Upcoming Calendar Events  
Wednesday, October 11 - 6:30pm- Evening Minyan(time change), Yontiff Shemini Atzeret 
Thursday, October 12- 9:30am - Shemini Atzeret - Yizkor
@ 6:15 pm - Erev Simchat Torah - Pasta Dinner & Carvel Flying Saucers & Whiskey & Bourbon Tasting sponsored by Men’s Club
@7pm - E vening service- Hakafot with the Scrolls
Friday, October 13- 9:30am - Simchat Torah Services & Dancing with the Torah! Followed by
Sloppy Joe Lunch & Whiskey & Bourbon Tastin g sponsored by Men’s Club
Sunday, October 15 @ 9:30am- Making Strides walk at Manhattanville College
@ 1pm: Together We Walk at Bell Middle School
Monday, October 16 @ 9:45am: Jewish Qi Gong and Mindfulness
Tuesday, October 17 @ 7:15am:  Early Morning Minyan
@ 8:00pm:  A Conversation with Representative Sean Patrick Malone y  
Thursday, October 19 @ 12PM : Bet Torah in the City
Sunday, October 22 @ 10:00am: : Prayers and Rituals in Historical Perspective
@ 11:15am - Bet Torah In The Trees - Rockefeller State Park Directions 
Monday, October 23 @ 9:45am: Jewish Qi Gong and Mindfulness
@ 7:45-9:30pm : Cafe Joe
Tuesday, October 24 @ 7:15am:  Early Morning Minyan
@ 8PM: Dorit Rabinyan Speaks at Bet Torah
Thursday October 26 @ 8:15am: Boomers Fall Outing: Feeding The Mind And The Body
Sunday, October 29 @ 10:00am: : Prayers and Rituals in Historical Perspective
Monday, October 30 @ 7PM: Practically Praying
checks for Come From Away m Musical ust be received by October 30th
Read Rabbi Aaron Brusso's  Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur ,  High Holy Day Sermons  5778
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**Please note that minyan times have changes to 6:30 pm on 10/11 for Yontiff Shimini Atzaret 
Please help us make a Minyan when you can. Daily Minyan times at Bet Torah are as follows:

Sundays - 9:00 am
Tuesdays (Early morning Minyan) - 7:15am
Monday-Thursdays - 7:30 pm
Friday, Kabbalat Shabbat services - 6:30 pm
So You Think You Can Dance? You Can! It's Simchat Torah!
Come join the Bet Torah Congregation for 2 Days of Family Fun!
Shemini Atzeret / Yizkor
9:30AM Thursday, October 12

Erev Simchat Torah Celebration!
Thursday Evening, October 12

6:15PM - Pasta Dinner & Carvel Flying Saucers! RSVP by October 8 - $12/Person:  $36/Family
7:00PM - Hakafot with the Scrolls – Evening service &  Whiskey & Bourbon Tasting sponsored by Bet Torah Men’s Club
Simchat Torah Day
Friday, October 13

9:30 am On Simchat Torah day, beginning at 9:30 a.m., we will honor Harriet Blumencranz and Antony Schwartz with the last aliyah of the Torah reading cycle and the first aliyah of the next cycle, in recognition of their outstanding service to the Bet Torah Community!  They are Kallah Torah, the Bride of the Torah, and Chattan Bereishit, the Groom of Bereishit. 
Join us as we celebrate this year’s Simchat Torah Bride and Groom!

Following Simchat Torah Services, we'll continue the celebration with more Dancing with the Torah, followed by A special  lunch featuring Sloppy Joe’s! Plus m ore Whiskey & Bourbon Tasting , sponsored by Bet Torah Men’s Club!
Practically Praying
Monday, October 30 & November 29 from 7:00- 7:45 PM
A beginner’s class to learn all about the 15-minute weekday evening service. Learn what happens when you come for minyan duty. No experience necessary. Meet at 7:00pm and stay for the service. All done by 7:45pm. Amaze your friends and win valuable prizes! Questions? Please Contact  Andy Benjamin :  topgum49@aol.com or Mike Rosenman: mkrosenman@gmail.com  
Please RSVP to Andy Benjamin if you would like to attend.
Congregants who are Kohanim and Leviim

