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.


Yom HaShoah Program

Temple Beth El will observe Yom HaShoah with a dramatic program during services this coming Friday night, April 13.


Shabbat Kulanu – Friday night, April 20th
Shabbat Kulanu/Shabbat For All Of Us is our family-oriented service. Usually taking place on the third Friday night of each month, the service starts at 6:30pm. and features guitar-playing, dancing, a puppet show, and pizza afterwards. Shabbat Kulanu is ideally for children eight and under, although many adults report that it’s their favorite service, too! The next Shabbat Kulanu service is Friday night, April 20th, starting at 6:30pm.
Click here for the Shabbat Kulanu schedule for the upcoming year.


I Was A Stranger: Passover Refugee Initiative

Please assist our Social Action Committee in collecting much-needed supplies for the refugee population in Newport News. We invite you to bring diapers, baby wipes, small toys, and other items specified on the flyer in the lobby to the collection box in the Social Hall. For more information about this program, please contact Social Action Committee Chair Maggie Kirsh, or check the weekly E-News.


Simcha Shabbat

During services on Friday, May 4, we’ll celebrate your significant personal and professional achievements such as – but not limited to – anniversaries and awards. Please notify Myrna Kaye in advance if you have an occasion to celebrate!


  New Adult Bnai Mitzvah Group forming

Rabbi David will be working with a new group of Adult B’nai Mitzvah students in the coming year. If you’re interested in participating, or in learning about the Adult Bnai Mitzvah process, please contact him as soon as possible.

TBE in the news

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