Thank you for your interest in Beth El Temple Center. BETC is a welcoming and inclusive Jewish community, filled with warmth and energy. We hope you will learn about Beth El by experiencing some of our programs and attending services.
Throughout the year, we offer many opportunities to connect with fellow congregants and to deepen your relationship to Judaism. In addition to a mix of traditional and creative worship services filled with music, BETC offers an adult education program, an outstanding religious school program, weekly Torah study with Rabbi Kraus, social justice activities, family education and more!
Our vision is of a vibrant Jewish religious community where the temple culture and activities support a sense of community and provide multiple levels of connections throughout the community. We endeavor to be a place where all are treated with kavod (respect), and where all we do is imbued with a thread of holiness. We have a deep respect for diverse perspectives and life experiences, and we support our members in their individual quests for meaningful Jewish lives.
One of our priorities is to ensure that new members feel welcome and included when they join our congregation. We hold a New Member Brunch series during which temple leadership and clergy will introduce you to other new members, and to all BETC has to offer. See the attached flyer of events we have planned this year specifically for new members. We hope you'll join us for the first of these:
Sunday, October 30 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Finding a synagogue that is right for you takes exploration. We would be delighted to help you in that process by sharing our knowledge about Beth El Temple Center and our community. Feel free to contact us with any questions or fill out our Information Request Form
Click here for information on our Tzedakah Commitment approach to funding our synagogue.
Click here for a Membership Application
Some comments from members on why BETC is a special and important part of their lives:
"BETC is the center of my community involvement where I look for, and usually find, social, intellectual, political/social justice and spiritual connections. It is a place where I can share my interests in Judaism, Hebrew, Israel and issues facing the American Jewish Community. It keeps me engaged with values I consider to be most meaningful."Jonathan Jacoby
"BETC means a place to sit and be comfortable with 'my' people. What’s special is the way the temple is organized to include everyone and welcome them." Liz Blumenthal
"BETC is where my family finds community. My non-Jewish, Indian husband is a member of the Brotherhood! My teenage children grew up in this welcoming community and are encouraged to discover what being Jewish means to them. For me, BETC is the place I explore and grow my connections to my faith and ethnicity." Elissa Grad
"The BETC community is my home away from home – it is filled with other people, all on our own Jewish journeys, who want to share, support and nurture each other on our paths. BETC is special because it works so hard at supporting and caring about each individual – as a gay couple with a young child, the community was warm and welcoming –a place where we could celebrate (and be celebrated) through each of our milestones (Bar Mitzvah, wedding, graduations)." Lisa Weissmann