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Congregation Beth El is one of the nation’s top 20 largest Conservative synagogues. Beth El has grown from sixteen families 60 years ago to 1,100 families today. Even with our 1,100 families, we retain the feel and intimacy of a small shul.
We are continually reinvigorated by young families, often attracted to our vibrant preschool and Religious School programs. We are balanced among ages, stages of life, professions, and community and civic interests. And our programs reflect this diversity. We span the gamut of religious observance within Conservative Judaism.
Every day, our halls bustle with activity: parents dropping off children for preschool and Religious School; seniors going to minyan and playing bridge; and members of all ages attending worship services. We interact with each other across generations, lighting up each other’s faces with smiles.
We are diverse in our religious observance, ranging from Shomrei Shabbat and Glatt Kosher to High Holiday Jews. Women play prominent roles in every aspect of Beth El life, ranging from president of the congregation to Torah readers to leading parts of services.
Converts to Judaism also are leaders of our congregation, one of whom is a past President.
We create welcoming space for our interfaith families where they can experience the richness of Judaism without feeling that they are strangers among us. We treat gay and lesbian members as the Jewish brothers and sisters they are.
In short, we are eclectic and egalitarian.
We are active participants in all facets of synagogue life, ranging from lay leadership of special services such as the Early Morning Shabbat and the Kol Haneshama High Holiday and Friday night services to programming like the Scolnic Adult Institute program. Members are empowered and encouraged to help drive innovation.
Through the synagogue and individually, we also volunteer regularly at community shelters, food kitchens and other local organizations assisting those who are suffering in our area.
Make Beth El part of your life, and become a part of our community.