Contact Information

Beth Am Temple
P.O. Box 1200
60 East Madison Avenue
Pearl River, NY 10965

Phone: 845-735-5858
info@BethAmTemple.org

Office Hours:
Monday - 9:15 am- 3:15 pm
Tuesday - 9:15 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday - 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday - 9:15 am- 3:15 pm
Friday:  - 9:15 am- 3:15 pm

  

Community Resource Links

 Beth Am Temple is a
proud member of the
Union for Reform Judaism


Rockland Jewish Federation
is a proud supporter of
our Keshet program


 

 

 

 


Beth Am Temple is a
proud supporter of the
Rockland JCC

WORSHIP AT BETH AM 

Reform Judaism seeks to both revive ancient rituals that have modern meaning, and create new ones to mark important moments in our lives, both individually and collectively. Beth Am attempts to combine tradition with creative experimentation by the dynamic participation of our students, congregants and Rabbi.

The following are some of the ritual practices at Beth Am which

we hope will better acquaint you with our temple.

We encourage active participation by both men and women equally in all aspects of ritual.

Our children become Bar and Bat Mitzvah at Shabbat morning services. These services are identical for boys and girls.

Shabbat services are held Friday evenings at 8:00pm, and Saturday mornings at 10:15am.

On the first Friday of every month (except July and August) we have a Family Service. This 45 minute celebration of Shabbat is filled with lively music and does not use a prayer book. 

Parents are encouraged to bring children to all services. 

We read Torah on Friday evening and Saturday morning services, so that worshippers at both services may benefit from its teachings.

Young children's services are held on Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur for children age 8 and under.

In 2016, Beth Am joined hundreds of other Reform congregations in adopting MISHKAN TEFILAH as our Shabbat siddur (prayer book).

In 2017, we began using MISHKAN HANEFESH as our High Holy Day makhzor (High Holy Day prayer book).

Both are fully transliterated, allowing non-Hebrew readers to participate fully in our services.  Congregational response to both prayer books has been extraordinarily positve.

Our Temple follows the Israeli calendar of holiday observances: two days of Rosh Hashannah, one day of all other holidays. Yizkor services are held on Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, the seventh day of Passover and Shavuot.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates are scheduled well in advance, with the approval of the Rabbi, Ritual Committee and Education Committee, for those students who meet academic requirements. The Bar / Bat Mitzvah conducts the entire Shabbat morning service and leads the Kiddush on Erev Shabbat (Friday Night).

We consider Bar / Bat Mitzvah to be a beginning of a new level of Jewish learning; it is not a conclusion of anything but childhood. As such, we expect our students to continue their studies through Confirmation (10th grade).

Our Rabbi speaks out on all subjects without limitation or censure and encourages congregational feedback on all issues.