Beth El Temple Center is a Reform congregation of over 350 memberships, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Beth El Temple Center is located in Belmont, Massachusetts and serves many surrounding communities, including Cambridge, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, Arlington and Somerville. Beth El has a strong egalitarian tradition and welcomes Jews and their families who want to be a part of our Jewish community. Beth El Temple Center offers a place for learning and living Torah, a place to help repair the world, and a place to nurture your soul.
Temple members Beatrice and Harold Ponn (both of blessed memory) established The Donald Ponn Scholarship Fund in memory of their son. The fund supports the youth of our congregation by providing scholarships for a variety of activities that help our children develop their identities and bring them into contact with other Jewish children. In the past, the fund has supported activities such as NFTY teen trips to Israel, NFTY youth institutes, Jewish leadership development and education programs, and Jewish summer camps.
In October 2018, the online Belmont Citizen-Herald featured the work of Beth El Temple Center's Open Hearts, Open Doors: Refugee Response Effort with RIAC, the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center. As described in the article, our assistance includes donating household items and furniture, helping immigrant families become familiar with the Boston area and practice their English, and assisting them in finding jobs and housing. In the process, on-going friendships are built. Read the full article here.