196 Durham Road     ·     Madison, CT 06443     ·     (203) 245-7028

Your Jewish Home on the Shoreline

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Temple Beth Tikvah is a Reform Jewish congregation with a commitment to inclusion, diversity, inspiring worship, youth and adult education, and meaningful social justice activities. Established in 1977, we are located near I-95, in the heart of the New Haven – Old Saybrook shoreline of Connecticut.

TBT serves as the focus of Jewish community life on the shoreline. We are proud to welcome Jews of many backgrounds and at all the stages of life. We hope you will consider participating in our vibrant Jewish community.


Shabbat Services - March 2019

Friday, March 1 at 6 PM - Greet Shabbat with Wine and Cheese
Meditation Shabbat, Birthday Blessings

Friday, March 8 at 7:15 PM - Men’s Club Shabbat Service

Friday, March 15 at 7:15 PM - Shabbat Service

Friday, March 22 at 7:15 PM - Social Justice Shabbat Service

Friday, March 29 at 7:15 PM - Shabbat Service

Saturday, March 30 at 10 AM - Bat Mitzvah of Claire Spiegel

Our services are open to all who wish to worship with us.
(Click here for more about Shabbat at TBT)

Torah Study 2013

Torah Study every Saturday morning at 9 AM.
March Portions are the end of the Book of Exodus and
the beginning of the Book of Leviticus;

Study Text: (Click portion for text)
March 2: Vayak'heil Exodus 36:20-38:20
March 9: P'kudei Exodus 39:22-40:38
March 16: Vayikra Leviticus 4:27-5:26
March 23: Tzav Leviticus 8:1-8:36
March 30: Shemini Leviticus 11:1-11:47

(Click here for more about Torah Study at TBT.)

Celebrating Simchat Torah 5778!

Learn more about our Renovation Project here.

Upcoming Events:

Congregational Meeting! Join us for an update about the Building Renovation.
Thursday, March 14 at 7 PM

Jewish Mindfulness & Mediation Jewish Mindfulness & Mediation will now be held regularly the first and third Saturday of each month at 8 AM. The next sessions are March 16, 2019 and April 6, 2019. All are welcome to this calming way to start your Saturday.

TBT Tots!
Do you have a 2 1/2 - 5 year old? Join us for TBT Tots!
Sunday, April 7 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM for Singing & Community Building - Families Welcome!
for more information click HERE.
Please contact Dorothy with any questions or to sign up at TBTtots@gmail.com

SALTY BBYO Annual Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 24 at 12 noon in the TBT Social Hall
SALTY invites you to join us for the annual TBT Purim Carnival!
Lots of fun for the whole family and a great way to support your synagogue youth group. Wear your best costume!
Admission is $5 (includes access to all booths). Bring extra money for pizza, soda, and hamantaschen.
Questions? Contact the TBT Office.

Navigating the Israeli Election
Thursday, March 28, 7:15 – 9 PM: Join us for a panel discussion on the fast approaching Israeli Election, moderated by Paul Bass, New Haven Independent Editor in Chief, with panelists: Arbel Astrachan, the legal advisor of the Israeli Knesset house committee, Tzippy Shmilovitz, journalist, U.S correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's leading newspaper, Joseph David, Professor of Law at Sapir Academic College in Israel, and a Visiting Professor at Yale University. 
This special event will be broadcast live at Temple Beth Tikvah. Discussion at TBT will be hosted by Rabbi Offner.

Passover begins on Friday evening April 19, 2019
The TBT Second Night Seder is on Saturday, April 20. Please join us for the Seder led by Rabbi Offner and Cantor Stanton and a delicious, traditional Seder meal
Click HERE for details.

Jewish Values and the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict, Part III
Join with Rabbi Offner, through text, videos and discussion, in an exploration of the ideas and values that animate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Wednesday April 10, 17 and 24, 12 Noon-2 PM
Enrollment: New participants should contact the TBT office at 203-245-7028 or office@tbtshoreline.org by April 5 to register.
Past participants need not register. More information HERE.

Looking for painters, builders, scientists, nature lovers and musicians to join our preschool in September!

Must be between 2 and 5 years old to join.
If you have or know children that fit this description, contact Nursery School Director Bernadette Stak to schedule an enrollment tour at Temple Beth Tikvah Nursery School!
TBT Nursery School is non-sectarian and open to children of all faiths and backgrounds.
Temple Beth Tikvah Nursery School enrollment is open for the 2019 - 2020 school year!
Check out our TBTNS by contacting Bernadette Stak, Director, at 203-245-8039 or email nsdirector@tbtshoreline.org
Click HERE for the TBTNS registration form.

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Do you have children in our Religious School, our TBT Nursery School or who have gone off to college?
The Greater New Haven Jewish Foundation has scholarship opportunities which may be available to you.

Jewish Scholarship Initiative for Synagogue Schools (JSI) Through the generosity of a donor in our community, JSI is able to provide need-based assistance for New Haven area synagogue schools. Assistance from JSI supplements other scholarships. The deadline for JSI application submission is October 19, 2018.
Apply Now >> 

College Scholarships With the new academic year right around the corner, we want to let you know about three college scholarships available to Greater New Haven Jewish high school seniors through the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven: The Emma Kohn Podoloff Scholarship Fund of the National Council of Jewish Women, the Mary Taylor Friedler Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors, and the Stuart J. Drell Scholarship Fund. Each scholarship has its own qualifications and awards, so visit our website to learn more. 
Deadline to apply for all three is May 1, 2019
Learn more and apply now >> 

Israel Experience Scholarships Recognizing the impact of Israel travel/experiences, the Jewish Foundation provides scholarships for both short-term (minimum of 3 week program) and long-term organized Israel educational programs for Greater New Haven area youth ages 14-19. 
For 2019 summer trips, applications are due by March 9, 2019. 
For 2019-2020 gap or academic year programs, applications are due by May 4, 2019. 
Apply now >>

Are you thinking of sending your child to a Jewish summer Camp?
You may be eligible for a scholarship through One Happy Camper New Haven

High Holiday Sermons

Read the Rabbi's High Holiday Sermons Here:
          Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kavanot: On Second Chances, Silence, and Dreaming of America
          Rosh Hashanah Morning, Our Jewish Mission
          Kol Nidre, Facing Death
          Yom Kippur, The Gift of Silence

Read Our President's High Holiday Speech Here:
         Kol Nidre, TBT President’s High Holiday Speech 5779, Jeffrey Babbin

Read the Yom Kippur Morning Sermonette:
by Bruce Topolosky, Why TBT Matters So Much to Me

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