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Prospective Members

Are you looking for a spiritual home?
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.

Become Part of our Family

Under Rabbi Acrish's guidance for more than 40 years, Temple Beth Elohim practices liberal Judaism within an atmosphere that is warm and traditional. Temple Beth Elohim is open year round to its congregants and many visitors. Celebration of each of the holidays on the Jewish Calendar enables the Congregation to experience and become part of the history and traditions of Judaism, to share these with friends and neighbors, and to strengthen Jewish identity. It's no wonder that the inclusive, spiritual warmth of Temple Beth Elohim attracts a diverse membership community. Our Temple family is multi-generational and embraces people of all ages from singles and young couples, to empty nesters and retirees. No matter where you are in our spiritual journey, Temple Beth Elohim would like to be a home for you. Our congregation includes many interfaith families and Jews by choice, those with a strong Jewish background and those who are just learning. Temple Beth Elohim is an integral part of major life-cycle events, both joyous and sorrowful, from birth to funerals, from namings to B'Nei Mitzvah to weddings.

We draw from a large geographical area including Putnam, Westchester, and Dutchess counties in New York and Fairfield and Litchfield counties in Connecticut. Over the last few years our membership has grown rapidly to our current number of more than 250 families with approximately 200 students in our Religious School. Our member children attend approximately fifteen different school districts.

Despite our growth, we make every effort to keep the warm, friendly atmosphere that makes Temple Beth Elohim such a special place. We have a Men's Club, Sisterhood and Youth Groups, all of which provide the opportunity for participation in myriad activities. Participation by all members is always welcomed and encouraged, and members who want to begin a new program which is of interest to others are encouraged to do so. New members are warmly welcomed to the community.

If you are considering becoming a member of the Temple Beth Elohim family we would like to extend an invitation for you to share a worship service with us and meet Rabbi Acrish. Shabbat services are held at 7:30 pm every Friday except on the second Friday of the month (see calendar). The first Friday of the month (September through June) is a Family Service. Services are followed by an Oneg Shabbat (coffee and refreshments). We encourage you to partake of the refreshments; this will give you a chance to meet some of our temple members. We look forward to meeting you and your family and hope that you will decide to join ours.

A Sampling of Temple Beth Elohim's Offerings

Shabbat Services on Friday evenings including a monthly Family Service with Children's Choir, and a monthly Torah Service with Adult Choir

High Holy Day Services with our Choir led by soloist, Robin Sills and accompanied by organist, Richard Sills

Special services for each of the holidays throughout the year Children's High Holy Day Services

Full Religious School and Hebrew school including Tot Shabbat

All life-cycle needs of Jewish families

Bar and Bat Mitzvah education and services


Adult Education

Junior and Senior Youth Groups

College Committee

Men's Club and Sisterhood

Social Action Committee

Judaica Shop


The PJ Library

For a complete membership application packet or more information, please contact the Temple Administrator, Nan Coulter.

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