President’s Message


Dear TBT Family,

As we continue our Shelter in Place, more and more of us have all been forced to deal with and accept this new reality and work through it the best way we can.  I know many of us are dealing with a lot of stressors and difficulties on many levels.  I was up with my kids Sunday night at different times with each of them, helping them cope with their personal struggles during this pandemic.  Our dogs are even feeling what we are feeling.  We hang onto how our world will reopen in phases and grasp for hope while being cautiously optimistic.  I continue to find ways to honor myself, whether it is time with my family, walks with Ira and the dogs, facetime with friends and family, puzzles and organizing old pictures.

Today I think of our Mission Statement:

TBT is a vibrant Reform Jewish congregation committed to inspiring acts of loving kindness, while merging traditional values with contemporary ideals to cultivate a thriving and nurturing community.  Large enough to serve a diverse, multigenerational community with various educational and social opportunities, yet intimate enough to promote close ties between the clergy and our congregation.  We are committed to the development of the Jewish identity and spiritual growth of our members and future generations through Torah, Worship and Tikkun Olam.

Temple Beth Torah, where meaningful experiences take root and grow.

Despite being a temple without walls, our mission remains the same and am thankful to all of you that continue to maintain the integrity of our mission.  We need your help, more than ever, to continue our mission today, tomorrow and into the future.  We stand by our community and we thank you for standing by us. 

We are making our second round of connecting with our congregants.  These connections have helped us identify who is in need of support, who is happy we called to just check in and those who said “how can I help”.  Thank you to the Board of Trustees for making connections and keeping our mission alive!  

Thank you to those that have donated to the COVID Relief Fund to help our congregants and staff in need along with providing meals for first responders in our community.  Thank you to our volunteers that have stepped up to be shoppers for those in need in our community.  

  • Please reach out to our Social Action Committee if you are ready to shop and help others in our community.  
  • Ways to contribute to the fund: Call Kathy at 631-643-1200 x 310 to contribute by Credit Card, send a check to the office with COVID-19 Relief Fund in the memo line or Venmo @vanessa-newman-7.

This is what Team TBT is all about!

Look forward to seeing you at our special Yom Hashoah service, Friday April 24, 2020.

Stay safe and healthy
Vanessa Newman