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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.
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: Marc Herstand,


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, 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: Linda Reivitz,


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. 
Contact: Linda Reivitz,


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,

Mitzvah Opportunities

The social action committee offers the congregation the following opportunities to perform service to the community throughout the year:

Porchlight’s Men’s Shelter

Temple Beth El cooks, delivers, and serves a meal to the clients of Porchlight on the 5th Wednesday of every month. Porchlight provides emergency shelter, food, employment services, counseling, and affordable transitional and permanent housing. We regularly need volunteers to shop for ingredients, cook the meal at Temple on Wednesdays 3:30–5:30 pm, baking cookies at home, sit in the kitchen while food is in the oven 4:30 to 6:15, transporting food to Grace Episcopal Church 6:15–6:45 pm, and serving the food at Grace Men’s Shelter between 6:45–8:15 pm.
Contact: Pam Robbins,

High Holy Days Food Drive

Every year at Rosh Hashanah, we ask the congregation to remember those in our community without enough food by making a monetary contribution to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

We challenge the religious school children to collect food to add to the Goodman Center Thanksgiving baskets, distributed to hundreds of needy families in Dane County.

Emerson School

With the other Madison Jewish congregations, we participate in the Madison Public Schools adopt-a-school program. We provide volunteers to mentor children in literacy and math, support evening activities for the families, and help provide backpacks and school supplies.

Learn more about our mitzvah activities.

September 16, 2019 16 Elul 5779