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We understand the importance of connection, and Temple Beth El is the place that connects us. 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, groups forge common bonds as they serve to strengthen our individual pursuits and our congregational growth.


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.


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. For more information visit
Contact: Joanna Berke,


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.
Contact: Molly Fields,


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.
Contact: Alan Schwartzstein,


Join fellow members of the TBE community for dinner prior to Shabbat services. Dinners are the third Friday of the month, beginning at 5:30 pm (plenty of time to get to services at 7:30 pm). Locations vary. Participants pay for their own meals.
Contact: Vivian Ehrlich,


Monthly coffees and dinners bring our singles together regularly to share life’s joys and struggles. If you’re single and 65+, this group is for you! Coffees are the third Friday of the month at 9:00 am. Dinners are at 6:30 pm on alternating 4th Tuesdays and 4th Wednesdays. Check our calendar for locations.
Contact: Alice Kavanagh, 


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


It’s your turn now. Go and enjoy yourself! Now is the perfect time to reconnect with friends from Temple, and make some new ones! There’s a whole community of people like you just waiting for an excuse to get together and have some fun. 
Contact: Stefanie Kushner



The Rabbi leads two support groups: one for those whose lives have been touched by mental illness and one for those whose lives have been touched by cancer, including relatives and caregivers.
Contact: Rabbi Jonathan Biatch,


The Social Action Committee engages the congregation in the Jewish mandates of social justice and tikkun olam, making our world a better place. The committee offers the congregation opportunities for service to the community, educational programs, and taking action on larger social justice issues.

The purpose of the social action committee is to organize programs and projects that will engage the congregation in the Jewish mandates of social justice and provide opportunities for tikkun olam. The committee offers the congregation community service opportunities and educational programs.

In a polarized political climate, we strive to advocate for our social justice goals and affirm the Jewish values that transcend partisan politics. Temple Beth El is participates in the Brit Olam, “covenant with our world”, an initiative of the Union of Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center. We have action teams focused on immigration and racial justice.

The Social Action Committee meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. We welcome new members to our meetings and activities.

Contacts: Sherie Sondel, and Marcia Vandercook,

Learn more about our mitzvah activities.



The Young Families Committee is a social group for families with children ages 0-5. Activities include challah making, Havdalah PJ Party, break-the-fast, and Tot Shabbat. Join the fun and meet other families in the community!

Contacts: Carly Jacobson, and Sarah Sherman,

PJ Library Tots and Tunes

This program for young children (ages 0–5) and their families is offered on Sunday mornings approximately once a month during the school year. Enjoy playful, musical, educational moments, including a PJ Library story and meaningful craft project.

Sign Up for PJ Library to Receive Free Jewish Books

The PJ Library organization is dedicated to sharing books that help families read, do, and discuss Judaism. TBE members can sign up at to receive free, age-appropriate Jewish books that can help your family explore and deepen your Jewish engagement.

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