My house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)
Ahavat ger, welcoming the stranger, is among the most important tenets of Reform Judaism and here at Temple Beth-El, as well. We welcome Jews from all backgrounds and denominations, including singles and families, Jews of all races, cultures, and sexual orientations, as well as Jews-by-Choice and interfaith families.
Our congregation reflects the rich diversity that is Jewish life in America today. We have some individuals in interfaith marriages, Jews-by-Choice, those who have children who have intermarried, or who were raised by interfaith parents. Many of Temple Beth-El members, who are not involved in an interfaith marriage themselves, deal with interfaith issues in their extended families, especially as they are planning life-cycle events.
Temple Beth-El also welcomes non-traditional families, such as gay and lesbian members--single, as well as same-sex couples with and without children. We are sensitive to the changing world and recognize that family means many things to many people. Together we can share stories, successes, struggles, and friendship.
Our congregation is a family, and you are part of that family, too. We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome at services, at events, in the halls, at committee meetings..always. We welcome your voice.