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Temple Beth Rishon is committed to providing our members of all ages with a wide range of religious, educational, cultural, and social experiences. Please take a moment to read about our wide range of offerings.

WORSHIP

At Temple Beth Rishon, we gather together on Shabbat to pray, learn and celebrate life cycle events, including bar/bat mitzvahs, baby namings, auf-rufs, birthdays and anniversaries. Our Rabbi leads the service of traditional prayer, sermons and Torah readings. The Cantor uses his guitar and voice to offer musical support, leading the congregation in traditional melodies, classical expressions of music and contemporary arrangements. Our adult and teen choirs often participate in our services lending their voices to enhance our prayer. Our clergy uses this dynamic blend of prayer, education and music throughout the year, providing quite a meaningful ambiance for our celebration of Shabbat and the Jewish holidays.


EARLY CHILDHOOD & RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

The Andrew Friedland Early Childhood Learning Center provides a warm and supportive environment with classes beginning with "Mom and Tot" (from 7 months) and continuing though Kindergarten Enrichment. Under the watchful eye of our full-time Director, Hillary Posner, our nurturing staff is committed to affording each child an opportunity to develop their social skills, begin to explore academic adventures, and learn about Jewish culture and holidays...Learn More

The Addison M. & Elizabeth Opper Religious School is headed by our full-time Director, Gonen Arad, who has created an exciting school with a knowledgeable and caring staff. The importance of Tzedakah and mitzvot are values we strongly support and emphasize in our teachings. Children are exposed to Jewish traditions, holidays, and history. They learn to read Hebrew and lead our congregation in prayer in preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well as their future integration into the Jewish community...Learn more

The TBR Youth Group is an inclusive social organization for children and teens from Kindergarten through High school from multiple neighboring towns. Our Youth Group Director, Jana Schwartz, offers programs during the monthly meetings with fun themes or festive meals, weekend events, leadership programs, and volunteer opportunities which promote Jewish values...Learn More


SOCIAL INTERACTION & TIKKUN OLAM

  • In the spirit of Tikkun Olam, the Social Action Committee hosts various projects and volunteer activities at our temple and within the Jewish community culminating with the temple’s annual Mitzvah Day...Learn more

  • Sisterhood - TBR's Sisterhood brings Jewish women of all generations together for the purpose of personal and spiritual growth. Sisterhood meetings and events foster friendship, community building, and support the temple’s commitment to Social Action and Tikkun Olam...Learn more

  • The Maimonides Caring Committee provides support to the members of our temple community. We make welcome basket deliveries to new member families and families with a new baby. We support those experiencing the loss of a loved one or suffering through illness with phone calls and meals...Learn more

  • The Men's Club brings our male congregants together for group activities such as building the Sukkah, manning the barbeque, fundraising for temple needs and intramural sports and outings with their children...Learn more

  • T'Green Olam is our environmental committee which helps us all to work towards reducing our individual and collective carbon footprints. TBR has the opportunity to lead by example. Our committee works together with our members to reduce environmental waste in both our temple and our homes...Learn more


CHORAL GROUPS

  • Kol Rishon Adult Choir is our talented adult choir, directed by the Cantor, which performs both during services and at community events. Any adult or high school student is welcome to join...Learn More

  • Zemer Rishon Teen Choir, directed by our Cantorial Intern, involves 7th through 12th grade students and performs several times during the year...Learn More


LIFELONG LEARNING ADULT EDUCATION

Rabbi’s Classes range from a six-week evening Roundtable discussion session twice a year, suitable for those beginning their Jewish learning as well as those who want to brush up on their understanding of Jewish thought to Nosh and Drash, an hour-long Shabbat morning discussion of the weekly Torah portion facilitated by our rabbinic intern…Learn more

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes - It’s never too late to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah!The desire to become an adult bar or bat mitzvah may occur at any age and for many differing reasons...Learn more

Guest Speakers – Our Food For Thought: Distinguished Speaker Series presents a thought-provoking, educational, and social Jewish learning opportunity for our members and is open to the greater Jewish community...Learn more

The Reader's Circle Book Club continues to meet with a solid core of committed participants who have enthusiasm for sharing wonderful books, many with Jewish themes…Learn more

Lunch and Learn is our newest adult education program meeting at lunchtime for thought provoking and enriching presentations, educational trips and group discussions on contemporary Jewish topics. Bring your lunch; we supply desserts…Learn more


LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Temple Beth Rishon offers enjoyable activities and excursions to meet a variety of interests for our congregants. Check the calendar for our next upcoming gathering listed below:

  • Reader's Circle Book Club discusses a Jewish themed book once a month on Thursday evenings.

  • Blue Moon Happy Hour and 1/2 - Several times a year, we offer the opportunity to kick back and relax with fellow congregants at Blue Moon restaurant in Wyckoff. Enjoy appetizers and drinks “on the house (of worship.)”

  • Laugh, Learn & Linger, organized by Sisterhood offers enjoyable get-togethers in community venues, whether it is for a wine tasting, an exercise class, a food demonstration or a discussion about issues affecting the lives of women, these events are always fun!

  • A trip to a Yiddish or Jewish Theater is organized by the Cantor and is scheduled once a year for your enjoyment.

  • Musical Events - several times a year, the Cantor organizes concerts with guest musicians from around the world to participate in services or to simply entertain us with the joy of Jewish music.  

  • Cafe Beth Rishon is our yearly cabaret evening organized by the Cantor which features talented singers, dancers and musicians from within the TBR community. 

  • ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meets weekly for lunch at various local restaurants. We are an informal group which meets for food and conversation. Everyone has his own field of expertise with interesting information to impart. so you are sure to learn something new every week. 

  • Knitting Class meets once a week. Beginners are welcome.