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.


Shabbat Kulanu

Shabbat Kulanu – Shabbat For All Of Us – is TBE’s family-oriented service, featuring guitar playing, dancing, a puppet show, lots of informal fun, and pizza served after the service. This one-hour service starts at 6:30pm, and takes place one each month. The next Shabbat Kulanu service will take place on Friday night, October 19.

 The Maccabeats are coming to Richmond!
Save-the-Date: Sunday, October 14. The UJC has organized a group trip with $23 per person tickets + $5 transportation cost for non-UJC members, leaving City Center at 12:30 pm and stopping in Williamsburg for pick-up. Pack water  and lunch to eat on the bus. Travel time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Call Jenn at the UJC at (757)930-1422 for more information. Space is limited.
The Maccabeats –  October 14th

Helping Hands 
The partnership between TBE Social Action Committee and COFM’s Homeless Shelter program provides warm clothing, in addition to meals, over the Christmas holiday and we need your help.

Last year, thanks to your generous donations, we were able to provide three meals a day for two days over Christmas to 26 homeless Williamsburgers. If you are able to help, please use the Tidewater section of the TBE Tzedakah box. We accept cash and checks made payable to TBE with the subject line “COFM”. Please contact Mike Blum at mxblum@wm.edu
with questions or comments.

Knitting for the Homeless
Members of the Sisterhood and the Social Action Committee are knitting scarves and hats to be given out during TBE’s Community of Faith Homeless Shelter days in December. If you’d like to join the knitting group, please contact Sue Portnoff.

18th Annual Jewish Film Festival
Saturday October 27 & Sunday October 28 – Opening Weekend for the 18th Annual Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival. Saturday night at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2 pm at Williamsburg Regional Library.
Please visit https://www.vpjff.com/ for more information about the Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival.

TBE in the news

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