Yom Shlishi, 17 Elul 5775


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35 Bagatelle Road
Melville NY 11747
phone: 631-643-1200
fax: 631-643-3011

WELCOME to Temple Beth Torah, an active Reform Jewish Congregation of over 600 families serving the Western Suffolk and Eastern Nassau County areas of Long Island. Our extended temple family shares rich educational, spiritual and social experiences through a full spectrum of programming -- including religious and nursery school, religious services, and teen and adult activities. Members come to Temple Beth Torah to pray, to learn and to celebrate. Our culture is inclusive and we encourage participation by all age groups. Check out our history, our clergy, our worship schedule, our nursery school, our religious school, and our youth group. Come and join us. You'll be glad that you did.


ADULT EDUCATION - Sept 4 - 9:00 AM
BOARD OF TRUSTEES - Sept 28 - 7:30 PM
PUBLICITY - Sept 16 - 2:00 PM
WEB SITE - Sept 16 - 3:00 PM

GalaEventNY logoTemple Beth Torah is proud to announce Gala Event NYC as the exclusive caterer at TBT. Please call (631) 920-6776 or visit their web site to schedule an appointment.

Sandy Berland

President's Message

Read the President's periodic messages to the TBT congregation and its friends.

Rabbi MoskowitzRabbi Moskowitz's Message

 Read Rabbi Moskowitz's periodic messages to the TBT congregation and the community.

Cantor Appelbaum

Cantor's Corner

Read about music activities at Temple Beth Torah and Cantor Appelbaum's other activities with temple members.  Join one of the three Music Ensembles at TBT.

Adult Education

Adult Education

Learn about important Jewish topics, including best-selling books, Jewish culture and comedy, critical issues facing Israel, worldwide current events, and more.

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David Joshua Berg Nursery School

Mommy & Me, Step-up Twos, Two-Year Olds, Three-Year Olds, Four-Year Olds, Nursery Enrichment Programs and PJ Library

Mommy & Me (My Gym and Art Explorer) -- Click here for flyer

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David Joshua Berg Religious School

TBT's Religious School K-7th Grade, Family Education Programming Mishpacha University (MU), Special Trips, Peer Tutoring, and More

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TBT's High School Program Jewish Teen Vibe (JTV)

Teen Lead High School & Youth Programs for TBT's 8th - 12th Graders (Educational, Social, Comunity Service) 

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Temple Beth Torah Youth (TEMBTY)

Youth Group Programs for TBT's 3rd - 7th Graders


The Arc Bulletin

Read about what's going on in our synagogue and community. Read about upcoming events and this week's happenings. It's all included in The Arc.


Photo Albums

Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Mitzvah Day celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!


Budding Friendships ... Pairing teen helpers with kids with special needs 

Do you know a child with special needs who would benefit from a teen mentor . . someone to come over once a week to interact with your child? Are you a teen who would like to help? 

We match teens and kids with special needs to meet weekly and develop a strong one-on-one bond. We will train our teens to participate as volunteers. 

Budding Friendships Dates: Sundays 2-4 PM. 
April 26 

Teen Volunteers needed to make these afternoons awesome for kids and teens with special needs. Want to be a One on One Volunteer and visit a child? 

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Friday, September 4th @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 5th at 9 am

Friday, September 7th @ 7:30 pm

Friday, September 11th @ 7:30 pm

Friday, September 18th @ 7:30 pm

Friday, September 25th @ 7:30 pm

Friday, October 2nd @ 7:30 pm


Starting October 9th, Shabbat services will return to 6:30 pm

Saturday Shabbat Torah Study 9 am



Sept. 7 Labor Day- Building Closed
Sept. 8 Religious School 1st Day
Sept. 8 Nursery School Meet the Teacher 
Sept. 8 Nursery School 1st Day
Sept. 13 Erev Rosh Hashanah Sept. 14 Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 15 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah 
Sept. 18 Speaker/Dinner– Steve Israel 
Sept. 22 Kol Nidre 
Sept. 23 Yom Kippur Sept. 27 Sukkah Building w/Brotherhood 9:00AM 
Sept. 27 Sukkot Service/Pizza in the Hut 5:30 PM 
Oct. 2 TOT Shabbat
Oct. 4 YIZKOR 9:00 AM Oct. 4 Simchat Torah Service 6:00 PM




We live in a world that puts borders between people. People of different races, religions and nationalities are separated from one another. While the boundaries begin as geographic, they morph into emotional obstacles that block communication and understanding. As Jews we wrestle with this concept of fitting in vs. separating ourselves. Of course it has not always been our choice. In Egypt we were defined as slaves. In the Golden Age of Spain we were fairly integrated members of society, even of the royal court and then we were forced to convert which led to separation and hiding our identity. In Russia and the Ukraine we lived in shetls and took care of our own, because the government wasn't interested in helping us.

In America we have experienced both statuses as well. As immigrant groups, who atespecial food and had different practices (Shabbat on Saturday; Passover, not Easter) we have been set apart. But today, in many ways we are fully integrated into the larger society. We attend all the major universities, it is anachronistic to have "Jewish" Hospitals, and we are involved in politics at every level.

I officiated at a funeral of a Vietnam Veteran who received military honors from the Jewish War Veterans, police honors from the Shomerim Society and honors from the Special Forces squad and the Vietnam vets group of which he was a part. These signs of respect were vivid indicators of the way his identity as an American and as a Jew were all intertwined.

On our recent trip to Mikveh Israel Synagogue (one of the oldest in the US) and the National Museum of Jewish History, both in Philadelphia, I was reminded of the role of Haym Solomon. He was the banker/financier who helped George Washington win the Revolutionary war. He was a banker, because in Europe only certain professions were open to Jews and banking was one of them. Here he was involved in Philadelphia Society and had access to and influence on the highest positions in the land. A blending of being separate and integrated.

On Long Island we have full access to society at large but we often live in Jewish neighborhoods. This is characteristic of Long Island which is considered one of the most segregated areas in the country. Each neighborhood is defined by its ethnic make-up – Hispanics, Catholics, El Salvadorians, Columbians, Blacks, Whites, Jews, Asians, immigrants, etc. This is not a reflection of the way the world should be. These boundaries lead to fear and intolerance.

Recently we have had opportunities to be reactive and proactive. We had a incident in the community in which high school teens were wearing shirts with swastikas on them. The community has reacted by calling for
unity. The need to evaluate the current programs in the schools and to create more educational programs leading to understanding. There is a deep feeling that while this one event might not have been intended to be anti- Semitic, when seen in the larger context of growing anti-Semitism it must be responded to strongly.

Our proactive efforts are just as important to pave the way for new friendships to form. At the multi-cultural seder at the Gerald Ryan Outreach center we mixed and mingled with people of different faiths and nationalities - Turks, Jews, Christians, Catholics, Haitians, Irish, and more. All of us united in the common goals of understanding and of feeding the hungry and supporting the amazing work of the Outreach Center. I urged all the participants to make a point of having a conversation with someone who didn't look like them or speak exactly like them. To meet someone new and ask them about their freedom and how they came by it. Jim Hassenfeld and Betsy Mantell are both on the board of the GROC (Jim is president) and are
active members of Temple Beth Torah. We thank them for the work
that they do and the bridges they continue to build.

We have the challenge of maintaining out Jewish identities in a world where assimilation is valued but anti- Semitism is simmering under the surface.


Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz