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. 


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Weekly Dvar Torah on the Parsha

December 29, 2017

Parshat Vayechi

“Remain insensitive!”

In this week’s Parsha, following the death of Yaakov, when the family brought his body to Maarat Hamachpeila for burial, the Gemara tells us they were greeted by none other than Esav. Esav stopped them and refused to allow them to bury Yaakov there saying “I sold my firstborn rights, but never did I sell my rights to have the last plot in Maarat Hamachpeila. I want to be buried here. The tribe quickly sent the fast running Naftali to Egypt to obtain the documents which would prove this plot of subject inclusive in the ‘bechor’ purchase as well. Then, the ‘chushim’ of the tribe of Dan beheaded Esav and the head rolled into the grave and they buried their father Yaakov. That’s the story brought from the Gemara in Sota. Which is indeed what we have today—only the head of Esav buried there.

This story can bring to a strong question. Why were the Chushim of Dan the only ones to do this zealous act? Why no other families were able to do this is mindboggling. Imagine, the body of their father is laying there—all the plans in place—and they start talking contracts and documents!? They should knock off Esav once and for all as a unit? SO you will answer, perhaps it was the wrong thing? So then why did Dan do it?

In trying to understand this Gemara, let’s understand the following point: As we continue in times, the sensitivities of certain things in the world has gone down significantly. Who can remember when the Beatles were banned from airing on televisions because they would dance while shaking their hips? Or “I Love Lucy” when she became pregnant had to stop showing. What about all the other stuff in which what to an older person from previous generations is simple and child or teenager today would never understand? This is truly unbelievable when you think about it.

“Chushim” literally translates to mean “senses”. The torah when saying the “Chushim of Dan” is telling us that they were deaf. This is bothersome on its own! Why is the word “senses” referring to someone deaf? It’s like calling a blind man “eyes”!

The answer is a person who can’t hear is in a way on his own. He lives life by himself and can take in very little influence from the outside world. “Chushim” is indeed as appropriate as they have the greater senses to understanding the right from the wrong.

This can bring understanding to the first question: Only Dan was able to do this zealous act of beheading Esav. They were the only ones which were immediately able to see this act of Esav as wrong outright! They saw this as a disrespect to their father and couldn’t see this anymore. The rest of the tribe were unfortunately influenced by Esav and even began hearing as claim as truth hence needing the contract to prove it. 

My blessing to all is that we should always have the clarity of mind to make proper decisions and have the proper perspective on all aspects of life.


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


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