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June 2019

Shavuot Kickoff – Potluck Dinner, Musical Havdalah, Evening Delights with Rabbi David and Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

June 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Home of Mariko Gordon, 654 King Avenue
City Island, New York 10464
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Join Rabbi David and guest teacher Rabbi Rachel Barenblat to kick off Shavuot with a holiday potluck dinner (fish, dairy or vegetarian only), wine and cheesecake, Festival Kiddush and Havdalah, then early evening delights for the holiday. We'll gather at the home of Mariko Gordon (654 King Avenue, City Island). RSVP required by email ([email protected]).

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Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Overnight Spiritual Immersion with Rabbi David & Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 pm - June 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am
Home of Mariko Gordon, 654 King Avenue
City Island, New York 10464
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Join Rabbi David and Rabbi Rachel Barenblat for overnight Shavuot spiritual immersion. In the ancient mystical tradition, we'll journey deep into the night with Torah, kabbalah, poetry, music, chanting, sound therapy, embodied practice and other tools for opening body, heart, mind and spirit. Our overnight will lead into morning spiritual practice outdoors on Long Island Sound (weather permitting) -- then Shavuot Day prayer, celebration, Kabbalat Torah (Receiving Torah anew), Yizkor and potluck lunch. Open to all who commit to spend…

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Shavuot – Morning Services, Torah, Yizkor & Potluck Lunch

June 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Home of Mariko Gordon, 654 King Avenue
City Island, New York 10464
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Join Rabbi David, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and the Band for a modernized Shavuot celebration of blessing, Torah (Ten Commandments) and Revelation. Minyan required for Torah and Yizkor. Lunch to follow (please RSVP by email: [email protected]). Services will be outdoors, in the seaside backyard of Mariko Gordon (654 King Avenue, City Island) facing Long Island Sound. In case of inclement weather, we will convene at TBE.

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Community Led Shabbat Services

June 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. Shohama and R. David (P. Beha’alotecha & Summer Solstice)

June 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and the Band for the Kabbalat Shabbat of the Summer Solstice, the brightest sunlight and longest day. This week's paresha coincides with the lighting of the Miskhan's menorah, a fitting overlap with our longest day and first day of summer. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Annual Meeting of the Congegation

June 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

The annual meeting is an important opportunity to chart the course of the community for the years ahead.  We will select trustees, ratify clergy contracts, consider bylaw amendments, and vision the best that TBE can be.  Refreshments to follow. All members in good standing – whose dues are current or who are on Board-approved payment plans – are eligible to vote. Under the bylaws, at least 20% of the community must attend to approve clergy contracts. Thank you for supporting…

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Community Led Shabbat Services

June 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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July 2019

Kabbalat Shabbat with Cap’n Bob & Rabbi David’s Dvar (P. Korach) – NOTE CHANGE

July 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Join Cap'n Bob for an uplifting, patriotic and perhaps rebellious welcome to Shabbat. This week we honor both Independence Day and, fittingly, Parshat Korach – the Torah portion of rebellion. Rabbi David, who's out today, sent a Dvar Torah about our own readiness and unreadiness (even denial) for the High Holy Day journey ahead, and what this time means for our own inner journey. Celebratory oneg sponsored by Helaine and Brent Cutler.

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Community Led Shabbat Services

July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Shabbat by the Sea (2 Bay Street)

July 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Home of Ken Binder and Steve Roth, 2 Bay Street
City Island, NY, NY 10464 United States
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It's our annual mid-summer outdoor Shabbat extravaganza seaside on New York harbor at sunset. Dress in white and bring your dance shoes, come early, and linger late under the stars with a luscious celebratory oneg. Special thanks to Ken Binder and Steve Roth for hosting. Plan far ahead for traffic and parking on surface streets. Pre-service prix fixe dinner (5:00pm, The Black Whale) open to congregation by RSVP and pre-payment ($40). Services start promptly at 7:00pm. 

