Adult Education
Tue 7:00 p.m.
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TBS Shabbat Services
Fri 7:00 p.m.
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TBS Morning Shabbat Services
Sat 10:00 a.m.
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TBS Havdalah Service
Sat 8:00 p.m.
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Religious School
Sun 10:30 a.m.
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Temple Beth Shalom exists to provide a religious home for Jewish worship, education, and fellowship in the Reform Jewish Tradition; and to perpetuate the traditions, culture and heritage of the Jewish people in an atmosphere of love, harmony, and friendship for God and our fellow man. Furthermore, the Congregation is responsive to the needs and welfare of our congregational family.

Please register for our online services here and join us for weekly shabbat services:

We've been asked by to participate in their worldwide burial registry database project. Click here to find out how you can help with this mitzvah.

Our Weekly Schedule
Please note that until further notice, all scheduled events are VIRTUAL and will be conducted via Zoom.
Hebrew School
4:30pm - 5:30pmZoom Link

Shabbat Services
7:00pm - 8:00pmZoom Link

1st Sunday of the Month:
Family Education
10:30am - 11:30amZoom Link

2nd Saturday of the Month:
Tot Shabbat - Stories, Songs, & Stuffed Animals
9:00am - 9:30amZoom Link

3rd Friday of the Month:
Religious School Shabbat Dinners
6:00pm - 6:45pmZoom Link

4th Saturday of the Month:
Havdalah Hangout
8:00pm - 8:45pmZoom Link

TBS Learns!

Click to learn about our religious school plan for the Fall!

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Rabbi Rebecca Pomerantz Shinder
I have had the great privilege of serving as the Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom since July, 2005. I came to the congregation with a wealth of experience gained from working with many Reform congregations and summer camps as an Assistant and Associate Rabbi, Cantorial Intern, Supervisor of Programming and so much more. Beyond my full resume, I approach my sacred work with this congregation with awe, education, music, humor, and an understanding that today's modern Jewish Family is by no means designed by a cookie cutter. One of the many strengths of our community is its celebration of diversity. Many of our Temple Beth Shalom families comprise of Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and gentiles who consider themselves to be "Jews by affiliation." All who wish to worship, educate themselves and their children, and do hands on mitzvah work to make our world a better place are welcome at TBS. Some of our member families have three generations, and others have been newlywed gay couples that I have married; some of our children were born in the U.S, and others have started their Jewish journeys in other parts of the world. In other words, our temple family is diverse, and eager to welcome future members who wish to connect both to Jewish tradition and a Jewish community.
Rabbi Shinder was ordained as Rabbi from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000.
She also is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of The University of Rochester.
She lives in Northern, NJ with her husband, Larry, and their three children: Jeremy, Jacob, and Hannah.
Catherine Greenblatt - Temple Co-President
What do you think of when you think of a synagogue? A place to worship during the High Holy Days? A place to give your children a Jewish education? A place used only for life cycle events? Temple Beth Shalom is more than 'that place'. We are a living, breathing community. Yes, we have wonderful High Holy Day and weekly services led by our Rabbi Rebecca Shinder. Yes, we offer a strong, vibrant Hebrew School and, yes, we are here for you when you and your family are in need of a life cycle event. Beyond all that we are responsive to the needs and welfare of our congregational family.
Temple Beth Shalom is my Jewish home. Make it yours. We welcome you!
Wendy Cedar - Temple Co-President
I am thrilled to serve as co-president for 2020-2022.

I grew up here at Temple Beth Shalom. When we first became members the congregation was affiliated with the Conservative movement. My father z”l* was on the board and became president in the early 1970’s. During that time-frame, with the retirement of the rabbi, it was decided that the temple would hire a Reform rabbi & become a URJ (then UAHC) member. Around that time as well, my mother z”l* was asked to join the board as treasurer – becoming the first female member of the TBS board. In the late 1970’s, when I was to become a Bat Mitzvah, it was decided that girls could now read from the Torah during their Bat Mitzvah, since, after all, we had been a Reform congregation for a few years already. As it happened, I became the first Bat Mitzvah to read from Torah at TBS. As I grew into Jewish adulthood in Warwick, I couldn’t wait to get out of Orange County & spread my wings! I even went to Israel for a few years to learn more about what it meant to be a Jew in the world. Yet, I was drawn back to Warwick as an adult to open a business with my family. Many years later, as a now-single parent looking for a Jewish home for myself & my daughter, I re-discovered a TBS that not only allowed B’not Mitzvah to read from the Torah, but had a female rabbi (and had had one for several years)

