A Shul built on tradition and community

Built on Tradition.

Welcome to Young Israel of Aberdeen - Congregation Bet Tefilah, an orthodox synagogue serving the Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel and Morganville communities.

Since 1979, Congregation Bet Tefilah has uninterruptedly maintained its strong Orthodox standards. The shul supplements a daily minyan with a myriad of Torah classes and community activities. Our Torah classes include the concise Halachic shiur following the daily minyan, inspirational Shabbos pre-Mincha shiur on Pirkei Avos and many more. Our shul is open to the community every Sunday morning for our famous "Breakfast and Learn" program which combines an old-fashioned, full brunch-type breakfast with an up-to-the-minute, topical discussion of Halacha, These are just a few of the shul's offerings that create a warm and vibrant community. We invite you to visit our shul and see firsthand why we are built on tradition.



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Morning Services

Sunday - 8:00 am

Mon, Thurs - 6:20 am

Tues, Wed, Fri - 6:30 am

Shabbos - 9:00 am



479 Lloyd Road
Aberdeen, NJ 07747

Tel: (908) 783-0014

FAX: (201) 333-5008


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About YIA



Rabbi Yaakov Tesser is the dynamic young leader behind much of the expanding activities that make the shul and community so exciting. Educated at Yeshivas Ner Moshe, in Jerusalem as well as locally, at Yeshiva Gedola of Cliffwood, in Aberdeen, NJ. As a student, he not only studied many tractates of the Talmud in depth and exhaustively covered topics in Halacha, but was among the founders of the community kollel, which remains there today. The Rabbi’s continuing connection with the Yeshiva through his teaching and advising of the bachurim enables him to make arrangements for advanced study at the Yeshiva for those members of the congregation who wish to do so. Rabbi Tesser, his wife Malky and 3 boys reside in Aberdeen.

Rabbi Tesser is available for consultations on all subject matter. Feel free to contact him with your questions and/or concerns.

Tel: 908.783.0014, 

Email: yaakovtesser@outlook.com




Born and raised in Washington Heights, Steven Dublon attended Talmud Torah and belonged to Congregation Shaare during his formative years. He has taught at P.S. 194 Manhattan for over 34 years and has been President of Young Israel of Aberdeen for the last 15 years. Steve carries out multiple functions for the Shul including frequently leading services and weekly Torah Parsha readings. When he is not showing his dedication to the shul, he enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Email: sdublon@yahoo.com




Morton Buchalter, CPA, has been the Treasurer at YIA for several years. 


YIA Sisterhood

The YIA Sisterhood is an active group of women whose mission is to do whatever is needed--when and wherever needed-- to assist the shul, while still managing to have (kosher!) fun.  The year kicks off with a paid-up-membership dinner at a nearby kosher restaurant and then year-round fundraising efforts -- from the YIA calendar to mishloah manos Purim baskets, from a Pesach wine sale to Yom Tov and Shabbos kiddushim -- are interspersed with gatherings such as movie nights, sports events and parties for whichever occasions may present themselves. Performing mitzvos in a social context is the order of the day.


Eleanor Edelstein, President - adily@aol.com
Judy Mindick, Treasurer - jmindick@aol.com


Bayshore Hebrew Sunday School

It is our commitment at BayShore Hebrew Sunday School that each child receives a Jewish education no matter the background and family affiliations. It is our commitment to every Jewish Child to teach him and to ensure our Heritage passed to the next generation. It is our commitment to ensure our values and traditions stay sacred and properly cherished by our children. 

Directed by the shul’s Rabbi and taught by two seminary-educated young women, the school has engendered such enthusiasm and produced such excellent results among its students that many of their parents have been drawn into shul activities and even spend their chagim with us.


The Community

Welcome to Aberdeen, NJ, a unique community that combines abundant natural beauty, easy access to urban centers and every amenity you could ask for, all wrapped up in a surprisingly affordable package. Surrounded by an extensive eruv, Young Israel of Aberdeen, hosts minyanim throughout the week and a Mikvah. This active 100% Orthodox synagogue is hospitable to everyone from all walks of life. A Kosher Experience in the nearby, award-winning supermarket can alone satisfy all your kosher food needs, yet is readily supplemented with local, fresh produce at nearby year-round and seasonal farm markets. A quality Jewish education through middle school is available at Shalom Torah Academy, a mere ten minutes away as well as a sea of selections in Lakewood just 30 minutes away. Aberdeen’s Yeshivah Gedolah of Cliffwood provides a wide variety of learning opportunities that can be arranged through our Rabbi.

