Havdallah ceremony with Rabbi Shohama Wiener at the helm precedes Temple Beth-El’s Anniversary dinner/dance.
Nationally recognized rabbi, poet and blogger Rachel Barenblat, the Velveteen Rabbi, held a special shabbaton weekend as TBE’s Scholar in Residence, May 30 – June 1, 2014. This amazing weekend included music-filled services, special teachings, and public readings/symposia of Rabbi Rachel’s works.
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.
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.
Reb David led celebrants in First Night blessings and songs, hot apple cider and cakes, and the dedication to shine the light of Hanukkah on behalf of freedom for all.
Now in our 80th year, our High Holy Day services are free to all without tickets or reservations. Free parking is available on City Island Avenue and in the Seafood City parking lot, across the street from the synagogue: persons using the parking lot should please use the spaces closest to the fence alongside City Island Avenue.
On July 19, 2013, Temple Beth-El of City Island held its annual summer Shabbat by the Sea at the exquisite home of Ken Binder and Steve Roth. Ken’s and Steve’s generosity and hospitality are so appreciated by the clergy, Temple members, friends and family all of whom look forward to this service the entire year.
Every Sabbath on City Island is special — but some are more unique than others. Such is the case with our Annual Shabbat by the Sea. And this year was no exception.
On Sunday, May 19th, eight members of TBE drove to the town of Highland Falls and West Point for a very interesting occasion — Shavuot for us and Pentecost for our Episcopal friends at The Church of Holy Innocents.
the exuberant sound of this delightful band, the soles of the guests’ feet barely touched the ground as their spirits soared higher and higher. We are told that our soles are where our spirits make contact with the Earth in physical form and as they danced the souls of the guests participated in joyous revelry on many planes at once.