March 27, 2015   7 Nisan 5775

Temple Calendar                 Membership                     Special Events

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.

Mitzvah Day... May 3rd  
Brotherhood Yom HaShoah Candles  


For Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, the Brotherhood is providing memorial candles to all families who would like to participate in this observance in their own homes.  Just as we mark the anniversary of a death of a loved one, it is important that we mark this day, with this candle, in our homes in remembrance of the six million victims.

Though the Brotherhood is providing these candles to everyone, we also invite you to make a donation in support of this and other Yom HaShoah programming. 

Religious School Coffe Cakes  

TBD Religious School is Selling

They are baked by "Grandma's of New England" and sold in
specialty shops around the country.
 Cakes are available in the following flavors:

NEW FLAVOR Pineapple Coconut**          Cinnamon**
Pumpkin Spice**                                   Lemon Poppy**
Cappuccino                                           Cinnamon Walnut
Chocolate Chip                                           Banana Walnut
Granny Smith Apple                 New England Blueberry**
Cape Cod Cranberry                   Golden Raspberry**
All Star Chocolate           Red, White & Blue Patriot
                                          (Cranberry & Blueberry)

Your First Cake is $18.00
2 Cakes are $30.00
Additional Cakes are $15.00 each

Orders due in Religious School Office by April 23rd
Delivery will be week of May 4th

Just in time for Mother's Day

Please support our Religious School and enjoy DELICIOUS Cakes!!!



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.



Early Childhood Education Center  

 Visit the ECLC page for the current school Calendar and any additional forms & information.  

TBD Youth Group  

 Hakol -The Voice of Temple Beth David 


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This Month in The Tent: Useful Mission Statements

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Reform Youth Leaders Debrief AIPAC Conference

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Kindling the Flame of Education in Our Students

by Emily Messinger Philosophers – Jewish and otherwise – have long shared their individual insights into the philosophy of education. For educators, such insights can teach us about our students, how we relate to them, the challenges we offer them, and the ways we shape them into the best they can be. From Martin Buber, […]
Smoke Free Campus  

Temple Beth David is a

Tobacco Free Campus

No smoking within 50 feet of all buildings,
doorways, parking lots, and grounds

Thank you










Upcoming Events  



APRIL 4TH, 2015 6:00 PM

Come join your friends, neighbors and family 

at the Temple Beth David Second Night Passover Seder 

led by Rabbi Klafter and Cantor Halpern


We will be having a traditional Passover Meal


Adults (14+) $40.00

Youth (5-13) $18.00

Children 4 and younger - Free

RSVP by March 25th

(Please note that a minimum number of reservations will be required to hold Seder.  Non-Members Welcome)







Another fun fantastic fundraising event

by your Ways & Means Committee

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Preview/Wine & Cheese 7:00pm

Auction 8:00 pm

Wine Sponsored by

Door Prize~Raffle Prize~Coffee & Dessert

Admission is Free

Suggested Donation: Non-Perishable Food Item(s)

Please RSVP to 

so that we have enough seating & refreshments

Featuring Art in All Media & Price Ranges

From Marlin Art, Deer Park, NY



Rabbi Beth H. Klafter's 5775 High Holiday Sermons  
Religious School Registration Forms  
Youth Group  

TBD Youth Group


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

Upcoming Events  
March 2015
03/28 -  Torah Study & Service (9:15 AM)
03/28 -  B'Nai Mitzvah Service (10:00 AM)
03/28 -  RS Havdalah Program (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
03/28 -  Havdalah Service (6:00 PM)
03/28 -  ECLC Fun for Funds (8:00 PM to 11:00 PM) New Item
03/29 -  Isaiah Meeting (10:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
03/29 -  AA Meeting - Open to Everyone (11:30 AM to 12:30 PM)
03/29 -  Packaging for Passover (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM)
03/29 -  Inters YouthGroup (6:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
03/30 -  HHS @ TBD (6:30 PM)
03/30 -  Brotherhood Planning Meeting (8:30 PM)
03/31 -  NFTY Meeting (12:30 PM to 2:00 PM) New Item
03/31 -  Cantor Halpern's Support Group (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM)
03/31 -  Junior YouthGroup Chocolate Seder (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)
April 2015
04/02 -  AA Closed Meeting (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
04/04 -  Office Closed
04/04 -  Passover Service (10:30 AM)
04/04 -  Second Seder Passover Dinner (6:00 PM)
04/05 -  AA Meeting - Open to Everyone (11:30 AM to 12:30 PM)
04/06 -  No HHS
04/07 -  Cantor Halpern's Support Group (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM)
04/09 -  AA Closed Meeting (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
04/10 -  Yizkor Service (10:30 AM)
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