Who We Are
Temple Beth El is a lively and active Reform Congregation of approximately 300 households serving the entire Northern Valley of New Jersey and beyond. We are a warm and inviting Jewish gathering place for congregants of all ages – from the youngest nursery school children and their families, to the elders who founded our congregation in the early 1950’s, and everyone in-between.
At Beth El, we embrace each individual as they travel on the Jewish journey. We balance the richness of Jewish tradition with an appreciation of the gifts of modernity. We welcome Jews of all backgrounds, encouraging all to learn, discover, and explore new areas of Jewish living as they deepen their relationship with God and the Jewish people.
We believe that every Jew has something to offer to the community, and the temple has something to offer to every Jew. We encourage young families to lay the foundation for a Jewish life by reconnecting or deepening their Jewish identity through early temple affiliation. We encourage those with school age children to learn along with their children and be models of active Jewish living. We rely on our established members to provide vision and leadership while strengthening their Judaism with ongoing learning and worship. Our doors are open to all, and dues adjustments are made confidentially based on financial abilities.
We believe in creating strong bonds among members. The Clergy work closely with families leading up to life cycle events such as baby-namings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and weddings, which allow us to share each other’s joys. In times of illness or loss, we are there physically and spiritually to support our members. Clergy and congregants provide shivah minyans for mourners. We welcome interfaith couples and support them as they navigate the challenges of creating a Jewish home which honors their personal histories. A Caring Committee keeps our members connected and supported through all stages of life, and reaches out in times of need with meals, rides and more. A very active Sisterhood and a Men’s Club participate in the life of the Temple and engage in social activities and tzedakah in the larger community. Members may join a Chavurah, smaller groups of adults or families who meet regularly to socialize, learn and support each other as extended family. Music at Beth El goes beyond our Shabbat worship, when our Cantor and Music Director, Jim Rensink help us lift our prayers through song. A children’s choir, Rinat Beth El, sings monthly at our early Family Service. Our Beth El Shabbat Unplugged Band, made up of talented members, delights us at Simchat Torah and more. Additionally, musical programs enhance the life of our congregation through concerts or at one of our special Shabbat services when professional musicians add their “voice” to ours.
We believe in Tikkun Olam: improving the world through our deeds. The Social Action Committee, Sisterhood, and Religious School all engage us in acts of tzedakah and justice. We collect gifts for Israeli soldiers; we bring baby items to local shelters and agencies. We gather hundreds of bags of food at the annual Sisterhood drive on Yom Kippur. We participate in the regional Mitzvah Day. We require our students to undertake a major tzedakah project as part of their preparation to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Our young people volunteer in nursing homes, raise money for important causes, tutor younger children, organize toy drives, and so much more.
Please visit our community and membership pages for more information about our programs at Temple Beth El. Contact us for more information.