What is a Beit Knesset?
Traditionally, a synagogue serves three distinct but related functions. We are a Beit Tefillah (House of Worship), a Beit Midrash(House of Study) and a Beit Knesset (House of Community). Being part of and connecting to the Temple B’nai Torah community is being part of the Beit Knesset. Each of us, as members of our Temple Community, has the opportunity to help create meaningful Temple membership and vibrant Temple life. Our simple efforts can be a powerful force to bring us together.
Ways To Be Connected
Auxiliaries: We have a very active Sisterhood and B’nai Torah Youth (BTY) group. Join these vibrant auxiliaries and deepen your connection to the community.
Chavurot: A Chavurah is a small group of Temple B’nai Torah families, couples, or individuals who share common interests and a desire to gather together on a regular basis to develop their own close knit Jewish community, an extended family within our larger congregational family. For more information about our Chavurah program, please visit our Chavurot webpage.
Interest Groups: Our congregants like spending time together in a variety of small interest groups. You can choose from groups centered around cultural events, game night, gardening, book discussion groups, knitting, mah jongg, and more. Explore the possibilities – contact our office or click here to learn more.
Mitzvah Corps: The Temple B’nai Torah Mitzvah Corps is you – the congregation – responding to the needs of your neighbors in times of change or crisis. It is providing meals or challah, visiting members who are ill, providing transportation to medical appointments or to worship services, helping with childcare, and making phone calls offering support and condolences. Through these, and other mitzvot, members become acquainted, and in many cases, become friends.
You can be a part of the Mitzvah Corps: Click here to visit the Mitzvah Corps webpage and learn more.
Shamashim/Usher Training: Would you be interested in greeting congregants and guests at our Shabbat Services or other events? You can volunteer once, twice or as often as you like. For more information email Jack Bookey.
Social Action: We are committed to Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) and join together throughout the year to improve our broader community. Learn more about our decades long involvement in social action and join TOWG - our Tikkun Olam Working Group.
[email protected]: A Home Havdalah Program
One of our clergy will be on hand to lead the short lovely ritual that marks the end of Shabbat. You’ll have plenty of time to get to know other TBT members in your neighborhood in an informal and comfortable setting. The office will offer assistance in sending out invitations and advertising the event. [email protected] is looking for hosts! Most of the work could be done on your schedule from home via email or some phone calls. Contact the office to host a [email protected].
Trips to Israel with the Clergy: Each year our clergy members go on a tour of Israel with many of our congregants. The trips not only connect TBT to the Jewish state but most importantly, to each other. Contact Howard Wasserteil to learn more about the next scheduled trips.