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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.

We Really Could Use Your Help!

Tutors: We are in need of additional tutors to help with Hebrew makeup on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30. This is not something for every Monday and Wednesday but will depend upon how many children are coming for Hebrew makeup. We will notify you by 2 pm. An honorarium will be offered per session. If you are familiar with the Mitkadem curriculum and/or are post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah, please contact Nan if you are interested.

Membership Committee: Our chairperson had to step down, but this is a very important committee whose job it is to attract new members, help them become part of the Temple family, and provide for the needs of our longer-term members.  If you are interested in learning more, please contactNan Coulter or Allan Mendelsohn to learn more.

Publicity and Marketing Committee: Not that we are publicity hogs or anything, but we are looking for people to help Bruce Feniger keep the Temple in the public eye by sending out press releases, updating social media, and making the community at large aware that TBE exists.  If you can help with this, please contact Bruce Feniger.

Kesher (College Committee): We keep in touch with our college students while they are away.  It's also nice for their parents to get together and exchange stories and information about the students' adventures.  If you'd like to help, contact Betsy Heymann.

Blood drive: Every year we run one or two blood drives.  This is an excellent Bar/Bat Mitzvah project.  The blood banks need donations all the time, and they will be happy to have people come on a Sunday to do the collections right at the Temple while your children are at school.  If you want to know more about running a blood drive, contact Nan Coulter.

TheTBE Junior Youth Group (grades 6-8) will Lead the Shabbat Service Friday, December 4, 2015.
Please meet at 7 pm to rehearse.

Junior Choir also be participating, and will meet at 7pm to rehearse. All voices are welcome to the Junior Choir. 

Winter Coat Drive for Those in Need
Please donate new or gently used: Coats, Hats, Scarves, Gloves/Mittens, Earmuffs, and Snow Pants. All sizes are needed for men, women and children of all ages. There will be a collection box in the cloakroom November 4th through November 28.
Julia L. has organized this coat drive as one of her Mitzvah projects. Let's all help it to be a success.

CPR/First Aid Class
Sunday, December 13, noon to 2:30 pm

Jennifer Licht, a certified instructor, will run a class in CPR and First Aid.  Cost is $70 per person. Jen has generously agreed to donate her share of the proceeds to Temple Beth Elohim.

Community Singalong
Saturday, December 5, 4 pm
Come join our Adult and Junior Choirs as we sing Chanukah songs as part of the Town of Carmel annual holiday event. Takes place across from the Carmel Diner. Everyone is invited to attend and join in! 

Chanukah Happenings at TBE
Sunday, December 6

Sisterhood: brief December meeting at 9am followed by decorating for the Chanukah Party for the whole family after Sunday School. Details TBA

Men's Club Latke Day - come cook those yummy latkes for all the kids in our school!

The SEMI-ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING of Temple Beth Elohim will be held on MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015, at 7:00 pm. In the event of cancellation for any unforeseen situation including weather cancellation, the alternate date is MONDAY, DECEMBER 21. 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,;
•  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.

It's time to update our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service and to reprint it with a new binding. A label will be put in each book inscribed as you request, i.e, in honor of, in memory of, etc. Minimum donation of $18 is requested.

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 12/6, 1/10, /17, 2/7, 3/13, 4/17, 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: 12/20, 1/17. 2/7, 3/6,/4/3, 5/1

Comedy night is set for Nov. 14. Visit the Men's Club page for more info.

Come for the bagels! Come for the schmoozing!

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

Meetings: 12/6, 1/24, 2/28, 3/20, 4/17, 5/22,
12/6 Chanukah Party
2016 ...bowling, paint and sip, and more!

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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.

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