At most Torah Services, Bet Torah follows a tradition of assigning the first Aliyah to a Kohen, & the second to a Levi. When not assigned in advance ( e.g. , by a Bnai Mitzvah family, or by request), the ushers will make the assignment during the service. The ushers would love to know which congregants are Kohanim and Leviim, so the Ritual Committee is compiling a comprehensive list. Please let us know who you are, either by calling the Bet Torah office or emailing ltavares@bettorah.org , or by letting the ushers know early in the service. No experience is necessary, as the Torah blessings are available in Hebrew & transliteration, in large type, right next to the Torah. Questions? contact Peter Linden, Ritual Committee chair @ vpritual@bettorah.org
From Westchester to Capitol Hill: 
A Conversation with Representative Sean Patrick Maloney   
October 17th, 2017
Bedford Historical Hall | 608 Old Post Road, Bedford

At AIPAC, we believe that a strong Israel means a stronger United States. We work every day to be stewards of the special relationship between our country and the world's only Jewish state. Our accomplishments are measured by Congress' decisions to strengthen the partnership in meaningful ways - such as allocating almost $4 billion each year to Israel in military assistance - and we need strong relationships with Capitol Hill to keep winning.

We are excited to invite you to be part of the effort to strengthen our relationships with our elected leaders. On October 17th, join your local pro-Israel community and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney for a discussion on advancing the US-Israel relationship. 

For security purposes, reservations are required
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like to RSVP by phone. Please call
 (646) 360-1543 or  aengel@aipac.org.  

Cafe Joe!
Monday, October 23 @ 7:45-9:30pm


  Tzahal Shalom is welcoming a new delegation of IDF soldiers! We hope to see you at one or more of our 2017 events where you can meet all seven of our outstanding delegation! 

Join us for a cup o' joe and other sweets as we hear from our 2017 delegation of 7 active duty soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces. They will be joining us for an informal coffeehouse to talk about life in Israel, life in the military, and answer your questions.
Click the book cover for more info!
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear
Author Dorit Rabinyan Speak at Bet Torah
Tuesday, October 24 @ 8PM
Sponsored by Cultural Arts and Bet Torah Sisterhood

Dorit Rabinyan is the bestselling author of All the Rivers which was named as a book of the year by Ha’aretz and awarded the prestigious Bernstein Prize. All the Rivers spent more than a year as #1 bestseller in Israel, and has been translated into 17 languages. Her other books include Persian Brides and Strand of a Thousand Pearls. She is the recipient of the Itzhak Vinner Prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize, The ACUM award and the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Award. Read More

Read the Press Release for All The Rivers

Finding Common Ground: Muslim-Jewish Relations
Guest SpeakerFeaturing: Dr. Mehnaz Afridi
Wednesday, November 1 @ 7:30 PM

Finding Common Ground: Muslim-Jewish Relations Join us for a look at the state of Muslim-Jewish relations today with Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, the author of “The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes.” Dr. Afridi is a Muslim woman who heads an academic center dedicated to learning the lessons of the Holocaust. She is a true bridge builder who deeply understands both the Muslim and Jewish communities. SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER Dr. Mehnaz Afridi Manhattan College Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Director Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center

RSVP to Leila @ ltavares@bettorah.org View the AJC Flyer
Come with Bet Torah to Come from Away!

