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.

Sept 2015 The Arc – (Berland)


I say this every year. It’s a cliché, but it’s true – summer always seems to end too soon. Back to work, back to school, back to the routines of every-day life. But then, of course, the New Year is upon us, bringing the joyousness of Rosh Hashanah and the solemnity of Yom Kippur. And so it’s not so routine at all.

The past year was a truly extraordinary one for Temple Beth Torah. It was a year of continuity and growth, of familiarity and innovation, of keeping old traditions and making new ones. We installed and celebrated Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz, for 18 years our spiritual treasure, as our new Senior Rabbi. An innovative speakers program, ADEPT, was created and became an instant success –thank you George, Stan, Henry and the entire committee. We held our first multi-temple Golf Outing –thank you Andy, Rich and everyone else on the committee –and our crack office staff. The Erev Purim Casino Night was phenomenal –thank you Rich, Gerry, all of the members of the Fundraising Committee and everyone else who helped out. We set out to raise enough money to buy an ambucycle for United Hatzalah and quickly exceeded all expectations –thank you Marilyn, Ken, everyone who participated and everyone who contributed. We expanded and re-energized our social action and community outreach programs –thank you Ken, Jim, Janice, Mary, Randi and everyone else who was, and is, involved in these efforts. Under Cantor Appelbaum’s leadership, and abetted by our Music Director , Joe Graffeo, the Choir, Youth Band and Adult Band made service after service uniquely beautiful and inspiring. Rabbi Wiesenberg continued to transform our religious school and youth programs into models for all of Long Island. Rabbi Gellman, in his new role as our Rabbi Emeritus, conducted a uniquely thought-provoking and learned series of talks and lectures, as only he can. And we welcomed a new, family-run caterer, Gala Events, and they immediately transformed the ballroom into one of most eye-catching in the metropolitan area.

The list of the many others who pitched in and made all of these things possible and successful is long, and grateful thanks are due to each of them as well. And I could go on and on.

Best of all, we are poised to take all of this to the next level in the year ahead, 5776. The year is already off to a great start –our Second Annual Mutli-Temple Golf Outing , held in late July at the Hamlet Country Club in Commack, succeeded beyond all expectations, completely sold out both for golf and for dinner –thank you Andy, Rich and the entire golf outing committee. The new Director of our David Joshua Berg Nursery School, Jennifer Fusco, has been onboard for barely a month and already great things are happening and the school is growing. As I write, contributions are pouring in for our annual Half Hollow Hills Backpack Drive and for Help Suffolk Day, two of our long-standing community undertakings –thank you to Mary, Randi and Renee and to your many helpers. There’s so much more to come –speakers, celebrations, festivals, opportunities for Tzedakah and Tikun Olam, inspiration, socializing and learning. Watch your email for invitations and announcements. Check out our website. Read the fliers your kids bring home from Religious School, Youth Group and JTV.

Please be part of it all. None of this would be possible without your generosity and all of it is much more valuable and rewarding with your participation. The work of building and maintaining a community is never done, and doing things as a community is especially fulfilling and satisfying. Please be there with us.

Best wishes to you and yours for a healthy, peace-filled and sweet New Year. I look forward to seeing you.

Shalom, Sandy

May 2015 The Arc – (Berland)


It seemed as if winter was never going to end, the thermometer refusing to cooperate with the calendar. But whatever the outside temperature may have been, here at TBT the climate could not have been better. March and April were especially activity-packed months, with – to name just some of our many events – wonderful Shabbat services, religious school shabbatons and Shabbat Rock; phenomenal Tot Shabbats; a well-attended, Mardis Gras-themed Casino Night fundraiser that was tremendous fun (and a great opportunity to meet Jennifer Fusco, who will become our Nursery School Director on July 1st); our always-incomparable Purim Carnival; the return of Rabbi Emeritus Marc Gellman to conduct his first – and truly compelling – Scholar-In-Residence program here at TBT; and an inspirational two-day series with noted Mussar scholar Alan Morinis. Thank you to everyone who helped make all of this happen: our tireless clergy, faculty and staff; our kids, parents, committee chairs, members and volunteers; and our friends and visitors from throughout the community. The activities, events and special services didn’t stop there, with Passover bringing with it a Women’s Seder jointly organized by TBT and Regional Hadassah and led and crafted by Rabbis Moskowitz and Wiesenberg and Cantor Appelbaum; a Multi-Cultural Community Seder at the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch; and, of course, our customary TBT Second Night Seder, which has become a family tradition for many of our members.

