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Temple Beth-El

This community is a dwelling place for progressive Judaism that is welcoming to all who wish to worship, study, celebrate and grow within the Jewish tradition.

Newcomer to the area? Seeking to reconnect to your Judaism? We are a vibrant inter-generational Reform congregation that brings together Jews from many backgrounds. Diversity is one of our strengths. Our members come from Hudson County and beyond, seeking Jewish community, learning, celebration and opportunities to better the world. Interfaith, multi-ethnic, single parent, gay and lesbian individuals and families are warmly welcomed. Come visit, and see how perfectly you will fit into this community.

Parkland: Rabbi Beal's Message to the Congregation

Like many of you, I have watched the images coming out of Parkland, FL and sat quietly, weeping, angry and numb, all at the same time.  And like many of you, I have listened to the platitudes, read the tweets, and sat not-so-quietly, ranting at the top of my lungs.  You can imagine how it feels to be a rabbi who screams when people talk about sending their prayers.  In the words of so many, 'enough prayers, do something!'


Mark your calendars:
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Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel

Wednesday, February 28th,

7 p.m.

"Esther and the Beast (Shushan Style)"
with songs and characters based on the Disney movie, "Beauty and the Beast"(TM)
Dress up and come join the fun.  Hear the Megillah and sing your hearts out.


Terumah is Temple Beth-El's Annual Voluntary Financial Commitment Program

Terumah is the name of Temple Beth-El’s new approach to dues. In the Torah, terumah indicated a “free-will” offering, not a required one. We pride ourselves on removing barriers at Temple Beth-El as we welcome those of all backgrounds. Allowing members to set their own financial commitment opens the doors even wider to all, regardless of financial situation. Everyone may give as much as they are able and no one has to ask for reduced dues.  Learn more about Terumah
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Moving Forward to Our Second 150 Years

In September 2014, after much study and consideration, our congregation voted overwhelmingly to stay at our current location, and to renovate our beautiful sanctuary building.  Blessed with an inspired design by award-winnng architects Joshua Zinder and Michel Landau, we have embarked on Kadimah! ("forward" in Hebrew), a capital campaign to fund this project.  We are currently in our internal fundraising phase, and expect to move into our public phase in February, 2016.  Have ideas or thoughts about how to help?  Contact our program administrator, Robb Kushner at admin@tbefriends.org

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We take seriously our obligation to be "fixers" of the world, promoting social justice. Our congregation is a founding member of Jersey City Together, an interfaith community organizing group founded in 2015 with a focus on homelessness, affordable housing, youth opportunities and public safety.  We are also involved in refugee resettlement, hunger issues, LGBT rights, interreligious understanding and protecting the earth.

Upcoming Events

Sun Feb 25 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Religious School Family Day

Religious School Family Day

Sun Feb 25 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Deliver Shaloch Manot
Fri Mar 02 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Pot Luck Dinner

Please join us for Shabbat dinner with the TBE Community. Please RSVP to office@betheljc.org

Fri Mar 02 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
4th-7th Grade All Ages Shabbat Evening

All Ages Shabbat Evening Service with 4th-7th graders helping to lead service and March Birthday Blessings.

Sat Mar 03 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Introduction to Judaism Class (Registration CLOSED)
Sat Mar 03 @10:30AM -
Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

Sun Mar 04 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Religious School

Religious School at Temple Beth El.

Fri Mar 09 @ 8:00PM - 09:30PM
Shabbat Evening Services

Come by to greet Shabbat, pray, and share desserts at the Oneg Shabbat.

Sat Mar 10 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Introduction to Judaism Class (Registration CLOSED)
Sat Mar 10 @10:30AM -
Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

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