Opened in 1972, Temple Beth Chai’s objective is to establish and maintain a Modern Conservative Synagogue. We provide educational, religious, social, and recreational activities, as well as further the cause and objectives of the synagogue and traditional Judaism.
RABBI ALAN C. STEIN
Rabbi Stein has a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Touro Law School along with a Rav Yisrael S’micha from Tifereth Israel Rabbinical Yeshiva. His interests include playing golf, travel, theater, and spending time with his wife and their three children: Alexa, Harley & Harris. Rabbi Stein and his family live in Plainview, New York.
Please contact Rabbi Alan C. Stein if you have any questions or would like additional information. The easiest way to reach Rabbi Stein is by email at Rabbialanstein@yahoo.com or on his cellphone at 516-643-1313.
An ordained Rabbi, Alan C. Stein received his Rabbinical Degree from Tifereth Israel Rabbinical Yeshiva in 1995. He was the Cantor at Temple Sinai of Massapequa from 2006-2011, the Rabbi of Temple Shalom of Woodbury, NY from 2011-2019 and is excited to be here at Temple Beth Chai. Rabbi Stein performs numerous life cycle events including weddings, baby namings and funerals each year. He is also an attorney with vibrant practice in Woodbury, New York.
The vision for TBC is simple. The goal is to have our current members come together as a strong and happy community. We want our membership to grow. We want to see our children thrive at their B’nai Mitzvahs and watch our youth stay at TBC for continued programming and engagement as they move through High School. Most importantly – we want to solidify TBC so that we know it will be here for future generations of Conservative Jews for decades to come.
We are looking forward to long time members and newer members all coming together this year to help our little temple in the woods thrive as the wonderful Conservative synagogue our community needs. We can’t wait to see where we all go together this year! Please join us on the journey!
As the new President of the TBC Board, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share our vision and plan. My name is Robin Cramer and I am the proud parent of a child currently in the wonderful Religious School here at TBC. We have all worked hard over the past two years to chair the Purim Carnival, and I can’t wait to expand our work to include helping this wonderful temple community grow and thrive over this next fiscal year – and many more to come.
Our Religious School for 3rd through 7th graders typically meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 pm. Our students learn to read Hebrew, lead Shabbat prayers and chant Torah. They also study Jewish and Israeli traditions/culture, Jewish holidays, Bible stories, the Life Cycle, and the Holocaust. In order to make sure our students are prepared for their B’nei Mitzvah, our program focuses on ensuring students are capable Hebrew readers and are comfortable with the prayers. One requirement of the Religious School is attending a specific number of Junior Chai Services throughout the year. These services are held downstairs during our regular Shabbat Services for children enrolled in the Religious School. They give our students a chance to practice leading prayers in front of their peers, understand the service, and learn about each week’s Torah portion.
Our Religious School educators combine learning with fun activities to keep the students engaged. Our students create decorations for our Sukkah, bake challah bread, run games at the Purim Carnival, hold a mock Seder right before Passover, participate in a Tu B’Shevat Seder, and celebrate other Jewish traditions in the classroom.
For students in 1st and 2nd grade, we offer a Sunday School program. Alef/Bet generally meets every Sunday from 9:30-11:30 am during the school year. Our Alef/Bet students are introduced
to the Hebrew letters and learn about Jewish holidays and traditions.
For preschoolers, pre-K and kindergartners, we offer a class that meets one Sunday every month from 9:30-11:30 am. Our Shalom Sesame students get a chance to interact with other children their age and learn about Jewish holidays and celebrations through play, crafts and stories.