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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:


Shpeil February 28 @ 7 PM

"Purim Through the Ages"
with songs and characters each representing a different recent decade.
We are looking for congregants to participate, singing familiar songs with a twist.
The beauty pageant is going to be a congregational costume contest where congregants dress up as their favorite decade. The shpiel will be on-script, so no need to memorize and all are welcome to participate who care to.
There will be TWO rehearsals (at TBE): 
 February 13 Rehearsal Cancelled
Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30 pm (Dress Rehearsal)
Purim: Wednesday, February 28th 
Are you "IN"?
Let Student Cantor Benrey know at cantorbenrey@betheljc.org .

It is a Mitzvah Time of Year

Our community participates in the beautiful tradition of Mishloach Manot—sending gifts of food to friends in honor of the holiday of Purim. This is a wonderful way to show generosity to your fellow members as well as to
Temple Beth-El.

 Deadline FEBRUARY 21.  Please order now so we have time to process your order.

Purim Gift 

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 Feb 23 @ 7:00PM -
Shabbat Evening Services

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

Sat Feb 24 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Introduction to Judaism Class (Registration CLOSED)
Sat Feb 24 @10:30AM -
Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

Sun Feb 25 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Religious School Family Day

Religious School Family Day

Sun Feb 25 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Deliver Shaloch Manot
Thu Mar 01 @12:00AM
Fri Mar 02 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Pot Luck Dinner

Please join us for Shabbat dinner with the TBE Community. Please RSVP to office@betheljc.org

Fri Mar 02 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
4th-7th Grade All Ages Shabbat Evening

All Ages Shabbat Evening Service with 4th-7th graders helping to lead service and March Birthday Blessings.

Sat Mar 03 @ 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Introduction to Judaism Class (Registration CLOSED)
Sat Mar 03 @10:30AM -
Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

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