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In the Book of Genesis we are told that Abraham and Sarah are in their tent under a tree in the heat when three strangers approached.  Abraham sees them and runs to meet them.  He brings water for them to wash their feet (important if you travel in the desert) and offers them a resting […]

Religious School


Religious School has started!   Link to video At Temple Sholom, we are committed to educate our children so that they will : Have pride in honoring our traditions and teachings of Torah (Torah) Feel joy in celebrating our holidays (Avodah) Be responsible as they care for others (Gemilut Chasadim) Our vision of education embraces: […]

Rabbi’s Recent Rumination

Particularism vs. Universalism

In case you haven’t heard, Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. from 2009-2013, wrote a book that came out this summer! I say that somewhat facetiously because his book, “Ally,” which is an account of his four years as ambassador, has generated a lot of controversy. To be sure, Oren makes some strong claims. […]


After Naomi and I left Puerto Rico last January, we immediately began to go into New York City four days a week to attend the trial of the man who had confessed to kidnapping and murdering our nephew Etan in May 1979, 36 years ago. It is because of that trial and the widespread publicity it got – and its impact on us and our family – that I have chosen to make this long ago event the subject of my yizkor meditation on this Yom Kippur afternoon.


Rabbi Norman R. Patz Yom Kippur Morning 2015 – 5776 Temple Beth Shalom of Puerto Rico I am so happy to see you all here! I would like you to join me now in concentrating our thoughts on the challenges and opportunities before us in the new year. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer and star of […]

Living with Chutzpah–Moral Courage

A couple of years ago, our Adult Education committee organized a screening of a film about Nicholas Winton, the British stockbroker who rescued some 669 children who otherwise would have ended up in Nazi concentration camps. Winton transported the children by train from Prague and found other ways for kids from Vienna to travel to […]


Rabbi Norman Patz Temple Beth Shalom of Puerto Rico Erev Yom Kippur 10 Tishri 5776 – September 22, 2015 This is the most personal day of the Jewish year. We come before God and before ourselves, searching our souls, seeking healing. May our efforts be acceptable to our Creator, the Sovereign of the universe. May […]

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Joseph Berger

Joseph Berger

Joseph Berger retired from The New York Times in December after 31 years as a reporter, columnist and editor covering religion, education and New York’s neighborhoods, frequently writing about Israel, Yiddish and America’s Hasidim.  In 2011, he was given the Peter Kihss award of the Society of Silurians, the premier journalist’s organization in New York, […]


2015 Israel Day Parade

2015 Israel Day Parade  60 FOR THE 60th! We didn’t plan it that way, but it was very cool that the Temple Sholom of West Essex delegation to the Celebrate Israel Parade in this, our 60th year, was 60 people strong! The members of our synagogue are enthusiastic supporters of the State of Israel, and we […]