President’s Message

President's MessagePresident's Message

Been a Temple member for 18 years, being on the Board of Trustees for nine years serving in different capacities: Financial Secretary prior to becoming President and was Education Chair for seven years as well as sitting on various committees.

Became an Adult B’nei Mitzvah in 2011. Has a Masters Degree in School Psychology but no longer practices.  

Married to Ira Newman for 24 years and have two boys Alec and Ethan who both attend Binghamton University.  Enjoys baking, photography, family time, our dogs and being with friends.  

My favorite part about TBT is our amazing Clergy and the incredible sense of community Temple Beth Torah provides.

Feb 2015 Special Announcement: Zelda Miller – (Berland)

To the Temple Beth Torah Community,

After serving our Temple community for over two decades, Zelda Miller, Director of our David Joshua Berg Nursery School, has announced that she will retiring at the end of the current academic year. Zelda has been part of our Nursery School from its founding, over twenty years ago – first as a teacher and then as only our second Nursery School Director – and has provided a generation of our children not only with the foundational social and academic skills that have served them so well in life – as they have grown, literally, from toddlers to adolescents and into young adulthood – but also with some of their earliest and most formative exposures to Jewish culture, religion and values. Even as we wish Zelda and her husband, Alan, all the best in what we know will be a very active retirement, one filled with grandchildren, travel and many wonderful simchas, we know she will be much missed by her Temple Beth Torah family.

We will be honoring Zelda and her many contributions to our Congregation in the months ahead, culminating in a special celebration in the spring, the details of which we will be announcing shortly. Please stay tuned.

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Jan 2015 The Arc – (Berland)

The year 5775 has been an extraordinary one for Temple Beth Torah. Thank you for your contributions to our Kol Nidre drive and to our many other funds and fundraisers.

As the secular year 2014 draws to a close and 2015 begins – we can’t control the Post Office’s delivery of our mail, so I’m covering our bases – I wish everyone the best for the year ahead. Our Temple will always be a place of comfort, compassion, community and excitement. Please join us for our services and for our many, many other family, adult and youth activities; make us the go to place for your family’s simchas; and please take advantage of the many other things we have to offer. We treasure your membership and wish you the very best of everything in the year ahead.

With all the best wishes from the Board of Trustees, our staff, and, especially, our clergy,

Shalom in the year ahead,

Sandy

Nov 2014 The Arc – (Berland)

On Friday night, October 17, in a huge outpouring of love and support, our Congregation installed Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz as our fourth Senior Rabbi, succeeding Rabbi Marc Gellman, who had served in that role for 33 years. It was a beautiful service, with performances by the TBT Band, under the direction of Cantor Sarene Appelbaum and Dr. Joseph Graffeo, including a very special musical piece prepared for the installation by the Cantor and Dr. Graffeo. In addition to the Rabbi’s children, Ari and Shira, and her husband, Rabbi Steven Moskowitz, speakers included our own Rabbi Rachel Wiesenberg, Gila Hadani-Ward of the Union for Reform Judaism, who presented a letter of congratulations from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the URJ, and special guest Rabbi Howard Shapiro, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel in West Palm Beach and (among many other things) a lecturer at Florida Atlantic University’s Life Long Learning Society.

The Oneg Shabbat that followed the installation service was a tremendous opportunity for further com-munity building and served that purpose extremely well, as did the dinner-dance on Saturday night. And Sunday’s Mitzvah Fair, held right after Mishpacha University, was a great success, raising money for Larger Than Life, with whom we’re partnering to provide TV’s for a pediatric oncology B’nai Zion Medical Center in Haifa. Big thanks to the installation committee and to everyone who pitched in to make these events so rewarding, satisfying and, frankly, fun.
By the way, it’s not too late to subscribe to the Scroll of Honor that will commemorate our Senior Rabbi’s formal installation. Please contact the Temple office for details.

We are truly blessed to have Ravsusie as our Senior Rabbi. There is no one more committed to the spiritual health and well being of our congregation and no one more connected to every facet of our congregational life.

Stay tuned. There’s much, much more planned in the months ahead.

L’shalom,
Sandy