Welcome to your temple

Beth Miriam is a Reform synagogue and is a temple brimming with tradition as well as creativity. Our mission is to create a holy space for everyone who comes into our Mishkan – the place where God dwells.

This is a place where we invite you to pray, sing, to be intellectually and spiritually stimulated, learn and be engaged with the community and with Israel.

Ours is a place of joy and support and sharing.

We are an egalitarian community where traditional families, LGBTQ people, interfaith families and partners, singles, Jews-by-Choice and anyone interested in finding a sanctuary will be welcome.  We believe that everyone is part of the Jewish future regardless of your background, previous affiliation (or lack thereof), or Jewish knowledge.

Services are at 7:30 PM on Friday evenings.  Everyone is welcome and you are invited to dress as casually as you wish.  This is just one of the ways that Beth Miriam is more than a temple: it is place where your soul and body can worship, learn, teach, sing and just be.

Please, reach out.  We promise to reach back.

Sisterhood Clothing Drive

Clean out your closets

For The Sisterhood Clothing Drive
10/28-11/2 & 11/4

What We Want

Your unwanted clean and wearable clothing, shoes, purses, hats, belts, backpacks, new household linens, and small toys. Please bring in kitchen garbage bags, not the very large black garbage bags so the bags are not too heavy.

What We DO NOT Want

Old, smelly (including cigarette smell), stained, moldy, damaged or wet clothing, items from storage units, large toys, furniture, books, DVDs, VHS, electronic items, appliances, used household linens, or socks. Please DO NOT bring in such items because it will make the donation process longer and will waste space in the transport vehicle.
Where and When can you drop off your donations?
All donations can be brought to TBM from Sunday 10/28 – Friday 11/2, and Sunday 11/4 when the temple is open or religious school is in session.
There will be No Drop Off on Saturday 11/3 because of a private event.
Items should be brought to classroom 15 on the lower level.
If you feel you will need assistance carrying your items to the lower level, please bring them on one of the Sundays during religious school when someone will be there to assist you. There will be no assistance during the week.

Help Needed

We will need volunteers to load bags into the transportation car on Sunday 11/4.
Contact Debbie Gerbman to volunteer or for questions – or 732-616-9711

Breakfast with the Rabbi

Featuring Rabbi Brooks Susman and Dr. Chris Belitto

Everyone is welcome as we learn about Jewish and Christian Art with Dr. Chris Belitto and Rabbi Brooks Susman. November 11, 9:00 am. No charge

Join the Youth Choir for Hannukah

Join the TBM Youth Choir! All religious school students in grades 1-12 can sing with us! Rehearsals will be Sundays, November 18 after school and December 2 during school. We will be singing on Friday, December 7 for Shabbat during Chanukah. Email Cantor Marnie to sign up your child:

Beth Miriam donates Torah to Barcelona Synagogue

Over the more than one hundred years of Beth Miriam, we have acquired Torah scrolls from various places.  In fact, a few years ago, we added a new Torah to our Ark.  There were Torahs that were no longer being used – generally because of age – and the Religious Practices Committee and the Board agreed to donate a Torah under the Rabbi’s guidance.  We are happy to report that a brand new young Reform congregation in Barcelona, Spain is now the guardian of that special scroll.  May they read it in joy and may it be the Tree of Life to which that new congregation clings for many years.

Movie Night & Dinner

The Women’s Balcony

October 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m

The Programming Committee of Temple Beth Miriam presents Dinner and a Movie on Saturday night, October 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. with a showing of “The Women’s Balcony”, an Israeli film which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Critics Pick and Israel’s #1 film of the year.

Geniza Ceremony

Over the course of many decades, Beth Miriam has amassed a great many books from donations and purchased.  Many of them were lovingly used and read and were falling apart.  Old prayerbooks which could not be used, old tefillin and tallitot were all collected over the years, as well.

Jews do not like to throw out books or other holy objects as we consider these things to have souls, like people.  And, like people, when their lives have ended, they deserve respect and honor.

In mid-October, the upper-grade students of the religious school took the books from the temple geniza (store-house for holy objects) and we went to the Beth Miriam cemetery to participate in a service thanking the books for their wisdom and light and then laying them to rest forever.  It was a moving ceremony and the students and adults who participated did something quite rare.

The books and holy objects that gave wisdom and joy and moments of spirituality to so many now exist in the hearts of those they touched.  May their inspirations guide their readers for years to come.

Religious School Calendar

The new religious school calendar is out for 2018-2019.  Click this link to go the page and download the calendar in .PDF

The Circle of Life

Mazal tov to Jim and Madlyn Aaron on the bar mitzvah of their grandson
Condolences to Sandy Cohen on the death of her mother, Miriam Pilver
Condolences to Dana Galkin on the death of her grandmother, Shirlee Salesky
Mazal tov to Fran and Steve Silver on the birth of their new grandson born on July 20
Mazal tov to Zach and Katherina Weiner on the birth of their new son, Chaiim Ezra, on July 21
Mazal tov to Hank B. on his bar mitzvah
Mazal tov to Bob and Maureen Berman on the birth of their new grandson!
June 13: Mazal tov to Aaron and Kasey Levine on the birth of their daughter, Daire Sterling
June 2: Mazal tov to Ezra L. on his bar mitzvah
April 27: Mazal tov to Marissa F. and Ryan G. on winning the Heimlich-Aaron Award for 2018!
Condolences to Stella Jeruzalmi Stanway on the death of her father
April 29: Mazal Tov to David Meier and Vanessa Rino on their wedding!
April 23: Mazal tov to Sherri Nott and Jon Oglensky on their wedding!
April 14: Mazal tov to Tyler Suchodolsky on his bar mitzvah!