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Spirituality at Temple Beth El

Spirituality

In every stage of life from preschool through sacred aging, our goal is to offer classes, speakers, programs and resources that will inspire every single one of us to live lives filled with meaning and purpose.

And through Jewish wisdom, and the wisdom we find within ourselves, we will learn to nurture, love and respect the divine spark within ourselves and each other. 

What is Spirituality?

Brene Brown, esteemed researcher, educator and speaker, has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. In all of her research of the human condition, she has come up with the following definition of spirituality:

“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.”

Perspective. Meaning. Purpose.

Judaism teaches us that to save one life is to save the world. Our goal is to help people understand that every one of us has infinite value. Not because of what we accomplish or a title we’ve earned, but for who we authentically are – as each one of us is created B’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. 

Spirituality teaches us how to safely peel away the layers we believe we need to survive in this world. Sometimes we need those layers, but let’s make sure our armor is made with confidence, love, empathy and inspiration. 

We want to find ways to infuse more perspective, meaning, and purpose into all that we do. With a wonderful group of lay leaders and our phenomenal clergy team, we are working on fulfilling our mission of creating a dynamic and meaningful center of Jewish Spirituality for our members and the community at large.