Welcome to Temple Beth Sholom 

433 Edgewood Ave, Smithtown, NY 11788

Tel: (631)724-0424


    Founded in 1956, Temple Beth Sholom of Smithtown is a progressive Conservative congregation where men and women enjoy equal rights in all areas of  synagogue and ritual life.

    We are delighted to have you join with us at our services led by Rabbi Waxman. Weekly services are Friday evenings at 8PM and Saturday mornings at 10AM.

    Interfaith families are always welcome.






Need a place to worship every week?





Friday evening services:  8 pm

Shabbat morning services:  10 am


led by Rabbi Jonathan Waxman


We have:

An active adult education class

A Book Club

A newly formed TBS Sisters’ group

Shabbatone dinners throughout the year


And inexpensive dues!


Membership for the entire family is



and your High Holiday seats are included!


Call the Temple office for more information: 724-0424

Email info:  office@tbsofs.org




A women's Group has formed:




For more information contact:

Sarrae Crane  sarraeg@gmail.com


Andrea Deutsch  ajd123@optonline.net







Sunday, January 31 at 10:30 am 


Book Selection:


Henna House


by: Nomi Eve


 We will meet at the Taub's Residence

 at: 10 Gatewood Dr. Hauppauge 11788

RSVP to the Temple: (631)724-0424



SCRIP:  Help TBS with its fundraising!

Everyone shops for food, clothing, gas, home items.  Everyone goes out to eat from time to time, or to the movies, or other types of family fun.
Purchase SCRIP cards and help the Temple with fundraising. 

Contact Lysa Selli   aka@92460@aol.com  to place an order. 
All checks are made payable to Sisterhood and mailed directly to the Temple: 433 Edgewood Ave., Smithtown, NY 11787

An order form is available through the following link:


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Temple Book Club

The TBS Bookclub will be meeting on Sunday, Jan. 31 10:30 AM at the home of Paul and Thelma Taub, 10 Gatewood Dr Hauppauge, NY.

RSVP to the Temple: (631)724-0424. This month's selection is "Henna House" by Nomi Eve.
 219 Adela is a young Jewish girl in early twentieth-century Yemen. In a house full of garrulous brothers, an ailing father, and a bitter mother, Adela seeks solace in a hidden cave where she can dream and, most of all, protect herself from the attentions of the Confiscator, a Muslim official who seizes Jewish children whose fathers have died. Racing against time and her father’s illness, Adela’s family makes an engagement with a distant cousin, Asaf, whom Adela invites into her cave and her heart. When Asaf and his father leave town, Adela is comforted by the arrival of her aunt, a henna artist, and her female cousins. As Adela grows, we follow her family and its community through their journey to the prosperous port of Aden; marriages and deaths; the establishment of Israel; and, finally, their departure for Israel in the famous airlift Operation On Wings of Eagles. Although somewhat generic in its depiction of female companionship and the hidden sensualities of traditional cultures, the novel is a welcome glimpse into this historical moment and little-known culture.

This vivid saga begins in Yemen in 1920. Adela Damari’s parents’ health is failing as they desperately seek a future husband for their young daughter, who is in danger of becoming adopted by the local Muslim community if she is orphaned. With no likely marriage prospects, Adela’s situation looks dire—until she meets two cousins from faraway cities: a boy with whom she shares her most treasured secret, and a girl who introduces her to the powerful rituals of henna. Ultimately, Adela’s life journey brings her old and new loves, her true calling, and a new life as she is transported to Israel as part of Operation On Wings of Eagles.

 About the Author


Nomi Eve

Nomi Eve is the author of The Family Orchard, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Brown University and has worked as a freelance book reviewer for The Village Voice and New York Newsday. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The Voice Literary Supplement, Conjunctions, and The International Quarterly. She is currently a lecturer in the creative writing program at Bryn Mawr College and lives in Philadelphia with her family.






Sun, 2016-01-31 10:30 - 12:00

Reflections from Rabbi Waxman

 Machshavot HaRav:
Reflections from Rabbi Waxman

The Super Bowl and Purim

Enough with the hype of the Super Bowl! Is this Peyton’s last hurrah? Is Cam Newton the new Tom Brady? Defense versus Offense? How many articles do we need to read about the game? How much airtime must be devoted to Game #50?  It is time to play the game and watch the commercials. And then get ready for Purim, for surely it is around the corner. After all, since Mardi Gras is next Tuesday, the 9th, that means because of the Easter/Passover link and the month separation of Purim and Passover that Purim should be closing in on us. Not so fast. 

This is one of those years when Easter and Passover are separated. For most churches, Easter will be observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. That makes it Sunday, March 27th. (The Orthodox Churches, however, will observe Easter on May 1st!) But Passover will begin Friday night, April 22n, for this is a leap year. That means that the celebration of Purim is also postponed, deferred to the second Adar, which means that we take out our noise makers on Wednesday night, March 23rd. (You can, however, have a token hamantasch on Purim Katan, which is observed a month earlier, on February 23rd.) The extra month is added 7 times in 19 years to ensure that Passover remains a spring festival, and hence occasionally, as is the case this year, Easter and Passover are out of synch. A further consequence of the intercalculation of the extra month is that in 2016 the fall Jewish holiday cycle won’t begin until October! (Save Sunday night, October 2nd, for our eve of Rosh HaShanah service.) A side benefit of the disjuncture of Easter and Passover is that when Easter candy will be discounted after the holiday, I won’t have to worry about Passover dietary restrictions.

