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.

The safety of our congregation and community are of paramount importance. Temple Beth Shalom provides security at all services and events.

TBS is planning to have hybrid Shabbat Services, both in the sanctuary and via Zoom at 7PM Fridays and Yachad programs on Sundays, with dates to be announced, at least through the end of the year. Attendees are required to be masked. We reserve the right to adjust our policies as need be. Questions may be directed to

November Yachad is Thanksgivika
Sunday, November 21st 10am - Noon
  • Hanukkah Prep & Mitzvah Project: Takeaway Breakfast Bag Assembly for the Middletown Warming Station.

  • All breakfast items should be NON-PERISHABLE, such as: muffins, bagels, granola/ fruit bars; juice boxes; bottled water, etc.

  • Let’s be thankful for what we have and what we can give to others. That’s the true sense of a community coming together.

Hanukkah / Havdalah Tailgelt Happening
Saturday, December 4th 4:30PM at TBS
  • An Indoor and Outdoor Gathering

  • Bring your friends and neighbors!

  • Menorah Lighting, Dancing, Singing and Noshing!

  • Activity Stations for Kids

  • Bring Toiletry items for donation

  • RSVP: or 845.651.7817.

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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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Religious Schools throughout the world have had to rethink what is possible in order to achieve what is the goal of Jewish education - to teach our children how to know, do, think, and feel Jewish. We at TBS have also tried to offer radical continuity amidst the radical change that resulted from Covid. To that end, among our reforms is the enhancement of our Thursday Zoom Hebrew School with elements of our previous Religious School curriculum. This includes opening a NEW Zoom classroom for children in grades K-2.  Another radical shift in our program is to lean into a community based learning experience called YACHAD, the Hebrew word for together. These monthly sessions are designed for our TBS family of families to make memories and to make a difference. Check out the Shofar for each month’s offerings.

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.

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

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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.
Heroes In Our Midst

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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.

We recently made much needed improvements to our Interfaith Section. We received these two notes:

I just wanted to thank you. We had the unveiling for my husband's headstone on Oct. 10 and it was went very well. The grounds look so well maintained and I really appreciate the new split rail fence between the two sections of the cemetery. So much better. The newly planted trees look so good too. Thank you for everything.

From a family whose loved one is buried within the Interfaith Portion of our cemetery:

I was at the cemetery today. I LOVE the new divider between the all Jewish part and the mixed marriage part. It makes such a difference in the message it gives. It changes from a statement of division to a feeling of inclusion.
Thank you to you and to all who are responsible for this change.


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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