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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:

Tot Shabbat

December 16 @ 10:30am

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

Join Rabbi Beal and Student Cantor Benrey for

Chanukah Tot Shabbat

with music, stoies and crafts.

Drop-ins most welcome.


Chanukah Celebrations

Tuesday, December 12,

(5:45 PM)

First Candle - Lay Led gathering at Temple Outdoor Chanukkiah

Friday, December 17 (7:00 PM)

Bring your Chanukkiah for our Community Candle Lighting, Chanukah service and Latke feast!

Watch for Chanukah Gatherings throughout the week!


Trial of Ethel Rosenberg

December 16 @ 8:00 pm

Presenting The Reenactment of the Trial of Ethel Rosenberg, a thought-provoking interactive event created by Justice for All: Courts and the Community, a civic education initiative of the Federal Courts of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Free event; $5 donation requested. All are welcome and feel free to bring children (although the event is geared towards ages 12 and up.) Please address questions to learning@betheljc.org   .


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

Tue Dec 12 @12:00AM
Erev Chanukah 1st
Tue Dec 12 @ 5:00PM - 06:00PM
Temple Chanukah Candle Lighting
Tue Dec 12 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Building Committee Meeting
Wed Dec 13 @12:00AM
Chanukah 2nd Candle
Thu Dec 14 @12:00AM
Chanukah 3rd Candle
Thu Dec 14 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Latke Prep
Fri Dec 15 @12:00AM
Chanukah 4th Candle
Fri Dec 15 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Chanukah Family Shabbat Service and Latke Party to Follow
Fri Dec 15 @ 8:00PM - 09:30PM
Shabbat Evening Services

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

Sat Dec 16 @12:00AM
Chanukah 5th Candle
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