Community Reform Temple

DEDICATION

We dedicate these pages to our members, past, present and future, who have helped and will help preserve and expand the many programs and services offered at Community Reform Temple. Invariably, our members find that by giving they also receive, and by contributing to CRT's religious, educational, and fund raising activities, they develop long lasting friendships, greater knowledge of Judaism, and increased meaning in their lives.


THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Table of Contents

Background and Overview Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg
Religious Activities Educational Activities
Sisterhood Men's Club Youth Groups Fund Raising
Administration of the Temple Special Services Special Funds Other Activities
Afterword E-Mail CRT Return to top Return to home page

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW OF COMMUNITY REFORM TEMPLE

In 1958, Community Reform Temple was established on Ellison Avenue in the Village of Westbury, New York to provide a Reform Jewish congregation for this growing suburban community. In 1974, following a merger with Temple Beth Avodah, a Reform Temple in South Westbury, the congregation moved to its present location on The Plain Road, in the Salisbury Section of South Westbury, in Nassau County (Long Island).

It now serves a far flung membership, spread from Queens to Eastern Nassau, but primarily:

Community Reform Temple is a vibrant congregation, serving the religious, cultural, and social needs of about 200 families in Central Nassau County. We are proud to be the spiritual home of many dual-tradition families. Community Reform Temple is a member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the New York Federation of Reform Synagogues, and the East Meadow Jewish Community Relations Council.


Members are the lifeblood of our Temple. Its continued presence depends on the participation of each member family, even in ways that may seem small. As in a play there are no small parts-each player counts! As you scan this website, we hope you will find something that appeals to you, either intellectually, spiritually, socially, or even professionally.


Background and Overview Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg
Religious Activities Educational Activities
Sisterhood Men's Club Youth Groups Fund Raising
Administration of the Temple Special Services Special Funds Other Activities
Afterword E-Mail CRT Return to top Return to home page

RABBI JUDITH COHEN-ROSENBERG

BimahSince 1992, our spiritual leader has been Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg.   Rabbi Judy, as she prefers to be called, is a native of Brooklyn, and previously served congregations in Rochester and Olean, in upstate New York. Rabbi Judy is the head of our religious school, and teaches the Confirmation class.

She is a well-known AIDS activist, and has become an integral part of both the Long Island Association of Reform Rabbis (LIARRs) and the East Meadow Interfaith Clergy Association. "My love of Judaism and the Jewish people prompted me to become a rabbi. I hope to share that appreciation and a deep understanding of Jewish life with all our CRT family."


Background and Overview Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg
Religious Activities Educational Activities
Sisterhood Men's Club Youth Groups Fund Raising
Administration of the Temple Special Services Special Funds Other Activities
Afterword E-Mail CRT Return to top Return to home page

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES


  • Shabbat services are every Friday evening; 8:00 pm (Except for the first Friday of every Month - see below)
  • Family services are the first Friday of every month, at 8:00 pm.

  • Tot Shabbat, held several times during the year on Saturdays at 11:30 am to introduce toddlers and pre-schoolers to Jewish liturgy and music.


  • Torah Study Group, held each Saturday morning at 9:30 AM, led by the Rabbi.


  • High Holy Day services, including a creative Selichot service just before Rosh Hashannah.


  • Festival Services:

  • Sukkot - Sanctuary is decorated by Religious School students, and Kiddush is recited in our outdoor Sukkah.

    Atzeret - Simchat Torah - Students just beginning their Religious School studies are consecrated.

    Pesach

    Shavuot - Confirmation Service held.

  • Yizkor services - Generally said during morning Festival Services


  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah service on Saturday mornings or Havdalah service Saturday afternoons (on a limited basis).


  • Channukah Service, Featuring Children's Choir and lighting of family Channukiot


  • Many other special and creative services, designed to empower congregants to observe as fully as possible.




  • Background and Overview Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg
    Religious Activities Educational Activities
    Sisterhood Men's Club Youth Groups Fund Raising
    Administration of the Temple Special Services Special Funds Other Activities
    Afterword E-Mail CRT Return to top Return to home page
         

    Dedication of the
    Marilyn H. Tahl
    Religious School
    Friday, October 1, 2004
    Tishri 16, 5765

       
    • Marilyn H. Tahl Religious School
    • Sunday mornings, grades Kindergarten though 7.

      Tuesday evenings, grades 8 through 12.

      Holiday Happenings, ages 3-4 (Pre-School), 6 times per year (Sunday)

      Curriculum covers Jewish history, culture, and holidays, in age appropriate ways.

