2nd Night Community Seder at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Please join us at our annual Chavurah Beth Shalom Community Seder on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm in Alpine (NJ) at the Community House, 5 Old Dock Road.
Special Pricing : $39.00 per person,children under 12 free.
Join our special community of friends for a 2nd Night Seder in our Northern Valley of Bergen County.
Great food and friends!

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Rabbi Nat Benjamin



THe Honor Of Signing The Ketubah

Signing The Ketubah          Signing the Ketubah is an important part of the Jewish marriage ceremony. I have always felt that my signature as the officiating rabbi and those of the bride, groom, and their witnesses should be  clear and legible. It should require an especially reliable writing instrument. And so my deluxe Cross Pen, the top of the line, became my constant wedding companion.

          Rani and David had planned two wedding ceremonies. On Saturday there would be a two-hour Hindu wedding complete with a reading from the Vedas, the spiritual scriptures that are the heart of India’s culture , the Saptapadi (or seven steps) , and the vows taken in Sanskrit. On Sunday I would lead a twenty-five minute Jewish Wedding service in a country garden setting under a Chuppah with wine, a glass to break and a beautiful art decorated  Ketubah featuring both Jewish and Hindu motifs.

          At the conclusion, David smashed the glass and the bride and groom went on to  lead the recessional. Rani’s parents and grandmother approached me with joy on their faces and words of gratitude for my service which to them was wonderfully short compared with the Hindu ritual they had endured the day before. But their attention seemed to focus on Rani’s Ketubah which featured a Hindu bride clothed in a multi colored Sari. It was truly one of a kind. I presented it to them for safe keeping and their gratitude was overflowing.

          Then came the bombshell. “Rabbi, we must also have the pen which you used for the signing. Both the scroll and pen are  now sacred objects for our family and must be kept together for safe keeping.

          After gasping for a moment I explained to Rani’s family that my Cross pen was a special one which I only used to sign religious documents, naming  certificates and such. I probably indicated that it cost me a considerable amount of money. Rani’s father was cordial yet firm as to his responsibilities in this matter. His demand  for both Ketubah and pen were not to be denied.

          In that hour I truly learned what it meant to be torn between my Yetzer HaRa (evil intention) and my Yetzer Tov (good intention). And then a moment of blinding clarity came over me. For who was I to deny my Cross Deluxe Pen the opportunity to achieve the status of becoming a sacred object and to assume its rightful place in Rani and David’s home as a treasured memento of their wedding day ? I do remember as my pen passed into their hands that I really felt very good about my gesture and for the sacrifice made that sunny afternoon.

          Time had passed quickly, names and faces may be sometimes forgotten but a few years later I was called to lead a baby naming for a little girl.  As I walked up their front lawn a smiling middle-aged couple came out to greet me waving a pen. “Rabbi, here is your pen from Rani and David’s wedding. Now you can sign our granddaughter’s baby certificate. Your pen has brought us much good luck “.

– Rabbi Nat Benjamin

This Week at our Chavurah Beth Shalom

Chavurah Beth ShalomDecember 1, 2018:

Please join us today for Morning Shabbat at 10:30 am in Alpine.
Rabbi Jack Bemporad will host his Judaic Studies Class at 11:00 am and the topic will be Anti-Semitism. We encourage all our members to attend as well as invite their families, friends and guests . Chanukah

Coffee and refreshments will be served and we’ll be serving Potato Latkes to all attendees as our Pre-Chanukah celebration.



Click here for our Chavurah Beth Shalom Weekly News ( November 29-December 4, 2018.

Shabbat Morning at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Shabbat MorningWe look forward to seeing you this morning, November 24, 2018, for Shabbat at 10:30 am.

Rabbi Nat Benjamin will lead Shabbat Morning service and joined by Cantor Janine Schwarz.Today’s  Chavurah Beth Shalom
Bible Study Class will continue with the Story of Joseph ( Book of Genesis Chs. 37-40) in Egypt.
A light brunch and coffee will be served to all members, their guests and friends who attend.

The life of Joseph has been one of the most told and discussed stories in the Bible. In modern-day times, it has been brought Broadway as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It is a story worth the time to learn about and we hope you can attend.

Shabbat Shalom !

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Chavurah Beth Shalom Weekly News, November 23, 2018

Rabbi Nat BenjaminSharing with you the latest news and updates from our Chavurah Beth Shalom, click here.

Please join our Chavurah Beth Shalom for Morning Shabbat, Saturday, November 24th at 10:30 am at :

Alpine Community House, 5 Old Dock Road, Alpine, NJ. 07620.

Rabbi Benjamin will host his Weekly Discussion Group at 11:00 am, following Shabbat Service. This week’s topic will continue with the Book of Genesis, 37-40 , Joseph in Egypt. A light brunch and coffee will be served to all members, their guests and friends.