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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.

With a few exceptions, on the second Friday (Sept-June), we will hold a Kabballat Shabbat Service which begins at 6:30 pm followed by juice and challah. On occasion this year, the service will be later in the evening due to holidays and B'nai Mitzvah celebrations, so please check the Calendar page when planning your week. We hope that this service will allow our families to enjoy Shabbat dinner at a leisurely pace after the service.

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.

During the winter months, in addition to our regular service schedule, we will have several special Shabbat services conducted by or involving participation by Temple members. Your participation is welcome, just let the appropriate people know. All listed are Friday night services beginning at 7:30 pm: 

March 6, Girl Scout Shabbat
March 13, Shabbat Across America
March 27, 6th Grade Shabbat

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Dinner 6:00 PM (by reservation only)
Services 7:30 PM (open to all)

Please join us for a Shabbat dinner and service full of song, friendship and joy.

On Friday night, March 13, 2015, be part of a special evening as hundreds of synagogues across the country take part in a national event to celebrate what unifies all Jews . . . Shabbat.

Open to all Temple members, prospective Temple members and non-Temple members of all ages ... singles, couples, families. Bring your spouse, family, or friends. Join us for a traditional Shabbat dinner and service full of song, friendship and joy.

Featuring catering by Mezza Luna Restaurant of Brewster
Please bring your Shabbat candlesticks. Candles will be provided.

RSVP by March 9, 2015, by completing the form which may be downloaded here, and return the bottom portion with a check payable to Temple Beth Elohim. Cost is $19 per adult (ages 13 and up) and $7.00 per child (ages 3 to 12). Children under the age of three are free.

$1 per person will be donated to Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger

Reservations and payment may be mailed or droped off to the Temple office (Temple Beth Elohim, 31 Mt. Ebo Rd. N.; Brewster, NY 10509)

For more information, contact Pamela Richardson via email.

The Westchester Jewish Council is proud to honor our very own volunteer, Ruth Greenfield, as a recipient of the Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Award.
Julian Bernstein was a well-known and admired leader in the Westchester Jewish Community.  His visionary leadership, guidance and friendship remain an inspiration to us all. The recipients of this award and the organizations they serve follow in his legacy as they continue to strengthen our community.
The Award Ceremony will take place On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Mother-Daughter Weekend at Camp Eisner
March 13 – 15, 2015
(For Moms and their Daughters currently in Grades K-7)

Moms, escape to the Berkshires with your daughters for the weekend! Begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and welcome Shabbat camp-style, with a lively, kid-friendly musical service, Shabbat dinner, song session, and Israeli dancing. On Saturday, after another kid-friendly Shabbat experience, Nicole will lead interactive activities for Moms and girls, exploring what it means to be a Jewish girl, daughter, mom and woman in our secular world today. To learn more, link here:

TBE Business Networking Group Invites You
Join Us at Our Next Meeting
Grow along with Us!

Monthly meetings of the Business Networking Group will be on 3/8, 4/19, 5/17

The Networking Group is a vehicle for Temple members who are looking to grow their customer bases by promoting their respective businesses. For more information, please contact Scott Kantor, Networking Group Chair, via the Temple

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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. See you in September!

Torah Tots 2014-15 Program Schedule

March 22 - Passover Model Seder
April 26 - Visit PreK classroom
May 17 - Friendship Day

The PJ Library

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Passover Story Time Celebration
Friday, March 27, 6:30 pm
 For children 10 and under.
 Wear your PJs and read a Passover story with a Temple Beth Elohim reading buddy, plus other fun Passover activities!

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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image: great debateAdult Learning Group
1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Rabbi Acrish leads a dedicated group of learners in discussions and readings about Judaism. This class is open to all.

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class
2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Did you miss out on becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah when you were 13? It's never too late! This class will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

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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: 4/5, 5/3, 6/7

Come for the bagels! Come for the schmoozing! Come and help plan great events for the year ahead.

