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Beth El Congregation

Part of Phoenix Since 1930

Beth El Congregation is Phoenix' first successful and permanently established conservative synagogue.

Beth El Congregation was formed because members of Temple Beth Israel were having a disagreement. The members of the congregation could not decide on the hiring of a Shochet (Kosher butcher) and the hiring of a Reform or Conservative rabbi. The traditional Jewish members left to form Beth El Congregation, affiliated with Conservative Judaism, in 1930.

Beth El Congregation is Phoenix' first successful and permanently established conservative synagogue. It is also Phoenix' second successful and permanently established synagogue behind Congregation Beth Israel. The second established synagogue was at North Third Avenue and West McDowell Road. It remained there from 1951 to 1968 until the congregation increased in size to establish a third location.

After 1968, Beth El moved to Glendale Avenue, its current location. The congregation's goals seek to encourage and stimulate every member to achieve higher levels of Jewish learning.

Images

Dedication of New Beth El Congregation
Dedication of New Beth El Congregation Members of Beth El Congregation attending a dedication ceremony for the new synagogue located on 3rd Avenue and McDowell Road. Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, "Dedication of New Beth El Congregation," 1988.060.086. Creator: Markow Photography Date: ca. 1951
Beth El Congregation Celebrates Israel's 3rd Anniversary
Beth El Congregation Celebrates Israel's 3rd Anniversary Members of the Beth El Congregation celebrate Israel's 3rd anniversary in 1950. From left to right: Jerome Siegel (Vice President), Joan Pepper (Secretary), Morton Kirsch (President), Edith K. Baum, and Robert Weinstein (Treasurer). Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, "
Beth El Congregation Celebrates Israel's 3rd Anniversary, 1950," 1249-2.jpg.
Creator: Markow Photography Date: December 27, 1950
Queen Esther Purim Ball
Queen Esther Purim Ball Candidates of the Queen Esther Purim Ball hosted at Beth El Congregation. Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, "Candidates for the Beth El Congregation Queen Esther," 3484-1.jpg. Creator: Markow Photography Date: February 16, 1955
Wedding at Beth El Congregation, 1952
Wedding at Beth El Congregation, 1952 The Yukolis-Hodesh wedding took place at Beth El Synagogue, 1952. Rabbi Schectman officiates while friends hold the chuppa on poles. Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Wedding at Beth El Congregation, 1952 http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/ajhjla/id/130/rec/41 accessed December 10, 2016. Date: ca. 1952
Cantor Honorees
Cantor Honorees The Greater Phoenix Committee of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles honored graduates Cantor Barry Caplan and Cantor Reuven Taff with merit awards. From left: Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Doctor Joel Rembaum; honoree Cantor Barry Caplan of Har Zion Congregation; Lewis Nevins, Har Zion President; honoree Cantor Reuven Taff of Beth El Congregation; Beth El President Paul Smelkinson; and Event Chairman Samuel B. Schurgin. Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Cantor Honorees, 1983 http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/ajhjnp/id/293/rec/22accessed December 10, 2016. Date: ca. 1983
Sherman Minkoff
Sherman Minkoff Sherman Minkoff reads from the torah during a daily minyan at Beth El Congregation. Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Sherman Minkoff, 1999 http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/ajhjnp/id/225/rec/35 accessed December 10, 2016. Date: March 12, 1999

Location

1118 W Glendale Ave Phoenix AZ 85021

Metadata

Heather Roehl, “Beth El Congregation,” Salt River Stories, accessed May 23, 2024, https://saltriverstories.org/items/show/216.