May the door of this synagogue welcome all who have cares to unburden, thanks to express, hopes to nurture.
     ~ The New Mahzor, Prayer Book Press, 1998

More than 60 years since our inception, we are proud to have a number of founders and their children still active in our membership.  Kadima Beth El, our religious school program, known for its commitment to innovative, high quality Jewish education, is a draw for school-age families, while many families with young children have joined Temple Beth El after participating in our Kol Yeladim early childhood program. We have a significant number of empty nesters among our congregation, many of whom volunteer at the Temple, helping organize Adult Education programs, attending morning minyan, or reading Torah at our Shabbat services.  

The Temple Beth El community welcomes individuals and families of all faiths and family constellations. Our congregation honors diversity and affirms the equal rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and welcomes all among our membership. Temple Beth El's membership also benefits from the energy of our single members, who have chosen to make synagogue participation a central part of their spiritual and social lives.


The Temple Beth El community and its clergy welcome participation by interfaith families. This includes Jews, people who are considering or working towards conversion to Judaism, those who are members of interfaith families, and people whom our tradition calls re’im ahuvim, beloved companions - those who are not interested in converting to Judaism but would like to know more about Judaism or wish to be supportive of the Jews in their family.

All families, where one of the individuals is Jewish, are welcome to become members of Temple Beth El.  Interfaith families who are considering joining the Temple Beth El community may have questions about the synagogue and its practices.  Our publication "You are Welcome Here" is intended to help answer some of those questions. In addition our Rabbi is happy to meet with you to discuss these issues in greater depth. Click here to contact Rabbi Braun.


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