Temple Beth El With nearly 700 family members, Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities. Temple Beth El’s two main auxiliaries, the Sisterhood and the Men’s Club, each have an active agenda of programs, services and activities. Temple Beth El is affiliated... Read More
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Temple Beth El, Madison, WI

With nearly 630 family members, Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities.  Temple Beth El is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and its Central District, which represents the liberal tradition of Judaism.

As a house of worship, a center of teaching and learning and a place of communal fellowship, the Temple’s progressive voice is heard and respected not only in Madison, but also throughout Wisconsin. Led by Rabbi Jonathan Biatch, the congregation plays a dynamic part in the religious and civic life of the community—a role encouraged by the Temple’s founding Rabbi, of blessed memory, Dr. Manfred Swarsensky.

Vision Statement
Our Vision is to create and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and engaged community that welcomes and connects people from all walks of Reform Jewish life, and fulfills their spiritual, educational, ethical, social, and emotional needs and expectations. – Adopted in 2014

Mission Statement
The purpose of this congregation shall be to worship God in accordance with the faith of Judaism; to cultivate a love and understanding of the Jewish heritage; to foster fellowship in the Jewish community and to strengthen the bonds of loyalty with the Jewish people everywhere; to bring nearer the Sovereignty of God through acts of tikun olam. –Temple Beth El’s Bylaws




Rabbi Jonathan Biatch

A native of Portland, Oregon, and a childhood resident of Los Angeles, Rabbi Biatch attended the California State University at Northridge for his undergraduate degree. He then participated in the World Union of Jewish Students’ Institute based in Arad, Israel, where he acquired a fluency in Hebrew language. Following his return to the United States, he studied at Brandeis University where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Communal Service. rabbi@templebethelmadison.org. Read More…


Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy photoCantor Sharon Brown-Levy

Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy, a Philadelphia native, graduated the Gratz College Hebrew High School as valedictorian. Her father (z’l), Art Brown, a professional accompanist of cantors, composer, Hebrew teacher, and music director; and her mother (z’l), Marilyn, a professional singer and school teacher, brought a variety of musical styles and Yiddishkeit to their home.
Holding multiple, summa cum laude degrees in Vocal Performance and Spanish, Cantor Sharon had an extensive career on the professional stage before entering the cantorate. She has sung across the world in numerous musical styles including opera, Spanish operetta, musical theater, and big bands, and taught as an adjunct professor of Spanish and Music. She simultaneously completed two rigorous programs of cantorial certification, with distinction, from both the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors.
One of Cantor Sharon’s passions is conducting. She has built various professional and volunteer synagogue choirs, song leaders, and bands. She has been the co-conductor of our prestigious community interfaith choir, Voices in Harmony, which expanded to all of Essex County when she arrived. She also trains teens to sing for the international teen choir, Hazamir. Her students have been featured at Carnegie Hall as featured soloists. Cantor Sharon is also an instrumentalist, playing piano, guitar, and middle-eastern drum (tof). She has great passion for teaching people of all ages as well.
Cantor Sharon is the co-founder of central Florida’s cantor’s conglomerate, the Bay Area Cantorial Association. For the past decade she has been an active member of our country’s oldest ensemble of cantors, the New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble, where she served as the Education Coordinator and Vice President. Both organizations perform to raise money for cantorial students.

Brown-Levy is thrilled to serve as Cantor of Temple Beth El and join this warm, haimish Madison community. She’s married to Eytan Levy, the son of her professor, Rabbi Mordecai Levy (z’l), and they have one son, Mattan.


Cantor Emerita Deborah MartinTemple Beth El Staff Photo

Cantor Martin grew up in New Jersey and began her musical training taking piano lessons. She trained classically and received a Bachelors of Music with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Masters of Music from the Boston Conservatory of Music. She has performed in Opera throughout the United States and did her debut as Rosina in the Barber of Seville with the Boston Symphony.  cantor@templebethelmadison.orgRead More…



Terrie Goren, Executive Director

executive@tbemadison.org or 608-238-3123.


Nicole Jahr, RJE, Director of Lifelong Learning

Nicole Jahr is the new Director of Lifelong Learning of Temple Beth El. Nicole grew up in the Detroit metropolitan area, and spent many years in California as a teenager and young adult. Nicole has been involved in Jewish education since she started as a teacher’s aide in religious school after her bat mitzvah.  She has been active in BBYO, Jewish day and overnight camps, religious high school, and traveling to Israel.  She returned to the Detroit area to establish a family and pursue a career in education, and recently earned a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College.

Previously, Nicole has run numerous educational programs, including as Director of Education in Reform and Conservative congregations, as Early Childhood Center Director for a Jewish Community preschool, and as Professional Development for Teachers facilitator for the Alliance for Jewish Education for the Federation of Metropolitan Detroit with the Congregational School Improvement Initiative.  In this last role, she trained and coached close to 100 religious school teachers.  She has taught kindergarten, 3rd and 5th grades and high school courses for over 25 years.

