Temple Or Elohim - Synagogue
Joining Temple Or Elohim gets you much more than the High Holy Days!
With SPECIAL REDUCED RATES for those joining Temple Or Elohim (TOE) for the first time or returning, it has never been a better time to become part of the TOE family! We welcome newcomers, students and casual visitors to our temple community. Please click here for details of this offer.
Here at Temple Or Elohim of Jericho we offer Jewish educational programs and social events for all ages. For children, we start as early as Kindergarten with our free K thru 2nd grade Tuesday class taught by top notch Religious School educators. For our 3rd and 4th grades, we offer our one day a week Religious Education Program. For our 5th and 6th graders, we offer biweekly Judaica and Hebrew classes taught by an award-winning faculty.
Continuing onto 7th thru 12th grades, we have weekly Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes as well as Hebrew High School and Confirmation classes taught by both our Clergy and religious school staff.
In conjunction with the Religious School, there are events such as Shabbat Under the Stars, Tot Shabbats, Mitzvah Day, Purim Carnival and much more.
The adults in our congregation can attend Hebrew lessons and Torah study classes with the Rabbi, sing in the choir with the Cantor, as well as go to classes at the Institute of Adult Jewish Studies (IAJS).
Best of all we have an active Sisterhood and Men's Club sponsoring activities from the Family Hanukah party to the Annual Sisterhood Luncheon.
TOE's staff of professionals; our Rabbi Harvey Abramowitz, Rabbi Cassi Kail, Cantor David Katz and Director of Education Deborah Tract, go the extra mile to meet our congregants' needs, providing comfort and compassion at difficult times and adding meaning to simchas.
Our adult and junior choirs under the direction of our Cantor add an extra measure of joy to our beautiful Shabbat and Holiday services.
Please call the Temple Office at (516) 433-9888 to schedule a tour, meet with a representative of the Temple, or to answer any questions.
This year, why not come home to Temple Or Elohim for the holidays and beyond!
Pictures by Dennis Weiss
Establishing a Reform Jewish congregation in the Jericho area, where almost all the Jewish residents were from orthodox or conservative backgrounds,would prove to be a daunting task to the handful of families who first proposed this idea early in 1957.
Twenty-three families met on March 19, 1957 at the Robert Seaman School, and with guidance from the New York Federation of Reform Synagogues, a resolution was passed establishing a Reform Jewish congregation and Mr. Charles Morgenstern was elected president pro-tem. On April 11, fifty congregants as well as potential congregants gathered at the home of Otto Babik and the name Temple Or-Elohim, "Light of God" was chosen.
In May the first official congregational meeting was held in a model home in the East Birchwood development at which time a constitution was adopted and Charles Morgenstern was elected our first president.
Friday evening services were initially held in the homes of various members. The first High Holiday services took place in an unoccupied store in the Birchwood Shopping Center. For six weeks services were conducted at the East Norwich Community Church and then in an office building in Hicksville. Noise from trains passing by made that location unusable so for the next two years services were held in members' homes, a model home and in another empty store.
A temporary home was established at the Jericho Country Club as the congregation sought a permanent location. A site found on Route 106 near the Jericho Cider Mill was passed over due to opposition from the Muttontown Zoning Board. However, in March 1960, the 3.65 acre parcel of land we now occupy was purchased and on August 28, 1960 the cornerstone of the building was placed in position.
The new structure, though modest in size was enormous in its meaning. It rooted the congregation and served as a base for future growth. Expansion of the building began in August of 1965, and the new structure was officially dedicated on December 17, 1965.
The history of our temple however, is more than buildings. It is the dedication of those many special women and men who came together a half century ago, and all the others who have joined them in the ensuing years to meet the needs of a growing Jewish community. It is their dedication and personal conviction which has brought us to the place we are today.