April 18 2014



Celebrating Sixty Years of Service to the Jewish Community

TEMPLE BETH-EL OF BELLMORE was established in 1951 to serve the Jewish community of North Bellmore and Bellmore.  Currently, we have members living in the North Merrick, Merrick, Wantagh and East Meadow areas of Long Island, NY as well as many associate members living in other states.

Our Mission

TempleBeth-El is a Conservative synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
As a Shabbat-centric synagogue, we espouse certain key principles:
-Create a welcoming and nurturing environment to all those entering our synagogue.
-Enhance our ritual observance and the performance of mitzvot.
-Make chesed and tzedakah part of our daily lives.
-Ensure a Jewish education for our children and offer opportunities for Jewish learning to our membership.
-Support our congregants in times of need and share in their times of joy.
-Commit to the betterment of our community through social action.
-Support the State of Israel.
-Be a resource to other organizations and the unaffiliated.

Eitan Binet, Cantor

Howard Hoffman, Rabbi

David Hiesiger, Cantor Emeritus

Ira Minkoff, President

Shari Nadelman, Executive Vice-President

Temple Beth-El Responds to Sandy – A Message from Ivy P. Roberts, President TBE

Temple Beth-El was blessed to have minimal damage due to Super Storm Sandy.  Unfortunately some of our neighboring temples were flooded or lost power. TBE is a special caring community whose leadership and members are there for each other and the community at large.

The weekend after the storm, we opened our doors to both Temple Israel of South Merrick and the Bellmore Jewish Center.  On Friday night and Shabbes morning, Temple Israel joined with us for a Bar Mitzvah of one of their children, along with Rabbi Scott Hoffman who joined our Rabbi Howard Hoffman on the bima. We welcomed their family and friends to our temple home and the feeling was incredible.  I think we all felt as if we were part of a special mitzvah. After a week of uncertainty, many without power or heat in their homes, the TBE sanctuary was a warm and welcoming place for all.

On Sunday morning, a daughter of members from the Bellmore Jewish Center had her Bat Mitzvah service at our temple, along with Rabbi Ostovsky and Cantor Yavneh and the BJC congregation, family and friends.

It was truly our pleasure to open our sanctuary to allow these young people and their loved ones to celebrate their B’nai Mitzvot.

The leaders and clergy of these congregations are aware that TBE is there for them as long as they need us, and we will work together to ensure that their congregants are able to celebrate all life cycle events; that the B’nai Mitzvah will be able to have a service, every baby gets her Jewish name, and each groom is called to the torah for his uf ruf.  I am proud to say that is who we are.


Temple Beth-El of Bellmore is a modern and traditional Conservative congregation, we offer

Morning and Evening Minyans

Friday Night, Shabbat Morning and Afternoon Services, and Talmud-Torah Study

Shabbes Shul Family Service and Lunch

Oneg Shabbat and Holiday Communal Meals

Children’s Religious Education

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Instruction and Preparation

Youth Group Activities Kadima and United Synagogue Youth (USY)

Adult Education

Assistance for all life-cycle events including baby namings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, aufrufs, weddings, and needs at the time of mourning.

United Synagogue Affiliation

Our Temple offers you an opportunity to learn about our Jewish heritage, traditions and beliefs. Our warm and involved community of friends and neighbors are waiting to welcome you

Temple Beth-El has a superb professional staff who can provide guidance and leadership during your membership.  They are:

Howard Hoffman, Rabbi (Interim)

Eitan Binet, Cantor

Ruth Tucker and Phyllis Reich, Office Staff

Our Sisterhood and Men’s Club are vibrant and sponsor a variety of activities that enhance membership.

SISTERHOOD is a self-supporting, multi-faceted arm of the Temple. On-going programs include a two-year Bat Mitzvah course, Tuesday morning Women’s Institute and an active PTA.  In addition, Sisterhood supports a variety of social action projects and fundraising events.  MEN’S CLUB supports many Temple activities and has been particularly active in providing family outings and sports activities.

As a member, you are welcome to join the dedicated volunteers who serve as members of the above committees and other various action committees such as Adult Education, House Affairs, College, Social Action, Talk Temple Newsletter, Shabbes Shul, and more.

Our regular events include special programs that bring our members together to celebrate and participate in Jewish related activities.  These include:

A monthly SHABBES SHUL where families come together to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays and share in a Shabbes luncheon;

Chavurot where families meet at each other’s homes to share meals and engage in Jewish study;

An annual Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat where an invited guest lecturer brings insights into Judaism to our membership;

Holiday events for Slichos, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot and Tisha B’Av.

Social programs including dances, concerts and bagel breakfasts

Our United Synagogue Youth Programs for children and teenagers that enable them to meet each other and young people from other congregations.

Temple Beth-El has an extensive LIBRARY with books, tapes and CD’s covering the gamut of Judaica.

Our JUDAICA SHOP offers a complete line of gifts and religious articles.

Our Social Hall is available for all your simchas and parties