I am honored to now follow in the footsteps of both of my parents and give back to TBS, while doing what I can to ensure its existence for other families who seek a positive, supportive Jewish connection in Orange County & the surrounding areas.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Catherine with any input you may have regarding keeping our community strong for us & for generations to come.
z”l: Zichrono/a livracha – or – may his/her memory be a blessing. This is the traditional Jewish saying when someone has passed, as opposed to “may s/he rest in peace”.
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In response to COVID-19, we have adapted our Religious School and Hebrew Instruction. We are confident that this program will provide ample, as well as safe ways for our children to learn, socialize, and remain connected to our temple family of families. Hebrew School will be meet weekly with instruction about God, Torah, and Israel embedded in these lessons. Family Education will be offered on the first Sunday of the month. These sessions will enable families to prepare and enrich holiday observances and discuss major themes of social justice and Israel together. Moreover, Religious School will move beyond the Sunday School drop off model, and encourage children to participate in monthly programs for Friday nights, Shabbat mornings, and Saturday night Havdalah Hangouts.

For our older students, The B'nei Mitzvah Class will study in their Hebrew School class taught by Rabbi Shinder, each student will have individual Zoom lessons, and the entire B'nei Mitzvah Class and their parents will have sessions with the Rabbi, as well as other some veteran TBS Families who will serve as mentors through this wonderful process. Post B'nei Mitzvah students will be able to study biweekly. This Confirmation Class offers students engaging cooking classes coupled with lectures, videos and even an escape room- all on Zoom!

You have entrusted us with the significant, formidable, influential, and all encompassing tasks of shaping the young minds of your children, enabling them to create their Jewish identities. We have promised to accomplish this by providing them with an invaluable Religious and Hebrew education. For the past seventy years, we have worked to fulfill that promise, and we intend to do so for a long time to come. We are proud of our endeavors and of the accomplished, successful adults who have graduated our school through B'Nai Mitzvah and Confirmation; our task completed.

Our school has always incorporated the best aspects of education. We provide experienced and knowledgeable teachers, who truly care about their students. Small classes enable each child to be known as an individual. We use interesting and motivating texts and materials. School includes hands-on projects, book fairs, Mitzvah Days; and other acts of Tzadakah, class Shabbats and unique services. There are always opportunities to meet with other Jewish students, and visit places relevant to our Jewish culture and history through group activities and trips. We are a small school within a small temple but we accomplish much.

Providing the children of Temple Beth Shalom with an education was one of the first priorities of the Hebrew Community Center when it was organized in 1947. The Florida Fire Department supplied a Sunday School room. Our Synagogue building was dedicated in the fall of 1951. The Chiron-Friedman School wing was added in 1961. As our student population grew, the need for more space became evident to all. Through the generosity of William and Viola Rosenberg and our temple members additional classrooms were dedicated in 2000.

Your Board of Education takes pride in its students and we thank God, our parents and our community for providing us with such a treasure of outstanding young people. We can only pray that our Temple Beth Shalom continue to grow and prosper. We dedicate ourselves to assisting in this majestic endeavor.

Rita Laskin
Chairperson, Board of Education
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Learning Resources:

Our Education Department:
Hebrew School
Scott Dunn
Fun fact: Scott is happiest when outside in nature! His favorite Jewish foods are Matzo Ball soup and Latkes!

Judy Potter
Fun fact: love anything that has whales on it. From clothes to home decorations they are my favorite because my maiden name is Jonas and my grandfather always had whales around because of Jonah and the Whale!!

Sharon Halper
Fun fact: Mother of two, grandmother of four (young adult) men. HUGE pro football fan (J-E-T-S!). I can even explain the penalties.

Rabbi Shinder
Fun fact: She has been the Rabbinic Consultant for the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Plot Against America

Family Education
Sharon Halper
Fun fact: I retire (and return) annually.

Cheryl Koff
Fun fact: Cheryl has visited 15 of 30 Major League Baseball parks! She enjoys collecting butterfly themed wind chimes.

Liz Frederick
Fun fact: I love music and have sung at Carnegie Hall and West Point.

P.J. Play:
Stacy Lulkin
Stacy's two adult children once played at TBS as tots themselves!

Tot Shabbat and Havdalah Hangout
Rabbi Shinder
Fun fact: Fun fact: Rabbi is a proud member of Steeler Nation!

Confirmation Class:
Farrell Eisenberg
Fun fact: Even though her family is moving to California, she will continue to teach the class!
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Connect With Your Jewish Community At Temple Beth Shalom...





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All are welcome to join our Temple Beth Shalom community in fellowship and worship. Rabbi Rebecca Shinder leads services in prayer, study, and song with Mishkan Tefilla for Shabbat and Mishkan HaNesh for the High Holidays. In order to include worshippers whose Hebrew is a bit rusty, as well as those who have had no exposure to Judaism at all, these books provide both English transliterations, as well as translations of Hebrew prayers.

