September 03, 2015   19 Elul 5775

Temple Beth-El, Jersey City, NJ

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Interior of main sanctuary (photo by Leo Ferreira)

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Temple Beth-El is the Reform Jewish congregation of Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York City. Our temple has long been known for the friendliness, enthusiasm, and community involvement of its members, as well as its impressive 1920's-era synagogue.

A Reform congregation and a member of the Union for Reform Judaism since 1914, Temple Beth-El was founded in 1864 on York Street, in downtown Jersey City. In 1925-6, we built and moved into our magnificent sanctuary at what is now the corner of Harrison Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard.

We are a small, liberal congregation. Diversity is one of our strengths. Our joint religious school (with Temple Beth Am of Bayonne) serves families from a half-dozen cities along the Western bank of the Hudson. Interfaith, multi-ethnic, single parent, gay and lesbian families are warmly welcomed. Come visit, and see how perfectly you will fit into this community.

Temple Beth-El is honored to support the Hudson Jewish Community Forum.
Participate in the preservation and celebration of a rich, vibrant, diverse Jewish community in Hudson County.

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For that special person who has everything - how about dedicating a High Holy Day prayerbook in his or her honor? Only $36 and you will be doing a mitzvah too. Go right to the online order form.

School Registration Open - Classes Begin Sunday, September 13

It’s that time of the summer when we get ready to order materials, fine tune the curriculum, plan some exciting field trips and family programs, and make up the class lists for our K-7 program. If you are a current member family, go to http:// and register for the coming year.

If you are not yet a member, contact Rabbi Hachen at or 201-333-4229 to discuss how we can partner with you in a dynamic contemporary approach to growing your child’s knowledge of Judaism, love of ethical living, and connection to Jewish heritage.

Upcoming Events at Temple Beth-El  
September 2015
09/04 -  First Friday Potluck (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Please join us for this monthly gathering and share great company and great food. RSVP to and let us know what you are bringing. No shellfish, pork or meat and milk in the same dish, please.
Join us for an early service, including birthday blessings.
09/05 -  Torah Study (9:30 AM)
09/05 -  Shabbat Morning Worship (10:30 AM)
Mishkan HaNefesh Part III – Al Cheit
Beyond the language of sin
09/11 -  Shabbat Evening Service (8:00 PM)
First Shabbat with our new Student Cantor, Laura Breznick.
09/12 -  Torah Study (9:30 AM)
09/18 -  Shabbat Evening Service (8:00 PM)
09/19 -  Torah Study (9:30 AM)
09/19 -  Shabbat Morning Worship (10:30 AM)
09/22 -  Yom Kippur - Kol Nidre (7:30 PM)
09/23 -  Yom Kippur - Morning Service (10:00 AM)
09/23 -  Yom Kippur - Yizkor Service (3:00 PM)
09/23 -  Yom Kippur - Afternoon Service (4:00 PM)
Followed by break-the-fast sponsored by Temple members Fred and Karen Schnur in honor of their parents, Ruth and Hy Golin and Helen and Nathan Schnur. Please rsvp to
09/25 -  Shabbat Evening Service (8:00 PM)
09/26 -  Torah Study (9:30 AM)
09/27 -  Sukkot “Pizza in the Hut” (6:00 PM)
decorating the Sukkah, followed by 6:45 pm outdoor Sukkah blessings and songs. RSVP to office. Suggested donation $5 per person.
October 2015
10/03 -  Torah Study (9:30 AM)
10/10 -  Torah Study (9:30 AM)
10/17 -  Torah Study (9:30 AM)

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