Festival Experiences

Beth Miriam has been doing first and last day Festival services for many years.  (The Festivals are Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot).  However, attendance has been very limited, especially when the Festival lands on a weekday.  Therefore, to adapt to this, Beth Miriam is going to launch the Festival Experiences. At each Festival, there will be [...]

By | June 21st, 2013|TBM Blog|0 Comments

High Holiday 2013 Schedule

HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE UPDATED SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 Sunday, September 8 Cemetery Service 10AM Friday, September 13 Kol Nidre 8 PM. Saturday, September 14 Yom Kippur Children’s (1-5yrs) 9 A.M. Morning 10 A.M. Study with the Rabbi 1 P.M. Community Family 3 P.M. Musical Spiritual Reflection 4 P.M. Yizkor (Memorial ) 4:30 P.M. (approx.) Neilah (Closing) [...]

By | June 21st, 2013|TBM Blog|Comments Off on High Holiday 2013 Schedule


Exciting news: Beth Miriam is planning to go to Israel from March 2-11, 2014.  Rabbi Stanway will be leading the trip with the professional staff from ITAS Tours, professionals who are experts in Israel trips.  There is an active committee of 9 congregants who are planning the trip with the Rabbi. The promotional materials and registration forms [...]

By | March 7th, 2013|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Beshallach – Lying, Lance, and Leadership

It has been all over the news in the past couple of weeks: Lance Armstrong is a liar and he admits it.  Well, I must say that knowing what we all know about him lately, it is not very surprising that he is a liar and consistently lied about his doping throughout much of his [...]

By | January 24th, 2013|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Vaeira – Delving Deeply

Parashat Vaeira - Holiness is Relationship As you are probably aware from the Passover Seder, we have four different cups of wine or grape juice. Each one, we are taught, refers to a verb that God uses in the Torah to describe the process of the Exodus from Egypt. One of those words is והוציתי [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Parashat Shemot – In Spite of it All…

The parasha that we read this week begins the book of Exodus.  In it, we read what Pharaoh says at what we can imagine to be the beginning of his reign when we ‘arose and did not know Joseph.  He says, 9 וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־עַמּוֹ הִנְֵּה עַם בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל רַב וְעָצוּם מִמֶּֽנּוּ: - "And he said unto [...]

By | January 2nd, 2013|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Vayigash – I got caught!

The parasha this week has Joseph, the vizier of Egypt and newly-self-revealed brother of those who sought to kill him many years ago, sending his brothers back to Canaan to get their father, Jacob.  He is not angry with them but sends them on their way by saying, וַיְשַׁלַּ֜ח אֶת־אֶחָ֝יו וַיֵּלֵ֞כוּ וַיֹּ֤אמֶר אֲלֵהֶ֭ם אַֽל־תִּרְגְּז֝וּ בַּדָּֽרֶךְ: [...]

By | December 20th, 2012|TBM Blog|0 Comments

In The Face of Tragedy

The latest heartbreaking tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT has given rise to the question that keeps coming back after every kind of tragedy, sickness, act of depravity.  It is a question that no one has answered despite their best efforts.  That question is, of course, ‘Why did God allow this [...]

By | December 17th, 2012|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Hearing Torah – Mikeytz

The story in this week's parasha is interesting in that Joseph is asked to interpret Pharaoh's dream of the seven fat cows and the seven skinny cows.  Joseph says something interesting after explaining that the dream means seven good years of harvest and seven bad years of harvest.  He says: וְעַתָּה֙ יֵרֶ֣א פַרְעֹ֔ה אִ֖ישׁ נָב֣וֹן [...]

By | December 13th, 2012|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Hearing Torah Vayishev

Pursuing What? In this week’s Torah portion, Joseph is certainly at his most immature.  He does not realize what is in store for him nor how he will see God working behind the scenes in his life.  All he has now are dreams and he will gladly share his ‘wisdom’ with whomever he wants, especially [...]

By | November 27th, 2012|TBM Blog|0 Comments