One of the most important aspects of our Temple life is the opportunity for congregants to create connections – to each other, to families and organizations in Westchester, to the greater Jewish community, to Israel, and to those in need around the world. In creating communities, we live our Jewish values while at the same time growing individually. It is this ever-growing network of Jewish connections that makes Temple Shaaray Tefila so unique.

Community Programs

  • Community Shabbat Programs: throughout the year we hold Friday services in congregant homes in Northern Westchester communities. We also hold a Havdallah Hike in the fall.
  • Empty Nester Gatherings: part social, part educational, these gatherings create a place for those with common interests to learn and interact.
  • Adults at Leisure Programs: our vibrant seniors community is constantly on the go! Programs include trips to museums and other points of interest, music and film programs, and social gatherings.
  • Brotherhood and Sisterhood: fun, social events for men, women, and everyone together.
  • Community Garden: Located on the Temple grounds, our community garden enables our congregants to participate in sustainable food growth for their families and the community.

Social Action Programs

  • Family Mitzvah Day
  • Family work trips in the local community and other places where there is a need
  • Teen work trips to Nicaragua, or another area in need
  • Midnight Runs and Emergency Shelter Partnership to help the homeless

Israel Programs

  • Israel-land interactive museum/curriculum at the Temple
  • On-line connections between our religious school students and children in Israel
  • Adult learning programs
  • Community-wide Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Celebration
  • Support of numerous projects in Israel including playgrounds in Tel Aviv and Sederot, gatherings of Holocaust Survivors, and schools for challenged children

Next Generation Engagement

The Vision

Next Generation Engagement programming serves families with children from birth through college age. Temple Shaaray Tefila seeks to inspire families to find a deeper connection to our temple community. Next Generation programming will offer a multitude of ways for children and parents to connect with Jewish teachings, traditions and values both individually and together as a family unit. Programming will be thoughtful and connected throughout the year and will have an organic progression that speaks to the needs of each of our cohorts within this age range.

This is a critical time in our world, and Temple Shaaray Tefila seeks to help young families frame their Jewish identities in ways that are meaningful and impactful to them. Our Director of Next Generation Engagement will be tasked with creating a strong thread that connects our families to one another and to temple life.

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