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Temple Beth El of South Orange County is a synagogue that is on the cutting edge of providing innovative and engaging worship opportunities that embrace the diversity of Jewish backgrounds and experiences.Through being dually affiliated with both the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements, and being open meditation, spirituality, and new musical expressions, our clergy, staff, and layleadership attempt to meet the diversity of needs in our congregation around a meaningful Jewish experience.

Since there are no existing models to describe who we are and what we do, our dual affiliation can create confusion about our value commitments and how we practice Judaism as one community. 

We’ve created a series of resources - live events and recordings with our clergy to provide clarity to who we are and what these Reform and Conservative labels actually mean - in philosophy, and in practice in our synagogue.

If you have a Jewish topic that you would like to hear Rabbi K’vod or Cantor Young speak about, please email them at or

Upcoming Events



Friday, November 11
Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm

Join Cantor Young and Cantor Lizzie Weiss as they share about new music and worship styles in Reform congregations and how the Reform movement seeks a balance between music that provides comfort and familiarity and music that provides new pathways to worship and spiritual expression.

Philosophical Difference Between Reform and Conservative Movements

The Differences Between Reform and Conservative Worship Styles


Cantor Natalie Young on the decision
to be a Reform Cantor

The Music of Reform Worship at TBESOC

Rabbi K vod on his choice to go to a Conservative seminary and serve a mostly Reform community

Reform and Conservative Approaches to Interfaith Families and Intermarriage

Rabbi K vod on Patrilineal Descent

Reform and Conservative Approaches to
Social Action

TBESOC s Aspiration to Be One Community With Different Worship Styles

Mon, May 20 2024 12 Iyyar 5784