Candle Lighting At Our Chavurah Beth Shalom Today, December 5th

Rabbi Nat BenjmainOur Religious School students will have their Chanukah celebration this afternoon in Alpine beginning at 3:45 pm.
We invite all of our membership to join us for this special day to light the candles and sing the blessings with Rabbi Nat Benjamin, Cantor Janine Schwarz, Religious School Director, Barbara Schneider and our students.
Happy Chanukah from our Chavurah Beth Shalom family to all of our members and friends.

Rabbi Nat Benajmin

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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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Rabbi Nat Benjamin

Shabbat Morning at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Shabbat Shalom !
Tomorrow’s Morning Shabbat at Chavurah Beth Shalom will begin at 10:30 am. Rabbi Benjamin will lead service and joined by Cantor Janine Schwarz.
Our 11am Discussion Group , hosted by Rabbi Nat Benjamin will be on the Book of Genesis Ch. 37, Joseph and his Brothers.
Members, their guests and friends are welcome to attend. A light brunch and coffee will be served to all attendees.

80 Years Ago Today , Never Forget, Never Again

(photograph from Yad Vashem,

Today we remember.

The name Kristallnacht literally means ” Night of the Crystal” and derives from the shards of glass broken that were the remnants of the homes, stores, buildings and synagogues of Jewish people. The dark days of 1938 ( November 9th and 10th) when homes , businesses and synagogues of German Jewry and Austrian Jewry were vandalized , attacked, smashed, looted and burned.

Today marks the 80th anniversary of horrific violence against Jews throughout Germany and Austria. Jews were assaulted, injured and killed. Jewish men were arrested and deported to Sachsenhausen, Dachau and Buchenwald.

91 Jews were murdered. Thousands more were victims of violence and torture.

Over 1,000 synagogues were burned. They burned synagogues and everything within. gold edged Torah Scrolls, leather bound Prayer Books, Bibles and so many other artifacts.

7,000 Jewish businesses and stores were destroyed.

Cemeteries, hospitals, schools and homes were looted and destroyed.

Commercial establishments owned by Jews were not allowed to reopen.

Over 30,000 men were sent to concentration camps.

Nazis and their collaborators unleashed a planned and coordinated attack on Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues across Germany, Austria and Nazi controlled territories. Governments and municipalities unleashed these atrocities.

All assets were confiscated. Bank accounts, jewelry and all possessions of value. Women and men were allowed to keep a wedding ring and a watch.

Afterwards, Jews were charged for the damage done to property by Nazis.

Jews were barred from a majority of publics places including museums, parks, swimming pools and were expelled from public schools.

There were countless suicides committed by Jews who felt lost in desperation.

There is hardly a German Jewish family on the world who has not suffered loss from this atrocity.

The world watched in silence.

It was the horrific escalation from previous verbal and political attacks on Jews to physical violence and murder that marked Kristallnacht.

Elie Wiesel: “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness” .

When we light Shabbat candles tonight we welcome in the light and hope of Shabbat. This year and every year we have to remember and never forget.

This is just too important a story not to share with all generations. We must make sure this never happens again.

Never forget. Never forgive. Never again.

Religious School at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Bergen County Bar MitzvahA Bat and Bar Mitzvah is such a very special time in the life of a child and their family.
It’s a time where we celebrate our children becoming young grown-ups, applaud their Judaic Studies and gather together with friends and family for that special day !
Our Chavurah Beth Shalom Religious School offers small classes in a fun and educational environment for our students. Along the way, we celebrate Jewish values and learn what is to be Jewish in today’s world.
We welcome you to come and visit our Chavurah in Alpine (NJ) and see for yourself.
Please contact Rabbi Nat Benjamin for further information as well as learn about our individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons at your home.
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