Congregation Beth Elohim

N.Y. Rabbi Who Left Prominent Pulpit Taking Leadership Post At 92nd Street Y

06/01/2015 - 20:00

A prominent Brooklyn rabbi who left the clergy world last year has taken a leadership post at a major cultural and community center in New York.

Following Bachman’s Path

CBE’s new rabbi to continue social action focus at one of Park Slope’s largest shuls.

02/09/2015 - 19:00

One of the top agenda items these days for Rachel Timoner, associate rabbi at the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, is trying to get a train built along the I-405 freeway stretching from the North San Fernando Valley to the city’s international airport.

Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Rachel Timoner Succeeding Andy Bachman As Rabbi At Brooklyn Congregation

02/08/2015 - 19:00

 Rachel Timoner was named senior rabbi of Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim.

Popular Rabbi's Parting Shot

Andy Bachman's last High Holy Days message will chasten progressives who oversimplify Middle East.

09/02/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

When I asked Rabbi Andy Bachman what he plans to speak about in his sermons during this, his last, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services as senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim, I thought he would bring up the importance of closing the gap between the wealthy and the needy in this country.

Gary Rosenblatt

Rabbi Andy Bachman To Leave CBE

03/26/2014 - 20:00
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

11/21/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

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.
11/01/2012 - 20:00

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.


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.
11/19/2012 - 19:00
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

06/11/2012 - 20:00

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
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