If you are interested in joining our welcoming community, our home is open every week on Shabbat. Services begin at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday evening of the month and at 8:00 p.m. on other Friday evenings.
Rosh HaShana morning, I spoke about Ahavat
Yisrael, the mitzvah of loving Israel. As I said then, one of the concrete
ways we can show our love for our homeland and support the State of Israel and
her people is by becoming members of ARZA. ARZA is the Reform Movement’s
organization for Progressive Judaism there. You can learn more about the work
of ARZA at www.arza.org.
If you are not yet a member, I encourage you to join ARZA which you can do
through their website or through our Temple Office.
the next 180 days, we, the Reform Jewish community in the U.S., have the chance
to help chart Israel’s future. I spoke about the World Zionist Organization
during my sermon. In 2015, Jews in the United States will cast our vote for
representation in the WZO Congress – a global governing body that influences
both the shape of policies and the distribution of funds in Israel. The values
we as Reform Jews hold dear – equality, pluralism and peace – must be championed
by that Congress. Together, we can make that happen.
From now until voting begins onJanuary 15, 2015,
this site will provide information about the WZC elections and enables
individuals to pledge their support for the ARZA campaign. The website will
change on January 15thto a link to the actual voting site. Right now I invite you to pledge
your support. (There is no fee to do so.) Please be a part of this important
and significant process.
you for joining me as we work together to show our Ahavat Yisrael, our love of Israel.
Rabbi Beth H Klafter
Temple Beth David is built upon three cornerstones:
We are a sacred community
בְּצֶלֶם אֱלהִים בָּרָה אתוֹ
B’Tzelem Elohim bara oto.
God created human beings in the Divine image. (Genesis 1:27)
Temple Beth David is a sacred Jewish community of members and families. We are committed to welcoming and respecting everyone who wishes to join us in our liberal and warm congregation. We are dedicated to to the task of "Tikkun Olam," "Repairing the World," and reaching out to all those in need.
Temple Beth David is our Spiritual Home
וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ, וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם
V’asu lee mikdash, v’shachantee b’tocham.
And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.(Exodus 25:8)
We gather in our Sanctuary for worship on Jewish holidays & Shabbat. We celebrate life’s joyous moments and life’s most challenging days together as we strive to open our hearts to the Divine in us and the Divine in our world.
We are a Place of Learning
וְתַלְמוּד תּוֹרָה כְּנֶגֱד כֻּלָּם
Talmud Torah K’neged Kulam.
And the study of Torah is equal to them all.(Talmud)
At Temple Beth David, we value learning at every level. From the youngest children in our Early Childhood Learning Center, to the students in our Religious School, to adults and families, we offer classes, programs and activities throughout the year.
Our Jewish heritage links us to the people Israel, that great nation born out of the covenants between God and Abraham, at Sinai and descending from the House of David.It is through the bonds of religious affiliation that we are able to keep the covenant alive.Established in 1961, Temple Beth David, a Reform Congregation, was born out of the dreams, desires and determination of a small group of Jewish families. The families organized and word spread.
From our earliest days to the present, we have grown from a small fledgling temple to a thriving congregation.As a Jewish family community we strive to develop and refine programs that meet your needs, while offering you various opportunities to grow with us and share in our tradition.We treasure the spirit of closeness, warmth and haimishness– that feeling of family – on which Temple Beth David was founded and our congregation thrives.
By Bradley Egel People frequently talk about generational leadership. The Hebrew phrase, l’dor vador, literally means “from generation to generation,” and is most often applied to the handing down of leadership from one generation to the next. If a person is lucky enough to be present at a bar or bat mitzvah, they likely will […]
Leading a congregation can be a daunting task. Whether you lead your congregation as clergy, professional staff, or lay leadership, we all do our sacred work through different prisms. We work through the prism of spirituality. The Torah and other teachings of our ancestors guide our communities with holiness and wisdom. We work through the […]
by Rabbi Josh Weinberg Mark, on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the yield of your land, you shall observe the festival of the Eternal [to last] seven days: a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on the eighth day. Leviticus 23:39 Walk around Zion, […]
By Jonathan Cohen and Beth Rodin The first “modern” NFTY Convention was held in 1983. I was there. A sophomore from Tupelo, Mississippi, getting to attend Convention was an unbelievable thrill. I still carry vivid memories from that Convention, not the least of which being our group – the biggest number of Jewish teens, make […]
Smoke Free Campus
Temple Beth David is a
Tobacco Free Campus
No smoking within 50 feet of all buildings, doorways, parking lots, and grounds
New LOWER Annual Youth Group Membership Dues for 2014-2015 Temple Members $36 Non-Temple Members $50
You do not need to be a member of the Youth Group to attend our events
Celebration for Rabbi Beth H. Klafter
honoring Temple Beth David's Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Beth H. Klafter
Senior Youth Group
Hello Senior Youth Group, my name is Randi Lieberman and I am looking forward to another year together at Temple Beth David. We have so many great things planned for this year. We are planning to join some other senior youth groups around Long Island for events. We will also be participating in some NFTY Regional events. NFTY is the North American Federation of Temple Youth, the umbrella organization of Reform congregations. Check the temple calendar and watch your mail for information about upcoming events. If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact me at