Worship lets us REFRESH our spiritual lives.
Working together to RESTORE our Jewish community.
As a congregation we aim to REFUEL our Jewish way of life.

Working to Preserve Jewish Tradition

The mission of this congregation is to cultivate the tenets of Reform Judaism through prayer, worship, study, fellowship and good works. In pursuit of this, we commit ourselves to ongoing innovation, seeking new challenges and continually evaluating our progress and results while building and sustaining an environment necessary to realize our mission.

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High Holy Days

Once again a wonderful start to the New Year 5775. For Rosh Hashanah we were treated to the wonderful voice of Cantor Sheryl Cohen. What a treat we had! And after the Erev Shabbat service after Rosh Hashanah we were all able to help celebrate Rabbi Whiman's mother Ethel's 95th birthday. Mazel Tov!


As usual, Lay leaders Tom Amsler, Brian Dodds, Harold Horowytz, Mitch Lewis, and Marsha Luhrs assisted the Rabbi.



Men's Club Fall Picnic - New York Delicatessen

The Temple Men’s Club presents the fall picnic with a whole new twist this year when the first ever “New York Delicatessen” opens for business! The menu for the picnic includes authentic corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, traditional deli sides, and desserts. Beverages will be provided.


This new concept by the Men’s Club promises to make this the best picnic ever!


Reservations can be made at the usual price of $15 per person; payable to Temple B’nai Sholem Men’s Club, and send to: John Brady, 1717 Caracara Drive, New Bern, N.C. 28560.


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Our Link to The Holocaust

We are honored to have one of the Holocaust Torahs in our safekeeping. Ours is one of three from the town of Trebon in the Czech Republic. During the Holocaust, the 87 Jews living in Trebon and its surrounding villages were transported in about 1939 to the Terezin concentration camp, and none survived. To read about the amazing recovery of all these Torah, click this link.   We also have on display in our Temple four paintings by Temple member Paul Field depicting the struggle for life in a concentration camp. Both of these bring a special meaning to our observance of Yom Hashoah.
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Tikkun olam

This Hebrew phrase best translates as healing and restoring the world. It suggests humanity's shared responsibility with the Creator "to heal, repair and transform the world."   Led by Mitch Lewis, many of our congregation are helping to raise awareness of the genocide and strife in Darfur through the One Million Bones project. For more information use this link.


Kindness is valued by religious Jews and is seen as the foundation of particular interpersonal commandments and of a variety of communal institutions. The tannaic rabbi Simon the Just taught: "The world rests upon three things: "Torah, service to God, and bestowing kindness" (Pirkei Avot 1:2).   In addition to individual acts of kindness, our Temple has a community outreach program to provide visitation to elderly Jews unable to attend services. This is staffed by two RNs and funded through the BJH Foundation for Senior Services. We also support the New Bern RCS food pantry and soup kitchen through donations of food and monetary contributions. Our Chevra Kadisha is available in times of need.

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