Shabbat Morning at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Chavurah Beth ShalomPlease join us for Shabbat Morning In Alpine, tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, 2019 (12 Sivan 5779) 10:30 AM

Morning Shabbat Service followed by our Chavurah Beth Shalom Weekly Torah Discussion Group.

This Shabbat we will discuss the Threefold Benediction from Chapter 6 verses 24-27 which is recited at every prayer service on Shabbat, Festivals and the High Holy Days.

In our tradition we include this blessing at life cycle events and simchas as well. Although the Birkat Shalom consists of only 15 words, it is pronounced and chanted in many different ways at different services at various times of the day according to the Jewish communities.reciting it.

“The Eternal One spoke to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Israel. Say to them:

The Eternal bless you and protect you!

The Eternal deal kindly and graciously with you!

The Eternal bestow [divine] favor upon you and grant you peace! (6:22-27).

A light brunch, great bagels, hot coffee and tea will be served to all members, their guests and friends.

Chavurah Beth Shalom in Alpine, NJ. 07620

A Special Thank You For Turning Back

Wedding RabbiPerforming a Jewish wedding ceremony on a cruise boat in the East River is no easy task. Carrying a portable Chuppah on my shoulders while juggling a heavy bag filled with my Kiddush cup, a bottle of kosher wine, my Tallit, and a large Ketubah rolled in a long tube I inched my way up the gangplank which was swaying in the late summer breeze.

I reminded the crewmen that I was there only to perform a wedding ceremony and would have to disembark before the boat was to leave the dock. Our wedding cruiser which was near Manhattan’s fashionable east 60s, was packed with family and friends of the bride and groom. After receiving their warm greeting it appeared to me that they hadn’t decided where to have me perform their ceremony, much less providing and setting up a table on which to place other items I had brought on board.

After filling out and obtaining the witness’s signatures for their marriage license and instructing the photographer not to crowd the bride and groom, we lined up for the ceremony. As the boat rocked in the late afternoon breeze, the wine cup spilled, the canopy slipped off the poles holding the Chuppah and the Ketubah blew off the table. As the groom’s foot smashed the glass amidst shouts of Mazel Tov, I scrambled to collect my equipment and make a hasty exit onto dry land and back to New Jersey for a memorial service I had to officiate. When I tried to find the gangplank all I could see was the Triboro Bridge (a.k.a RFK Bridge) towering overhead as we veered up the East River toward the Long Island Sound .


” Help ” I shrieked. ” I have to get off. I have another service to perform in an hour. We have to go back right now. ” ocean
The newlyweds graciously invited me to continue on with them for their dinner cruise and even suggested that I lead them in the “Motze” over the Challah , and perhaps offer a toast later on. After all, hadn’t I prepared the bride for her Bat Mitzvah 12 years earlier ? I was now one of the family.

Alas my duties called and I insisted that they return to port and to my car which was parked nearby.

I have shared many more joyous occasions with this family and we always recount the story of their wedding day and of how the boat set sail with me on it.

Rabbi Nat Benjamin




One On One Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Instruction

One on one study for Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah with Rabbi Nat Benjamin in the convenience of your own home.

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Based in Bergen County (NJ) and traveling to you throughout the metropolitan NY/NJ area.

Shabbat Morning & Torah Studies at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Chavurah Beth ShalomPlease join us for Shabbat This Week:
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Alpine (NJ) Community House
10:30 am : Morning Shabbat with Cantor Janine Schwarz and Rabbi Nat Benjamin .
11:00 am: Torah Studies with Rabbi Nat Benjamin .
A light brunch, coffee and tea will be served to all our Chavurah Beth Shalom members, friends and their guests.

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