Temple Beit HaYam was founded September 1993 by a group of dedicated Jewish families who wanted their children to have a Jewish education and a place to worship as a congregation.
We are large enough to offer a variety of educational and community programs, yet small enough to maintain a feeling of intimacy. All religious services, social programs, and school classes take place in our beautiful Temple located in the Monterey Commons Professional Park. We offer Hebrew and religious training for youngsters from kindergarten through confirmation ages. Currently, there are more than 130 students enrolled in our programs. Our active Sisterhood and Men’s Club plan activities and events designed to encourage social interaction and support of our Temple. Concerts, lectures, and other events are offered to the Treasure Coast community at large. In addition, our Caring Community and Social Action Committee embody our commitment to tzedakah (justice and giving). Our active Junior and Senior Youth Groups provide important social and informal learning experiences for our teens.
We invite you to visit our congregation and meet our Rabbi Matthew Durbin, Cantorial Soloist and Religious Education Director Beth Pennamacoor, Director of Early Childhood Learning Tammy Kaiser, and Administrator Noreen Tolman. We look forward to welcoming you into our caring community.
Temple Beit HaYam is a family of families connected by a noble history and an inspiring value system with Jews on the Treasure Coast and throughout the world. We stand together as a Reform Jewish Congregation committed to Torah (life-long Jewish education), avodah (worship through prayer and observance) and gemilut chasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace and deeds of loving kindness). We aim to provide meaningful religious, educational, cultural and social activities for all our members in a warm and inclusive manner. Through these ideals as well as those of social action and tzedakah, we look to add meaning to our lives and the lives of others.
During his third year in rabbinical school, while studying abroad in Jerusalem, he met his wife, Rose, while she was training for the rabbinate in her first year at HUC-JIR in Israel. His rabbinic thesis: The Development of Tikkun Olam and its implications on the Modern World, focused on examining the term tikkun olam in its historical and early rabbinic understanding toward our modern day interpretation of the term as it relates to social justice and action. Rabbi Durbin completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as well as clinical work at NYU Medical Hospital in Manhattan during his rabbinical training. He also was the Vice-President of the Capital District Board of Rabbis, he wrote the Social Action Holiday Guide for Tu B’shvat for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) during a summer intern program offered by the Commission on Social Action in NYC. They have three beautiful and energetic daughters, Eliana, and Maya, and Delilah, who are a delight and certainly keeps them on their toes.
Rabbi Durbin was the spiritual leader for Temple Beth El, a Reform congregation located in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY for six years, where he strengthened the community, formed a strong sense of Jewish identity within the congregation and inspired members of the community to become more active and involved in congregational life. He brings with him to Stuart a great energy and excitement for Judaism and a strong commitment to learning and education, as well as a deep passion to interact and form relationships among the members of the community. They are thrilled to call Stuart home.