Thank you for your interest in Membership.

Did you know?  FREE first year dues for all new members!

From pre-school age activities through all of our life cycle events, Temple Beth El offers something for congregants of every age.  Come grow with us, learn with us, worship with us, and socialize with us!  At Temple Beth El, you have many opportunities to participate in the life of our congregation.  You can help shape TBE's future and meet new friends by worshiping on Shabbat and holidays, attending a family Shabbat dinner, taking adult education classes, participating in Synagogue governance, or even suggesting a new program.

Worship Services

Temple Beth El has several different services geared to meeting the needs of different audiences.  We create meaningful and relevant religious context of Torah in our daily lives in each of our services.  Through religious services, religious school and adult education, the congregation strives to develop a sense of family and community among members and to encourage growth and understanding of Jewish identity.  Our prayer services are a combination of English and Hebrew prayers, along with creative readings.  As an egalitarian congregation, women take part fully and equally in all aspects of the service, including reading Torah and being included in the Minyan.


  • Minyan
  • Friday Night Family Services
  • Shabbat Morning Services
  • Junior Congregation
  • Tot Shabbat
  • Festival services and celebrations
  • High Holy Days services

Programs, Events and Educational Offerings for Adults

So many choices!

There are many ways for singles and couples young and old to meet others and share experiences.  Consider one of these groups or activities!


  • Festival Celebrations
  • Lectures / Speakers
  • Scholar-in-Residence Weekends
  • Adult Education courses
  • V'Taher Libeynu - Adult Spirituality Classes
  • Annual Jewish Food Festival
  • Sisterhood
  • Men's Club

For Youth and Families

Growing together is just one of the things that make Temple Beth El special.  Our chapter of United Synagogue Youth (USY) ­ for 8th to 12th graders - is one of the more active in the Eastern Pennsylvania region.  Our Religious School students receive a free year's membership in USY at the time of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Prior to USY membership, children in grades 5 to 7 belong to our Kadima group. Both of these groups provide our children with the opportunity to participate in social, religious, and educational activities with other Jewish youth.  Through chapter meetings and outings, Shul-ins, acts of charity, helping to lead services, regional conventions, dances, and other activities, our children expand their Jewish knowledge and identity while extending their network of Jewish friends.

  • Friday Night Family Dinners and Services
  • Toddler classes
  • Pre- Kindergarten
  • Tot Shabbat
  • Junior Congregation
  • Hebrew School K-7
  • Hebrew High (9th - 10th graders)
  • Confirmation
  • KADIMA (for 5th-7th graders)
  • USY (for 8th-12th graders)

Additional Programs for Youth and Families

  • Annual Jewish Food Festival
  • Pizza in the Hut during Sukkot
  • Karoake Night
  • Purim Parties

Look at even more things we offer!

  • Monthly bulletin and Temple mailings
  • Social events
  • Library: open to Temple members and children
  • Seats for High Holidays

Community Involvement

We take an active part in caring for and helping to shape our community.

  • Crispus Attucks Dinners
  • Church Dinners
  • Mitzvah Day
  • Social Action Committee
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Our NEW Chesed program for families and individuals in need

Common Misconceptions about Joining a Synagogue…

Misconception #1: My family is not ready to join a synagogue yet; my child isn’t old enough for religious school.

Temple Beth El membership offers much more than just religious school or bar/bat mitzvah preparation!  What about celebrating Simchat Torah, or eating under the sukkah on Sukkot, playing with other children at Tot Shabbat or borrowing Jewish books from the Library? 

Misconception #2: Synagogues are only for families; I’m single or we don't have children.

Temple Beth El offers lots of different programs for adults - singles and couples.  Come consider how our Temple Beth El family can offer you paths to a more rich spiritual and social religious life.

Misconception #3: I can’t afford to join a synagogue. 

Temple Beth El will not turn you down because of need.  Our policy allows for accommodation from the dues schedule to reflect individual financial capability.  No one will be denied membership due to financial circumstances.

  • Cemetery plots
  • Affiliation with United Synagogue (Conservative)

For information on Membership please contact Sue Friedman at

Click on the link below to download our membership application

Microsoft Word - TBE Membership Application

Another Option

Friend of Temple Beth El

You don't have to be a member to associate with us!

We now have a new category of association that welcomes your family members and friends in a different way.  Do you know people who are members of a local Synagogue and wish to support Temple Beth El?  If so, please pass on the following information.


  • Are you a member of a local Synagogue who also enjoys attending events, activities and programs at Temple Beth El?
  • Do you want to more strongly to feel that you “belong” when you join us? 
  • Are you interested in establishing a closer relationship with Temple Beth El?
  • Would you like to be on our mailing list, be listed in our Temple Family Directory in the “Friends of Temple Beth El” section, receive monthly bulletins, and be included in our e-mail messages so that you are kept up-to-date about Temple activities?

If you answered YES to the questions above, please consider becoming a

“Friend of Temple Beth El”!

We have a category of association just for YOU!  By becoming a

Friend of Temple Beth El, you affirm a relationship with us.

We offer a warm, inclusive atmosphere for you and your family.  Come celebrate the season with us, laugh with friends, share meals together, participate in all educational classes led by Rabbi Parnes and others, and join in other activities. A Friend of Temple Beth El is not a member of the Temple, however.  They are someone who, while being a full member of another local Synagogue, wants to provide some support to Temple Beth El.

The Friend of the Temple association does have a requested donation: 

Individual: minimum donation is $100 per year

Family: minimum donation is $150 per year

We welcome you, your family and your friends to continue your connection with us – please contact the office at 717-581-7891 for an application to become a Friend of Temple Beth El.  For more information, please contact Sue Friedman at

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