Welcome to Temple Beth-El of City Island, Your Shul by the Sea.  We are a loving and inclusive community that emphasizes joyful Judaism and nurtures the spiritual heights and depths of Jewish tradition.  Our members and friends hail from across the New York metropolitan area, and describe us as haimish (warm) …


Havdallah Starts 80th Anniversary Shindig

Havdallah ceremony with Rabbi Shohama Wiener (center) at the helm precedes Temple Beth-El’s Anniversary dinner/dance. The rabbi is flanked by husband Dr. Alan Dattner, Reb Eva Sax-Bolder, and Reb David Markus to her left, and Trustees Sue Fleishaker, Avra Tietze and Michael Eiron to her right. More photos and text …

Lydia & Torah parade through congregation.

Lydia’s Bat Mitzvah

We were thrilled to call Lydia McElroy to Torah as a bat mitzvah on December 7, with Lydia’s family, friends, neighbors and community members. Pictured here are Lydia, Lydia’s mother, Amy Gottlieb, and Lydia’s teacher, Cantor Jenny Izenstark. Mazal tov to Lydia and her family!

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Phil Feinberg, “Gefilte Fisherman,” dies at 68

The “Oldest Jewish Lifeguard” at Orchard Beach died on Saturday, November 30, 2013 (27 Kislev 5774). Philip J. Feinberg was lovingly called “Gefilte Fisherman” because he often brought chopped fish to onegs when sabbath services were community-led. We will miss our dear friend, memorable storyteller, enthusiastic and kind teacher, sailor, fisherman …

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A Chanukkah of Height and Light

After lighting our Community Menorah in Hawkins Park, TBE members and friends moved across the street into Kaleidescope Gallery to recite the …


Sweet Shabbat by the Sea

Every Sabbath on City Island is special — but some are more unique than others. Such is the case with our Annual …