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Julie A. Silbermann                photo by Jan Press PhotoMedia

Welcome Message from TBA President Julie A. Silbermann

Dear Temple B’nai Abraham Family,

I hope this letter finds you all well and preparing for summer. It has been a tumultuous couple of years for all of us—just when we thought we were reaching stable ground, we were faced with another variant of COVID-19 which left us feeling isolated again. Let’s hope we can have a calm and safe summer!

Despite all the difficulties and upsets, we have welcomed many new member families to Temple B’nai Abraham in the past year. Our schools are busy and active. The JLP finished a very successful year and The Early School is done and preparing for summer camp at TBA.

I am happy to report that we are back to in-person events and almost all programs are presented in a hybrid fashion of in-person and online formats. Come join us in the sanctuary for Friday night and Saturday Shabbat services — it feels so good to be back in our spiritual home!

Take a look at our calendar, our website, and our social media postings. We have lots of activities for every age group and I personally invite you to participate. Attend any of the adult learning classes given by our wonderful clergy like Views and Schmooze with Rabbi Vaisberg for thought-provoking conversation on timely topics, read the assigned book and join the monthly book group, participate with Sisterhood/The Women’s Connection in their newly planned activities, or help our vulnerable communities in need with our Social Action Mitzvah of the Month. You get the idea — we have a lot of activities and programs going on all the time at Temple B’nai Abraham.  Come join us, learn, and have some fun, too!

As I said last Yom Kippur in my president’s remarks, “Let there be no needy among us” (Deuteronomy 15:4). Please participate in our Annual Giving program, Partners In Leadership. Let us help all of our congregants in need. For more information on this vital program, please contact the Temple office or visit the Giving tab on our website (www.tbanj.org) for more information.

I hope to see you all in the very near future at our events, activities, programs, and services.

Wishing you all a joyful, safe, and healthy summer,




Officers 2021-2022

Julie A. Silbermann

Vice Presidents
Isabella Fiske
Jay Kooper
Dave Silber
Kenneth Starr

Tara Heyderman

Assistant Secretary
Deborah Jacob

Bennett Wasserman

Assistant Treasurer
Carey Gertler

Immediate Past President
Jeffrey A. Klein, Esq.

Jakob B. Halpern


Past Presidents

Jeffrey A. Klein, Esq. 2020-2021
*Bruce H. Greene, z”l 2017-2020
Julie A. Silbermann 2013-2017
Edward Meinhardt 2009-2013
BJ Reisberg 2005-2009
Jeffrey D. Roth 2003-2005
Sandra L. Greenberg 1999-2003
Merle H. Kalishman 1995-1999
Ira M. Starr 1991-1995
Marilyn Rosenbaum 1987-1991
*Joel J. Rogoff, z”l 1983-1987
Peter M. Klein 1981-1983
Martin H. Kalishman 1977-1981
*I. Samuel Sodowick, z”l 1973-1977
*Abram Barkan, z”l 1971-1973
*Dr. Sol Parent, z”l 1969-1971
*A. Sam Gittlin, z”l  1965-1969
*Leo Brody, z”l 1963-1965
*Norman Feldman, z”l 1959-1963
*Leo Brody, z”l 1954-1959
*Louis Rosen, z”l 1953-1954
*Samuel Klein, z”l 1949-1953
*Michael A. Stavitsky, z”l 1939-1949
*Albert Hollander, z”l 1926-1939
*Phillip J. Schlotland, z”l  1913-1926
*William S. Rich, z”l 1896-1912
*Moritz Beria, z”l 1871-1896
*Lesser Marks, z”l 1853-1870

* z”l-of blessed memory

July 22, 2021

The Officers and COVID-19 Task Force, including senior staff and medical advisors, met last night to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 variants on our community. Out of an abundance of caution and with concern for the wellbeing of our congregants and their families, we are making the following changes to Temple B’nai Abraham’s COVID-19 protocols:

*            Anyone entering TBA must be masked, regardless of vaccination status, and observe social distancing.

*            To attend indoor services, everyone 12 years and older must provide proof of vaccination or show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours and will be required to wear a mask. Those under 12 years old will be required to wear masks.

*            To attend outdoor services, with proof of vaccination, masks are optional. Unvaccinated attendees must wear masks.

Because of the rapidly changing COVID-19 environment, we are waiting to send detailed High Holy Day COVID-19 protocols until closer to the holy days.

We will continue to do all we can to meet TBA’s spiritual needs during these unprecedented times. Please know that your health and safety are our primary concerns.

Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh L’Zeh. We are all responsible one for the other, and we are all in this together.

Thank you for your understanding.

Julie A. Silbermann

Temple B’nai Abraham is grateful to be a recipient of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s COVID-19 emergency response grant to help alleviate additional costs associated with safely providing services this High Holy Days. These funds are made possible by generous donors to the UJA Annual Campaign and signifies Federation’s commitment to the vibrancy of synagogues.

COVID Safety Grant

Temple B’nai Abraham is grateful to be a recipient of a COVID Safety grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ). 2020 has been the year of the pandemic­—the most serious and urgent public health crisis in generations. To help keep the people in our community safe, HFNJ has worked to enable our community non-profits and institutions to understand this new landscape and has funded work to meet this new reality. TBA appreciates HFNJ’s support during these challenging times.

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