August Update from the Co-Presidents

Traditionally, summertime means a little less temple activity for our families and leadership. But we’ve been keeping up our breakneck pace, continuing our work on the merger with Temple Beth Or and the construction planning for our new home at 660 Kinderkamack Road. We wanted to provide a few updates for you prior to the upcoming High Holy Days.

  • Our Design & Construction Committee has launched a survey, asking each of you for your input on both the naming of our new congregation and the design of the new building. If you didn’t receive the email on Friday, August 3 with the survey link, please email the office at and we’ll be sure to get it to you. The survey will close on Friday, August 17, so be sure to complete it prior to that date. We want to hear every TBE voice on these important items. We’ll announce our new congregational name at this year’s High Holy Day services!
  • We’ll have a full update for everyone during the High Holy Days, but we’ve hired an architect, started our engineering studies, and have begun work with Borough of Oradell to gain the necessary approvals. We continue to make progress every day.
  • Our Peirot program (version 2.0) is set to launch in September, under the exceptional leadership of our new Religious School Director, Anat Katzir. If you haven’t yet registered your children for Religious School, it’s not too late. Click here for more information.
  • If you haven’t yet met our new Cantor, Elizabeth Goldmann, please be sure to introduce yourself during the High Holy Day services. We’re fortunate to have her with us for this upcoming year, and we look forward to her music bringing even deeper meaning to our worship.
  • Our High Holy Day service schedule has been set—please click here for all the dates and times. A few of the highlights:
    • We’ve consolidated our services this year, so there’s only one Rosh Hashanah Morning service and one Yom Kippur Morning service. Check here for the times.
    • Our Selichot observance will be a joint service with Temple Beth Or, at their temple (56 Ridgewood Road, Washington Township).
    • Rosh Hashanah Second Day morning service will be celebrated again with Temple Beth Or at a joint service held at our temple.
    • We’ll be announcing more cooperative programming and worship opportunities with Temple Beth Or in the coming weeks.
      Rabbi Widzer, Cantor Goldmann, and our entire staff have been hard at work planning a meaningful High Holy Day experience. We look forward to worshiping with you.


Angela Schuster & Joel Rubin