Temple Beth El is the only synagogue in the Historic Triangle. We are an unaffiliated congregation, with members from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds. We use the prayerbook published by the Reconstructionist movement, and our Rabbi, David Katz, is a graduate of the Reconstructionist movement’s seminary.

Shabbat services are usually held every Friday night at 7:30pm, and every Saturday morning at 10am. Once each month, our family-friendly service, Shabbat Kulanu/Shabbat For All Of Us – starts at 6:30pm. Please check our calendar for information about this week’s services and other events.


Friday night services starting at 7:30pm will be held regularly throughout the summer. Friday night services in July will be led by various members of our community.

Saturday morning services in July and August will ONLY be held on 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, and 8/25. Saturday morning services in July and August will be led by various members of our community.

Rabbi David will be on vacation, and unavailable, for the month of July. If you have a pastoral emergency during that time, please contact the office and/or TBE President George Podolin, and they will connect you with the rabbi on call.



Congregational Meeting

Our annual congregational meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at 7 pm. Please come vote on our annual budget and the Board of Directors for the new term. Details of the meeting including the candidates’ biographies and the proposed budget for 2018-2019 were mailed this week.


Sisterhood Book Swap

Sisterhood will hold a book swap here at the synagogue on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 7:00 pm.

Halyo Singers

The Halyo Singers will next perform during services on Friday night, June 29.


Caregivers Support Group

A new lay-led support group for caregivers is forming at TBE. The group will meet regularly, twice a month. Please contact Betty Ronen if you’re interested in participating, or would like to learn more about the group.


An Introduction to the Hevra Kaddisha

Did you know that Williamsburg has its own Hevra Kaddisha – a Jewish Burial Society? This anonymous group of community members carries out important rituals for Jewish people who pass away. If you’ve ever been interested in participating, or have been curious about this work, please join us for an informational meeting on Tuesday evening, August 14, from 7-8 pm, at TBE. At this meeting, we will discuss what the Hevra does, and how it will function and learn, in the future. RSVPs for this meeting are preferred, but not necessary.


TBE in the news

Click here to read about the contribution of information about our history to the William and Mary archive.