March 25, 2020
29 Adar 5780

Shalom Chaverim, 

While so many of us are constrained to our homes -- working remotely, sheltering in place -- isolation may start to weigh on us. We at TBE are working to provide ways to remain connected. We're reaching out to congregants via phone and email. And, as always, the clergy and staff are here to support you (contact information is below).

The weekly email is usually filled with notices of events; this weekly email is not terribly different except that services, classes and meetings have moved to online participation vehicles (mostly Zoom). For more information on how to access Zoom, visit the company's tutorial page to learn how to join a meeting. Basic accounts are free and you can use the tool to connect with family and friends. 

Lastly, if you are in need of support -- someone to help with grocery shopping or other errands -- reach out to our HelpingHands corps of volunteers. As a caring community, we're here to help one another. We are not alone.

As long as the health crisis persists, we'll press ahead in navigating this critical moment together. And as we do, our greatest source of resilience will be each other. 

May you remain in good health and in good spirits. 
This Week's with TBE
Thursday, March 26
7:15 p.m. TBE Reads Virtual Book Chat via Zoom ( Meeting Link)

Friday, March 27
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service via Zoom ( Webinar Link)

Saturday, March 28
10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Torah Study via Zoom, ( Meeting Link)
Parshat Vayikra: Lev 1:1-5:26 
5:00 p.m. Young Family Virtual Havdalah ( more)

Sunday, March 29
9:00 a.m. Religious School via Zoom  (Zoom links will be sent out to students' families)
11:00 a.m Religious School Alternative Hebrew Class via Zoom
7:15 p.m. Jewish Spirituality Group Online Session (Contact Mike Herzog for a link)

Monday, March 30
6:30 p.m. Post-Confirmation via Zoom  (Zoom links will be sent out to students' families)
7:30 p.m. Board of Trustees via Zoom (Zoom link will be sent to Trustees)

Tuesday, March 31
7:00 p.m. Jewish LIFE: Adult Confirmation with Rabbi Gluck (via Zoom)

Wednesday, April 1
4:30 p.m. Hebrew School via Zoom  (Zoom links will be sent out to students' families)
6:30 p.m. Confirmation Academy via Zoom
7:00 p.m. Sisterhood Board Meeting (via Zoom)

Friday, April 3
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service via Zoom ( Webinar Link)

Upcoming Events

April 9: Congregational Second Seder via Zoom ( more)
April 14: Yom Tov Pesach and Yizkor Services via Zoom 
April 19-25: IHN Hosting Week (Dinners only) ( Volunteer
Shabbat Online -- March 27 and 28
Shabbat Table
Kabbalat Shabbat Worship
Friday, 6:00 p.m.   Yahrzeits will be read. 
Connect via Zoom or Livestream 
(More info about connecting  here)
Download the prayerbook for printing at home (prayers will also be shown on screen)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Gluck
Parashat Vayikra; Leviticus 1:1−5:26
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. 
Connect via Zoom


Join Rabbi Gluck and Student Cantor Simkin as they lead us in an 

On-line Community-wide Second Seder

Thursday, April 9 * 6:00 p.m.

Homes from across our temple family will connect online to share a joyous celebration. 

Please register  HERE so we can plan the appropriate platform. Links and resources will be sent to all registrants.
Helping Hands

As a caring community in a time of forced separation, we are reaching out to everyone in our community with affection and concern for your well-being. 

If you need assistance, please let us know. If you are in a high-risk category, we encourage you to stay home and allow us to shop and run errands for you so you can remain safe. We will do whatever we can to help, so please don't hesitate to reach out. Email

If you are able to join the corps of Helping Hands, please let us know. Any contribution of time is appreciated - and we welcome as much or as little as you are able to do. Volunteers are needed to shop and run errands, or, if you're uncomfortable leaving your home, to call fellow members to check in and express our love and concer. If you can lend a hand, reach out to
Consider Helping Others 

Food Bank Network of Somerset County continues to serve families in need during the Cornavirus crisis. The Food Bank pantry remains open. Consider a donation to support this important cause.   

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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;
Student Cantor Emily Simkin: x315;
Amy E. Rubin (Executive Director); x310:  
Sarah Gluck (Education Director): x313;  
Lisa Friedman (Education Director): x327;
Hannah Lafargue (Director of Youth Engagement) x324;

Administrative Staff
Dina Fisher (Administrative Assistant): x312;
Ivy Anglin (Religious School Secretary): x316; 

Temple Beth-El 

67 US Highway 206, Hillsborough, NJ
Phone: 908-722-0674  |  Email: