Frequently Asked Questions about Temple Beth-El
06012012-First-Friday1 1. When are Shabbat Services at Temple Beth-El and which service is right for me?    
Our participatory music-filled Friday night services are at 8:00 pm except for the first Friday of the month when we have a 7:30 pm service often preceded by a potluck Shabbat dinner.  Once a month we include a Friday night Torah reading.  
Shabbat morning worship is at 10:30 am, sometimes in the main sanctuary but usually an intimate gathering in our Children’s Chapel (through the door by the handicapped ramp.) Dress is casual.  Once a month we hold a Tot Shabbat at 10:30 am for families with children age 5 and under – babies too.
An up-to-date schedule is always on our website at   All ages are welcome at every service.

2. How do I sponsor an Oneg Shabbat or Kiddush?
We love to have members sponsor the desserts on Friday nights after our services or a light lunch after Shabbat morning services.  Members often do this for happy occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries, or in memory of a loved one’s yarzeit.  Sign up online with the form at the bottom of this website page:

3. When is weekly Torah study and who attends?
Our Shabbat morning Torah study from 9:30-10:30 am is a free ranging discussion led by Rabbi Beal which began at Genesis in the fall of 2011 and is moving verse-by-verse. As of 2016, we have arrived at the Book of Numbers.  It is easy to join in at any time and you don’t need to make a weekly commitment.  We take our time and questions are encouraged.  No previous knowledge or Hebrew required. Drop-ins are welcome. This is a great way to get to know other members as well as understand Judaism, history and one’s own beliefs.

4. How do I schedule a life cycle event such as a baby-naming, wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah?  Can I have the celebration in the social hall?
Please contact Rabbi Beal at the temple office as early as possible to schedule these happy events. We encourage you to use our Social Hall for the meal or reception following an event and we keep the fees very low.  For Bar/Bat Mitzvah services, families whose children are enrolled in our Religious School will be contacted to set a date about two years in advance of their 13th birthday

at-the-Jewish-Museum 5. When do children start Religious School?
Our school runs from September through May on Sundays from 9:30-12 noon and welcomes children from Kindergarten through grades 7.  Children may join mid-year as well.  If you plan on celebrating Bar/Bat Mitzvah with us, we do have a requirement to begin Hebrew and Judaic study several years in advance.

6.  How do I contact or meet with Rabbi Beal? What if it’s an emergency?
For non-emergencies, Rabbi Beal can be reached by phone at 201 333 4229 where you can leave a private confidential message on his extension (press 1).  He likes to meet with congregants personally and is available throughout the week either at the temple or in downtown Jersey City, except for his day off (currently Wednesdays.) You may also reach him at rabbibeal@betheljc.orgIn an emergency, please contact Rabbi Beal by phone.  Call the temple office at 201-333-4229 to reach him during temple hours.   If he is not there, the secretary will give you his cell number. If you reach the temple voicemail, choose Rabbi Beal’s personal mailbox (1) and his cell number is on the outgoing message.  Leave emergency messages in both his office voicemail and on his cell, please.