Temple Beth Chai was founded by our spiritual leader, Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan, in December of 2003.
Temple Beth Chai is a liberal, independent Congregation not affiliated with any one movement of Judaism. We are a synagogue open to all who wish to celebrate the Jewish traditions. Whether it is the singing of the opening melodies and lighting of Shabbat candles which commences our Friday Night Services or the Oneg (mini-feast), which follows immediately thereafter, our spiritual community is welcoming to all.
Our service is a diverse blend of Hebrew and English readings, traditional and contemporary melodies, communal and individual Prayers thoughtfully and strategically woven to involve all attending congregants.
Born out of the awareness that the traditional “brick and mortar” synagogues were not fulfilling the needs of the community, Temple Beth Chai is inviting, accessible and engaging.
This is the creation of the efforts of Rabbi Kaplan, whose dream became a reality. TBC’s members span many age groups with varied backgrounds, which include Jewish and interfaith beliefs.
In the five years since our birth, our monthly Friday evening “Kabbalat Shabbat” attendance has grown from 40 to over 200 people. We hope that through the sharing of positive experiences with one another, including your circle of family and friends that we will continue to grow even stronger.
“It is up to us to create and keep our community.”
Temple Beth Chai strives to develop Jewish people, children and adults, families and singles, who have a love and pride in being Jewish, a positive Jewish identity, a strong understanding and application of Jewish Ethics, History, Practices and Spirituality, knowledge and appreciation of the Hebrew language; kinship with Israel: the motivation to pursue lifelong Jewish learning, and a personal relationship with God.