Temple Beth Sholom is an engaged Reform congregation made up of approximately 300 families. We care deeply about creating an environment of inclusion, respect and involvement. We believe in a modern Judaism that is accessible to our members, yet full of meaning.
We aim to nurture the relationships bein adam l'chavero (between congregants).
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Temple Beth Sholom was founded in 1959, by a group of Jewish families looking to build a vibrant Reform Jewish community in New City. These families eventually bought five acres of land on New Hempstead Road, which is in the heart of New City. Today, Beth Sholom has approximately three hundred family members, with fifty children enrolled in the nursery school and two hundred in the religious school. The synagogue has a thriving teen program, an active young adults group, and engaged seniors.
The synagogue is led by Rabbi Brian Leiken, who hails from Cleveland, Ohio. Rabbi Leiken is a young Rabbi who seeks to engage each and every congregant in a meaningful relationship. He meets one-to-one with congregants on a daily level and spends time getting to know all of the children in the nursery and religious school. Rabbi Leiken plays guitar and continues to use puppets as a means of telling stories. Through humor and personal reflection, Rabbi Leiken aims to remind the community that Judaism is relevant to our everyday lives.
The synagogue's worship is led by Cantor Anna Zhar, who grew up in Russia and Israel. Cantor Zhar believes in the empowerment of worshippers and spends considerable time encouraging the community to find its own voice in song. Cantor Zhar has also spent considerable time working with the synagogue's teens and even organized a teen trip to Israel in the fall of 2016. A true shining personality, Temple Beth Sholom is lucky to have Cantor Anna!
Our clergy will be pleased to answer your questions and get to know you personally. Schedule a conversation by calling the Temple office at (845) 638-0770 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We believe in meaningful relationships at TBS and look forward to meeting you.
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