Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will be discussing her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus

On Friday evening, March 29 following services at 8:00 pm, Temple Sha'arey Shalom, 78 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, will host New Jersey native and former Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, who will read from and discuss her new novel, Miriam's Well: A Modern Day Exodus, about finding our purpose, place, and people. The novel speaks to the role of Midrash in our lives, telling the story of a modern-day Miriam who, while seeking her own promised land, discovers how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles. In addition to a reading from the novel, Caryn will talk about Midrash, finding new meaning in our most sacred stories, and what she sees in the story of the Exodus about how we can cultivate more of the promised land in our lives.
Mirriam-Goldberg is the author or over 20 books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she leads writing workshops and presents talks and readings widely. More at

Admission is free. For more information, please call the temple at (973) 379-5387.

Scrip Program for February



Support TSS - Join Scrip Program 

Buy all your Valentines something special while supporting TSS.

We have a new and ongoing fundraiser where you can select from over 700 gift cards for stores, gas stations, hotels, airlines, and even generic Visa, Discover, and American Express cards, which can easily be purchased and the Temple makes a small profit.

You can easily order online on your phone at - or - on your computer at ShopWithScrip.comUse Temple Enrollment Code: 6EF531B3627L3

If you have any questions, contact Edythe Ben-Israel at [email protected] or call the office 973-379-5387

Benefit: You receive full benefit and Temple receives a rebate for purchases you already are planning to make.

Place your order by February 1st and your name will be entered in a drawing for a Coldstone Creamery Gift Card.


Special Speaker on March 8: Rabbi David Saperstein

Temple Sha'arey Shalom welcomes with excitement: Rabbi David Saperstein
"The Jewish contribution to the fight for civil rights in America: a lecture in honor of Rabbi Sy Dresner

March 8, 2019: Services @ 7:30pm

The featured speaker at the service on Friday evening, March 8, at 7:30, at Temple Sha'arey Shalom, 78 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, will be Rabbi David Saperstein. He will speak on “The Jewish contribution to the fight for civil rights in America: a lecture in honor of Rabbi Sy Dresner.“

Rabbi Saperstein has been designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the "quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill.” From 2015 to 2017, he served as the United States Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom, the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues.


Rabbi Israel S. (Sy) Dresner was Temple Sha'arey Shalom’s first full-time rabbi. He was one of the most active Jewish religious leaders in America in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. He was once known as the Most Arrested Rabbi in America and continues to be known as the Most Jailed Rabbi in America. As a result of Rabbi Dresner’s close relationship with the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. King spoke at Temple Sha'arey Shalom twice, in 1963 and 1966.

A dinner will precede the service and Rabbi Saperstein’s speech. The dinner will begin at 6:00 and both Rabbi Saperstein and Rabbi Dresner will participate. Members of the temple will be charged $12 per person for the dinner; non-members will pay $18 per person. Dinner is by reservation only and must be paid for in advance. For more information and dinner reservations, please call the temple at (973) 379-5387.

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Volunteers Made Pack Lunches for Bridges Outreach, Inc.

Thank you to the volunteers! 

More than 25 adults and children gathered on Saturday, January 5, to pack lunches for Bridges Outreach, Inc. Two local Girl Scout troops also participated.The group made 100 lunches for distribution in Irvington. Bridges reaches out to help the homeless in New York City, Newark, Irvington and Summit New Jersey every week. Temple Sha'arey Shalom has been supporting Bridges for many years.