Come From Away is the award winning, heartwarming true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them on 9/11, and the award winning, heartwarming Bet Torah community is going to see it!
When: Sunday matinee January 21st 2018, 3:00
Where: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 West 45th Street, between. 7th & 8th Ave
Why: Because it’s a fun great show and we are a fun great community
How: We have a limited number of tickets, so seats will be on a “first come first served basis.” Please make your check out to Bet Torah and put it in Rabbi Koffman’s box.
All checks must be received by October 30th to confirm your seat .
How Much: $129/seat (side Orchestra seats)
What else: With gratitude to Stephen Perl for making this happen.
For more information feel free to contact Rabbikoffman@bettorah.org
The Bet Torah Community Engagement Guide
2017-2018 5778
Read the digital guide here
This Community Engagement Guide is intentionally planned to coincide with Rosh Hashanah. It allows us to look forward with optimism and intention. Its goal is to intrigue and inspire us. To offer opportunities to enrich one's mind and learn something new. To build upon relationships and foster new ones. With so many intriguing events and programs offered at Bet Torah, the opportunities to volunteer or contribute towards something important, are endless.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year !
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Sunday Morning, October 15

For the ninth year, staff members, parents and friends of Bet Torah Nursery School will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
The event will take place on Sunday, October 15 at Manhattanville College. All members and friends of the Bet Torah community are invited to join the fun and walk with us and/or make a donation in support of our team. Please contact Amy Portnoy ( aportnoy@bettorah.org ) for more information or go to:  http://main.acsevents.org/goto/btnsmitzvahmakers
Please click on our  team page  t o sign up to walk with our team and/or to make a donation. Your donation in  any  amount is greatly appreciated.   Read More
Shabbat Tots

Bet Torah Nursery School Parenting Group

Join us this fall with your infant or toddler for our Parenting Group SHABBAT TOTS on Friday mornings 9:30 to 10:30 am in the second floor youth lounge.
Morah Carol Lasner, twos teacher and former Solomon Schechter Kindergarten teacher, will facilitate free play with your child as well as stories, crafts, songs, circle time and an introduction of Shabbat.
Come for the conversation and stay for the fun.

Click here for the Shabbat Tots form to fill and return to the Bet Torah Nursery School-Parenting Center
Sunday, October 15 @ 4pm
St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall
2 Green Street, Mt. Kisco

Please join us to learn more about the Emergency Shelter Partnership and homelessness in our area. Hear from some of the driving forces behind the program and speak with our volunteers. Visit our information, donation and raffle tables. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED No charge for admission

Our own Annie Segal is continuing a Mitzvah which she started as her Bat Mitzvah project

Learn more about TogetherWeWalkNY.org. Sign up or make a donation

Please send us your child’s college address and we will send them a small package to celebrate the Jewish Holidays away at school and keep them connected to the Bet Torah community.
Just think…something sweet to welcome in Rosh Hashanah, yummy hamentashen to celebrate Purim and lots more! 
Please send names & addresses to college@bettorah.org  & we will do the rest!
Many thanks to Sisterhood for sponoring these gifts 
Parents of Children born in 2007!

The process to schedule dates for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah has begun.
The letter and survey that kick-off the process of assigning the 2020 Bnai Mitzvah dates were sent via e-mail on 9/25.  The survey is due back no later than October 15, 2017 .  
 If you have any questions or have not received
your survey via e-mail, please send an e-mail to bnaimitz@bettorah.org
Every Donation Helps!
Show Your Support for Bet Torah
And Join Us Today With a Pledge to 
The Burn Our Mortgage Capital Campaign   
We Appreciate Every Gift at Every Level

For More Information or a Pledge Card, Contact Us at:
Prayers and Rituals in Historical Perspective
Sunday, October 15 10am-12:30pm

Once again, we are fortunate to have Dr. Benjamin Gampel, professor of Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary, join us for another one of his fascinating journeys into Jewish history and practice. No matter the depth of your commitment to traditional Jewish observance, it is important to pause and realize that prayers and rituals are not only vehicles by which Jews perform their religious obligations, but contain within their enactment the history of the Jewish people, and the development of Judaism Read more about the topics to be covered in this 8-week course.
Class Fee: $350.00 Registration: contact Jerry Fensterstock @ jerryf@pipeline.com
Jewish Qi Gong and Mindfulness
October 16 9:45am - 10:45am (In The Library)

