June 10, 2020
18 Sivan 5780
This Week with TBE
Friday, June 12
IHN Support Week 
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Installation of Officers via Zoom (Zoom Link )

Saturday, June 13
10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Blessings and Torah Study (Zoom Link)
Parashat B'ha'alot'cha; Numbers 8:1-12:16

Sunday, June 14
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Blood Drive ( more )
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Food Drive for Food Bank Network of Somerset County ( more)

Tuesday, June 16
7:15 p.m. TBE Reads: "Beyond the Ghetto Gates" with author Michelle Cameron via Zoom 

Wednesday, June 17
7:30 p.m. TBE Civic Engagement Kickoff Meeting ( more)

Friday, June 19
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service via Zoom (Zoom Link )

Upcoming Events
June 24: Sisterhood Women's Torah Talk ( more )

Community Events
June 13, 4:00 p.m.: Peaceful Protest, Somerset County Courthouse ( more)
Shabbat Online -- June 12 and 13
Shabbat Table
Kabbalat Shabbat Worship 
with Installation of Officers and Trustees
Friday, 6:00 p.m.   Yahrzeits will be read. 
Connect via Zoom or Livestream 
(More info about connecting  here)
Prayers will also be shown on screen.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Gluck
Parshat B'haalot'cha ; Numbers 8:1−12:16
Saturday at 10:00 for Morning Blessings
Torah Study at 10:15
Connect via Zoom

Blood Drive blood
Sunday, June 14, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Thank you to those who have already registered. Our drive is nearly full!

Register online at www.redcrossblood.org
Search for our drive (Temple Beth-El) by date or ZIP code (08844), and scroll down until you find it. If you need help registering, contact  Jodi Siegal with your full name, preferred time to donate, telephone number/email, and blood type (if known.)

The Red Cross will be using enhanced safety precautions: 
1.  All donors must be registered in advance. No walk-in donors.
2. Temperature will be taken at the door. 
3. Masks are required. Please provide your own. 
4. Food offerings in the canteen limited to prepackaged snacks and drinks

Contact Jodi with questions or offers to volunteer in the canteen.
Food Drive supporting the Food Bank Network of Somerset County 
June 14; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.FoodBank

The Food Bank Network desperately needs more food to stock their shelves. Bring a bag of non-perishable food to the temple on Sunday, June 14 (same day/time as the blood drive). Volunteers will be on hand to collect your donations. Please no glass containers and no expired food. 

Or, if you aren't able to get to the store, you can make a monetary donation direct to the Food Bank as they are able to get food in bulk at discounted rates. If you prefer to donate by check, mail your check to:
Food Bank Network of Somerset County
PO Box 149 
Building 9-E, Easy Street
Middlebrook Crossroads
Bound Brook, NJ 08805-0149

Either way, support the Food Bank as the need is great right now. If you can volunteer to help that day, contact Dave Kornberg.
Religious School

Registration for 2020-2021/5781 is open!

The form is very clear and easy to navigate. 10-15 minutes from start to finish!

Questions or concerns? Please contact  Sarah Gluck or  Lisa Friedman.
Civic Engagement Campaign Kickoff Meeting  Civic
Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30

As Reform Jews, we believe democracy is strongest when everyone participates. And so we at Temple Beth-El are launching our efforts to ensure that we all exercise our right to vote and have the knowledge we need to do so. We will be joining congregations across the country in the RAC's Every Voice Every Vote Civic Engagement campaign. The goals this year:
  • Make TBE a 100% voting congregation.
  • Work in coalition to achieve universal voting access in our communities.
  • Engage student voters.
This is an exciting, nonpartisan effort, and we invite YOU to come learn more and be part of our TBE civic engagement team! RSVP to the  virtual kick-off meeting on June 13 by emailing  Liz or Dave Cohen at  liz@decarchitect.com  or  david@decarchitect.com .
Zoom link will follow.

Sisterhood's Women's Torah Talk  WTT
Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.

Join your fellow Sisterhood members in a conversation about the Torah portion Korach (Numbers 16:1 to 18:32). No previous experience with Torah study, or with this portion, is required. We'll connect over Zoom. Email Fern Jurgrau for a Zoom link. Thanks to Gayle Skolky for serving as the discussion leader.
Legacy Committee Update
From Lillian Swickle, Legacy Circle Chair

I've had so many positive comments about how our wonderful congregation has responded during the corona pandemic. People talked about the phone calls to check on our members and see how they were and if they needed anything, offering to shop, pick up prescriptions, brought meals to anyone who needed or wanted them, streamed services and Seder and on and on.

We hope that our Temple Beth-El can continue in this meaningful path. I encourage you (if you haven't already done so) to contribute to the temple's future by making a provision in your estate plan (even a few percent) to benefit the next generation...after we are long gone. Please feel free to contact Amy or me if you need info on how to do this.  
Shomrim -- Keeping the Temple Safe

See the latest Shofar for an article describing the wonderful volunteer effort by the TBE Shomrim -- volunteers who had segued from keeping a watchful eye over services, activities, and our religious school to providing drive through checks of our beloved facility while it remains mostly empty during the pandemic. Additional volunteers are needed now and beyond as we continue to check on our building while also prepare for the eventual time when we can start gather as a community again. The correct phone number to call or text Harold Levin is 908-672-6477 or you can email him   to learn more. 
Helping Hands -- We're Here for You

Our group of Helping Hands volunteers has been busy making masks, shopping, running errands, and keeping us all connected. 

If you have a hand to lend, or you need a hand, email HelpingHands@TempleBethElNJ.org with your request. To the folks who are lending hands, we say THANK YOU!
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How to Reach Us

Our Lay Leaders
Leigh Miller ( President)
Gary Cohen (First Vice President)
Andrea Bradley (Second Vice President)
Elyse Robbins (Treasurer)
Jeff Resnick (Assistant Treasurer)
Lynn Small (Secretary)
Julie Hirsch (Connections Counselor)
Roxanne Levinston (Justice Counselor)
Ryan Maizel (Sustenance Counselor)
Melissa Pyle (Learning Counselor)
Jodi Siegal (Spirituality Counselor)

Temple Beth-El Office: 908-722-0674 
Most staff is working remotely. Voicemail will be checked daily.

Professional Staff
Rabbi Arnold Gluck: x311 /  RabbiGluck@TempleBethElNJ.org
Cantor Emily Simkin: x315 / EmilySimkin@TempleBethElNJ.org
Amy E. Rubin (Executive Director); x310 /   AmyRubin@TempleBethElNJ.org  
Sarah Gluck (Education Director): x313 / SarahGluck@TempleBethElNJ.org  
Lisa Friedman (Education Director): x327 / LisaFriedman@TempleBethElNJ.org
Hannah Lafargue (Director of Youth Engagement) x324 /  HannahLafargue@TempleBethElNJ.org

Administrative Staff
Dina Fisher (Administrative Assistant): x312 /   DinaFisher@TempleBethElNJ.org
Ivy Anglin (Religious School Secretary): x316 / IvyAnglin@TempleBethElNJ.org 

Temple Beth-El 

67 US Highway 206, Hillsborough, NJ
Phone: 908-722-0674  |  Email: info@TempleBethElNJ.org