAC campaign plan will be announced at the Consultation on Conscience event sponsored by the RAC in Washington DC in May 2019.
Additionally, TBM's Social Action Committee has the opportunity to move both RAC and local initiatives forward.
Judy can be reached at:
TBM board member and Social Action/Social Justice chair Phil Falcone firstname.lastname@example.org is coordinating this web page. Please send an email to add your initiative and information to this page, or for any other questions or suggestions.