From the Rabbi


We are Reform Jewish community which means that 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.  

Beth Miriam is a place of welcome and warmth.  You will always be embraced regardless of your background, previous affiliation, or Jewish knowledge.  We believe that you are a vital part of the Jewish future and present and we are a place in which to nurture, feed and protect that Jewish part of your self.  Join us anytime for a class, a service or an event.  You will find a place to call home right away.

This pandemic has certainly altered how we all interact with each other, but as New Jersey starts to lift some of its lockdown restrictions, Temple Beth Miriam plans on opening up Shabbat services to its members.

On June 11th, the newly formed ‘Reopening Committee’ met virtually to discuss how we can resume live in person services at our temple. We have deliberated over numerous options to minimize the risk among our congregants and still be able to socially interact.

We plan on starting our traditional outdoor services on June 26th, in compliance with all state and CDC guidelines. We feel this can be done in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Seating will be spaced apart sufficiently to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • Masks will be worn and provided for those in need.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the property.
  • Prayer books will be available in limited supply so they may be kept in storage for 1-2 weeks and then be re-circulated.
  • Restrooms will be limited to one person at a time.
  • There will be no oneg.
  • Exit and entry limited to rear of social hall.

We realize the lifting of restrictions and resumption of religious services remains fluid and we are prepared to accommodate any changes accordingly.

We also realize some of our congregants may not be comfortable with the reopening or may wish to resume virtual services. For this reason, there will be concomitant on line Zoom streaming for the time being.

It is still early but with the COVID situation, we are beginning to plan for Days of Awe contingencies.  Trying to anticipate several alternative scenarios, we are going to post updates throughout the summer.

Our first update is the Yiskor Book.  We need to make sure that it is as accurate as humanly possible.  That is why we need your help.  Use the button below to take a look at it, and download it if you want and check your names.  If there are mistakes, omissions, etc., you should let us know immediately so it can be corrected.  Please do not assume that all your information is accurate and precise.  Email Rabbi Stanway at rabbi@bethmiriam.org with any corrections

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The Shmoozeletter will be sent electronically during the pandemic.  If you want to download it immediately use the link below.  It will also be sent your email address on record.  If you did not get it by email, please make sure to check your spam or junk file.  If it is still not there, please call the office to make sure we have it correct.  IF YOU MUST HAVE THE SHMOOZELETTER BY MAIL, PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW – 732-222-3754

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