As I write our Ambucycle campaign is well underway, and our April 17 Yom Ha’Shoah service and all night vigil was extraordinary – it is always a moving, solemn occasion, as we commemorate the millions who perished in the Holocaust, especially the children whose names we read throughout the night and into morning.

Among the many upcoming special events at TBT are three more installments of our Adult Education and Entertainment Program (“ADEPT”), with comedienne Marjorie Wolf speaking on May 8, author Andrew Kane on June 3, and Vince Russo on Elder car law on June 16; the return on June 5th – 7th of Rabbi Gellman for what will surely be another stimulating and thought-provoking Scholar-in- Residence weekend; the Emunah service and sermon (delivered this year by Steve Kowarsky); and a special Shabbat service and program on June 19 to honor Zelda Miller, who, after over 20 years, will be retiring as Director of our David Joshua Berg Preschool. There’s also Graduation/JTV Honors on Friday, May 15, Confirmation on Tuesday, May 26 and Nursery School Graduation on Thursday, June 11 and our annual Golf Outing on July 27. And that’s just a sampling of the many fun, educational and fulfilling things going on at TBT.

As I’ve said before, without the participation and financial support of our members, the many programs, events, activities, social occasions and acts of tikun olam, tzedakah and gemilut hasadim that make TBT such a special place would not be possible. Again, on behalf of the entire congregation, thank you for your generosity. I encourage everyone to become involved in our congregational life and temple governance. We will be holding our Annual Congregational meeting in June, and I hope to see you there. Further details can be found in this issue of The Arc and on the Temple’s website – TBTNY.Org – or by contacting the Temple office at 643-1200. And remember, you are always welcome to attend our Board meetings, which are open to all congregants and are normally held on the fourth Monday of each month, usually starting at 7:30 pm. (Monthly agendas can be obtained from the Temple office.)

Enjoy the rest of the year and summer.

Best regards, and l’shalom, to all, Sandy

Mar 2015 The Arc – (Berland)

First, a deep and sincere thank you, once again, to everyone who responded to this year’s Kol Nidre Appeal. Temple dues and fees cover only a portion of our expenses; for the rest, we depend on the generosity of our Congregants. Without your support, we simply would not be able to provide the many programs and services that play such an important part in the lives of our members and which make our Temple such a special place. We’re a place for worship, education, cultural experiences, socializing, community action, fun and enlightenment. A place where kids, teens, parents, grandparents and extended families and friends celebrate their most important life cycle events and achievements. And a place for comfort and solace in time of loss. Again, thank you for your Kol Nidre contribution and please join us not only for our upcoming fundraisers – all of them truly fun events that also bring with them the personal fulfillment and satisfaction of tzedakah (our March 7 “Mardi Gras” – themed, pre-Purim Casino Night is a great example) – but also for the many other events, programs, special dinners and activities we have planned in the coming months – and, of course, for our very special Shabbat and holiday services.

Second, we invite you to become involved – and if you’re already involved, even more involved – in the operation and governance of our congregation. Start out by joining a committee – there’s a list on our website, or you can call me or any of our other officers and Board members. Head a committee. Form a new committee. Help organize an activity. Share your ideas. Attend our Board meetings – they’re open to all congregants and are normally held on the fourth Monday of each month, starting at 7:30 PM. (Check the Temple’s website,, for any changes, and contact the office in person or by phone – (631) 643-1200 ext. 2 – to obtain a copy of the monthly agenda.) Help make our Temple community even more vibrant, exciting and welcoming.

We want YOU!


PS: We’re always looking for help creating and improving each issue of the ARC and keeping our website current, attractive and effective. Contact Robin or David Pinkowitz, our Website Editor –- go to “Contact Us” on our website.