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Temple Beth Elohim, Brewster, NY - Special Events
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Temple News & Notes
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Prospective Members

Please join us for a Shabbat Service and then stay for the Oneg and meet with members of the Board, representatives from Sisterhood, Men's Club, Religious School and other committees who will answer any questions you may have about becoming a part of the Temple Beth Elohim family.

Whether you are seeking a Spiritual Home in a Reform Jewish Congregation for the first time, or looking to make a change, we would love to introduce you to Temple Beth Elohim. For information, please email the Membership Committee. We hope we have the opportunity to meet you soon!

Annual Membership, Pledge forms and School Registration forms are available for you to download. Both WORD and PDF fiiles are included for your convenience. If you prefer to submit your firms via email, please fill in the WORD documents and email them as instructed.

Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm

The first Friday of each month, September through June, is designated as a Family Shabbat service which is enhanced with the voices of our children's choir.

The second Friday (Sept-June), we will hold a Kabballat Shabbat Service which begins at 7:30 pm.

The third Friday evening of each month, September through June, includes a Torah service enhanced by our adult choir.

July through Labor Day, services are held on the patio weather permitting. Come enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee will meet shortly to begin considering candidates for openings on the Board of Directors for 2016/2017. If you are interested in service on the Board, please send your area of interest and background to David Eppinger, Nominating Committee Chair via email.

Annual MeetingMonday, June 13, 7 pm

Come to the Annual Meeting and learn what Temple committees have been up to. We will ask you to vote on a proposed slate of officers and a proposed budget for 2016/2017. An email notice will be sent out with specifics shortly.

Teacher and Aide Appreciation Night
Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm

This is the time to show our teachers and aides how much we appreciate all of their efforts and hard work to give each child a sense of the value of his or her Jewish heritage.

Not only will teachers and aides be honored, but we will present the Lester Welsher Scholarship Awards to young people who are continuing their education and who have served the Temple.

We will also make presentations to the highest sellers in the Passover Candy Sale.

Confirmation 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016

All are invited to attend the Confirmation of 12 of our young adults on Sunday, May 22, at 10:30 am. This event is the culmination of two years of the study of comparative religion and how Judaism sees issues such as interfaith dating, euthanasia, Anti-Semitism, and myriad other issues that will be confronted by our young people as they venture out into the world.
The Lester Welsher Scholarship Fund was set up by the family of the late Lester Welsher in order to preserve the memory of their beloved husband and father. Lester Welsher loved children, considered education a top priority, and loved Temple Beth Elohim. Therefore the Scholarship is available to students graduating from high school and continuing their education who have served Temple Beth Elohim.

In order for you to be considered for an award, please download the application here. We must receive this form by Sunday, May 1. You may mail or bring it to the Temple office: Temple Beth Elohim, 31 Mt. Ebo Road North, Brewster, NY 10509, send it to the temple via email or fax the completed form to 845 279-1961. Awards will be presented at Teacher and Aide Appreciation Night, Friday, May 6, 2016.

Come Meet and Greet Shirley and Larry Hepner!
Sunday, May 15, time to be announced
All are welcome!

Join Shirley and Larry for an informative talk about their experience since making aliyah to Israel about 1 1/2 years ago.

They will be addressing some of our students earlier in the day followed by welcoming one and all to chat with them later in the day.

Save the Date for a Dinner Dance!
May 21, and Honor Our Volunteer

image: torah totsVolunteer Recognition Night
Friday, June 10, 2016

Where would we be without our volunteers? It takes a village to run Temple Beth Elohim, and the many people who take an active role are very much appreciated. On Friday, June 10, we will thank Liam Schaub for completing his Eagle Scout project and creating benches for the patio so that people can sit and enjoy the fabulous view of the Hudson Valley. We will add names to our silver plaque for 25 year Temple members, our ten year recognition plaque and give awards to our "Bright Lights", our more recently active members, people who have given a lifetime of service to the Temple, and we will name this year's Volunteer of the Year. Hope to see you there!

Brewster Rotary has generously offered to donate $5 to Temple Beth Elohim for every ticket sold via the Temple office.

image: torah totsTorah Tots
Torah Tots introduces children aged 2-4 to Judaism. Children, accompanied by parents or other family members, meet at 9:00 am on designated Sundays. We begin in the Sanctuary with a brief lesson with Rabbi Acrish and music with Temple soloist Robin Sills. We then end our time together with a holiday-related project and a snack. Any child who is NOT eligible for kindergarten in September 2014 is invited to come to Torah Tots. If your child is starting Kindergarten in September 2014, he or she should be enrolled in our Preschool/Kindergarten class. We welcome all interested families - Temple affiliation is not required. We look forward to seeing you! All are invited. Please contact the Temple office, 845 279-4585 to enroll your child. There is no fee for this program.