Nicole boasts about her wonderful husband, Herb and two beautiful daughters.  Lauren will begin at Middleton High School in the fall and Samantha is a college student in Michigan.

educator@templebethelmadison.org or learn@tbemadison.org


Aleeza Hoffert, Director of Community Engagement

Aleeza Hoffert started as Temple Beth El’s program director in May, 2013 and as its first full-time program director since January, 2014. In June 2015, the board voted to change her position to Director of Community Engagement to reflect what she was already doing and where their vision for where they want to go. As Director of Community Engagement, Aleeza has the opportunity to interact with many in our community and participate in many of the facets of the Temple’s event planning activities. Specifically, she: works to maintain the Temple’s most cherished events (annual retreat, Purim carnival, High Holidays, etc.); supports the Social Action, Programming, and Membership committees in providing many other events throughout the year; creates and distributes publicity for all of the Temple’s events; and pioneers new initiatives, such as Madison’s Jews’ Next Dor, which works to engage young adults in their 20s and 30s (Dor means “generation” in Hebrew), a demographic essential to the continued vitality of our Temple community.


Aleeza believes very strongly that developing and maintaining robust social involvement and cohesion–in addition to religious and educational community–is a key factor in establishing a strong and vital synagogue. She is happy to have found a workplace which shares these values with her and encourages her to use her creativity to support them. As program director, Aleeza works to enhance social engagement, communication, and relationships in a variety of ways.


Aleeza moved to Wisconsin from northern California in the summer of 2012 to accompany her husband, David, who is native to Madison. She holds a BA in sociology with a minor in communications and rhetoric from the University of California at Santa Cruz. After college, in addition to working a full-time job as a web designer, Aleeza founded a young adult group through her hometown synagogue that eventually grew to over 500 members and won a national award for excellence.

She is always open and excited to hear new ideas or feedback and facilitate your further involvement in your Temple experience. Please come in and say “hello”. Her email address is program@templebethelmadison.org or engage@tbemadison.org or call her in the office at 608-238-3123.


Office Staff

Rachel Sauer–Administrative Assistant for Lifelong Learning – school@templebethelmadison.org

Steven Gregorius–Custodial Services

Stefanie Kushner–Financial Associate–finance@tbemadison.org

Sue Knudson–Clergy Support, Reception–office@templebethelmadison.org

Elena Robbins–Communications Coordinator–communicate@tbemadison.org

Kim Rosenthal–Youth Engagement Coordinator–youth@tbemadison.org





Executive Committee

Rozan Anderson President
Lisa Rosenstock First Vice President
Steve Lipton Second Vice President
Gwen Jacobsohn Recording Secretary
Jane Taves Financial Secretary
Eric Horler Treasurer
Dan Esser Immediate Past President
Lottie Frank and Amy Fields Sisterhood President
Vacant Men’s Club President


2016-2017 Board of Trustees

Carole Kantor Adult Education Committee Chair
Jane Taves Budget Committee Chair
Barry Wein Development Committee Chair
Lisa Rosenstock Finance Committee Chair
Jacquelyn Rothstein Membership Committee Chair
Jackie Forman Music Committee Co-Chair
Steve LaBelle Outreach Committee Chair
Nancy Brower Personnel Committee Chair
David Gunderson Program Committee Co-Chair
Neal Miller Program Committee Co-Chair
Sanford Carimi Religious Practice Committee Chair
Julie Swedarsky Social Action Committee Co-Chair
Zylah Kniaz Youth Group Committee Chair
Is Fine Lifetime Member
Vacant Caring Committee Chair



Address: Phone Number Fax Number
2702 Arbor Drive (608)238-3123 (608)238-3125
Madison, WI  53711


Temple Beth El Office Hours

Winter Summer
Mon.-Thurs. 9:00am-5:00pm Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am-4:00pm
Friday 9:00am-3:00pm Friday 8:30am-2:00pm


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Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison WI 53711

Directions from Milwaukee

  • Take the I-794 W
  • Continue onto Interstate 94 W
  • Take exit 4A on the left to merge onto I-39 S/I-90 E toward Janesville
  • Take exit 142A to merge onto U.S. 12 W/US-18 W toward Madison
  • Take exit 258A for Seminole Highway
  • Turn right onto Seminole Hwy
  • Turn right onto Nakoma Rd
  • Continue onto Monore Street
  • Turn right onto Arbor Dr

Directions from Chicago

  • Take the I-90 W/Interstate 94 W/I-94 W toward Wisconsin
  • Slight left onto I-90 W (signs for Interstate 90 W
  • Take exit 142A on the left to merge ontoU.S. 12 W/US-18 W toward Madison
  • Take exit 258A for Seminole Highway
  • Turn right onto  Seminole Hwy
  • Turn right onto Nakoma Rd
  • Continue onto Monroe St
  • Turn right onto Arbor Dr

Join Us

Temple Beth El would love to talk to you about joining our community. Please contact our Executive Director at executivedirector@templebethelmadison.org or calling the Temple office at (608) 238-3123.


Feel free to download and review our Membership Application.


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