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Temple Beth David is a warm, caring Reform Jewish community based in Cheshire, Connecticut that serves the greater New Haven area. We offer our members a place to come together, to learn, to pray, and to work for social justice.

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Zoom link to Friday 7pm Shabbat Services


Get Involved With This Year's Election

Temple Beth David’s Social Justice Working Group is inviting you to join grassroots efforts to “Get Out the Vote!” By participating in nonpartisan events leading up to Election Day on November 3rd you can help amplify the voice of “We the People.”

Through the Religious Action Center

The Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign encourages all U.S. citizens to exercise their right to vote and to break down obstacles that shut some out of the voting booth. Every Voice, Every Vote is the Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, a nonpartisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the U.S. election and ensuring that Reform Jewish values are represented in the public square.

Learn More Every Voice, Every Vote

Vote Forward

There are opportunities to volunteer to write heartfelt handwritten letters to fellow citizens who might otherwise be hesitant to vote or who are from under-represented demographics. By signing up to volunteer with Vote Forward (votefwd.org) you can request a Voter List, then print out the letter template, add a short encouraging message, and mail the letters on October 17th. Letter writing not your thing? Sign up to be a Vote Forward Stamp Sponsor to cover postage costs for volunteers who use their own supplies.

Learn More about Vote Forward

Drive Your Ballot

Have the day off on November 3rd and aren’t going in-person to the polls in CT because you’re safely utilizing one of our state’s secure drop boxes? Maybe you’d like to volunteer to drive other voters. Pennsylvania is our nearest swing state and Drive Your Ballot (https://www.driveyourballot.com), based in Philadelphia, is a nonpartisan backup system providing rides to voters to drop off their absentee or mail-in ballots at election offices or secure drop boxes. There are Covid Health & Safety guidelines listed on the DYB site. They also accept donations to help with insurance and volunteer coordination costs.

Learn More about Drive Your Ballot

If you're interested in Social Action and Social Justice and would to get involved contact us at SocialAction@tbdcheshire.org 


Please join Rabbi Ellenson on Zoom for a new bi-weekly series, "The Jewish Perspective".  


                                   
 

A Conversation about Race between Rabbi Micah Ellenson and Dr. Willie Jennings of Yale Divinity School

Friday, June 5, we were honored to have Dr. Willie Jennings join us for a powerful and timely program about race and racism.  Willie James Jennings is an American theologian known for his contributions on liberation theologies, cultural identities, and theological anthropology.   He is currently an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University. 

Please click on the link below to view a recording of the conversation between Rabbi Ellenson and Dr. Jennings.

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Temple Schedule Update

Zoom link to Friday 7pm Shabbat Services

Please note: The Temple is using Zoom Waiting Rooms for the security of our meetings. Please sign in using your full name so we can recognize you.

  • The Temple building is closed for the time being. The office will be open for business-as-usual, with Rabbi Micah Ellenson; Director of Learning and Engagement, Jodi Harris; and Office Manager, Stephanie Frank, working remotely.
  • Please know that your Temple community is here for you. If you need help of any kind, please contact  office@tbdcheshire.org or call (203)-272-0037 and we will try to match you with the appropriate resource. And, Rabbi Micah is always available to talk - rabbiMicah@tbdcheshire.org.
  • We will be suspending Shabbat Services in the sanctuary until further notice, but we will be conducting on-line Shabbat services.

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Are you interested in joining Temple Beth David, or just interested in getting to know us better?  Contact our Membership Coordinator for a tour or memberhip information.

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Our School

Our mission is to instill a love of Judaism in our children, develop a strong base for lifelong Jewish practice, and impart deep connections to the Jewish people.

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ASK THE RABBI

Do you have questions about Torah, Halakah, Life Cycle Events, or other questions about Judaism and Jewish Traditions and Culture, Rabbi Micah is here to help!

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Each month, we'll be implementing one or two "Mitzvah Moments" projects meant to improve the lives of others in our community. 

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MITZVAH GARDEN

We plan to open the Mitzvah Garden and plant our summer crops beginning Monday, May 11th  and hopefully finish by Sunday May 17th. This year we are foregoing amending the garden beds with compost. This will enable us to open the garden more quickly, while avoiding close social contact. This will be accomplished by having designated teams of 3-4 gardeners working on different days and or times until all work is completed.

The Cheshire Community Food Pantry is in dire need of our support this year. Client demand is high and sadly donations of fresh produce are down.  

Kurtz Farms has stepped up and offered to donate all our vegetable plants this year. We are very grateful for their generosity.

If you are interested in helping with the Mitzvah Garden this year, please contact Larry Rosenfield at garden@tbdcheshire.org


Did you know that if you order goods from Amazon.com, you can place your order by going to https://smile.amazon.com/ and selecting Temple Beth David of Cheshire as the beneficiary; the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to TBD. It's a "no-brainer!"

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Inspiring worship, engaging study, meaningful social action; all are made possible by your generosity. While membership contributions sustain our community at the basic level, your additional donations of the heart have allowed us to do so much more.

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