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We nurture many groups within our larger community to create more meaningful, interwoven relationships among those in our Temple family.

Through shared interests, goals, and passions, our groups forge common bonds as we strengthen our individual pursuits and our congregational growth.



MJND offers a range of social, educational, and networking events for Jewish people in their 20s & 30s in Madison. Recent events include Torah on Tap and Shabbat dinners.  Learn more and find Madison’s Jews’ Next Dor on Facebook.



Our Sisterhood welcomes all women in our congregation to join as members, and the entire congregation is invited to Sisterhood programs and events. With Sisterhood, you'll learn, share, and connect while helping one another and our community.  Learn more and join Sisterhood.



The Temple Beth El Men’s Club is a group of men of all ages who get together to do mitzvah projects, socialize, connect, and learn together. Our activities include a monthly book club, an annual retreat, sukkah building, and ushering at High Holy Day services.  Contact Men’s Club to join.



The Social Action Committee organizes programs and projects that engage the congregation in the Jewish mandates of social justice and tikkun olam, making our world a better place.

Learn more about our mitzvah activities.


The Temple Beth El Board of Trustees voted unanimously to sign on to the Brit Olam (Covenant with the World) to join the Union for Reform Judaism’s Urgency of Now (UON) Initiative. The UON Initiative focuses on building power and momentum across North America by engaging Reform congregations in issue-specific social justice work that enables congregants to benefit and learn from one another. The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) social justice arm, the Religious Action Center (“the RAC”) launched this initiative because developing a strong network of active and empowered congregations is imperative to the sacred work of tikkun olam, repair of the world. Through this Initiative, we can come together as a congregation, initiate important and sometimes challenging conversations about critical social justice work that best fits our Temple community.  Temple’s UON Initiative has three Action Teams: (1) Immigrant Rights; (2) Transgender Rights; and (3) Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.

To receive updates and additional information, please fill out our interest form.



The Membership Committee welcomes new members to Temple Beth El; plans events, coffees, and dinners to help build community; and acts as Temple ambassadors at community events.


The Music Committee guides and supports the cantor in all things musical.


The Outreach Committee implements educational and social programs that help all members participate in congregational life, with a focus on those members that are Jews by choice or not of the Jewish faith.


The Program Committee plans our annual congregational retreat as well as many social gatherings and holiday celebrations.


With the guidance of the rabbi and cantor, the Religious Practices Committee reviews the rituals and observances to enrich Jewish practice.


The Religious School Committee reviews policies of our Religious School, functions as a liaison between families and the director of lifelong learning, and helps to plan schoolwide programming.


The Caring Committee assists the clergy in acts of comfort and kindness for the members of the
congregation. We seek to make Temple Beth El a place where every congregant can feel supported and thought of in times of need. Our Caring Committee consists of a direct service task force and a steering committee. Let us know about opportunities to serve our congregants, or join us to care for others.



The mission of this committee is to enhance the commonality of Jewish life between Israel and the Diaspora. We seek to establish and strengthen relationships between members of Temple Beth El and members of Progressive congregations and institutions in Israel.

Learn more about how we create connections with Israel.



The Youth Committee offers exciting opportunities for 3–18 year olds to participate in youth groups and events. We believe participating in social activities, social justice, and worship programming with other Jews is the best way to keep our kids engaged and invested in their Judaism and to help improve our world. Learn more about our youth groups.



Adult education is an important part of communal life at Temple Beth El. We believe that a lifelong thirst for knowledge and critical exploration of topics—biblical or contemporary—helps us to maintain a vital connection to our Judaism and to each other. We aim to involve members of all ages in classes, lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops.



If there’s Religious School on a Sunday, there’s Café Panim, run by dedicated volunteers, providing snacks, coffee, and a space for our parents to get to know each other and share advice and experiences. Parents can hook into our Wi-Fi, work on laptops, or go low tech to simply read, knit, or chat.



Monthly coffees and dinners bring our singles together regularly to share life’s joys and struggles. If you’re single, this group is for you!



Please contact the rabbi if you are interested in joining the cancer support group.


The Development Committee sets the vision for and manages the overall fundraising strategy for Temple Beth El.

For additional committees, visit our leadership page.

January 20, 2019 14 Sh'vat 5779