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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!

Please download packets containing Membership Forms and School Registration forms here.

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.

On the second Friday (Sept-June), we hold two services. A Kabballat Shabbat Service begins at 6:30 pm followed by juice and challah. At 8:00 pm there is a Shabbat Service followed by an Oneg. We hope that this pair of services will allow our families to enjoy Shabbat dinner at a leisurely pace either before or after a 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.

First Annual Bill Geller Memorial Car Show
Sunday, June 29, 9am - 4pm, Rain or Shine
Trophies and Awards Presentation at 2 pm

To show your vehicle, sponsor the show or to become a vendor, download the information packet here.

And visit the show on Facebook

Bill Geller grew up in Yonkers, graduated from Roosevelt High School, and went on to earn a BFA from The School of Visual Arts. He brought joy, laughter, life, and hope wherever he went. A loving husband to Sheri, a doting dad to Max, a devoted son and brother, Bill was also a gifted artist, graphic designer, and singer with a passion for vintage cars. With great pride and attention to every detail, he restored his 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

Bill was tragically killed on February 16, 2013, struck by a car as he was walking on Route 22 in Goldens Bridge. We want to keep Bill Geller’s memory and his legacy alive - we want to preserve all that he represented to his family and to his friends, to the community, to his synagogue, to his profession, and to his many interests and causes. To reach that goal, we are organizing the First Annual Bill Geller Memorial Car Show, to be held on Sunday, June 29, 2014, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Temple Beth Elohim in Brewster.

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 2012 is invited to come to Torah Tots. If your child is starting Kindergarten in September 2012, 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 Program Schedule: May 4, 9 am

Volunteer Recognition Night
Friday, June 6, 7:30 pm

We will take some time to thank some of the many people without whom Temple Beth Elohim could not function. We will add names to our 25 year membership plaque, our recognition plaque for ten or more years of dedicated service to Temple Beth Elohim, our lifetime of service awards will be announced, and our up-and-coming volunteers as well as our Volunteer of the Year.

In addition we will be honoring our long-time Temple members, Shirley and Larry Hepner, as they embark on a new adventure: making aliyah to Israel. We will miss them both and will let them know how much we appreciate their many contributions to Temple life.

Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Service
Sunday, April 27, 11:30 am
6th and 7th grades will attend.

Passover Happenings

Tuesday, April 15, 9 am: PASSOVER SERVICE.
Monday, April 21, 7 pm: YIZKOR SERVICE. It is a mitzvah to remember our loved ones by attending a Yizkor service in their memories.

How do you celebrate Passover? Share with your Temple family on our Facebook page (Go to Facebook and search Temple Beth Elohim Brewster NY.) and read one reflection here.

image: torah totsFamily Seder, Tuesday, April 15.

We are pleased to announce that Temple Beth Elohim will celebrate Passover with a Seder on Tuesday, April 15th at 6:00 pm. Rabbi Acrish will lead us through the Seder with music provided by Robin Sills.

Full dinner with homemade chicken soup with matzo balls. Bring your favorite flour-free Passover dessert to share and your own favorite Passover wine. Cost: $36/person for adults 12 and older, $18/ child 3-11 and under 3 is free.

RESERVATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 8th. Make your reservation by completing the form you can download here, and returning it with your check payable to Temple Beth Elohim, 31 Mount Ebo Road North, Brewster, NY 10509, or drop it off in the Temple office or in the black mailbox in the cloakroom.

For more information contact Nan Coulter, 845 279-4585 option 3 or

Temple Beth Elohim 60th Anniversary Gala
Honoring Myra and Rollo Ross
May 3, 2014
Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction

They've been there since the early days,
They continue to support
the Temple in so many ways.
We are so grateful for all they have done,
Let's celebrate them and have some fun!

