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Temple Beth El was created in 1960 with the merger of Temple Beth Israel and Sinai Temple. However, our current building was built in 1968. We are members of the Union for Reform Judaism (formerly UAHC).
Rabbi Bruce Kadden began his rabbinate at Temple Beth El on July 19, 2004. He was preceded by Rabbi Mark Glickman, who was preceded by Rabbi Richard Rosenthal.
Cantor Leah Elstein joined Temple Beth El in July of 2010 as the congregation's first invested cantor.
Services are held every Shabbat on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Music is an important part of our worship.
The Temple Bulletin is published monthly, and lists all of our activities.
B'nei mitzvah are celebrated on Shabbat mornings. Our girls and boys mark this important event by participating in the Shabbat services of our congregation --the ongoing spiritual life of TBE.
The Home of Peace Cemetery has served the Jewish community of the Pierce County area since 1891.
Social programs and other activities are held for our entire congregation. We keep an updated calendar of all of our events and programs for every age group and organization.
Our organizations include Sisterhood, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women. For a complete list of Temple groups and other affiliated Jewish groups, please visit our organizations page.
Education programs are available for all ages: toddlers through seniors. Religious School is held on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., and Hebrew School is held on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. Hebrew High School is held on Sundays at noon. Adult education classes are usually held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Sunday mornings. We have a library for both adults and children.
Our active board of trustees meets monthly, and congregants are encouraged to be involved in committees.
We have a Judaica Shop which is maintained by the Sisterhood.