TBE has Resumed In-Person Services!

Please join us in person if you feel comfortable doing that. We will still be Zooming, so you have a choice about how to attend our services! CT has relaxed COVID restrictions but there will still be rules we are following.
  1. In the 10 days prior to attending you must not have traveled outside of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York or Rhode Island.
  2. You cannot attend if you have any COVID symptoms or feel ill in any way.
  3. Masks must be worn at all times.
  4. Due to Danbury COVID regulations regarding serving food, there will be no Onegs after the services.
  5. We will practice social-distancing.

Please join our Warm, Welcoming and Compassionate Community. We are a diverse Reform Temple Family, with members of different faiths, sexual orientations, gender identities and races.

If you would like to join the zoom call, please email tbenyct@gmail.com for a link to the meeting.

       

 

Growing & Fostering Our Jewish World

We are a congregation that supports a wide range of programs and activities for members of all ages.

We want to build a community based on inclusives, where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, a Jew by birth or  by choice.

    Temple Beth El, “House of God”, is a Reform synagogue. While Reform in orientation, the Temple practices liberal Judaism within an atmosphere that is warm and traditional. The Temple, which is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, strives to be a center for religious observance, for Hebrew and cultural education, and for family and social life.

    Temple Beth El is open year round to its congregants and many visitors. Celebration of each of the holidays on the Jewish calendar enables the congregation to experience and   become part of the history and traditions of Judaism, to share these with friends and neighbors, and to strengthen Jewish identity. For members drawn to activity and service there are ample opportunities for doing mitzvot for the Temple and our community through our Sisterhood and Men’s Club.

Upcoming Events

  1. Wed 19

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Wed 19

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Fri 21

    Torah Service

    Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Sun 23

    Sunday School

    Jan 23 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
  5. Fri 28

    Healing service

    Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Fri 28

    Shabbat service

    Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Sun 30

    Sunday School

    Jan 30 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
  8. Fri 04

    Family Service

    Feb 04 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

The Worst Ninety Minutes in Jewish History

The Worst Ninety Minutes in Jewish History jemerman January 14, 2022

Eighty years ago on January 20, 1942, the infamous Wannsee Conference took place in a large lakeside three-story mansion in suburban Berlin. Fifteen Nazi German leaders attended the meeting that coordinated plans to "orderly execute" ---murder--- millions of Jews during World War II.

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children”

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children” jemerman January 11, 2022

The upcoming holiday of Tu BiShvat -- the birthday of the trees - brings back a memory of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the museum is an enormous cross-section of a giant sequoia tree. Standing before it is a sublime experience. The cross-section overwhelms you with its sheer size, inspiring questions about the size of the tree it was cut from.

How to Make Your First Tu BiShvat Seder Meaningful and Fun

How to Make Your First Tu BiShvat Seder Meaningful and Fun kbkaput January 3, 2022

As I thought about what would be involved if we did our own Tu BiShvat seder, it seemed interesting and fun. Tasting lots of fruits? Marking a time to appreciate, mindfully and respectfully, trees and the earth? Drinking wines and grape juices? Yes, please.

Best Jewish Films of 2021

Best Jewish Films of 2021 jemerman December 27, 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the year in Jewish film and highlight six worthy of your attention. Two of the films here are from first-time filmmakers, another pair are Holocaust documentaries, and the final duo draw their tales from the past. Here is my list of the best Jewish films released in the U.S. in 2021.