Congregation Beth Elohim

Rabbi Andy Bachman To Leave CBE

03/27/2014
Staff Writer

Rabbi Andy Bachman, a prominent figure in New York's Jewish community who has served as a Hillel director, pulpit rabbi and founder of a neighborhood Jewish organization, announced this week that he will next year leave his congregation and Jewish communal leadership altogether.

Slamming The Sermon

Ever wondered what would happen if you take dozens of hyper-literate Jews and give them a microphone and five minutes on a stage to riff on the weekly Torah portion? Look no further than SermonSlam, a succinctly self-described “poetry slam, but for sermons,” which will be making its New York debut at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope on Thursday night, January 22.

SermonSlam in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy SermonSlam

14th Street Y Names New Executive Director

11/22/2013
Staff Writer
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Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, who has served for seven years as director of youth and family education at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, was named executive director of the 14th Street Y in Manhattan. She succeeds Steven Aranoff, who moved to Israel in August; Wendy Seligson has served as interim executive director since then.

After Sandy, Where Do You Give?

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered or donated money and supplies to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Across the region, many still need help. Here's a guide to opportunities to volunteer and donate.

11/02/2012

After the surge of media attention that comes with a storm, the less dramatic work of rebuilding begins. We will continually update this list of opportunities to donate and volunteer in the service of Hurricane Sandy victims.

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New York and New Jersey are still grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Getty Images

FEMA Pressed To Change Law To Aid Synagogues

OU leading effort to recover hurricane losses amid church-state concerns.

11/20/2012
Associate Editor

For years, the main challenge facing West End Temple — an approximately 90-family Reform congregation in the Neponsit section of Rockaway, Queens — was demographics.

Now, the struggle to thrive amid an aging and shrinking non-Orthodox population seems minor compared to repairing over $1 million in damages caused by four feet of floodwater.

Flooded with four feet of water, West End Temple in Rockaway had to dispose of most items inside its building. Rabbi Marjorie

Jacobs Takes Reins As URJ President

06/12/2012

Rabbi Rick Jacobs in his formal installation as president of the Union for Reform Judaism called on the movement to “chart a new course.”

Saturday’s installation took place at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.

Scenes from Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ installation last week at Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim. Clark Jones/URJ

Living A Life Of Depth:

Rick Jacobs’ Installation Sermon

06/12/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The following is an excerpt from the Installation Sermon of Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the new president of the Union of Reform Judaism. It was delivered on June 9 at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The full sermon is available at www.urj.org/rabbijacobs.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaking at his installation ceremony last week in Brooklyn.
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