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Community Led Shabbat Services

July 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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August 2019

Community Led Shabbat Services

August 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. Shohama and R. David (P. Devarim)

August 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave.
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and the Band for a celebratory welcome to the first Shabbat of the Book of Deuteronomy, the fifth final book of Torah. At this mid-summer Shabbat, we enter the "home stretch" and turn the corner toward the High Holy Day journey. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Tisha b’Av – Day of Depth, Uplift into the Season of Meaning

August 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Avenue + Google Map

Join Rabbi David for Tisha b'Av, the Jewish spiritual calendar's day of deepest depth. We convene during the day, rather than at night, intending to harness the day's updraft into the seven-week journey to Rosh Hashanah that now begins. Honoring the solemnity of Tisha b'Av, many will embrace traditions of mourning – such as wearing black, removing shoes, and refraining from affirmations of routine life (food, bathing, sex, etc.). Whatever your traditions, thank you for honoring the "feel" of this…

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Community Led Shabbat Services

August 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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#BeALight Social Justice Havdalah @ Stark Family Home

August 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join R. David for a mid-summer havdalah gathering of music, learning and social justice at the home of David and Rachel Stark. Come be a light.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. David (P. Eikev)

August 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Avenue + Google Map

Join R. David and the Band for a celebratory welcome to Shabbat. This Shabbat coincides with the weeks of comfort after Tisha b'Av, and leans into the seven-week journey toward Rosh Hashanah. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Shabbat in the Garden

August 24, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY United States
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Join Rabbi David for a summer Shabbat stroll in the New York Botanical Garden, themed to the soul's upcoming teshuvah journey toward the High Holy Days. Meet 9:45am inside the Main Gate of the New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard) for free admission. Dress comfortably for the weather.

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Community Led Shabbat Services

August 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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September 2019

Community Led Shabbat Services

September 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. Shohama & R. David (P. Ki Teitzei)

September 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David, the Band and the spirit of September for a soulful welcome to Shabbat. This week's Torah portion (P. Ki Teitzei) calls us deeper into the Elul season of returning and renewing for the High Holy Day journey ahead.  Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Community Led Shabbat Services

September 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Selichot – Dessert Reception, Social Justice Havdalah & Musical Journey of the Soul

September 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and the Band for a dessert reception, social justice havdalah and then a musical Selichot service of depth and height as we prepare for the High Holy Days. Please bring medical supplies for Cuba.  For a list of especially needed materials, click here.

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Spiritual Healing With Rabbi Shohama (“live” with phone/video option)

September 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama for a special pre-Rosh Hashanah spiritual healing session. No experience necessary. "Live" participation at TBE is best; persons wishing to join by phone or video should please email [email protected] by Monday, September 23, for connection instructions. Event is free for all.  

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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. David (P. Netzavim)

September 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. David and the Band for this final Shabbat of 5779. This week's Torah portion (Netzavim) has us all standing together about to enter the Land of Promise – the same words that we will reprise in a few weeks at Yom Kippur. Let's stand together and get ready to go! Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780

September 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a musical and uplifting welcome to Rosh Hashanah and the Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe) for the year 5780. Doors open at 5:30pm; services begin promptly at 6:00pm. Please plan in advance for traffic and parking.  Free parking is available on City Island Avenue, surrounding surface streets, and the parking lot at Seafood City opposite the synagogue. Guests using the parking lot should please use the spaces closest to the fence alongside…

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Rosh Hashanah – Day 1

September 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for Rosh Hashanah services as we journey into the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe). Shofar service will begin after noon (bring the kids!), followed by Tashlich beachside (please bring bread). Doors open at 9:30am; services begin promptly at 10:00am.  Please plan in advance for traffic and parking.  Free parking is available on City Island Avenue, surrounding surface streets, and the parking lot at Seafood City opposite the synagogue.  Guests using the parking lot should please use the spaces closest to the…

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October 2019

Rosh Hashanah – Day 2

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for Rosh Hashanah services as we journey deeper into the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe). Doors open at 9:30am; services begin promptly at 10:00m.  Please plan in advance for traffic and parking.  Free parking is available on City Island Avenue, surrounding surface streets, and the parking lot at Seafood City opposite the synagogue.  Guests using the parking lot should please use the spaces closest to the fence alongside City Island Avenue. All services are free and…

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Shabbat Shuvah – Contemplative Shabbat of Light

October 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David for a soulful and contemplative commemoration of Shabbat Shuvah, the special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as we immerse in wholeness and holiness. Oneg to follow.

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Kol Nidre

October 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and the Band by the Sea for Kol Nidre, the holiest time of the Jewish year, with a profoundly moving service of spiritual release and purification for Yom Kippur. In honor of Yom Kippur’s themes of purity and simplicity, many in our community will wear white and refrain from wearing leather, jewelry and other ornaments. Kol Nidre also is the only evening in which it is traditional to wear a tallit (prayer shawl). We invite you to join us in…

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