      “Mommy and Me” for 3 year-olds and parents 4 times this school year -
      Sundays Octoober 16, December 18, March 12 and April 2. Classes are from 10:45 - 11:45 AM


      Sundays include art and music enrichment
      Tuesdays include several joint sessions with classes from nearby Temples
      Tenth grade culminates in Confirmation



      Click here for religious school downloads

      CRT's signature volunteer teaching staff is a living demonstration of the mitzvah, "You shall teach them to your children." Volunteer teachers are given a lot of support and training from our Principal, Educator, and the Long Island Temple Educators conference, attended each Fall.
    • Hebrew School
    • Wednesday afternoons, grades 3 through 7.

      Curriculum covers Hebrew language instruction: reading, conversation, liturgy.

      Hebrew instruction is accomplished by a paid professional staff.

    Some CRT Religious School
    students visting Manhattan's
    Lower East Side
  • Administration
  • Principal: Rabbi Judy Cohen-Rosenberg

    Educator/Administator: Robert Stein

    Preschool Director: Marcia Levy
  • Education at CRT is an ongoing, never-ending process.
  • Our Pre-School is our pride and joy, offering a stimulating and caring atmosphere for children of all faiths in our community.
  • Headed by an experienced early childhood educator; staffed by certified teachers.

    Classes for 2 to 5 year olds:
    2, 3, and 5 day-a-week programs for 2, 3, and 4 year olds
    Kindergarten enrichment program for 5 year olds.
    Summer programs are offered for children aged 2 through 6.

    Discounts for Temple members.


    Some CRT Religious School
    studentsl touring an
    historic NYC Synagouge



    Background and Overview Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg
    Religious Activities Educational Activities
    Sisterhood Men's Club Youth Groups Fund Raising
    Administration of the Temple Special Services Special Funds Other Activities
    Afterword E-Mail CRT Return to top Return to home page


  • Adult Education spans a wide range.
  • Basic Judaism and Hebrew language, leading to Bar of Bat Mitzvah, if students so desire.

    Adult Confirmation

    Continuing education in Bible , Jewish literature, customs, and history.

    Book Discussion Group, led by the Rabbi, which meets every 4 to 6 weeks at the homes of group members.

    Guest speakers at Shabbat services.


    Member, North Shore Institute


    Background and Overview Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg
    Religious Activities Educational Activities
    Sisterhood Men's Club Youth Groups Fund Raising
    Administration of the Temple Special Services Special Funds Other Activities
    Afterword E-Mail CRT Return to top Return to home page

    SISTERHOOD


    Sisterhood at CRT is a true expression of its name-a Sisterhood of our women-providing social, educational, and spiritual opportunities. A member of Women of Reform Judaism and the Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, Sisterhood supports our Temple family, providing programming and social activities for the entire congregation, including the Religious School.

    Special events for the school, marking festivals and holidays, including:
    Educational programs and guest speakers.

    Creative Shabbat service written and led each Spring by the women of Sisterhood.

    Social events foster and enhance friendships: Fund raising events offer additional opportunities for building friendships while helping the Temple:

    Sisterhood membership is open to all women at CRT. The first year is complementary.


    Fun at the 50's, 60's 70's Dance at Community Reform Temple

    Background and Overview Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg
    Religious Activities Educational Activities
    Sisterhood Men's Club Youth Groups Fund Raising
    Administration of the Temple Special Services Special Funds Other Activities
    Afterword E-Mail CRT Return to top Return to home page

    MEN'S CLUB


    MEN'S CLUB

    The CRT Men's Club is a way for men to socialize and build relationships while running events and activities that are religiously and intellectually stimulating, as well as financially rewarding to the Temple. It is a member of the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods and supports the Jewish Chatauqua Society.

    Activities are many and appeal to a wide range of Temple members, including children. Men’s Club members put up and take down the Sukkah each year and provide ushers for Friday night services.

    Several Sunday morning breakfasts are held each year featuring guest speakers on a wide range of topics including health, finances and elder law. A creative Shabbat service is written and led each year by the Men's Club. Other activities sponsored by the Men’s Club are:
    • CRT’s Spring Picnic
    • Hobby shows
    • Paid-Up Membership Dinner
    • CRT Men's Club Softball Team
       (we are a founding member of the L.I. Temple League which currently has 10 teams)
    • Basketball at a local school
    • Adult TV Game Show Night
    Men's Club membership is open to all men at CRT. First year membership is complementary.

    50's,60's, 70's Dance at CRT


    Background and Overview Rabbi Judith Cohen-Rosenberg
    Religious Activities Educational Activities
    Sisterhood Men's Club Youth Groups Fund Raising
    Administration of the Temple Special Services Special Funds Other Activities
    Afterword E-Mail CRT Return to top Return to home page

    YOUTH GROUPS


    Community Reform Temple has a very active agenda for children from 5th grade through high school, run by a part-time Youth Director and a volunteer Youth Committee.