Dear Friends,

If you're like me, you spend an indecent amount of time watching the Food Network!  I don't really like to cook, but I love watching other people do it.  I love it when Spam is in the dessert basket or gefilte fish is the secret ingredient.  I love it when a contestant attempts to make risotto – or forgets to turn on the ice-cream machine.  I especially love it when the arrogant chef gets chopped!

But you don't have to watch your favorite cooking shows from your couch anymore – you can live it in real life!    Temple Sholom is hosting our very own Iron Chef Competition – and you and your friends are cordially invited to attend! – Whether you’re participants or audience members.  I can guarantee that you will have a great time!

Participants will be placed on teams and assigned to cook either an appetizer, entree, or a dessert. Each team will get a basket of mandatory ingredients that they must use in their dishes, as well as access to a stocked pantry. Dishes will be judged on Taste, Creativity, and Presentation.

It's either going to be Good Eats or a Kitchen Nightmare!

While the Chefs sweat it out, audience members get to watch, cheer, schmooze, drink, eat and socialize!  (Did I mention there’ll be wine and beer – plus homemade appetizers and desserts?)  And, for added fun and excitement (and to raise some much needed funds for our kitchen), the evening will feature a laugh-riot live auction hosted by Rabbi Selsberg, some sensational silent auction items, and terrific tricky tray baskets!

Here are just some of the fabulous prizes you could win:

·         A week's vacation at a Wyndham Hotel!

·         A beautiful, craftsman wood table!

·         Over $300 in Restaurant Giftcards!

·         A neon beer sign for your man cave!

·         A year of Parking in the Rabbi's Spot!

·         Catered Dinner Party for 6 in Your Home!

·         Jets Tickets!

·         Rutgers Basketball Tickets!

·         Amazon Echo!

·         Vera Bradley Overnight Bag!

·         Fishing Trip for 3!

·         Board Game Party for 8 at my house!

(And best of all, the proceeds go to purchasing new utensils, platters, and equipment for our kitchen!)

A lot of people are working very hard to make this an unusual and enjoyable night – and also to bring in some much needed funds for our Temple kitchen, but we can't do it without you!  So, please, support your Temple, kick off our 50th Anniversary Celebration, and come out for a Fun Night! 


Click Here  to Email Stephanie if you have something to contribute to the Auction

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Shalom Fellow Congregants!

                                 We are pleased to officially announce our plan to commemorate

Temple Sholom's 50th Anniversary. 

To mark this significant milestone, we wanted to do something that would remind us of this special moment in our history. We came up with an idea, blessed by the Rabbi and the Board of Trustees, which will be beautiful, long lasting, and a constant reminder of both our accomplishments and our promising future.

 We have designed a Menorah that will be laid out in bricks and will beautify the entrance of the synagogue. We chose a Menorah because of all that it stands for: light, wisdom and divine inspiration. Susan Engelstein, President, in her Kol Sholom article articulated it best:  The Menorah begins with a central stem that branches outwards, just as our demeanor, behavior, personality, and especially good deeds should branch out and influence others to illuminate the world around us.

 We want everyone to be a part of this effort to create a long-lasting and important symbol of how far Temple Sholom has come in her 50 years. Members can purchase bricks that can be personalized with honorariums or memorials for those most important to you or significant dates in your lives.

                                          We will create this image of our Menorah by using:

26 "foundation" bricks (9x9) that allow for up to seven lines of text. The cost for this limited number of bricks will be $1,250. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis, so you'll need to act fast!

 126 "branches" bricks (4x8) that allow for up to three lines of text. Those will be sold at $250 per brick.

 The technology used in 2017 for brick engraving is impressive - very deep etching with long lasting paint. We anticipate that this project will be wildly successful and a lasting imprint on our property. Consider how wonderful it will be to see your family's name every time you, your children or your extended family and friends step towards the entrance to Temple Sholom.

 We want you to be a part of this effort and make your mark on one or more of these 152 bricks that are for sale!  Purchase one, more than one, partner with another member family, share an inspirational message... the sky is the limit but we only have 152 bricks, so make your mark quickly! We've had several families contact us to reserve bricks already. 

 Order details are attached to this letter and any of the chairs of this project are happy to help answer any of your questions. Also, there will be a prototype of the Menorah on display (with sample etched bricks and sizes) in the lobby of the Temple throughout the term of this very important and exciting project. We look forward to creating this Menorah as a Temple family!

 Warm regards,

Leon Rosenberg   (Past President)                                                                                    Ellen Teller   (Immediate Past President)

Rob Sklar   (Member, Board of Trustees)