Join Nancy Fried-Tanzer and Robin Wald for an enjoyable hour of Jewish-themed Qi Gong and mindfulness. Together we will integrate Jewish wisdom with gentle physical postures, movement, breathing and guided mindfulness practices. This workshop offers an opportunity for improved health and vitality, relaxation, mental discipline, spiritual connection and deeper Jewish understanding. All ages, abilities and fitness levels welcome. No charge for Bet Torah members. Read more
Boomers & Beyond Fall Outing:
Feeding The Mind And The Body.
Thursday October 26, 2017

To all Boomers.  This is a reminder that the cut off time to sign up for our next event is quickly approaching. October 18t h is the drop dead date. Only two weeks away! After that, we will only be able to accept sign ups with excessive amounts of begging. So, don’t be forced to embarrass yourself. You know you want to come on this trip. It’s going to be great. Don’t put it off! Send in the form right away and reserve a seat. Click here to view the event flyer.

Bet Torah in the City
Thursday, October 19
 12PM -1:30PM 

Bet Torah in the City returns for its third season! Get to know your fellow Bet Torah commuters as we share lunch and opinions over Jewish texts in midtown offices. Rabbi’s Brusso and Koffman will alternate in facilitating the conversations each month. If you are interested—even if you think you might be able to attend only one or a few of the dates—please email  rabbikoffman@bettorah.org  so we can add you to our email list. Read More
(Bet) Torah In The Trees Continues - Families are Welcome!
Little Torah. Lots of Trees.
Sunday October 22 @ 11:15AM Rockefeller State Park
(125 Phelps Way Mount Pleasant)

Click here to view the flyer
Get driving directions to Rockefeller State Park
Led by  Rabbi Koffman & Bet Torah Director of Youth Engagement  Loen Amer,  we will gather in the parking lot for introductions and a brief story, and then head out to enjoy the foliage, the lake, and one-another as we walk for about an hour and a half on an easy path. Please note there's a $6 parking fee for those who do not have a sticker. Dogs are welcome but unfortunately strollers are not. No need to RSVP. Questions? Feel free to contact Rabbi Koffman ( RabbiKoffman@Bettorah.org   917-855-5935) Read more
  Men's Club Registration For 2017-2018  

Joining Bet Torah Men’s Club is a great way to connect with Bet Torah and enrich your family’s experience. Whether it’s our famous Sunday community breakfast series with speakers, building the sukkah, playing Texas Hold’em, or watching Monday Night Football, you will meet new friends and perform mitzvahs. Join Men’s Club, join the party. Men’s Club makes things happen!

Now featuring 2 quick and convenient payment options! 
==> Click  here  to view the Registration Form & Calendar of Upcoming Events
Bet Torah Sisterhood Registration for 2017-2018

Sisterhood is caring and sharing. It is feeding the hungry and clothing the less fortunate locally and globally. Sisterhood is providing College Goodies, Shiva Dinners and Shalach Manot. It is Book Club, where ideas are shared about life. Sisterhood is knitting for veterans and patients with serious illnesses. It is a major supporter of BT culturally, financially & spiritually. Sisterhood is social, educational and recreational. 

Download the membership form


Bet Torah's Upcoming Shabbat Broadcast Schedule

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Commentary On This Week's
Torah Portion

Want to know more about the Torah portion for this Shabbat? Bet Torah has access to an exciting new resource, the Judaic Digital Library. JDL contains more than 1300 classics of Jewish literature.

To access it, you need an access key. Don't miss out on this great new Bet Torah benefit! To get an access key, please contact Jerry Fensterstock jerryf@pipeline.com JDL contains histories, commentaries, reference material and kid's books, too. 

Read the JPS commentary on this week's Torah portion residing within the JDL
Vast Judaic Resource Available

 The Bet Torah Library Committee is pleased to announce that we have arranged for access to the Judaic Digital Library (JDL) for the Bet Torah community. JDL contains more than 1300 classics of Jewish literature that will complement the more than 4000 volumes in the Bet Torah Library. If you are doing research or writing a Bar/Bar Mitzvah D'var or just curious about some aspect of Judaism, this new resource will be invaluable to you. For more info, or to get an access key, please contact Jerry Fensterstock at jerryf@pipeline.com