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 Our Mission

Temple Beth El of South Orange County is a welcoming Jewish home where individuals and families come together to celebrate, explore, and engage in diverse Jewish practices through mitzvot: prayer, learning and acts of loving kindness.

Our Vision

As the Samueli Center for Progressive Judaism, we honor Judaism of the past by making it relevant today and for generations to come. We envision a future where we connect Jewish living with a life of meaning, fulfillment, and the opportunity to serve others.  We are stewards of a Jewish future in South Orange County. 


Kashrut at Onsite Community Events

People attending community events at Temple Beth El of South Orange County can expect either 
“Kosher Style” or “Shomer Kashrut” levels of Kashrut observance. Please see below for the details of each practice.  Click Here for complete guide/requirements




Our openness to try new things keeps our congregation on the cutting edge and promotes a vital and living Judaism. We strive to provide meaningful, impactful, relevant learning experiences for learners of all ages. Our religious school program, The Aron and Sala Samueli Religious School Center for Jewish Learning, has recently undergone an overhaul to include level-based Hebrew learning, hands-on electives such as cooking, arts and crafts, dancing and model building, and a detailed, scaffolded Judaic studies curriculum. The program is reinvigorated, full of fun and excitement, and designed to inspire a life-long love of Jewish learning while meeting the needs of today’s Jewish family.


Our motto, “Building Our Jewish Community Together, Kulanu B’yachad,” embodies the spirit of our culture. Temple Beth El is a place where everyone — no matter their age, race, marital status, economic situation, sexual orientation, personal beliefs or upbringing — is welcome. Despite our size — or because of it — our clergy, our staff, and our members are dedicated to making everyone who comes through our doors feel right at home. The walls of our synagogue, reminiscent of the streets of Jerusalem, house a warm and friendly place where members can cultivate, explore, and expand their spirituality on their terms. At Temple Beth El, we are committed to providing top-quality educational opportunities for all ages and stages of life with our Early Childhood Center, Shabbat Chai religious school, teen community, and our adult learning programs. When it comes to social opportunities, we also have something for everyone: BE Sisters (Sisterhood); Men’s Club; TBE Connections (our 55+ group); purpose-driven small groups; youth groups; numerous special events and Jewish celebrations throughout the year; and a variety of volunteer opportunities that help you connect with other members in a meaningful and supportive way. As a congregation, we seek to create an extended family that will be responsible for one another and the future well-being of Judaism. We encourage each member to engage in g’milut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness); the giving of tzedakah (righteous giving); and to take personal responsibility for tikkun olam (repairing the world). We invite you to find your place in our home, adding to our communal energy and helping us become increasingly a Kehila K’dosha, a Holy Congregation


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