Sub-committees are forming but more help is needed to make this a very successful event:
  • Sell/Collect Tickets
  • Arrange for Music
  • Plan Decorations
  • Arrange for Food/Caterers/Liquor
  • Arrange for Sponsors/Program
  • Organize Silent Auction
  • Create a journal and solicit ads

All sorts of items will be needed for the Silent Auction! Do you:
  • have a vacation home?
  • make crafts?
  • have travel points you can transfer?
  • have decorating skills you can donate?
  • have a business through which you can
  • provide item(s) or services?
  • have a timeshare?
  • have the skills to make a video of pictures?
  • have any skill you can donate?
  • have restaurant gift certificates you won't use?
  • give lessons – can you donate one free lesson?
  • have legal skills – can you donate preparation of simple wills?
  • if you have nothing specific to donate, can you solicit donations from businesses you use such as hairdresser, dry cleaner, restaurants, rental agencies?

Please find a way to help make the Gala a successful fund raiser for your Temple! Each and every member's help is needed. If you can help, contact Scott Kantor, Event Chairperson, via the Temple to volunteer.
Friday, April 18, 6:30 pm
This will be a special Shabbat event for our youngest Temple members and friends of the Temple. All children welcome. Bring your friends. Children, come in your pajamas. We will have story time, then challah and juice.

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.

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.

Are You Interested in Helping to Heal the World?

Andy Falk, our Social Action Chair, reports that over $500 was raised via Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Andy is looking to expand the committee and invites anyone interested in becoming involved in tzedakah, healing the world one step at a time, to contact him. Let him know when you are available to meet, and he will try to get all interested parties together at a mutually convenient time. If you are interested, please contact Andy Falk, David Eppinger, or Nan Coulter.

Temple Business Networking Group
April 27

Members of the Temple's business community are forming a Temple Networking Group. The goal is to promote the goods & services offered by fellow temple members. The casual atmosphere will provide a convenient and familiar forum in which members can share their respective professions.

Questions? Contact Scott Kantor via the Temple.

Annual Plant Sale
Sunday, May 4, 8:30 am to 1 pm

Great place to buy your Mother's Day gift! Contact Lesli Klein via the Temple, and she will do her best to order what you'd like

Sherri Stewart, who planned the original landscaping for the Alexa Berman Memorial Garden, is seeking donations of flowering perennials and/or low-growing or compact shrubbery to add to the Garden. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Sherri via the Temple. Remember, the Temple Plant Sale is Sunday, May 4, so you may want to make donation purchases at that time. 

Sunday, May 18, 10:30 am

Our 6th and 7th grades will join the Confirmation Class and their friends and families for the Confirmation service. This will be the last day of school. All classes will follow their normal time schedules.

Tuesday, June 3, 7 pm SHAVUOT SERVICE
Wednesday, June 4, 7 pm YIZKOR SERVICE. It is a mitzvah to remember our loved ones by attending a Yizkor service in memory of their lives.

Annual Membership Meeting.
Monday, June 9, 7 pm
Bring your thoughts and ideas. Come learn about all the goings on at the Temple. You will be asked to vote on the proposed Slate of Officers for 2014/2015 as well as the Temple's operating budget for 2014/2015.

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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.

Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 pm: Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class starting. Did you miss out on becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah when you were 13? There’s still time! This class will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month beginning April 23. Come to the first class and learn more! All Temple members are welcome.

Learn to Read Hebrew Prayers in Ten Lessons
Ten consecutive Mondays beginning April 28 at 7:30 pm
You can enjoy Temple services lot more if you can read the Hebrew parts. Rabbi Acrish will teach a class of adults who are interested in learning to read the Hebrew prayers. All Temple members are welcome.

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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.
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

2013-14 Meeting Schedule:
April 27th

Men's Club GraphicJunior Youth Group has planned events for 2014!

May 4, 12-2
Junior Youth group will be weeding and planting new plants in the Temple's Butterfuly Garden in the backyard of the Temple. Pizza, drinks and homemade treats will be available to feed the hard workers. Deborah and Joe Lurin with be chaperoning but would love to have a least one more parent volunteer who knows a little something about gardening!

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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 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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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!!

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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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Temple Beth Elohim has 50 lb. bags of "Lava Melt" ice melt available for sale at $22/bag. Purchases can me made during Temple office hours. Built to withstand even the harshest winters, Lavamelt is a premium blend of ice melt. Lavamelt contains Calcium Chloride Pellets to work on contact. Formulated with high-intensity melting extenders, giving it a long lasting melting life up to 24 hours. Avalanche is colored orange and stands out against snow and ice.

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