Erev Shabbat Services take place every Friday at 7:00pm. Our worship is enhanced by the voice and guitar playing of Rabbi Shinder and the piano played weekly by our congregant, Dr. Andy Hannes. Additional music is offered by our Adult Choir, Chaverim B'Shirim under the direction and acoustic guitar of our High Holiday Chazzan, Scott Dunn. More uplifting music is offered on the flute for Kol Nidrei by our congregant, Lore Hannes.

Children are encouraged to attend our family friendly services. In fact, they are featured in our Torah Service when Rabbi Shinder invites them to the bimah to hold their own stuffed Torah to carry around the sanctuary for the Hakafah (Torah Processional).

Children in our Hebrew School are required to attend services throughout the year and even join together to lead a grade service in the Spring.

Please check our calendar for monthly informal Saturday morning Shabbat Learning Experiences and B'nei Mitzvah Services all beginning at 10:00 am.

We encourage you to join us. Neither tickets nor initial temple membership are ever required in order to share a Shabbat or Yontif with us.
Please note that all High Holiday services with be held virtually on ZOOM and are open to the public.
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Friday 9/18, 7:30pm

Rosh Hashanah Morning I
Saturday 9/19, 10:00am

Rosh Hashanah Children's Service
Saturday 9/19, 3:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Morning II
Sunday 9/20, 10:00am

Erev Yom Kippur - Kol Nidre
Sunday 9/27, 7:30pm

Yom Kippur Morning Service
Monday 9/28, 10:00am - 11:30am

Yom Kippur Children's Service
Monday 9/28, 1:00pm

Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
Monday 9/28, 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Community Conversation: The Black/Jewish Alliance: What is your responsibility and why?
Monday 9/28, 4:30pm

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service
Monday 9/28, 5:30pm

Yom Kippur Neilah/Concluding Service
Monday 9/28, 6:30pm

Erev Sukkot Shabbat Service
Friday 10/2, 7:00pm

Sukkot Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday 10/3, 10:00am

ZooMishpachah Family Simchat Torah Program
Sunday 10/4, 10:3apm

Simchat Torah Shabbat Service
Friday 10/9, 7:00pm

Simchat Torah "Not Just For Tots" Shabbat
Saturday 10/10, 9:00am

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Temple Beth Shalom's Cemetery...
Located in the picturesque Warwick Valley, Temple Beth Shalom's Cemetery is a short five minute drive from our synagogue. Modestly priced, and most importantly, meticulously manicured and maintained by our dedicated landscapers, Temple Beth Shalom's Cemetery and its staff of volunteers work very closely and have established long term relationships with many of our local funeral directors to assure your loved ones and their families both quality and thoughtful care. For those families with non-Jewish spouses and or family members wishing to be buried within the same plots, Temple Beth Shalom's Cemetery provides an interfaith section for burial. Additionally, and most recently, Temple Beth Shalom's Cemetery will bury your loved one's cremated remains.

Please call the temple office at (845) 651-7817 for pricing information, questions and details.

Dear Congregants:

We’ve been asked by to participate in their worldwide burial registry database project. The purpose of this database is to help people worldwide who are researching their Jewish family history. Your Cemetery Committee believes this is a worthwhile project to join so we are writing to inform you of our decision.

JewishGen, Inc. ( a non-profit organization, was founded in 1987 as a bulletin board with only 150 users who were interested in Jewish genealogy. Primarily driven by volunteers, there are over 700 active volunteers throughout the world who actively contribute to our ever-growing collection of databases, resources and search tools. Currently, JewishGen hosts more than 20 million records, and provides a myriad of resources and search tools designed to assist those researching their Jewish ancestry. JewishGen provides its resources without charge online as a public service.

The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) ( is a searchable database of names and other identifying information from Jewish cemeteries and burial records worldwide, from the earliest records to the present. It is a compilation of three linked databases: a database of burial records, a database of information about each particular cemetery and a database of cemetery headstones (matzevot). JOWBR's aim is to catalog extant data about Jewish cemeteries and burial records worldwide. As of June 2020, JOWBR contains more than 3.8 million burial records from 8,900 in 134 countries.

Exodus 20:12 says, "Honor thy father and thy mother...", and Jewish tradition offers loving guidance through deepest grief and a gradual return to the living, through the mitzvot of menachem aveilim and kavod ha-met, comforting mourners and providing dignity to the deceased. We look forward to participating in this mitzvah.

With warmest regards,

Temple Beth Shalom’s Cemetery Committee

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