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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:

Temple Beth-El’s
33rd Annual Martin Luther King Service

Friday, January 19 at

7:30 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Please join us for a service honoring the life, work and vision
of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
with keynote address by

Dr. Elnardo Webster
Director of the Center for After School & Expanded Learning at Saint Peter’s University

Join Jersey City civic and religious leaders at this moving and timelly Shabbat service.

Service led by Rabbi Brian Beal and Student Cantor Jen Benrey.


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

Fri Jan 19 @ 7:30PM -
33rd Annual tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Annual Shabbat in memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring his life's work

Sat Jan 20 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Introduction to Judaism Class

Introduction to Judaism (Registration required. Contact rabbibeal@betheljc.org)

Sat Jan 20 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Tot Shabbat

For babies through preschoolers and their grownups. All welcome. RSVP to office@betheljc.org. Drop-ins welcome.

Sat Jan 20 @10:30AM -
Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

Sun Jan 21 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Religious School

Religious School at Temple Beth El.

Mon Jan 22 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Ritual Committee Meeting
Fri Jan 26 @ 7:00PM -
Shabbat Shira
Sat Jan 27 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Introduction to Judaism Class

Introduction to Judaism (Registration required. Contact rabbibeal@betheljc.org)

Sat Jan 27 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
URJ Regional Shabbaton
Sat Jan 27 @10:30AM -
NO Shabbat Morning Service

Please join us at the URJ NJ and Friends Regional Shabbaton.  No services at Temple Beth-El today.

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