But let us return to the Super Bowl and Purim. There is a tradition associated with the holiday of Purim of creating spoofs based on classic Jewish texts. With that in mind, let me get a head start on that activity and search through the Hebrew Bible for predictions for the forthcoming Super Bowl. The prophet Jeremiah (5:6) declares: “a panther will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out.”(The Hebrew word, which I translated as “panther,” is Namer, which covers several large cats: tigers, panthers and leopards. Most translations use the word “leopard”: but let us presume the ancient authors had “panthers” in mind.) On the other hand, Isaiah (11:6) foresaw the day when “The wolf will live with the lamb, the panther will lie down with the goat”. A less favorable prophecy for Carolina, though it doesn’t say it will lie down before the bronco.

As for the Broncos, alas Biblical Hebrew only knows from Sus/Susim. Modern Hebrew has the term Sus Me’ulaf L’mechatzah—doesn’t come trippingly off the tongue. So we shall have to settle for searching out suitable equine passages. The prophet Isaiah (2:7) offers the image: “Their land is full of horses. “

There is also the vision of one of the later prophets Habakuk (1:8-9): “Their horses are swifter than panthers, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour. (9) They all come intent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.”

That is clear evidence that the Broncos will prevail. But before you put your money on Denver, it is well to remember the passage from Exodus (15:1)) “horse and rider He has hurled into the sea” Not encouraging.

Perhaps we should conclude with Hosea 1:7 “I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”

Perhaps a prayer or two will help. Enjoy the game and save some of the joyful spirit for our springtime celebration of Purim.


 Shabbat shalom.



Chadashot MeYisrael:  News From Israel

Israel, Car Technology and Crowd Funding: Together in Jerusalem

OurCrowd, an equity crowd-funding platform, recently held its annual summit in Jerusalem where it featured new technology. 3,000 people were on hand. Among the corporations represented there were Samsung, GE, as well as Honda, which in addition to presenting, was there searching for Israeli technology to make their vehicles completely collision free.

According to Nick Sugimoto, the Senior Prog4rom Director of Honda’s Silicon Valley Lab: “Our presence at this conference is actually Honda’s first entrance to Israel’s technology community. Having come here from Silicon Valley, I can tell that I’m very impressed with the innovative and entrepreneurial culture and spirt of the start-up nation.” Honda, he noted was seeking smart car apps through its Honda Developer Studio.

The Honda team saw VocalZoom’s app, which offers a voice recognition system that uses lasers to detect vocal vibrations to separate words out from background noise. It expects this technology to be available in 2 years, aiding drivers to keep their eyes on the road. Another company, Engie, seeks to automatically diagnose mechanical problems and elicit quotes.

John Medved, OurCrowd CEO, “Israel is particularly well positioned to produce companies relevant to the auto industry given its strengths its strengths in embeddable devices, machine vision, and related algorithm development and cybersecurity. We are proud to be working closely with Honda…”




Payrush LaParshahah:

A Comment on the Weekly Torah Portion


The portion of Mishpatim (Exodus 23:20-24:17) is read this Saturday, February 7th.


24:9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascended; (10) and they saw the God of Israel; under His feet there was the likeness of a pavement of sapphire, like the very sky for purity. (11) Yet He did not raise His hand against the leaders of the Israelites; they beheld God, and they ate and drank.


24:10 and they saw the God of Israel. This is the overarching principle that they all saw, but with variations based on their relationship to prophecy. For they were prophets that included the power of speech and understanding but with different capacities of the individual people. There were among them who gathered the fullness of the knowledge and there were among them who had but a share or some shares [of this divine knowledge], and so it was with that congregation that saw the God of Israel, each one according to his power of seeing and comprehension and of his spiritual awakening. And Moses was distinguished from the rest of the congregation as the text says “and Moses alone approached the Lord.” [Exodus 24:2]….and They saw refers back to Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and the 70 elders …and this revelation is divided into three levels: the first is that of Moses; the second is that of Aaron; and the third is that of Nadab, Abihu and the 70 elders. However, the fourth level is of the leaders, who are the princes, who did not see, as they did not ascend… (Rabbeinu Avraham ben HaRambam, Payrush Ahl B’raysheet, Sh’mo Rabbi Abraham the son of Moses ben Maimon, that is, the son of Maimonides was born in 1186, when his father was already 51. He was a child prodigy and was known as a great scholar even before his father’s death in 1204. Despite the fact that he was but 18, he became the Nagid, the head of the Egyptian Jewish community—a position that his descendants would continue to hold into the 14th century--, and also court physician, succeeding his father there, as well. He defended his father, and often cited him in his writings. He is deemed responsible for winning the return to rabbinic Judaism of a group of Egyptian Karaites, a dissident sect. Early on, he composed Birkat Avraham and Ma’aseh Nissim as defenses of his father’s legal works. In the wake of the Provencal controversy over his father’s  Guide for the Perplexed that surfaced in the 1230’s, Rabbi Abraham penned a lengthy rebuttal, Milchamat Adonai—The Wars of the Lord--, which he addressed to the sages of Provence in 1235.  Interestingly, despite his defense of his father’s philosophical writings, Rabbi Abraham had some mystical and pietistic tendencies apparently influenced by Islamic Sufism. His attempts to introduce practices, such as washing the feet before prayer and standing in rows, practices borrowed from Islam, found some support, but also significant opposition from elements in Egyptian Jewry. His commentary on Genesis and Exodus, cited here, was originally written in Arabic, but translated on the basis of a sole surviving manuscript, into Hebrew in the 20th century. He also wrote in Arabic Kitāb Kifāyah al-`Ābidīn, A Comprehensive Guide for the Servants of God, which was an encyclopedic work on Jewish religion. Ma’amar Ahl Divray Chazal, his long essay on the words of the Sages, which includes a discussion of the uses of Greek philosophy, in the main focuses on the non-legal materials of the Rabbis. The volume was often cited in later centuries. A number of his responsa, many of which were originally written in Arabic, have been printed as Sefer Birkat Avraham. He died relatively young, in 1237.)  


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