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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

Israeli Dancing at Oneg, 12/19

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.

SEMI-ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The SEMI-ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING of Temple Beth Elohim will be held on MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014, at 7:00 pm; in the event of cancellation for any unforeseen situation including weather cancellation, the alternate date is MONDAY, DECEMBER 15. Please mark your calendar and make your attendance at this meeting a priority.

In the event of a cancellation:
we will send out an email notification alerting our members of this change;
we will post the cancellation on our website, www.templebethelohim.org;
a message will go out via our phone voicemail system; and/or
you can telephone 845 279-4585 and use option 8 to hear a recorded message indicating there has been a cancellation.

This is your opportunity to be heard. Please come to share your thoughts with the Temple Board. We welcome your ideas and suggestions of activities for temple members of all ages and stages of life to enjoy.


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

Monthly meetings of the Business Networking Group will be on 12/7, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/19, 5/17


Community Holiday Singalong
in Carmel, NY, December 6 at 4 pm

Everyone is invited to join in on Saturday, December 6 at 4 pm for a Hanukkah/Christmas Singalong. This event takes place across from the Carmel Diner on Route 52 in Carmel.

2014-2015 Concert Schedule
December 13, 2014
The Lucky Tones and Don Lowe


The Lucky Tones is an acoustic musical trio (2 guitars and upright bass) that performs an eclectic mix of American and European (gypsy) jazz and popular standard tunes, American roots music (ala Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, et al), classic rock covers and original songs. Opening for the Lucky Tones is Don Lowe. Don is a multi-talented artist singer/songwriter. In the past three years he has opened for Steve Forbert, Chuck Brodsky, Johnny A, The Dana Fuchs Band, Tracey Grammer and Maria Sebastian among others. He also hosts the open mike on Wednesday night’s at the Towne Crier in Beacon, N.Y.

All tickets $15 at the door, refreshments included, BYOB

Doors Open At 7:30; Located at Temple Beth Elohim, 31 Mt. Ebo Rd., Brewster, N.Y.
Presented by Temple Beth Elohim Men’s Club

Keep up to date - visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vista-On-The-Hill-Concert-Series/134322963410771

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. See you in September!

Torah Tots 2014-15 Program Schedule

December 14 - Chanukah
January 18 - Tu BiShvat
March 1 - Purim

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


The PJ Library

Initials, Inc. Fundraiser to Benefit The PJ Library®!
Sunday, December 7, during Sunday School, Brenda Friedman will be hosting an Initials, Inc. fundraiser to benefit PJ Library! Initials, Inc. makes fabulous purses, totes and other items that are personalized for FREE! All monograms come with the cost of the items you purchase! Great for Chanukah/Christmas/Birthdays or for yourself! She will have many samples for you to check out at the table in the temple lobby! Orders should be available to distribute during our last day of Sunday School, December 21st! Brenda will be donating 15% of all sales back to TBE. Please check out the catalog!

The PJ Library® Chanukah Storytime Celebration
6:30 pm, Friday, December 19

Pajamas are considered appropriate attire for this event that is geared to our members and friends who are under nine years of age.  

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

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 tbepjlibrary@gmail.com 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.

A PJ Library Co-Chairperson is needed to work with Simone Loeffel to launch the PJ Library Program at Temple Beth Elohim. To increase awareness of this wonderful program, the co-chairs will plan events inviting participants in the program to bring their friends to enjoy shared experiences. 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: 12/14, 1/11, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7

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

Save the Date!
Annual Pool-and-Football-Watching Party
Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Vivo Restaurant
Link to the Men's Club page for more information

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

Meetings: 12/7 at Seven Stars Diner, 1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 4/26,

Family Hanukkah Party, Dec. 14
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 Amazon.com and its partners to benefit Temple Beth Elohim

Support our fund raising efforts each time you shop online at Amazon.com and its partners (i.e. Target.) The Temple will earn a commission for products you purchase in any of the Amazon.com departments. Most important to remember is that for the Temple to benefit, you MUST enter Amazon.com 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.

Search:
Keywords:
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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 www.shop.com/templebethelohim, 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.

igive logoJoin IGIVE.com and Your Online Purchases
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. iGive.com 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. iGive.com 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: http://www.iGive.com/TBE
*see your tax advisor

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.
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Don't Throw Away That Empty Ink Jet
or Laser Cartridge!
Have an Obsolete Cell Phone?
Bring it to Temple Beth Elohim!!!

Thank you for participating in Temple Beth Elohim's ink jet recycling program. We have expanded to include Laser cartridges and cell phones too!

image: recycleYou can help! Any cartridge with a printhead can be recycled, regardless of brand or type. Do you have an HP, Lexmark, Xerox, Compaq, Samsung, Kodak, or Canon printer? Bring in your empty cartridges (placed in the original box that you would have thrown away to keep it safe from spills and damages, or a Ziploc bag) or cell phones and put them in the box in the cloakroom.
(Note: Epson cartridges cannot be recycled - they don't have a printhead. Damaged, remanufactured, or refilled cartridges do not qualify for this program.)

Benefits to our community:

Reduce pollution. Cartridges do not decompose for 1,000 years.
Save energy. Empty ones can be remanufactured and reused.
No buying, no selling, no burden to anyone.

Thank you in advance for helping us recycle those old ink cartridges and cell phones and participating in this wonderful fund raising program.

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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