Our Story

Established in 1947, Temple Beth El has become the major regional center of Conservative Judaism north of Boston. With approximately 300 member families and an active religious school, the Temple has stood the test of time. A pioneer on issues ranging from social action to the equal participation of women, Temple Beth El made its mark under the leadership of Rabbi Harry Sky in the 1960's with its involvement in human and civil rights issues, and in the 1970's when it installed one of the first female congregational presidents in the country.


With the hiring of Rabbi Carolyn Braun in 1995, Temple Beth El became the largest Conservative synagogue in the nation to be led by a woman. Today Temple Beth El remains in the forefront of progressive Judaism. A 2007 amendment to our Temple Constitution broke barriers by including all members of interfaith families as equal synagogue members. In 2009, we were proud to have Rabbi Braun active among the statewide coalition of clergy who stood together in support of equal marriage rights.


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