2019 Memorial Day Invocation, Alpine, NJ

On this National Day of Remembrance, so very honored to have been a part of Memorial Day in the Borough of Alpine (NJ). 

— 2019 Memorial Day Invocation

May 27, 2019, Alpine, NJ. 07620

Rabbi Nat Benjamin, Chavurah Beth Shalom


Almighty God,

We pause on this Day of Memorial to honor the memories of the heroic sons and daughters of our country who rendered their full measure of devotion on all the far-flung battlefields of the world in the defense of these United States. We honor our deceased brothers and sisters who willingly laid down their lives so that we might live in peace and tranquility and celebrate this Memorial Day of 2019 with our families, neighbors and our children. They fought valiantly and courageously in storms of fire and blood so that we, the living, may enjoy the blessings of liberty, democracy and freedom. We need to remember that God created this vast and glorious world for us to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice

Memorial Day is a day when we pause in prayer to give thanks to the people who even now, as together we pray, are sacrificing their very lives and dreams for the way of life we, as Americans, hold sacred and dear.

We are proud of our military heroes whom we recognize and honor on this day, serving our country in far flung locations throughout the world and here at home. We are proud of the United States Navy Seals, The United States Navy, The United States Marines, The United States Army, The United States Air Force, The United States Coast Guard, The National Guard, our heroes who are still missing in action, prisoners of war and those in our military hospitals suffering the ravages of war.

Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in between that sacrifice was made for our freedom. May the deeds of our fallen heroes be an inspiration to us and to all our fellow Americans. Grant that their supreme sacrifices shall not have been in vain and may we prove ourselves worthy of their sacrifices.

Let this Memorial Day stimulate us to be mindful of our responsibilities and duties as conscientious citizens of this great Republic.

We pray thee, Merciful God, sustain the leaders of the World’s Nations in their efforts to remove the dark shadow of fear which lurks over the abode of peace-loving people.

Help all nations of our 21st century world realize the cruelty of bloodshed and the futility of warfare and terrorism. Inspire them to labor with all their might to banish conflict and strife and establish world peace. May it be your will that the prophetic vision of enduring universal peace be speedily realized in our time; ushering in a new birth of freedom for all the inhabitants of the earth.


Rabbi Nat Benjamin


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!

Email us here if you’d like to attend.

Download our Passover Seder forms here:
Chavurah Beth Shalom Passover Appeal

Rabbi Nat Benjamin



A Day of Blessing and Celebration

Mazel Tov to Jacqueline and David Cohen as we celebrate the naming of their daughter Emerson.
This past Saturday, November 10, 2018, I was so very honored to officiate the Simchat bat of Sarah, daughter of David and Jacqueline. We share the family’s profound joy on this very special day and thank you for allowing me to be a part of it . May Emerson grow to be a wise and understanding lady of goodness and greatness.

Simchat Bat
Jacqueline and David Cohen with their daughter Emerson and Rabbi Nat Benjamin

Israel Film Festival Comes to Bergen County

Rabbi Nat Benjamin

There are still tickets left to a few of the movies that are part off the Jewish Federation’s Israel Film Festival which begins on October 31 and runs through November 18.

A few events have sold out but there are many evenings and interesting films still available through this link, Jewish Federations of Northern New Jersey .

#Israel #FilmFestival

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Shabbat Morning At Chavurah Beth Shalom

Join us on Saturday, October 6:

10:30 am: Shabbat Morning with Cantor Janine Schwarz and me. A light brunch / coffee will be served to members and their guests.

Rabbi Nat Benjamin 11:00 am: Judaic Studies class, Rabbi Nat Benjamin will lead a discussion on the Book of Genesis, the first Book of the Torah. We hope to see you all !

Chavurah Beth Shalom Judaic Studies Class, led by Rabbi Nat Benjamin will meet this month each Shabbat Morning, October 6, 13, 20 and 27.
For additional information please E-mail: Chavurah Beth Shalom
you may call us: (201)-294-8028
#Shabbat #JudaicStudies

Chavurah Beth ShalomRabbi Nat Benjamin