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

Your Jewish Home on the Shoreline

Thank you to everyone who made our Fortieth Celebrations a success!
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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 2018

Friday, March 2 at 6:00 PM - Greet Shabbat with Wine & Cheese

Friday, March 9 at 7:15 PM - Shabbat Service with Israeli Dancing

Friday, March 16 at 7:15 PM - Shabbat Service and report from the Israel 2018 Trip

Friday, March 23 at 7:15 PM - Shabbat Service and Birthday Blessings

Friday, March 30 - First Night of Passover
There is no Shabbat service at TBT; 
Passover Seders in members homes.


Our services are open to all who wish to worship with us.
Services begin at 7:15 PM each Friday night except the First Friday of the Month.
First Friday services begin at 6 PM.
(Click here for more about Shabbat at TBT)

Torah Study 2013

Torah Study every Saturday morning at 9 AM.
March Torah Portions in the Book of Exodus - study text: 
March 3: Ki Tissa - Exodus 31:18 - 33:11
March 10: Vayakhel-Pekudei - Exodus 37:17 - 39:21
We continue into the Book of Leviticus - study text:
March 17: Vayikra - Leviticus 3:1 - 4:26
March 24: Tzav - Leviticus 7:11 - 7:38
March 31: Pesach - Song of Songs
(special reading for Passover)
(Click here for more about Torah Study at TBT.)

Celebrating Simchat Torah 5778!

Upcoming Events:

Second Night Passover Seder: Our Communal Passover Seder is on Saturday, March 31. A full Seder meal will be served.
Rabbi Offner will conduct the Seder. Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 23th. More information and registration form HERE.

SPRING FOOD DRIVE: bring in your food and personal care items by March 25.
Social Action is collecting healthy shelf-stable food, household and personal care items for the
Madison and Guilford Food Pantries. Click HERE for a list of foods and items most needed by local food pantries.
Bags will be distributed at Religious School on Sunday March 18th OR use your own bags and bring them to the temple by March 25th.

April Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Offner
Jewish Mysticism

Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 12 non - 1:15 PM
Bring a brown bag lunch to the library at TBT and explore Jewish Mysticism with Rabbi Offner and fellow congregants.
We will explore the Zohar, the quintessential mystical text that probes the depths of the psych and the mysterious relationship between the human and the Divine. The only prerequisite is your readiness to engage and learn.

Yom Ha Shoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day
Wednesday, April 11 at 7 PM at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek
 (55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT)
Temple Beth Tikvah joins our friends at CBSRZ in Chester, CT for our annual memorial observance. Rabbi Offner and Cantor Margolius will participate in the service.  (We alternate the location for this service each year between TBT and CBSRZ.)

Difficult Conversations - How to Talk to Each Other: Effective Communication about Differences
Sunday, April 29, 9:30 AM - 12 noon at TBT

A program focusing on: Anti-Semitism * National Politics * Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Presenters: Nancy Abramson, MSW and Rosemary Baggish, MPH
Click HERE for more information.

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: Speaking Up, Putting on Shoes and Pouring Tea
          Rosh Hashanah Morning, Thou Shalt Not Remain Indifferent
          Kol Nidre, A Bucket List for the Soul
          Yom Kippur, Pote’ach et Yadecha: Open Your Hand

Read Our President's High Holiday Speech Here:
         Kol Nidre, TBT PRESIDENT’S HIGH HOLIDAY SPEECH 5778, Jeffrey Babbin

Read the Sermonette by Harry Schanzer, Yom Kippur Morning, here

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