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Voices of Bet Torah

01/25/2023 11:30:00 AM


Bet Torah Returns to Eretz Yisrael

From a Jewish holiday to a secular holiday, specifically from the fifth day of Hanukkah (12/22) through New Year’s Day, 42 members of the Bet Torah community shared the joy and excitement of experiencing Israel together.

“Watching parents bring their children to a place so near and dear to their hearts and the hearts of the Jewish people, and connecting their personal family story to the story of all of the generations, is moving...Read more...

In the News

01/25/2023 11:00:00 AM


Hillel International Turns 100!

Founded in 1923, Hillel International can trace its roots to Edward Chauncey Baldwin, a Christian professor of Biblical literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who was dismayed at how little his Jewish students knew about the Hebrew bible. After bringing this to the attention...Read more...

In the News

01/25/2023 11:00:00 AM


Sermon by Artificial Intelligence

(Reposted from the Forward)

The spiritual gap between humans and machines has gotten slightly smaller as a New York rabbi has turned to an unconventional source for help writing a recent sermon: an artificial intelligence chatbot.

In an address to the Jewish Center of the Hamptons congregation, a video of which was uploaded to Vimeo on Jan. 1, Rabbi Joshua Franklin warned that his speech was plagiarized and...Read more...

Staff Spotlight - Alexa Baer

01/18/2023 11:00:00 AM


Alan Bergman

“I love working in a synagogue,” Alexa Baer proclaimed. The expression on her face fully matched the enthusiasm of her statement as she ticked off some of the perks of working in the office at Bet Torah.

“Not only do I get paid time off on the Jewish holidays,...Read more...

Upcoming Community Events

01/18/2023 11:00:00 AM


Memory Keepers Story Hour: Julie Sherman

This event is part of series presented by the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center. All events are on zoom and start at 7pm. You can register for other events at the links below.

Julie Sherman is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Helen Sherman, born...Read more...

Voices of Bet Torah

01/18/2023 11:00:00 AM


Alan Bergman - Discovering a Brother in the Mountains

Alan Bergman firmly believes that tales from a family’s past can link present and future generations to forefathers and foremothers and help progeny find their place in family history. This story was shared with Alan by his late father, Walter.

My paternal grandparents, Max and Pauline, were immigrants from the Galicia region of Eastern       Europe. They arrived on these shores about 1913, met on the Lower East Side,...Read more...

Voices of Bet Torah

01/11/2023 11:00:00 AM


Amy Melman - Asking: ‘Why Don’t They Just Use a Period?’

Amy Melman has very generously shared her poem, “Upon the Hey Class Studying the Chumash and Asking: ‘Why Don’t They Just Use a Period?’” This was originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of Poetica Magazine: Contemporary Jewish Writing.


Upon the Hey Class Studying the Chumash and Asking:

          "Why Don't They Just Use a...

D'vrei Torah

01/11/2023 11:00:00 AM


Mike Gordon for Parashat Miketz - Rosh Chodesh - Chanukah, 5783

This D’var Torah was crafted and written by Mike Gordon for Parashat Miketz - Rosh Chodesh - Chanukah, 5783.

In hockey and soccer, when a player scores 3 goals, that’s a hat trick.  We have triples in baseball, 3-point field goals in football, and the 3-point shot in basketball.  In the  Jewish world, today is a three point hat trick, triple field goal from outside the 3-point line.  Today is Shabbat,...Read more...

Upcoming Community Events

01/11/2023 11:00:00 AM


Boundaries and Belonging Session

Sessions brought to Westchester county by the Shalom Hartman Institute. The session on January 19th is titled, "Being on the Inside: Boundaries and Belonging." The event will be held at Shaarei Tikvah, 46 Fox Meadow Rd, Scarsdale, NY and starts at 7 PM. Please register at the link below.

In our fragmented world, how can the synagogue be a nexus of community and connection? At a time of radical individuality, what is the value of...Read more...

Zoom with film icon Lee Grant for a behind-the-scenes account of "In the Heat of the Night"

12/18/2022 01:58:59 PM


Cultural Affairs Committee

Wednesday, December 28, 6:00 PM–7:00 PM

A Hanukkah Playlist

12/12/2022 08:35:00 AM


Cantor Gil Ezring

Cantor Ezring's Spotify playlist for the Festival of Lights! Happy Hanukkah!Read more...

The Experiences of a Maccabiah Mom

10/05/2022 10:46:18 AM


by Sheri Hametz

Read about Sheri and her family's experience at the 21st Worldwide Maccabi Games in Israel this past Summer.Read more...

