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A Vibrant Reform Jewish Synagogue in Bergen County.

Temple Avodat Shalom

Serving northern New Jersey since 1952.

Upcoming Events

June 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
June 19, 2018 at 7:30pm
June 19, 2018 at 7:30pm
June 21, 2018 at 12:00pm
June 22, 2018 at 8:00pm

TAS In The News

Below are links to articles written by or about our clergy, staff, or members that have been posted on other websites: 

Orthodox rabbi explains personal autonomy vs. communal survival to Reform group in River Edge - January 18, 2018
Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter of Teaneck is Orthodox, and the university professor of Jewish history and Jewish thought and senior scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Paul Jacobson of River Edge is Reform; he leads Temple Avodat Shalom there. Perhaps surprisingly, the two rabbis...

Kristallnacht commemoration - November 2, 2017
Ridgewood’s Temple Israel & JCC and Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge join to mark Kristallnacht at Avodat Shalom on Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m

Similar but different - Reform, Conservative shuls share Shabbat in Ridgewood and River Edge - October 19, 2017
We Americans find ourselves talking a lot about walls just now. Sometimes it seems as if walls separate divisions that used to be more fluid. In the Jewish world, you can be...

Shelach Lecha: A quest for the qualitative - June 15, 2017
In the wake of the 2013 Pew Research Center “Portrait of Jewish Americans,” a significant amount of conversation in the Jewish community has focused on how to strengthen and maintain the vibrancy of our synagogues. In Bergen County, we have seen...

Washing each other’s feet - May 11, 2017
Pesach is not usually the season of confessions. We Jews usually wait until Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to admit our lesser inclinations, but here goes. Sometimes I find it really difficult to connect...

Celebrating Yom Yerushalayim with music - April 27, 2017
Drew Petersen — recently awarded the 2017 American Pianists Award — is coming back to Temple Avodat Shalom. The last time he visited, in 2014, the now 23-year-old highlighted the River Edge synagogue’s Selichot program. This time, he’ll be there for... 

Bonding Through Books - April 13, 2017
Wouldn’t you want to have someone hanging on to your every word for half an hour? That’s how Ruth Camins describes the appeal of being a “reading buddy” for Bergen Reads, the literacy program of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Bergen Reads sends volunteers...

Painting butterflies - April 13, 2017
To honor a child murdered in the Holocaust, come and paint a ceramic butterfly at the River Edge Library on April 24. To understand the significance of that art project, you first will watch a documentary, “NOT the Last Butterfly,” about the Butterfly Project, a nonprofit organization...

Pesach:When God throws us a bone - April 12, 2017
On the intermediate Sabbath of the Pesach festival, we deviate from the weekly cycle of Torah readings to read a selection from Exodus 33 and 34. The passage in our Torah follows shortly after the creation of...

Shemot: Every time I say no - January 19, 2017
Ever since my high school years, I’ve been a huge fan of the science fiction television drama “Babylon 5,” which concerns the conflicts surrounding a space station in the middle of the twenty-third century. Near the end of the fourth season...

Older Articles
- Vayera: The easy way out? I think not ... - November 17, 2016
Bechukkotai: Whether we like it or not  - June 2, 2016
- Yitro: A wingspan large enough for all - January 28, 2016 
- Devarim: When sadness steals the show - July 22, 2015 
- Selling my chametz to Father Mike - April 16, 2015