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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.

Boy Scout Shabbat
Friday, February 5, 7:30 pm

Celebrate scouting at Boy Scout Shabbat. All scouts, young and old, are asked to come in uniform and participate in the service. Contact Joe Greenfield via email if you wish to participate.
Blood Drive
Sunday, February 21, 9 am to 1:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by the Quigley family and the Men's Club. Donations are always desperately needed. It's worth noting that cancer patients are the number one recipients of blood products. Only 2% of the eligible population (16 years and older) donates, but 1 in 3 people (33%) are in need. To make an appointment please contact Danielle Quigley or Tony Cataldo via email
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Friday, March 4, 2016
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 4, 2016, 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.

Adults (age 13 and older) $18, Children ages 9-12 $9.00, Children ages 3-8 $6.00, Children under age 3 no charge.

$1.00 per person will be donated to MAZON, A Jewish Respose to Hunger.

Download flyer here and RSVP with payment by February 28.

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 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: 1/17, 2/7, 3/6,/4/3, 5/1
Come for the bagels! Come for the schmoozing!

FRIDAY JAN 29 MEN'S CLUB SHABBAT Calling the men of Temple Beth Elohim!  All are welcome to participate in a special service developed by Men's Club for Men's Club Shabbat. If you wish to participate, contact Joe Greenfield and let him know if you can do a Hebrew part or wish to do English only. Also please let Joe know if you can bring something for the Oneg Shabbat, which will be hosted by Men's Club that night as well. 

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Meetings: 2/28, 3/20, 4/17, 5/22

FRIDAY JAN 22 SISTERHOOD SHABBAT Thank you to Nan and Rebecca for helping to set this up and to Ruth for agreeing to coordinate the Oneg. When you receive an email from Nan asking if you would like to participate, please rsvp so that we can determine parts.  If you prefer to only have an english part, please indicate that in the reply. 


SUNDAY, JAN 31ST 2016 4-6PM - SISTERHOOD BOWLING (friends and family are included). Further details to come shortly!


SATURDAY, MARCH 19th 6:30PM-9:00PM - POTTERY PAINTING, WINE AND CHEESE - Paint a passover themed piece of pottery (Seder plate, Miriam cup, Elijah cup) or pick a piece to make directly off the Pottery Factory's shelves. Download flyer here!

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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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