• Welcome to
    Temple Chaverim

    We are a warm, inclusive and engaging Reform congregation serving Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk counties including the Long Island, Plainview, Old Bethpage, Woodbury, Syosset, Jericho, Dix Hills, Melville and Farmingdale.

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  • Worship at
    Temple Chaverim

    We provide an environment that is spiritually uplifting, engaging and thought provoking, encouraging an appreciation for God, Torah, and Jewish tradition.

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  • Education at
    Temple Chaverim

    We offer continuous study of the wisdom, history, and ritual of Judaism for children and adults, thereby instilling strong Jewish values and identity in our community, synagogue, and Jewish homes.

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  • Community at
    Temple Chaverim

    Our members are connected to each other and the Jewish community through spiritual and social activities, and deeds of caring, compassion, and philanthropy.

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About Temple Chaverim

A Well Established and Respected Reform Synagogue in the Community with:

  • Nationally Recognized Clergy
  • Religious School with Caring Certified Teachers with Special Ed programs
  • A Dynamic Youth Engagement Program
  • An Active Sisterhood & Men’s Club
  • Extensive Lifelong Learning and Senior Programs
  • Interfaith Families Welcome

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 B'ruchim Habaim!!  Welcome Back!!


Religious School Registration begins on April 16
Download the Registration Forms and bring them in. We look forward to another wonderful year of learning and experiences. If you have any questions, please call Debbye Brandell, Director of Religious Education at 516-367-6100 ext. 109.
Can't wait to see you!

rs-match-350 MATCH (Mishpacha at Temple Chaverim) is a series of family educational workshops. Throughout the year, parents and students come together for joint learning and participatory activities. Each workshop provides our students and families an opportunity to discover something new about our Jewish heritage in an engaging and creative way. A trip to the Holocaust Resource Center at Temple Judea, an exploration of a Jewish wedding ceremony and an investigation of our ancestors helps to enhance our understanding of the curriculum and gives families a chance to interact with one another, as well.


rs-programs-350 Our first and second grade classes meet once each week. Using the Jewish holidays as our guide, they explore Israel, mitzvot, Hebrew letters and Jewish identity through art, music and stories. They participate in school wide holiday celebrations and one family service during the year.

Our third, fourth and seventh grade students also attend Religious School once a week, while our fifth and sixth graders attend twice a week. We offer a departmentalized program made up of two periods: a period of Hebrew/prayer study and a period of Judaic study. Tefillah (prayer assembly), music, art programs and holiday celebrations are integral components of our curriculum. Once a year, each grade participates in one Friday evening "Shabbat Experience" which includes a traditional Shabbat dinner followed by an informal Shabbat service and the whole family is welcome to attend.


rs-ed-350 Jewish education has been a part of Debbye Brandell’s life for the past 25 years, and for 12 of them she has served Temple Chaverim as its Education Director. With her energy, vision, and dedication, she has been instrumental in developing the Religious School from a one day a week program to the innovative Religious School now in place.

Before coming to Temple Chaverim, she was a teacher in several Long Island synagogues both in the religious schools and nursery schools, and was instrumental in developing special education programs. "Planning and preparing a Bar Mitzvah for a student with Down’s syndrome was a heartfelt moment that I will never forget", she said.

Debbye began her religious education in the Hebrew Schools at the Jewish Center of Kew Garden Hills and at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. She was a part of the first cohort of SAJES 2 year program, the Principal’s Leadership Institute and the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Principals. She received a Masters Degree in Education from Dowling College.

Israel is very close to Debbye’s life spanning back to the 1970’s when she worked on Kibbutz K’far Blum for a month. She celebrated her son’s Bar Mitzvah on Masada, and was mostly recently a member of SAJES trip Tech and Teva where Israel and environmental education were the themes.

Debbye lives with her husband Hal and is the proud mother of Matt, Rebecca & Deena.




Every Child Deserves
a Jewish Education

Temple Chaverim believes that every child deserves a Jewish education. To that end, several years ago, Temple Chaverim introduced a unique learning option for our children with special needs.

With a one-to-one staff to student ratio, we can confidently tailor learning to the individual student's needs while creating a typical class experience for our students, filled with the opportunities to learn and celebrate together as a group.

If this kind of experience might be just right for your child, feel free to contact Debbye Brandell, Education Director, at (516) 367-6100 ext. 109 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jewish Disability Awareness Month
February 2013

Bar / Bat Mitzvah at Temple Chaverim

Bar/Bat Mitzvah, which symbolizes the taking of Jewish responsibilities, is an important milestone in a Jewish person's life. At Temple Chaverim, the process of preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah begins with learning the basics of Judaism and continues with a specifically designed B'nai Mitzvah program. This program was developed not only to enable our students to learn their Torah and Haftarah portions, but also to perfect their prayer skills as well as to provide an opportunity to develop relationships withour congregation, rabbis and cantor. The cantor oversees the preparation of individual students' Hebrew assignments, both the prayers and the chanting of the portions. The rabbis teach about the meaning of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the structure of the worship service, and the meaning of the various portions, and assist each student in preparing his or her Devar Torah, or "speech."

Each Bar/Bat Mitzvah student is required to attend Religious School, Rabbi's Class and Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons with the rabbi, cantor or tutor. A parent's handbook is distributed at a B'nai Mitzvah Orientation workshop each spring, and the rabbi and cantor teach a family workshop which introduces the meaning of Bar/Bat Mitzvah before the Rabbi's Class begins. Resources are presented to each student to assist them in creating a wonderful Mitzvah Project (see Mitzvah Manual.)



confirmation Sophomores in high school have the opportunity to meet and study with Rabbi Hecht.

The class will discuss and debate topics ranging from abortion and euthanasia to atheism and intermarriage, culminating in a beautiful Confirmation ceremony in the spring around the holiday of Shavuot.

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I have been a member of Temple Chaverim for many years. Our synagogue community means so much to me, and my family. I respect that it means different things to each of us.


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