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About Temple Beth El of Boca Raton

One of our country’s most highly respected Reform congregations, Temple Beth El makes Jewish tradition vibrant and meaningful for the lives we live today.  From a small group of committed pioneers who formed the Boca Raton Hebrew Congregation in 1967, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton has grown to be the largest and most vibrant congregation in our area. Throughout our history we have sought to create a spirit of warmth, intimacy and vitality in all that we are and do, welcoming all people who wish to pursue a meaningful Jewish life. We believe strongly in making a difference in each member’s life, in the larger community, in Israel, and in our world. 

Learn more about our history in the video made for the Temple’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2017, and if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a member, contact us today!

Our Mission

The mission of Temple Beth El is to inspire a passionate commitment to Jewish life, learning, community and spiritual growth.

Our Vision

Temple Beth El of Boca Raton seeks to be a deeply compelling center of Reform Judaism, integrating the wisdom of Torah and tradition with the modern world in which we live.

Our congregation will:

  • Welcome, involve and inspire all who enter, embracing the unique contributions of every individual.
  • Reach out to the larger community to encourage participation in synagogue life.
  • Celebrate, grieve, heal and grow together through all seasons of life.
  • Strive to be a learned community that questions, studies, and honors the gift of Torah and the covenant with God.
  • Engage in inspiring worship and transformative experiences of Jewish spirituality.
  • Share a love and responsibility for each other, our community and country, for Israel, and for the future of the Jewish people.
History of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton

2020

Completed a major renewal, renovation and expansion on both campuses, meeting the needs of the changing and growing Jewish population in Boca Raton.

2009

In response to the growing number of Jewish families in West Boca Raton, Temple Beth El built its Beck Family Campus at the corner of Yamato Road and US 441.

2005

The Beth El Mausoleum was built at the Schaefer Family Campus to provide a final resting place on sacred synagogue grounds for members of the congregation, as well as the entire Jewish community of South Florida. It is the only mausoleum in the United States built on synagogue grounds.

1977

The founders’ vision of a beautiful synagogue building became reality when Temple Beth El was built on 10 acres of land in East Boca Raton. This is now the temple’s Schaefer Family Campus.

1967

A small group of Jewish families joined forces and pledged to establish Boca Raton’s first synagogue.  They met in people’s homes, and held services at Marymount College (now Lynn University), thanks to the graciousness of Sister de la Croix, a Catholic nun and President of Marymount College who welcomed them to worship in their facilities.