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
Our Community


Adult Education

Purpose: Promotes lifelong Jewish education.

Ideas, Goals, Future Activities: Create education opportunities such as lectures, classes, and workshops.

Chair: Michael Kantor


Purpose: Makes a detailed estimate of income and expenses; submits a proposed operating budget; proposes a capital budget.

Chair: Jane Taves


Purpose: The Caring Committee shall assist the clergy in acts of comfort and kindness for the members of the congregation. Page Info: You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.


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Purpose: The House Committee will assist the administrator in maintaining the building and property of the congregation in good order and repair.

Chair: Marlene Barmish

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Purpose: To establish and strengthen relationships between members of Temple Beth El and members of Progressive congregations and institutions in Israel …

Chairs: Janelle Bently

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Purpose: Welcomes newcomers to the community and encourages their affiliation with the Temple.

Chair: Jacquelynn Rothstein


Purpose: Enhances the musical experiences for the members of Temple Beth El by working with the Cantor and the Temple community

Chair: Jackie Forman, Marney Scheele


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Purpose: Makes all Temple members feel part of the Temple community

Ideas, Goals, Future Activities: Create a year of education and outreach for our community

Chairs: Steve LaBelle



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Purpose: Advises the Board about present and future personnel needs and recommend policies and procedures governing the terms and conditions of Temple employees.



Purpose: Creates programs and events that build community among the members of Temple Beth El.

Ideas, Goals, Future Activities: Continue to reach all demographics through programming.

Chair: David Gunderson, Neal Miller

Religious Practices

Purpose: With the guidance of the rabbi and cantor, reviews the rituals and observances to enrich Jewish practice. Also works with other appropriate committees to enhance Jewish home rituals.

Chairs: Sanford Carimi & Jodi Harris

Religious School

Purpose: With the Temple Educator, reviews the education policies of our religious school, makes all regulations necessary for the running of the school, and prepares a proposed budget.


Social Action

Purpose: Organizes programs and projects that will sensitize the congregation to the Jewish mandates of social justice and provide opportunities for tikkun olam.

Chair: Sherie Sondel and Marcia Vandercook

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Purpose: Oversee and provide assistance to Temple youth groups

Ideas, Goals, Future Activities: Greater teen involvement. Youth activities integrated with Temple activities.

Chairs: Michelle Felber

Men’s Club

The Temple Beth El Men’s Club is a group of men of all ages who get together to do mitzvah projects, socialize, connect, and learn together.

Monthly Events:

Book Club meets monthly, usually on a Tuesday night at 7:30pm. Our book club has been meeting since July of 2005 and picks exciting books to read and discuss.

Game Night is held monthly on the second Thursday at 6:30pm. We get together and play a modern board game (think Settlers of Catan) or cards and have snacks, talk and laugh.

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Find Your Sisterhood: the vibrant and friendly women of Temple Beth El’s Sisterhood invite you to join us for our programs as we make our community a place for friendship, volunteering, learning, and fun. Sisterhood is a part of Women of Reform Judaism, giving us opportunities to connect with women from other congregations and advocate for social justice causes around the world. Read more about our organization, join today, and see how you can get involved!


For membership information, please contact the temple office at (608) 238-3123 or info@tbemadison.org.


We offer exciting opportunities for pre-teens and teens to participate in social activities, social justice and worship programming through our Junior and Senior Youth groups, MUTTY and MaTTY. MaTTY (the senior youth group) includes 4 regional NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth) kallot (retreats) each year. Beth El teens also have the opportunity to study alongside students from other congregations in the Madison area through the Midrasha Jewish High School, which is jointly sponsored by the synagogues and the Jewish Federation.


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20s & 30s


Madison is a dynamic place to be a young professional! Our Young Adults group finds ways to make being young and Jewish in Madison even more fun.

Madison’s Jews’ Next Dor
Madison’s Jews’ Next Dor is for the Jewish 20- & 30-somethings community in and around Madison. (Dor means “generation” in Hebrew.)  We’re open to all young adults and are organized through Temple Beth El Madison. Our Meet & Greet dinners take place on the third Thursday of each month at a different restaurant each time. Please check out Madison’s Jews Next Dor page to get information on the next dinner or event.   We’re also looking to expand our Madison’s Jews’ Next Dor activities beyond just the monthly meal.  Do you have a unique talent, interest, or activity that you would like to share with the group by volunteering to organize an event?  Even if you aren’t quite ready to plan a whole event, we are always looking for volunteers to help in whatever ways they’d like – even as little as giving feedback about an event or helping to setup/cleanup for someone else’s event. If you’d like to get involved or just learn more, reach out to Aleeza at
program@templebethelmadison.orgThanks in advance!


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