Congregation Temple Beth'El
We welcome you to worship with us at Congregation Temple Bethel. Our congregation has been in existence since 1951. Our founder Rabbi L. E. Dailey (z"l) was a brilliant Torah scholar, and it is through her teaching that we have progressed on our journey to return to our heritage.
We are the descendants of father Abraham. We do not, however, claim exclusive rights to this heritage. Our philosophy is to observe the laws of Halacha, including strict observance of the Sabbath, keeping the laws of Kashrut, immersion in the Mikvah, and circumcision on the eighth day. Further, we are committed to teaching The Law to our children so that they may grow up to honor HaShem and contribute to the growth of our community.
We hope that you will relax and enjoy our spirited services. We believe in serving HaShem with joy and gladness. As the prophet David says in Psalms 111:1-2, "Praise ye The Eternal. I will praise The Eternal with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation." Our liturgy may differ somewhat from your services, but we hope that you will feel comfortable knowing we are committed to the worship of the One Elohim. Feel free to visit us.
Things You Should Know When Visiting Our Synagogue
Men are asked to wear a Jacket and tie. Women are asked Not to wear pants or shorts in the Sanctuary. Cultural dress is acceptable for all genders, but it should be appropriate for service.
Generally, we wear white clothing during the summer months (Passover to Yom Kippur) and Navy blue during the winter months (Succoth until Passover). Visitors may wear any color; this information is provided for those who wish to be in unity with our choice of dress.
All worshipers are asked to cover their heads before entering the Sanctuary. This is done as a sign to honor the Torah and of humility. Men are asked to don a tallith during Torah service; women wear shawls. When entering for the Shacharit service, please see the usher to obtain a Siddur and Chumash before seating.
Seating is open. Men and women may sit where they wish. Invitations to the Bimah comes from the Spiritual Leader.
Please no eating or chewing in the Sanctuary.
We have a nursery for the care and feeding of infants. Please do not feed or nurse infants in the Sanctuary
To make a contribution to help support this work, please see the usher for envelopes. All mailed contributions should be addressed to the attention of Rabbinit Patricia Plummer, treasurer at the address on this website.
Office hours of the Spiritual Leader Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. by appointment only. Please call 215-276-4330 to request a time other than those stated.