Torah Tots 5/22

The PJ Library

The PJ Library® Jewish Bedtime Stories & Songs for Families
is here at TBE! Enrich your family's Jewish Journey with

Temple Beth Elohim is excited to launch The PJ Library to offer free Jewish books and music to families raising Jewish children ages six months through eight years. In the coming months Temple Beth Elohim will be making 200 subscriptions available on a first come first serve basis to families raising Jewish children in Putnam/Dutchess/Northern Westchester/Fairfield Counties. The PJ Library, an award-winning program created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), enriches Jewish life in the home and builds Jewish community.

Temple Beth Elohim is proud to partner with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to make this meaningful gift available at no cost to families in the area. We invite you to share news of this wonderful program with your friends and neighbors as to build and grow our Jewish community! Learn how to get involved in bringing The PJ Library to life at Temple Beth Elohim!

Families with children up to the age of 8 are invited to enroll by Signing up online here! Questions? Contact us at or (845) 279-4585.

PJ Library is available to members of Temple Beth Elohim and families unaffiliated with another synagogue who live in Northern Westchester/Putnam and Fairfield County Connecticut.

The PJ Library: Building a stronger Jewish people, one book at a time.
"PJ Library" and "PJ Library logo" are registered trademarks of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. All rights reserved.

Contact Nan Coulter at 845 279-4585 option 3 or via email if you are interested in getting involved with PJ Library.

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Even if we struggle to make ends meet, most of us are able to put adequate food on the table to feed our families. However, there are those who cannot provide and desperately need help. Please don't forget to bring a food item with you when you come to services or school. These donations will be brought to area food pantries on an on-going basis.

If any Temple member is in need of assistance with food, please let Nan know (in complete confidence) or if you know of a family in need, please advise.

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If possible, please bring food from the following list supplied to us by the Putnam Community Action Program:

Canned tuna Rice Canned fruit
Diapers (Size 4, 5, 6) Pull ups Coffee
Macaroni & Cheese Oatmeal Canned chili

If you can help transport donations to the pantries, please contact Ruth.

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Interest Groups & Clubs
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Activities: Please visit the Men's Club page for upcoming program info.

Men's Club Meetings are generally the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 am.
Meetings: 5/1
Come for the bagels! Come for the schmoozing!

Sisterhood GraphicFor more info on any of these events, link to the Sisterhood page

Meetings: 5/22

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Fund Raising Programs
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image: plantPlant for the Past, Plant for the Present, Plant for the Future
Temple Beth Elohim has launched a campaign to raise funds for the beautiful landscaping that adorns it's grounds. You can celebrate Tu B'Shevat and help Temple Beth Elohim at the same time by purchasing a tree and dedicating it to your family, in memory of a loved one, in honor of a loved one, etc. Download a packet of information here. We still have not recovered the huge cost of the required landscaping of our property and purchasing a tree can assist in this effort while providing a living, visual tribute to your family or loved ones.
image: judaica shopTemple Beth Elohim's Judaica Shop is open for business every Sunday from 9-10:30 am when religious school is in session. (Other hours and summer hours are by appointment only. Please call Denise Tredwell to make an appointment.)

The Judaica Shop has a full line of gorgeous tallitot and kippot, 14K and sterling jewelry, hand-crafted door mezuzahs, gifts for weddings, engagements, birthdays and Mother's Day. They carry a wide range of stunning holiday items including menorahs, honey and apple sets, Passover Seder and matzo plates, Shabbat candlesticks and challah platters - all great gifts and reasonably priced. Many of the items are designed and handcrafted in Israel. Whether you need a stunning tallit for an upcoming bar or bat mitzvah or a unique menorah for a wedding gift, shop us first. When you shop at our new Judaica Shop, you not only support Temple Beth Elohim, but you also support Israel.

PS: The Judaica Shop could be open for more hours if there were more volunteers. We are always looking for energetic people to join our staff. Call Denise if you are interested.

The new company we are working with for recycling gives really good dividends for all of the Apple "I" products and, of course, toner cartridges. Thanks to Jennifer Licht and family for recycling all these items.

Many thanks to Cami Blackwell for keeping the recycling going. One of our Bar Mitzvah students is now taking care of recycling bottles and cans as part of his mitzvah project. You can leave them in the bin in the hallway on the other side of the social hall. 

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