Facilities

Facilities

chuppahBeth El features a remarkable combination of highly spiritual, sacred space for prayer and extremely functional, attractive space for parties, receptions, meetings and study.

We have just completed the refurbishing and modernization of our main sanctuary that seats approximately 400 people, expandable to more than 1,000 when partitions are removed. We have extended the reading table into the center of the sanctuary and lowered the Bimah to foster an even greater sense of intimacy and participation. New seats and acoustical systems enhance comfort and facilitate worship. New, light colored wood and carpeting brighten the surroundings.

Our 200 seat capacity chapel, expandable to 500 when partitions are removed, is the pride and joy of many of our congregants. Its Jerusalem stone, floor to ceiling stained glass panels, unique bronze and glass ark doors, and glass etched entryway windows truly make one want to worship in song and dance, embodying the words engraved in Hebrew on the doors of the ark.

Most rooms at Beth El are available for rent for private functions, such as:

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah dinners/receptions
  • Wedding ceremonies and dinners/receptions
  • Family Shabbat dinners
  • Birthday and wedding anniversary celebrations
  • Meetings and conferences for outside organizations

Religious ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and B’nai Mitzvah for non-members must be approved by the rabbi before a rental will be finalized. Please contact Pam Kocher at ext. 303 for information about all rentals, including fees, a list of kosher caterers who may use Beth El’s kitchens, and availability of tables, chairs, sound equipment, and other details.

Rental Areas

Bender Social HallBender Social Hall is a fully renovated, carpeted area with a large, built-in dance floor, and allows for seating for 180-200 people for dinner and dancing. Our main kitchen is adjacent to this space. Conferences and meetings may be scheduled in the Bender Social Hall with seating for approximately 350, theatre-style.

The new Zahler Social Hall is fully carpeted, and seats up to 110 people for dinner, with no dance floor. With the approval of our office manager, you may choose to rent a dance floor and have it installed for your function, and the size of the dance floor will determine its impact on seating capacity.

Our smaller kitchen is adjacent to this social hall and is equipped to handle food preparation for events in the Zahler Social Hall. Large meetings may be accommodated in the Zahler Social Hall as well, with seating for approximately 200, theatre-style.

Our spacious Bride’s/Family Room with a private adjacent restroom is included with all wedding rentals.

Main Gallery (hallway) is available for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The Bender Sanctuary is a lovely setting for a large wedding ceremony with permanent seating for 425.

The Swoff Chapel, a more intimate space, can seat about 175. Both spaces are also available for funerals, as well as serving as venues for lectures and other events.

Our Multi-Purpose Room is uncarpeted and is great for children’s events such as birthday parties, or it can be partitioned into a maximum of three small meeting rooms that can accommodate about 50 people each, theatre-style.

Six of our classrooms can be used for meetings/break-out groups and classes, and include adult-size tables and chairs.