WOODBURY: Temple Shalom, a reform temple with traditional flair that celebrated its 1 year anniversary this weekend, is a pioneer for a new model of synagogues. Temple Shalom pioneering an innovative pay-as-you go model for its members, virtually all communication is done by email, and they already have over 4000 members/fans on Facebook. Furthermore, there are plans in the works to institute a webcast service, so all those who can’t be at The Historical Chapel in body can still be a part of the congregation, with a little assist from the Internet .
Another unique thing about the temple, is that it’s also a family affair. Cantor Stephen Stein and Rabbi Alan Stein are a Cantor/Rabbi father-son team, the only one in the New York area and likely beyond. The Steins decided to take some inspiration from Chabad, but create a synagogue more geared toward reform and conservative Jews. The tagline that Temple Shalom uses is “Reform with a traditional flair,” indicating that while they are a reform synagogue, they still honor the old traditions that appeal to many conservative Jews.
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