Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.
                                                                      ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

At Temple Beth El, we nurture a spiritual and meaningful approach to prayer. Whether or not you are new to our services, we welcome your voice and participation.

Davening (Jewish prayer) is a form of meditation. By being mindful as we engage in prayer, we can come into contact with our deepest selves, open ourselves to others, and to the divine. So relax and feel at home. 'Beth El' is God's House, so it is also your house.
~ Adapted from Real Davvening: Jewish Prayer as a Spiritual Practice and a Form of Meditation for Beginning and Experienced Davveners by Yitzhak Buxbaum.

We welcome in Shabbat with joyous song and prayer at 5:30 pm on Friday evenings. The Kabbalat Shabbat service is meant to transition us from the business of the week and into a time of peacefulness and reflection. People of all ages gather for the Friday evening services, followed by an opportunity to share in a light Kiddush (refreshments).


Our Saturday morning service is an opportunity to join Rabbi Braun for Torah study, prayer, and song.  Our services are highly participatory, with members of the congregation often leading various sections of the service and reading Torah and Haftarah. Our service is followed by Kiddush. The service begins at 9:30 am.


Our services marking Jewish holidays such as Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Pesach, follow a format similar to our Shabbat services, often enhanced by special blessings, melodies and refreshments.

Please see the High Holidays link at left for information about our High Holiday services for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

For over 50 years, Temple Beth El's Brotherhood has led our "morning minyan" (a gathering of at least 10 Jewish adults over the age of 13), which meets every weekday morning at 6:50 am, at 9:00 am on Sundays, and at 8:30 am on secular holidays. On Sunday mornings, minyan participants join our Hebrew School parents for a bagel breakfast. 

Please join us any morning and see what the 
minyan service is all about. We welcome you to be "one in a minyan"!



To access and sign up for our Torah reading schedule, please contact Joy Krinsky at email:


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