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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.

Parkland: Rabbi Beal's Message to the Congregation

Like many of you, I have watched the images coming out of Parkland, FL and sat quietly, weeping, angry and numb, all at the same time.  And like many of you, I have listened to the platitudes, read the tweets, and sat not-so-quietly, ranting at the top of my lungs.  You can imagine how it feels to be a rabbi who screams when people talk about sending their prayers.  In the words of so many, 'enough prayers, do something!'


Mark your calendars:

Annual Communal Passover Seder

Led by Rabbi Beal and Student Cantor Benrey

Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PM

Contemporary All Ages Passover Seder & Meal at Temple Beth-El

Adults $72 Children age 7-12 $10 Children age 2-6 $5 Under 2 Free

Reservation Deadline EXTENDED --

Midnight, Sunday, March 18


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

Mon Mar 19 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Ritual Committee Meeting
Fri Mar 23 @ 8:00PM - 09:30PM
Shabbat Evening Services

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

Sat Mar 24 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Introduction to Judaism Class (Registration CLOSED)
Sat Mar 24 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Tot Shabbat

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

Sat Mar 24 @10:30AM -
Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

Sun Mar 25 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Passover Family Activity
Sun Mar 25 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Religious School Family Day

Religious School Family Day – Passover Family Activity.

Fri Mar 30 @12:00AM
Erev Passover (First Seder)
Fri Mar 30 @ 8:00PM - 09:30PM
NO Shabbat Evening Service due to First Seder

No Shabbat Evening Service due to First Seder.

Sat Mar 31 @12:00AM
Passover (2nd Seder)
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