About

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Temple Beth El is the central gathering place in the Greater Williamsburg region for Jewish worship, learning, life cycle commemoration, and Jewish social events. As the only synagogue in the area, we have chosen to be unaffiliated in order to best serve the needs of our diverse community. We embrace Jews of different backgrounds and welcome interfaith families.

Our mission reflects the Talmudic wisdom that we are “Shutafim b’ma’aseh bereshit,” partners in creation. That means our congregation is committed to being a partner in creating a world of shalom: peace, harmony, and balance. We do this through Jewish worship, study and acts of kindness. We support local and worldwide efforts to promote social justice.

We are a participatory community. Each member is encouraged to make a contribution to our TBE Jewish life. Our energetic congregation continues to launch new social and community-building activities. Some of our members have formed adult and youth klezmer bands, a book club, and Hevra Kadisha. We sponsor the Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival. Monthly, we have a Shabbat Kulanu service designed to be accessible and fun for all ages, and celebrate many Jewish holidays with religious and social events. Members receive weekly “E-News” as well as a monthly newsletter.