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 - July 2019

ALL Summer Friday night Services (July and August) begin at 6 PM

Friday, July 5 at 6 PM Greet Shabbat with Wine & Cheese; Birthday Blessings

Friday, July 12 at 6 PM Greet Shabbat with Wine & Cheese

Friday, July 19 at 6 PM BEACH SHABBAT at East Wharf Beach in Madison (Please note: There is now a charge to park at East Wharf Beach unless you have a Madison Beach parking pass.
We will meet at TBT at 5:30 PM to carpool. If you have a beach pass, consider being a carpool driver.)

Friday, July 26 at 6 PM Greet Shabbat with Wine & Cheese

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.
July Portions are in the Book of Numbers;
August Portions complete Numbers and begin the Book of Deuteronomy.
Study Text: (Click portion for text)
July 6: Korach Numbers 17:25-18:32
July 13: Chukat Numbers 21:11-22:1
July 20: Balak Numbers 23:27-25:9
July 27: Pinchas Numbers 28:16-30:1

August 3: Matot/Mas-ei Numbers 33:50-36:16
August 10: D'varim Deuteronomy 2:31-3:22*Tisha B'av - may have special reading.
August 17: Va-et'chanan Deuteronomy 6:4-7:11
August 24: Eikev Deuteronomy 10:12-11:25
August 31: R'eih Deuteronomy 15:1-16:17

(Click here for more about Torah Study at TBT)

Celebrating Simchat Torah 5778!

Learn more about our Renovation Project here.

Upcoming Events:

All Friday evening services in July and August begin at 6 PM.


Join us to welcome Shabbat at the East Wharf Beach on Friday July 19 at 6 PM.
Please note: There is now a charge to park at East Wharf Beach unless you have a Madison Beach parking pass.
We will meet at TBT at 5:30 PM to carpool. If you have a beach pass, consider being a carpool driver.

We will have a Beach Shabbat at the East Wharf Beach Pavilion on July 19 at 6 PM and August 9 at 6 PM.
We promised the Town of Madison: WE WILL CARPOOL! Please help us fulfill our promise.

Jewish Mindfulness & Mediation Jewish Mindfulness & Mediation are held regularly the first and third Saturday of each month at 8 AM. The next sessions are July 6, 2019, July 20, August 3, and August 17, 2019. All are welcome to this calming way to start your Saturday.

BACKPACK DRIVE: The annual TBT “Backpack Drive” starts now. Annually, we provide hundreds of children in our local communities and New Haven with much needed NEW backpacks and NEW school supplies.
Please send your donation to the TBT office by a check made out to TBT (noting it's for the backpack drive) or call the office and charge your donation. It's that easy!
In August, we need a few volunteers to sort the backpacks and supplies by community. It only takes about an hour or two. Look for the volunteer request in one of the weekly blasts.

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 our incoming Director, Jen Casillo at 203-245-8039 or email nsdirector@tbtshoreline.org
Click HERE for the TBTNS registration form.

Follow the TBTNS on Facebook !

It’s time to enroll for Religious School for the 2019 - 2020 school year.
Click HERE for a registration form.
Questions? Contact Cantor Stanton at cantor@tbtshoreline.org

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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