Our Mission Statement
Beth-El is dedicated to creating and maintaining an intimate and
involved Jewish community. We strive to be a place where spiritual
growth, tradition and ritual provide meaning and comfort to every
person who comes through our doors. Temple Beth-El encourages its
members to learn, celebrate, serve, and grow together, so that each
person will have the fullest opportunity to share the beauty of Jewish
As a congregation, Temple Beth-El is committed to:
1. Our Torah, which nurtures and defines the Jewish soul and the
legends, texts, and teachings, rituals and customs, which animate the
2. The survival of the Jewish people, Judaism, the moral and ethical values that have guided our people for millennia.
3. Strong bonds with the State of Israel, recognizing the importance of the historical and future partnership between Israel and the Diaspora.
4. Ethical monotheism: that there is one God whose essential demand of human beings is ethical behavior.
5. The creation of a religious community open to all who are interested in the practice of Judaism.
6. The belief that learning by adults and children is the key to Jewish identity, memory, and practice, and that Jewish ideals are carried from the classrooms to the outside world.
7. Experiencing Shabbat and the holidays in a personal way which help to create a sense of sacred and shared space; a time with a different texture, a different pace, and of different quality.
8. The belief that all Jews, regardless of background, experience, gender or race are integral parts of the temple and that no discrimination be practiced in any form in any aspect of the temple.
9. Temple Beth-El encourages its members to learn, celebrate, serve, and grow together so that each person will have the fullest opportunity to share the beauty of Jewish expression.