“We recognize that Jewish diversity in all its hues is no longer a wave, but the ocean of Jewish life.” – April Baskin, Union for Reform Judaism
At Temple Beth-El, we believe that everyone is created betzelem Elohim, in the image of God; that everyone holds within them a divine spark; that everyone has a special gift from their heart; and that everyone should be able to access Judaism, God, and community.
We believe we are a stronger community when we live up to our values – when we are welcoming, diverse, moral; when we respect one another; and when all are able to participate in our community. We are engaged with the URJ in the serious work of the REDI (Racial Equity and Diversity Inclusion) initiative.
We actively embrace Jews-by-choice and those exploring Judaism; interfaith couples and families; Jews-of-Color; Jews who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer; Jews who live with physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities; people of different body types and expressions; multiracial families; Millennials; the aging Jewish population; Jews of limited financial means; Jews from other Jewish traditions; and Jews who are unaffiliated or uninspired by current Jewish communal offerings.
We are committed to being a community in which individuals can bring their full, authentic selves and feel inspired to co-create our community — one that values diverse lived experiences, is vibrant and varied, and recognizes the essentialness of Jewish diversity.
We welcome all.
If you need any accommodation in order to participate fully in congregational life, please let us know.
If you would like to speak with a member of our Temple Beth-El community who shares an identity with you or your family, please let us know. We would be happy to connect you.