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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:
 
Is Purim your Favorite Time of Year?


It is a mitzvah at Purim time to give to those in need and also to give celebratory gifts to your friends.  Fulfill this joyful obligation in one stop!  Order our custom holiday gift bag and make a contribution to MAZON - the Reform Jewish Response to hunger at the same time.

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Sunday, March 12 @ 10:30 a.m.

Take a walk down Penny Lane and through the Strawberry Fields, as Sgt. Pepper leads a Purim Parade through the Sanctuary! We’ll read the Megillah interspersed with parody sing-along songs based on famous Beatles tunes! For all ages! 
(Religious School will be in session from 9:30 am, with parents, congregants and guests joining us at 10:30 am.)

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Terumah

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

Sat Feb 25 @10:30AM -
Shabbat Morning Service
Sun Feb 26 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Religious School
Fri Mar 03 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Pot luck 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. 

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