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About Us

With nearly 630 family members, Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities.  Temple Beth El is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and its Central District, which represents the liberal tradition of Judaism.

As a house of worship, a center of teaching and learning and a place of communal fellowship, the Temple’s progressive voice is heard and respected not only in Madison, but also throughout Wisconsin. Led by Rabbi Jonathan Biatch, the congregation plays a dynamic part in the religious and civic life of the community—a role encouraged by the Temple’s founding Rabbi, of blessed memory, Dr. Manfred Swarsensky.

Temple Beth El

Vision Statement
Our Vision is to create and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and engaged community that welcomes and connects people from all walks of Reform Jewish life, and fulfills their spiritual, educational, ethical, social, and emotional needs and expectations. – Adopted in 2014

Mission Statement
The purpose of this congregation shall be to worship God in accordance with the faith of Judaism; to cultivate a love and understanding of the Jewish heritage; to foster fellowship in the Jewish community and to strengthen the bonds of loyalty with the Jewish people everywhere; to bring nearer the Sovereignty of God through acts of tikun olam. –Temple Beth El’s Bylaw

January 20, 2018 4 Sh'vat 5778