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The City of Aberdeen Eruv

The City of Aberdeen Eruv is under the Hashgacha of the Shul's Rabbi Yaakov Tesser. The Rav Hamachshir overseeing the entire operation of the Eruv is Rabbi Rephoel Szmerla of Lakewood, New Jersey. The Eruv is checked weekly and is approved Kosher in accordance with the strictest level of Halacha. For further questions regarding the Eruv, please ask the Rabbi.

Kosher Eateries

Kosher Chinese Express in Manalapan delivers their amazing food to our area as well as Glatt Bite in Lakewood. Lakewood is just 30 minutes away and is home to many restaurants. Capri Kosher, a Kosher dairy restaurant in Manalapan is a great place to eat and offers an array of Italian food options. 


Shoprite of Aberdeen holds a fully stocked Kosher experience. Fresh and delicious kosher food is always available including seasonal products for all Yomim Tovim. The Frum staff at Kosher experience has been super accommodating over the years making it the number one shopping place for all families of the nearby Kollel families in Cliffwood as well as the Young Israel of Aberdeen families. 


Weekly Dvar Torah on the Parsha

December 7, 2017

Parshat Vayeishev              

“Chessed begins at home”

In the opening verse of this week’s Parsha Rashi points out that Yaakov was punished with the aggravation of the story of Yosef because he wanted to live with tranquility and requested so from Hashem in which Hashem answered “is it not enough what you have in allotted for you in the world to come?!”. (Rashi 37:2)

This is mind boggling. Let’s try to picture this: Yaakov according to calculations (which we will not get into) was 106 years old at this time. Let’s rewind 106 years, Yaakov was born and as the Torah tells us, they fought in their mother’s womb. He was then born and immediately quarrels with his twin brother over the birthrights. Then, he gets older and he disputes with his future father-in-law over marrying his daughter which results in him having to work 7 years and then work again. After all, he simply wanted to get married! What is wrong with the fact that he wants to have somewhat of a relaxed life. And we know he wanted to sit and study Torah, not relax and do nothing? Was his request from Hashem so outlandish that he was punished??! What is the basic understanding of this Midrash quoted in Rashi?

Perhaps we can explain this with a small introduction. As human beings, we have an in-born challenge which we face every day. That is “getting along with your fellow”. There are two groups where this challenge may arise. There is with ‘out’ and there is with ‘in’. The outcome of the ‘with out’ is indeed to keep them out. That for us as Jews, is our enemies. Starting with number one the evil inclination. No one will say that we need to “get along” with our Yetzer Harah. Our purpose in life is to constantly fight him and NOT get along with him. The same with our physical enemies, the Arabs—we draw the line and we fight them..

The second scenario where the challenge arise is “with in”. This is referring to family, your people, and your community. This is where it’s most challenging. The old, famous saying of “Chessed begins in the home” can’t be more right. How many times can you come across a person who seems like a great person so loved by many while with him and his family it’s turmoil! To live and to succeed in making sure your family is one, your achdus as a person together with your people, your community and most important, your family is a tremendous accomplishment!

Hashem saw that Yaakov was very suited to become the next Patriarch of His nation. He fought Esav and kept him away. He fought Lavan and kept him out… etc.…which was great. However, what Hashem has yet to see was that his own family was perfect, that with in his very own home all was well. Hashem had to see that Yaakov can lead his family to achdus and then be ready to lead Klal Yisroel. Hashem said “I see you suffered much, but I still don’t determine you as ready just yet. Let’s see how you handle your family when all of your sons turn against Yosef for jealousy reasons. Once I see that, THEN I know you are ready!”

This is something which we possibly face every single day. Our workplaces can be peaceful and serene yet our home can have strife G-d forbid. On Chanukah, which note is always on the earliest week of the year when it’s the onset of the winter months, and is the only mitzvah that isn’t performed ideally in Shul rather at home. Why is this done “ner ish Ubeiso” (specifically at one’s home)?

When the Greeks came to fight they weren’t coming with the intention to fight like all other enemies in the history which was to kill and wipe out. They came on a spiritual mission HATMAIM BYAD TEHORIM. They wanted so badly to come into our homes and mess things up. To come into our shuls and take away bris Milah, Shabbos and all the Mitzvahs which make us Achdus and family. This was the challenge that Yaakov passed after the story with Yosef. This is the challenge which we constantly face. Chanuka, with all the parties, when we ignite the light in our homes and specifically in our houses, we must learn that Chessed begins at home.


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479 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, NJ 07747
Tel: 908-783-0014


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