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History

The role of Temple Beth El as a model of commitment to all congregants, to the greater community, and to the world is directly linked to its rich history. Rabbi Manfred Swarsensky, of blessed memory, was a Holocaust survivor from Berlin. Soon after his immigration to the United States, Rabbi Manfred Swarsensky was hired as the first rabbi of Temple Beth El in 1940, one year after the Temple was founded. There were 12 members at that time, a number that grew to 400 member families during the 36 years of his tenure. His contributions to improving race relations, the environment, social services, and interfaith connections were renowned in the area and throughout the country. Following Rabbi Swarsensky’s retirement, Temple’s next rabbis (Rabbi Roseman, of blessed memory, and Rabbi Brahms) never wavered from these priorities. Today, under Rabbi Biatch’s spiritual leadership, Temple Beth El remains a place where social justice opportunities abound and exist hand-in-hand with building and rejoicing in connections within our own Temple community.

July 25, 2021 16 Av 5781