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We are so blessed to have watched all three of our boys become Bar Mitzvahs on the same Bimah at
Temple Beth Torah. We most recently celebrated our youngest son, Ryan, on March 6, 2021. Although his service had to be smaller than his brothers' due to COVID, Rabbi Moskowitz and Cantor Appelbaum helped emanate amazing warmth and meaning to everyone with us, both in the sanctuary and over Zoom. The COVID-safe luncheon that followed in the beautiful cocktail room could not have been more meticulously planned by Gayle and Russ of Gala caterers. Guests could not get over the quality of the food, and the way it was all individually and beautifully plated for everyone's comfort. They went above and beyond for us and we could not recommend them more highly. Temple Beth Torah is a very special place of which we are blessed to be a part.
- Dina and Lawrence Shulman
I’m so happy I chose to attend Confirmation class. The discussions we had with Rabbi Moskowitz were always interesting and thought provoking. I learned not only what it means to be Jewish but what connects me to it as well.
- Michael Shwom
We absolutely love the Early Learning Center at Temple Beth Torah. Our daughter wakes up every morning, even weekends, begging to go to school. The staff and teachers have also gone above and beyond, during these times, to ensure our daughter and all the students are having the best experience. For us as a family, it has become a place where we have made true friends and feel a great sense of community. There are truly not enough words to describe how happy we are to be a part of the Early Learning Center at TBT.
- Michelle and Joshua Jaycoff
In January of 2017, my beloved in-laws were both killed in a car accident. What a shock that was for our family. Thank G-d we were members of Temple Beth Torah. The Temple community and the
leadership of Rabbi Susie Moskowitz helped my family deal with the unthinkable. This past year, my father who would have turned 94, succumbed to COVID. Once again, Rabbi Susie was there to help me and my family deal with this enormous loss. As life would not be sweet, six months later, G-d took my mom to be with my dad as she could not live without him. I am thankful that 31 years ago we found our way to Temple Beth Torah and it's wonderful, caring clergy.
-Michael and Rosanne Kiviat
When my mother passed at the beginning of the year of COVID, we were all distraught. When your loved one passes it's never easy. But when it happens in isolation it's awful. We couldn't have a normal funeral but were thankfully allowed a graveside service. Rabbi Moskowitz calmed all of our fears by agreeing to be at the service in person - even at the height of COVID. Then, when we couldn't sit shiva, she so wonderfully held a Zoom shiva for our whole family. I can't express just how much that meant to me and my family.
- Lynn Montag and the Family of Janet Krasner
How ironic that in a year where the physical building was closed, we felt more connected to Temple Beth Torah than ever. Bopping along to Cantor Applebaum, listening to Rabbi Moskowitz’s sermons and watching bar/bat mitzvah families and other students during Zoom Friday night services was truly a weekly highlight for both of us. Our clergy really shined during the saddest time in our life...the loss of our wife/mother . We will forever be grateful for the warmth, caring and generosity of our clergy and the entire TBT community.
- Joel Rabine (“Poppy Joel”) and Stacey Miller
During COVID, April 2020, our daughter's wedding was canceled. However, Rabbi Moskowitz came to our backyard on a very chilly evening and married our daughter and son-in-law in an intimate ceremony, under a chuppah, with all of the religious rituals that made us all feel as though we were in the sanctuary. Rabbi Moskowitz went over and above what we all expected and we were overjoyed with pride for our temple family once again.
- Lori and Jeff Baker
TBT is so much more to me than just a synagogue, it is truly family. In times when I didn't know what to do, TBT was there. When we were at a loss and totally overwhelmed, our doorbell rang and it was dinner from TBT. It was just what I needed at the exact time I needed it. TBT is a home away from home for my children. They love going to hebrew school more than I ever did. The friendships they have made will be with them always.
- Beth, Dave, Jordan, Sydney, and Peyton Henkel
There was a point in the pandemic, when our girls were in two different cities, Boston and Chicago. Every Friday night we came together at Zoom Shabbat services. It gave us comfort, in seeing their faces and the peace of what Shabbat brings. We were so grateful for that.
- Jeff and Beth S. Silverman
As the year is drawing to a close, we just wanted to let you know how happy we have been this school year. Both of our kids had the most phenomenal teachers and classroom experiences. Despite a pandemic, they felt safe and secure and we felt the same way as we dropped them at school each day. The health precautions seemed to be enforced and followed throughout the year and our expectations for the school year were surpassed. We thank everyone for their continuous hard work ensuring our kids had an amazing school year full of learning, fun and good health.
-Hallie and Mike Polsky
2020 was a rough year for everyone. Looking back on the past year, we are grateful we were members of the TBT community. The clergy and staff went above and beyond to make everyone feel safe and comfortable as well as getting our kids back to enjoying a more “normal” year. Our son was able to get involved in making the world better with their community service programs. Our daughter had an amazing year with a small group of friends in class and enjoyed spending time with her girlfriends during Rosh Chodesh events. She couldn’t wait for Wednesday to come!
-Shoshana and Mario Craig