Affectionately known as “Your Shul by the Sea,” Temple Beth-El is an all-inclusive, welcoming congregation that has served Jews of all ages and their families for 80 years. We are known for our joyful and haimish (warm) atmosphere, our music and our openly spiritual approach to Jewish life.
Temple Beth-El does not affiliate with any of the denominations, but honors the diversity of Jewish belief and practice. Women and men participate equally — as do couples, singles, and families. We welcome gays and lesbians, as well as interracial and interfaith families. Our members and friends hail from across the breadth of Jewish life: Conservative, Reform, Renewal and unaffiliated Jews make a spiritual home with us.
Our clergy are renowned for their spirituality, welcoming warmth and contagious joy. Our band enfolds our events in exquisite music. Our vibrant adult education program combines the best of Jewish tradition with heart-based spirituality and modern innovation.
Our Friday evening siddur (prayerbook) is by Marcia Prager, a leading rabbi of Jewish Renewal and dean of the ALEPH Ordination Programs. Rabbi Prager’s beautiful artwork, inspirational English, transliterations and Kabbalistic teachings usher a welcoming, uplifting and nourishing Shabbat. For details about upcoming services, please visit our shul calendar.
Our location, on Long Island Sound facing New York Harbor and the New York City skyline, affords unique opportunities. There’s nothing like Shabbat by the Sea, an annual outdoor Shabbat service seaside facing the sunset. There’s nothing like doing Tashlish (a Rosh Hashanah ritual) just a block away at the beach. There’s nothing like crossing the bridge onto City Island, surrounded by boats and the waters, knowing that our ancestors — and, truly, all peoples throughout history — also have had their seas to cross. We live our history deeply, right where we are.
Your Shul by the Sea is a special place. Join us!