Rabbi’s Corner

And let them make Me a Sanctuary that I may dwell among them.

 

Exodus 25:8

 
 

Shalom and welcome to the website of Congregation Torat El!

This is a historic time in the life of our newly formed congregation. A product of the recent unification of two vibrant and dynamic Conservative synagogues, Congregation Torat El is beginning a new chapter in our community’s long and rich history. Literally meaning “The Torah of God,” Torat El is a Kehillah Kedosha, a congregation striving to be warm, welcoming and holy in ways that are meaningful, relevant, and filled with purpose.

As a diverse community we have multiple points of entry for members to connect with the Torat El family. Our social, educational, and religious services and programs seek to create space for our members across demographic lines and areas of interest in an effort to bring the wisdom, joy and beauty of Judaism into the daily lives of our members, and to nurture and support each individual along his or her Jewish journey.

Congregation Torat El is also a community that cares deeply for its members, celebrating together in times of joy and comforting one another in times of sorrow.  We are continually working on making our synagogue a place that our members can feel proud to call “home.”

Thank you so much for visiting our website.  We invite you to explore the many ways you and your family can get involved with the Torat El community.  We rely on the active participation of all of our members, and we look forward to getting to know you and the gifts you bring to this community.

I have enjoyed meeting many of you over these past few months and listening to your vision of a model synagogue in the 21st century. I was delighted for the opportunity to share some of my thoughts on this lofty, but attainable goal during Rosh Hashanah and look forward to continuing this conversation as a community throughout this year.

I hope to meet all of our members over this year. Please come and introduce yourself at services or during the week at my office, or set up a time for us to meet, perhaps over a cup of coffee or lunch!  And feel free to contact me via   e-mail or phone at any time.

My family and I are thrilled to now call the Jersey Shore and Torat El our home and we look forward to growing with our new community for many years to come.

 

B’Shalom,

 

 

Rabbi Aaron Schonbrun