Welcome to our Jewish community. Beth El is a warm and welcoming congregation devoted to open-minded spirituality, Torah learning and good friendship.
Join us at our regularly scheduled events
Shabbos morning services begin at 9:00 AM.
Sunday morning at 8:00 AM
Shabbos afternoon, 5:00 PM in-depth studies in the book of Genesis. Contact us for this week's location.
Sunday morning, 9:00 AM breakfast accented with topical discussion and followed by Talmudic learning.
Please join us Monday night, 3/10 as we continue our expedition learning about the various components and denominations of modern Judaism. Tonight we'll discuss the tenets of Reconstructionism and the Renewal movement. If we have time, we'll delve into the writings of how some see a new Judaism taking shape.
Tuesday night's davening class will be postponed until next week.
Saturday night is Purim! Please join us for a joyous reading of Megillas Ester at 8:15 PM on Saturday night. We'll continue the festivities with the morning reading about 9:00 AM on Sunday, following Shacharit at 8:00 AM.
This year, despite the many personal setbacks, the Purim Party is ON! Our members have stepped up to the plate and promise sumptuous BBQ cuisine this Purim eve at 5:00 PM on Sunday. Jennifer Seligman, our dear friend, scholar and virtuoso violinist will be joining Rabbi Schuman again to provide inspiring and original entertainment. This year's main performance will be a reenactment of the Purim story through song (many of them heard to be actually sung by Achashverosh, Mordechai, Ester and Haman, Boo!) To help cover the costs of the party, we are asking for an $18 donation per person.
Shushan Purim, Monday March 17, in lieu of our regular class, we'd like to take a trip to Manhattan and join the NY Sephardic Film festival.
This night features a double header:
The Longest Journey: The Last Days of the Jewish Community of Rhodes
Director: Ruggero Gabbai
The 2,000 year-old Jewish community of Rhodes was almost destroyed when the majority of its residents were transported to Auschwitz on July 19, 1944. The film weaves together testimonies of three of the few Jews to have survived Auschwitz. They, along with the film crew, returned to Rhodes from their respective lives in New York, Rome and Brussels and recount memories of family and communal life, interactions with the local Greeks, Turks and Italians, cultural traditions, as well as the tragic last days of their community. The film provides a view of Jewish life in Rhodes under Italian dominion before the War. Through the lens of these narrators, their early lives in Rhodes unfold as a sort of ‘paradise lost’.
The presentation of The Longest Journey is made possible through the generous support of Florence Amzallag Tatistcheff.
Post-screening discussion with Stella Levi and Alessandro Cassin, Centro Primo Levi.
Italy, 2012. 50 mins. Italian w/English subtitles.
Writer/Director: Yitzhak Halutzi
Dr. Vicki Shiran led a major social struggle for equal rights and for the advancement of Mizrahim in Israel for 30 years until her untimely death in 2004. Shiran’s story is also the story of the rise, and some say the fall, of the social struggle for equality that has characterized Israel in the past 40 years.
Post-screening discussion with the filmmaker and Dr. Shiran’s daughter, Ofrit Peres.
Israel, 2012. 66mins. Hebrew w/English subtitles.
Please let us know, ASAP if you'd like to join us so that we can purchase tickets at a discount (possibly $12).
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At the center of Rutherford's Jewish community is Congregation Beth El, a unique synagogue located in a vast Queen Anne mansion on one of the town's most prestigious blocks. The small synagogue is now experiencing renewed growth fueled by young families moving to the area and a unique blend of traditional Jewish programming set in a warm and inviting atmosphere that is open to Jews of all levels and backgrounds.
Rutherford is the perfect community choice for anyone looking for quailty suburban living with close proximity to NYC and the established Jewish communities of Passaic and Teaneck.