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

Meetings: 3/29, 4/26,

Link to Sisterhood page for more info

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Fund Raising Programs
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Shop & Support Temple Beth Elohim
with our Gift Card Program

Do you buy food, use gas, travel, need a birthday, anniversary, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, baby, shower, or wedding gifts?
Are you planning renovations or updating your appliances?
Do you want to help cover the expenses of the new Temple
without any cost to you?

Store certificates/gift cards, most in the form of a debit card, in varied denominations, are purchased by the Temple at a discounted rate; e.g., Macy's 10%, Starbucks 7%, Applebees 8%, supermarkets 5%, gas companies 2%. The certificates are sold to you at face value.

If every family participates in this program by purchasing only $200 in food store certificates, the monthly income is over $2000. By adding clothing stores, and other higher percentage certificates, the monthly income can be over $3000. The sky's the limit!

Last fiscal year we sold over $100,000.00 in gift cards and yet fewer than 25% of our Temple membership participated regularly. If families who shop locally purchased gift cards for just their groceries we could easily double our sales from last year and make some much needed revenue for our temple. Most cards are in stock and ready for your immediate purchase.

Merchants that we usually stock are:
Amazon Boston Market Rite Aid CVS ShopRite Hannafords
A&P DeCiccos Dunkin Donuts Stop & Shop Barnes & Noble Macy's
Home Depot Bed, Bath & Beyond Stew Leonards Itunes Staples Starbucks

We have many more cards available that can be ordered. The complete list of merchants by category or by alphabet can be downloaded here. Please make an effort to purchase gift cards to support our temple, we need your help!

Orders can be placed easily as follows:

1) Come to the Temple during Sunday school and see us in the lobby.
2) Email your orders to Wendy at and put Gift Cards in the subject line.
3) All cards that are in stock may be purchased any time the Temple office is open.

For further information, contact Wendy via email. Please make a commitment to support this program.

Shop and its partners to benefit Temple Beth Elohim

Support our fund raising efforts each time you shop online at and its partners (i.e. Target.) The Temple will earn a commission for products you purchase in any of the departments. Most important to remember is that for the Temple to benefit, you MUST enter directly from the Temple website. This will ensure that purchase is credited to the Temple.
Note to our college students: Did you know that you can order your textbooks on line from Amazon and help the Temple at the same time? The Temple even earns a commission on used texts.

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Do You Shop Online? Would you like to Save Money and Earn Cash Back? Shop with SHOP.Com and Help the Temple at the same time.

Temple Beth Elohim is participating in an exciting new fundraising program. The Temple now has its own website featuring thousands of partner stores like Walmart, Sears, Best Buy, Apple, The Home Depot and many more. When you make a purchase on, Temple Beth Elohim receives royalties and you earn up to 35% cash back on qualified purchases.
The benefits don't stop there. You earn 0.5% cash back on the purchases of everyone you refer to our website. Now, you can take advantage of the ease and convenience of Internet shopping to buy the products and services you want, while feeling good about helping one of your favorite organizations. Would you like to learn more? Download an informational flyer here.

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Help Temple Beth Elohim

Be a part of the first and largest online network of shoppers, stores, and worthy causes dedicated to turning everyday online shopping into much-needed donations. It's never been easier to support a great cause - just by shopping online.

FREE membership. Great deals. is totally free, and you'll never pay more by shopping through their mall. In fact, smart shoppers will love iGive's free shipping deals and exclusive coupons. Shop at download list of stores 700+ top-notch online stores. Participating stores include Pottery Barn, Lands' End, Staples, PETCO, eBay, Expedia, QVC, and many more. Best of all, up to 26% from each purchase is donated to us. Your contributions could even be tax-deductible*.

What's the catch? There isn't one. It's free. No "spam." Total member privacy. was established in 1997 with the goal of changing all consumer transactions so that a percentage of each purchase can benefit worthy causes close to home. We're proud to say that our members have raised over $3.5 million for their favorite causes!

Want to increase your donation effortlessly? Purchase gift cards at the Temple before you shop through IGIVE! Simple, Simple Simple!!

See for yourself at:
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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.

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