Welcome to Temple Beth Or

Temple Beth Or (House of Light in Hebrew) is a Conservative congregation. We revere Jewish tradition in a modern, egalitarian way. As the spiritual center of our Jewish community, our aim is to create a Jewish environment that is warm and caring, meaningful and enriching. We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Temple Beth Or holds Shabbat services on Friday evenings and on Shabbat mornings, as well as Holiday services. Minyan is held weekday evenings, Monday – Thursday and Saturday night after Shabbat. Prayer services and other programs are held either online or in-person with online access. The students of our Kadima and USY youth groups are combined with the youth groups of Congregation B’nai Israel in Toms River and together they have many social, educational, cultural and religious events.

We offer a Jewish education for children including Bar/Bat Mitzvah training. Our Hebrew High School program is in combination with that of Congregation B’nai Israel. No child is turned away from receiving a religious education. For adults, there is an active Adult Education program with both morning and evening classes. We also have film festivals, guest lecturers, Shabbat Lunch, Learn sessions, and other programs on a variety of subjects. Our congregants volunteer for numerous community service projects.

Adult Education

Experience and participate in the various lectures and programs offered throughout the year by our Adult Education group. Come join in our commitment to life-long learning.

Youth Groups

Our youth groups participate in a variety of activities such as making hamantaschen for Purim or picking apples for Rosh Hashanah while fostering their Jewish identity in an informal social atmosphere.

Lifecycle Events

Whether celebrating a simcha or honoring a departed loved one we share these moments as a community to continue our spiritual commitment to the past while moving forward into the future together.

Get Involved in Our Community

Service Times

Services This Shabbat services (May 24-25)  are in Person and on Zoom.

Friday, 7:15 PM;  
Saturday, 9:30 AM (beginning with Shocheyn Ad, Preliminary Services on your own) and 9:05 PM with Havdalah

Kabbalat Shabbat
7:15 PM 

Shabbat Morning
9:30 AM

 Biblical Readings

Shabbat (Friday night-Saturday, May 24-25) – Portion of the week: Behar (Triennial Cycle – Leviticus/Vayikra 25:29-26:2) – One thing we learn is that we are to treat others with dignity even if they come upon hard times and become a servant.  Haftarah (following the Ashkenazic tradition, Jeremiah 32:6-27) is the message of the prophet to the people that renewal can come following the current situation of trouble and destruction.

Candle Lighting – Friday at 7:57 PM, Shabbat ends at 8:58 PM

Pesach Sheni (Second Passover) – 14 Iyar (this year Wednesday, May 22) – see Numbers/Bemidbar 9:1-14 – an opportunity to celebrate Passover for one day if one missed it the first time a month ago – a reminder of the importance of getting a second chance or a make-up opportunity – customary to eat matzah (and you can add maror/bitter herbs/horseradish, too) on this day

Lag BaOmer – 33rd Day of the Omer – 18 Iyar (this year Saturday night-Sunday, May 25-26)

This Day in the Omer is celebrated as a happy day during a time of plague in the time of Rabbi Akiva (2nd Century CE) and during the Middle Ages. There are different interpretations to the type of plague (i.e. an actual disease, the persecution of the Jews by the Romans or medieval authorities, a plague of disrespect among students) that was said to have ended on Lag BaOmer.  It became a custom to go out and picnic on this day and to rededicate ourselves to Jewish learning and tradition. May the current difficulties that afflict us be ended so that we can truly celebrate.

NOTE: 
Weekday Minyan (Mincha/Ma’ariv) on Zoom only Monday – Thursday @ 6:45 PM

Please contact the Temple Beth Or office for further information @ 732-458-4700. 

 

 

Candle-lighting Times:

 

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Save the Date!

We are sorry to announce we no longer hold BINGO.

Adult Education:  Thursdays @ 5:00-6:30 PM – Hebrew Reading: Modern, Prayer and Biblical – online sessions for those who know the Hebrew letters and vowels – Practice reading and learn some Hebrew words with a modern Israeli newsletter and a prayer from the siddur and discuss the meanings with Rabbi Rubin.  Each session is independent. Use the same Zoom access as for TBO Services. 

Sisterhood Meetings:
June 2, 2024 – Shalom Party & Installation
June 7, 2024 – Graduation Cake & Celebration

Men’s Club Meetings:
Minyan at 9:00 AM
Meeting at 10:00 AM

June 17, 2024Luncheon
June 14, 2024 – Men’s Club Shabbat

Temple Beth Or Board Meetings:
May 22, 2024
June 19, 2024
July 24, 2024
August 21, 2024
September 18, 2024

Our prayers are with the people of Israel.  May the memories of those who died be forever a blessing. May those who are wounded have a complete recovery. May those who are captive as hostages be released safely. May all have peace.

Donate to help Israelis at this time of crisis through the special Israel Emergency Campaign coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Ocean County. 
Visit www.jewishoceancounty.org or mail a check to JFOC (in the memo line put: Israel Emergency Campaign), 1235A Route 70, Lakewood, NJ 08701.  Questions?  Call the JFOC Office at 732-363-0530.

 

 

Sponsor a Shabbat Oneg, Kiddish Luncheon, or Private Event

All bookings must be made through Temple Beth Or/Sisterhood Catering Chairperson: 
Rachel Zycband at 732-581-4809

FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT TEMPLE BETH OR office @ 732-458-4700 or email to templebethorbrick@gmail.com.

Office hours:

Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

TBO Office closed the following dates:

Monday, May 27, 2024 – Memorial Day 

Wednesday & Thursday, June 12 & 13, 2024 – Shavuot