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Yom Sheini, 23 Kislev 5778

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Java with the Rav: Sharing Our Stories

Written by Rabbi Steven Mills on Monday, 01 December 2014.

Share conversation over a cup of coffee


coffeeHow can sharing a conversation over a cup of coffee change a congregation? 
It can if it is multiplied many times over by members of our Beth Am community!

I have long held the belief that a congregation must be a “caring community of connectedness.”  In this blog I want to share with you, and I hope you with me, thoughts on how we are and can become an ever more welcoming and caring congregational community.  I believe that Dr. Ron Wolfson, in his book Relational Judaism has identified a key way we can be a closer community, and he observed that two of the most important parts of the Jewish experience are “…telling stories and asking questions (p. 6).”

Telling stories of our lives and asking questions of others regarding their lives really helps us connect with one another.  This is how I would like us to continue to grow our congregation in warmth and connectedness. 

Please consider this my invitation to you join me in a quiet yet transformative activity: ask another member of the congregation to join you for coffee (or your favorite beverage or food) to get to know one another’s stories. 

I intend to get this relational activity started by inviting you to share coffee and a conversation with me. My only request would be that you “pass this along” by having a similar conversation with someone else that you may not know well in the congregation. 

To have Java with the Rav, please call me or email me to arrange a time for us to get together over a cup of coffee.  You can reach me at the Temple at 973-887-0046 or email at rabbi@tbaparsippany.org

Congratulations to our Aleph Class Consecrants

Written by Lynn Cutler on Friday, 21 November 2014.

Celebrating on Simchat Torah

Mazal Tov to our Aleph Class on celebrating their formal Consecration as Religious School students at services on Simchat Torah.

Much preparation went into the celebration. Morah Lisa Margolis worked with her Aleph students to customize the covers for the mini-Torah scrolls presented at the service, and Morah Jackie Burge organized a delicious Family Dinner held before services.  

During the Consecration ceremony, students received blessings on the bima, a chocolate bar to wish them a 'sweet' year of learning, a beautiful certificate of Consecration, and a congratulatory certificate from URJ Camp Harlam.WEB consecrationstuff

The Great Shofar Blowout

Written by Lynn Cutler on Monday, 10 November 2014.

TBA Joins Greater Metrowest in a Record-Breaking Celebration

The Great Shofar Blowout
On Sunday, our TBA Religious School brought a contingent of 32 students from our Bet and Gimel classes,madrichim(teen aides) and teachers to the Great Shofar Blowout at the JCC campus in Whippany. We joined with Rabbi Mills, Cantor Inna, other TBA families, and schools, congregations and inviduals from all around the Greater Metrowest Area to respond to the traditional shofar calls - tekiah! shevarim! teruah! tekiah gedolah! - together. In doing so, the 1,043 of us in attendance established a new Guinness World Record for the largest shofar ensemble! We had a great time be 
Cantor Inna and Rabbi Mills get in on the action!
ing together with our community, and enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces at the event.Yasher Koach - great job! - to all participants!

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Welcome to 5775!

Written by Lynn Cutler on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

TBA Religious School Kicks Off the Year

And, we're off! Thank you so much to all of the families who came out to help us celebrate the first day of school in style!

TBA Religious School families enjoyed a delicious bagel breakfast, thanks to the TBA Sisterhood, sang Hinei Ma Tov and the Alef Bet Song with Cantor Inna, watched Rabbi Mills live-cartoon a story as he told it, got to meet teachers (and for the teachers, got to meet parents!) and much more. We are looking forward to an amazing year together.

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