Yom Shabbat, 4 Adar I 5776


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

WELCOME to Temple Beth Torah!  We are an active and inclusive Reform Jewish Congregation founded in 1969 with 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.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES - Feb 22 - 7:30 PM
BUDGET & FINANCE - Mar 21 - 8:00 PM
JTV BOARD - Mar  2 - 8:15 PM
NURSERY SCHOOL - Mar 8 - 7:30 PM
PUBLICITY - Feb 24 - 3:00 PM
RITUAL - Mar 9 - 7:30 PM
SOCIAL ACTION - Mar 2 - 8:00 PM
TLC - Mar 8 - 11:30 AM
WEB SITE - Feb 24 - 3:30 PM

GalaEventNY logo Temple 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.

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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 Cantor Appelbaum's music activities at Temple Beth Torah. Join one of the three TBT Music Ensembles.

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? 

Contact Rabbi Moskowitz at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


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Friday, Feb 12
6:30 PM Shabbat Service

Saturday, Feb 13
9:00 AM Shabbat Torah Study
30 Woodmont Rd, Melville (631-491-4230)

Thursday, Feb 18
Bari Gruber Bat Mitzvah

Friday, Feb 19
6:30 PM Shabbat Service
followed by film "The Other Son."
Movie and dinner ($10)
RSVP to admin@tbtny.org

Saturday, Feb 20
9:00 AM Shabbat Torah Study
59 Threepence Dr, Melville (631-643-6529)

Friday, Feb 26
6:30 PM Shabbat Service

Saturday, Feb 27
9:00 AM Shabbat Torah Service
10:00 AM Kyle Behrens and Nicole Gaspin B’nei Mitzvah

Friday, Mar 4
6:30 PM 3rd Grade Shabbat Service

Saturday, Mar 5
9:00 AM Shabbat Torah Study
10:00 AM Jesse Boxenhorn and Darren Spielman B’nei Mitzvah

Friday, Mar 11
5:45 PM TOT Shabbat
6:30 PM Shabbat Service
7:30 PM Speaker & Dinner Alan Weinschel

Saturday, Mar 12
9:00 AM Shabbat Torah Study
9:00 AM Ethan Rogowsky Bar Mitzvah
10:45 AM Ryan Messinger Bar Mitzvah

Friday, Mar 18
6:30 PM Shabbat Service

Saturday, Mar 19
9:00 AM Shabbat Torah Study
10:30 AM Carly Yanover Bat Mitzvah

Sunday, March 20
10:00 AM Megillah Reading & Carnival

Friday, Mar 25
6:30 PM Shabbat Service

Saturday, Mar 26
9:00 AM Shabbat Torah Study



Even in these times of disaffection with religion most Jews have a Mezuzah on their door. A sign that says, this is a Jewish house. Besides the fact that a Jewish person lives there, what makes your house a Jewish home?

Yossi Ben Yochanan in Pirke Avot 1.5 says:
Let your house be open wide, and let the poor be members of your household.” An interesting challenge. Do we invite a poor person in to sleep under our roof? That might be the intent of the verse, but even the best among us would be reticent to do so. So maybe there are other ways. We can go out and create a home for someone in need or feed them a meal.

A congregant said to me the other day when we were discussing volunteering at the Mercy INN, “Temple Beth Torah really makes it easy to do mitzvah projects.” We try to make it easy but you have to step up and participate. Here are a few ways to open up your home to everyone.

I called the Mercy INN to get a date for our teens to serve lunch over the break. Three team leaders - The Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday ones got back and said they could use our help. The teens will only be able to cover one day, so we are looking for congregants to help out. You need to be 16 years old to serve but pre-teens with adult help can do the prep in the back. Let me know if you are interested in helping. There are also opportunities for adult to help throughout the year.

Our Social Action Committee is launching an exciting initiative to feed an elderly Holocaust survivor living in Israel for a year. Latet delivers care packages on a regular basis and can feed a person on a $1000 a year. Let’s see how many survivors we can help. Watch for more information.

Our amazing Purim Megillah Reading and Carnival will be here before you know it. Please help by sponsoring a booth, running a booth (or helping your kids or grandkids to run a booth) or by donating raffle tickets. Put on your best Hawaiian shirt and join the fun.

We had such a good time on the teen trip to Madame Tussaud’s that we are offering it for families on March 13. Sign up for a fun, Jewish experience at Madame Tussaud’s.

There is a great buzz at TBT these days, between the Business Networking, The Senior Schmooze, the renewed interest in Sisterhood and all the school programs. So many of these new ventures came about because a member of our congregation said, Can we have……? Thank you. I can’t wait to hear your next idea.

See you at Casino Night, the Sisterhood Steal-a-thon, The Game Night, the NYC trip or at services or a class.