White Meadow Temple

153 White Meadow Road | Rockaway, New Jersey  07866 | 973-627-4500 | office@whitemeadowtemple.org | Calendar and Candlelighting Schedule

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CONGRATULATIONS 2016 - 2017 HEY CLASS GRADUATES

Sam Engel

Mason Epstein

Collin Groome
Jarren Mordkoff

Ryan Sislin
Skylar Sislin

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LIVING Jewishly is actually what we hope for all of our children, and our goal is that by making soup for a local food pantry, hearing well-known stories, making Shabbat candles, creating temporary prayer space, cleaning up the trash outside, learning new songs and new melodies for old favorites, and making bag lunches for the homeless, that we strongly illustrate to our kids that the many ways we can make Judaism matter to us as individuals, as a family, and as a sacred community! Every student remarked that these activities were at least one of their highlights for the year.

Do you have an idea for a Jewish Living Workshop? We’d love to hear from you!
Email Ilene or Alison at Get involved. White Meadow Temple needs you!
Learning, Involvement, Action, Making a Difference.

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Support our 2016 - 2017 MITZVAH projects


My name is Samuel Engel. I am a student in the Hey class at White Meadow Temple and will celebrate my Bar Mitzvah on May 20, 2017. I am looking forward to sharing this special day with all of my family and friends when I officially become a Jewish adult. My Bar Mitzvah is that much more special to me as I will have the same Parashah that my father and grandfather had for their B’nai Mitzvah.  I have worked really hard to learn my Haftorah and Torah portions and hope you will be able to join me as I lead the serviceson May 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at White Meadow Temple. 

As part of becoming a Bar Mitzvah, the Mitzvah project I chose to do is completion of the Ner Tamid religious emblem awarded by the Boy Scouts.  Being a Boy Scout is very important to me.  The Ner Tamid emblem is a pendant representing the Eternal Light that hangs in front of the Holy Ark in the synagogue. One of the requirements of earning the Ner Tamid is service to the community. This is a main component of scouting, and it is important to me to give back to my community. I am very grateful to Rabbi Charlie who agreed to assist me with completing this scouting emblem by serving as my Ner Tamid counselor.


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Hi, my name is Collin Groome, and I will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, May 20.
For those of you that don’t know me, I am a 7th grade student at Copeland Middle School and my passion is sports.  I like watching/playing all kinds of sports but my favorites are football and baseball.   Having parents that both graduated from Rutgers University and having season football tickets for 10 years, I basically grew up at High Point Solutions Stadium.  I’ve also been playing baseball for over 8 years and I’m currently on two teams.  Ever since I started Hebrew School, I knew that my Bar Mitzvah theme would revolve around sports. 

However, as I prepared and studied for my special day, I realized the importance of the month in which my Bar Mitzvah is taking place.  I realized that the month of May is the month of memorials.  May is most commonly known for Memorial Day but it’s also Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day), Yom Haatzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day) and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  This year, Memorial Day will be different for me because I will not only be honoring the men and women who fought for our country but I will also be remembering someone who meant a lot to me.  He was one of my favorite teachers at school.  His name was Mr. Sein.  Mr. Sein served with the United States Air Force for 14 years before becoming a Spanish teacher, and I had the privilege of being in his class in both 6th and 7th grade.  He was one of my favorite teachers because of his outgoing personality and fun way of teaching.

For my Mitzvah project, I wanted to do something to not only honor Mr. Sein but all the other men and women (past and present) serving in our military.  I want to let them know how much they are appreciated for all that they are doing to protect our country and our people.  And, if possible, I wanted to do this while incorporating my passion for sports.  I’m currently in the process of trying to accomplish just that. I’ve recently reached out to a couple of organizations about an idea I had that would allow congregants/teammates/ classmates/etc. to write a message of appreciation (hopefully on a baseball) and include it in a care package that would then be sent overseas.  I’m hoping to have the details sorted out within the month and will follow up in next month’s bulletin.