My Experience with Matan

10/05/2022 10:37:46 AM


by Jessica Berkowitz

Learn about Jessica's experience with "Matan: Essentials of Judaism for Adults"... and perhaps be inspired to sign up today! Our next Matan series starts Oct 30!Read more...

ReSET Westchester

10/05/2022 10:29:11 AM


by Elaine Merker and Linda Dishner

Elaine Merker and Linda Dishner share some of their powerful experiences and learnings of working with the incredible organization ReSET Westchester and the four different families they have helped over this past year.Read more...

The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War

09/15/2022 05:38:08 PM


Cultural Affairs Committee

September 22, 2022.  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Purchase College, Humanities Theater. Read more...

RBG: MAY HER MEMORY BE A REVOLUTION: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 pm (EDT)

09/01/2022 01:31:58 PM


Cultural Affairs Committee

Tuesday, September 13, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 pm (EDT) Sponsored by Maven (American Jewish University)Read more...

ROE V. WADE: Reproductive Freedom as a Jewish Value

07/13/2022 07:44:58 AM


by Cultural Affairs Committee

AJU welcomes Sheila Katz, the CEO of National Council of Jewish Women, for a conversation about Jewish values and reproductive freedom.Read more...

Interview: Lisa Barr, author of Woman on Fire

07/13/2022 07:21:38 AM


Cultural Affairs Committee

Free virtual event! The Sisterhood Book Club and Bet Torah's Film Club have explored works about Jewish-owned art that was stolen by the NazisRead more...

Curator Talk: “The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do” – A new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Thursday, July 7.

07/03/2022 07:28:25 AM


Cultural Affairs Committee

Take a deeper look at the Museum’s newest exhibition, The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do, a presentation of Holocaust history told through personal stories, objects, photographs, and film. At a time when Jewish heritage is becoming more precious as antisemitism rises, the exhibition reminds visitors about the extremes of hatred, as well as the ability of the Jewish people to endure.

Members of the exhibition’s...

Take a virtual walking tour of Odessa – Sunday, July 10.

07/01/2022 04:21:44 PM


Cultural Affairs Committee

Explore the rich Jewish past of Ukraine's largest port city.

Sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

During the tour, you’ll see the Main City Synagogue and the Odessa Palestine committee building. You will also visit the monument to Isaac Babel, the Odessa-born writer who made Jewish Odessa world-famous, and learn about Leon Trotsky’s time in the city. Although focused on the 19th...Read more...

Social Action - An Appreciation

06/20/2022 04:34:59 PM


By Jill Ratner

Thank you to the leadership and volunteers engaged in our Social Action Portfolio. They are the true heroes of social action who bring their passion and commitment to our projects, initiatives, and mission.Read more...

Meet President-Elect David Simonds

06/20/2022 11:45:34 AM


Q&A with President-elect David Simonds. Read more to learn about David, and his vision for Bet Torah.Read more...

Summer at Bet Torah

06/19/2022 04:41:52 PM


By Diana Binger

It’s June, it’s July, it’s August. Summertime. Schedules may look a little different. One thing re- mains constant no matter the time of year, week after week. Shabbat.Read more...

New Website Launches: Q&A with Tanya Charney

06/16/2022 04:59:00 PM


Q&A with Tanya Charney - read more to learn about behind the scenes of the new website.Read more...

From the Stacks - Summer Reading

06/16/2022 04:50:51 PM


By the Library Committee

List of summer reading. The Library Committee has added more than 50 books to the collection through 2021-22, which we hope will entice you to come in to your library! All of our book purchases are made possible through specific monetary donations from individuals in the Bet Torah Community, to the Bet Torah Library.Read more...

The Bet Torah History Project - Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Play Today!

06/16/2022 04:38:11 PM


By Tammi L. B. Ecker

The roster for the first season of our Bet Torah History Project, “The Women of Bet Torah, from Establishment to Egalitarianism,” has a starting lineup of some wonderful womenRead more...


06/16/2022 04:31:47 PM


By Cindy Bergman

Reflections on Yom HaShoah and Bet Torah

Bet Torah Member Rewrites Classic Nursery Rhymes – and Raffi Records Them!

06/16/2022 12:08:22 PM


By Pam Gittleman

Nursery school music teacher rewrites lyrics to traditional nursery rhymes.Read more...

Preschool:  A Good Year

06/16/2022 12:04:50 PM


By Mindy Citera

Our staff worked hard to provide an exciting and inviting preschool experience for all our children during this challenging year. We are very proud of what we accomplished.Read more...

The Opportunity Shop, Chappaqua

06/16/2022 12:00:36 PM


By Penny Bednowitz

We are excited to announce Bet Torah Sisterhood’s newest collaboration!Read more...
Sat, January 28 2023 6 Shevat 5783