Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom, Puerto Rico
Temple Beth Shalom (TBS), the Reform Jewish Congregation of Puerto Rico, was founded in 1967 by a group of families seeking the warmth and intimacy of a small congregation. Contributing to this ambiance are our off-island members, non-jewish associate visitors, visiting rabbis, and cantors.
We offer a generous range of programs that appeal to the wide range of our members’ demographics and backgrounds. We observe regular Shabbat and Jewish Holiday services, as well as host adult education sessions and film screenings. Life-cycle events such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, confirmations, conversions, and baby naming ceremonies also form an integral component of ourcommunity.
Rabbi Norman Patz Temple Sholom of West Essex Shabbat Toledot November 9-10, 2018 / 2 Kislev, 5779 “Don’t send your boys to school in the morning.” That’s what a neighbor told the mother of John and Ernie Oettinger on November 9th 1938. The neighbor was a fireman who knew the SS plans for attacking Jews […]
On Thursday, September 20th, Rabbi Patz was one of the clergy invited to speak at the Ecumenical ceremony convened by the Puerto Rican Secretary of State to memorialize the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. The event included addresses by Governor Ricardo Rossello and Jeniffer Gonzáles -Colón, PR’s Resident Commissioner in Washington, D.C. The Secretary […]
El gran abogado romano y figura política Cicerón describió la memoria como “el tesoro y guardián de todas las cosas” (siglo I aC) Ningún otro animal lleva en su cerebro tantos recuerdos de tal complejidad. Ninguna otra criatura viva en la tierra puede revisar regularmente esos recuerdos para la felicidad, para la seguridad y para […]
The great Roman lawyer and political figure Cicero described memory as “the treasury and guardian of all things”(1st century BCE). No other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity. No other living creature on earth can regularly revisit those memories for happiness, for safety and for the accomplishment of complex tasks. […]