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Temple Beth-El News, COVID Safety and You

Due to a variety of unexpected issues and to ensure health safety protocols, we will NOT begin Religious School on Sunday, September 12. Instead, classes at our Religious School will officially begin in person on Sunday, October 3.

Students and teachers alike are required to wear face masks while attending school and events at Temple Beth-El.

We can’t wait to start Religious School with you and the children! Looking forward!

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Temple Beth-El Is Supporting Health and Community Spirit during COVID-19

Our hearts ached to be together again, back to the lives and community we enjoy. We are delighted to be transitioning back into our building. However, many are still working partially from home. Our phones and emails are up and running. To access the building, please email Bob Kahan, our office manager at to coordinate access.

Shabbat Services

Rest for the body. Refreshment for the soul. Nourishment for the spirit. Healing for the heart. Inspiration for life.

Friday Evening – Kabbalat Shabbat

All of our services are now in person. Weather permitting, our First Friday services will be held outdoors and will not be Zoomed or YouTubed at 6.30. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn from 6pm. All other Kabbalat Shabbat services in the month will be held in our sanctuary at 8pm for fully-vaccinated and masked people. Those services will be live-streamed over YouTube. Please check our website for updated, accurate information.

Our Pot Luck Dinners are suspended until further notice.

Newcomers and visitors of any religious backgrounds are still always welcome.

Shabbat Shalom and we hope to see you soon.

Saturday Morning – Study and Prayer

All Shabbat morning services are suspended until further notice. Watch the calendar for our monthly outdoor Tot Shabbat services.

Prayers For Healing

If you or a loved one are ill and would like to be added to our misheberach l’cholim list (prayer for healing), please let Rabbi Moritt know at

We are happy to pray for the healing of body, spirit, psyche and relationship of anyone of any religion. Please include the Hebrew name of the person/people in your prayers (if known) and your phone number so we can be in touch. As eager as we are to pray for your healing, we are especially happy when we can take you off the list, fully restored. Please remember to let us know that, too.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring

All bar/bat mitzvah tutoring will continue as scheduled via Zoom until further notice. Download the program from if you have not already. For tutoring with Rabbi Moritt, click this link in your browser. If you need to use the phone instead, call (929) 205-6099; meeting ID: 848 568 733.

To reach Morah Marian Kleinman email

Please remember Rabbi Moritt and  Morah Marian  schedule their meetings independently. If you need to reschedule or make an appointment, reach out to them by email.

Pikuach Nefesh (the preservation of human life) is hands-down, the most important value in Judaism. Temple Beth-El still takes this virus very seriously and has made the following adjustments in our programming. We hope you will stay connected with us each and every step of the way as we bond together as a congregation as follows:

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Rabbi Moritt joins other members of Jersey City clergy in this video supporting Covid-19 Vaccinations and in honor of all who have suffered and all who have helped during this unprecedented time. See Video.

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