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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.

Mark your calendars:



6:00 PM

Friday, November 24

Lay-led service. Join us for an early Shabbat, including baby-naming for Tessa Kushner, daughter of Matt and Robb Kushner and granddaughter of our members, Jill and Robb Kushner.

Oneg Shabbat sponsored by the Kushner families.


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 Nov 19 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Religious School

Religious School at Temple Beth El.

Tue Nov 21 @ 7:30PM -
Fifth Annual Journal Square Area Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Fifth Annual Journal Square Area Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. 

Fri Nov 24 @ 6:00PM -
Shabbat Evening Services (Note earlier time)

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

Sat Nov 25 @10:30AM -
NO Services

Shabbat Morning Service

Sun Nov 26 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
NO Religious School – Thanksgiving Weekend

NO Religious School for Thanksgiving Weekend. 

Fri Dec 01 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
First Friday Potluck Dinner

Please join us for Shabbat dinner with the TBE Community. Please RSVP to office@betheljc.org and let us know if you'll be bringing an entree, a salad or a side dish.  No pork, shellfish or meat and dairy in the same dish, please. 

Fri Dec 01 @ 7:30PM -
Shabbat Evening Services with December Birthday Blessings

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

Sat Dec 02 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Torah Topics from the Weekly Portion –– no previous experience required

Most will be led by Rabbi Beal, witth some led by lay-leaders.  No Hebrew expertise or previous text study experience required. Please join us for a session. Warning: text study does become habit-forming.

Sat Dec 02 @10:30AM -
Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

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