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

March 9, 2018

“We have no control”

The previous few Parshas spell out the structure of the Mishkan [Tabernacle], its various utensils, and the uniform of those who use those utensils and serve in the Mishkan. In this week’s Parsha, it is finally time to “pay up” and begin buildng. This is the intent ”Take from yourselves a portion for Hashem, everyone who is generous of heart shall bring it, as the gift for Hashem: gold and silver and copper…'” [Shmos 35:4-10]

However our Parshah does not begin with those words rather with the following “Six days work shall be done but the seventh day shall be holy for you, a day of complete rest for Hashem; whoever does work on it shall be put to death. You shall light no fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day. [Shmos 35:2-3]”

The Shabbos laws were already mentioned in greater detail in last week’s parsha [31:12-17]. The repetition this week, at the beginning of Vayakhel, seems totally redundant! Why is it necessary to begin the section dealing with donating money to the Mishkan with this brief preamble telling us about Shabbos?

If you take a closer look at the words, it states “sheshes yamim tay-a-seh melacha” which literally means “six days WORK SHALL BE DONE”. A more common expression (as we indeed find elsewhere in the Torah) is “shashes yamim ta-a-seh melachtecha” (six days YOU SHALL DO YOUR WORK). It is peculiar to use the passive form of the verb for doing work. Perhaps by use of this expression, the Torah is teaching us a fundamental rule for anyone who is engaged in earning a livelihood: The amount of money a person makes is NOT connected with the amount of effort he puts into his job.

A person is indeed required to make an effort to earn a living and support a family. One who does not make that effort and expects “mann” or a miracle from heaven will be disappointed! However it is flawed to mentally make the equation that “the more work I do the more money I will make.” It does not work like that. We have a G-d who decides what each of us should earn. We can exhaust ourselves in our professions and either we will not succeed in earning as much as we feel we should earn or we perhaps will earn all that money and then lose it due to unforeseen expenses or poor investments, or a variety of other “unforeseen” circumstances. On the other hand, we can exert the normal amount of effort and the Almighty may bless the actions of our hands and we may earn large sums of money, far greater than what others who work much harder than we do earn.

This is a fundamental belief in our religion and it really is the essence of the Holy Shabbos. Common wisdom is that “Of course if one works seven days a week, he will make more money than if he works six days a week.” And yet, the Torah commands us to work only six days. If the Almighty wants to bestow upon us a certain degree of financial success, he will bestow it to us whether we expend six days of effort to earn it or we expend seven days of effort to earn it.

This is why the Torah here states “For six days work SHALL BE DONE”. The work must be done, but one should not think “you shall do work”. The “you” is not what gets the job done, it is the “He” that gets the job done and allows “you” to earn a living. Therefore the Torah omitted the “YOU” from this commandment of Shabbos.

This is the necessary preamble to asking the people to donate funds for the construction of the Mishkan and its associated vessels. Whenever people are approached for giving charity – whether for institutions or for individuals – it is hard for them to write the check. It is always challenging because “where is the money going to come from?”

Therefore Moshe had to provide the introduction to his effort to solicit the funds  for the Mishkan with the expression that teaches that money is earned based on what G-d wills. After establishing the principle that in six days a person can earn the same amount that he would earn in seven days (because everything he earns comes from the Almighty), Moshe can proceed to ask for donations of gold, silver, copper, and so on. As the Rambam writes in Mishneh Torah, “no one becomes poor from giving charity.” Only then did Moshe ask for contributions to the Mishkan.


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