A Shul built on tradition and community

A Rewarding Life.

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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Sunday - 8:00 am

Mon, Thurs - 6:20 am

Tues, Wed, Fri - 6:30 am

Friday Evening Services Summer - 7:00 pm

Winter - candle lighting time

Shabbos Day                    Morning Services - 9:00 am

Afternoon Services - 1/2 hour before sunset

Shalosh Seudos following Mincha

*Sponsored by the Lemis family in memory of Jacques Lemis A"H


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 4 children 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

January 10, 2019- Parshas BO

In this week’s Parsha, the Torah commands us the Mitzvah of Tefillin (13:16):

וְהָיָה לְאוֹת עַל יָדְכָה וּלְטוֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ כִּי בְּחֹזֶק יָד הוֹצִיאָנוּ יְהֹוָה מִמִּצְרָיִם 

“And it shall be for a sign upon your hand and for ornaments between your eyes, for with a mighty hand did the Lord take us out of Egypt.”

In translating the word “לְטוֹטָפֹת,” it is Rashi, who points out that these ornaments refer to Tefillin.  But Tefillin are much more than ornaments, which is illustrated by the following story:

A northern New Jersey yeshiva student named Chaim would visit the elderly Jews in a nearby assisted living facility to inspire them with teachings of Torah and songs of Shabbat and Holidays.  Chaim would also arrange a minyan for those observing a Yahrtzeit of a loved one.   One day, as Chaim was arranging a minyan for one of the residents, he realized he was short one man.  He knocked on door after door and asked each man if he was Jewish and willing to a complete a minyan for a fellow resident to be able to say Kaddish.  Finally, he came across a man named Elie, who agreed to come on one condition: he would not put on Tefillin.  “When I became bar mitzvah,” Elie explained, “my father had to cross the street in the Ghetto to get my Tefillin from his friend, who had prepared it.  He was shot on the spot! I therefore refuse!”

Chaim understood but did not give up. Five weeks later Elie was needed again. This time, Chaim used all his powers of persuasion to encourage him to don Tallit and Tefillin, and Elie finally agreed.  After the services, Elie was found crying uncontrollably while still wrapped in his Tefillin. “This just feels right,” he said. “I feel that this is what I need in my life.  Something about wearing the Tefillin is just right”

Six months later, Chaim received a telephone call. The woman on the phone explained that her father had just passed away.  She said all her father had talked about since his diagnosis six months before was the Yeshiva boy, Chaim, who had come to visit and put Tefillin on him.  “He would wear Tefillin from sunrise to sunset. He even passed away wearing his Tallit and Tefillin!” she said, and thanked him for everything.

Tefillin are our inspiration. It provides a proper perspective on our lives.  The word “tipah” in Hebrew means “drop,” which shares the very root letters of the word  ּלְטוֹטָפֹת“Ltotafot”. Tefillin is constantly “dropping inspiration” for us to become better people.  It allows us to “feel right.”

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


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