We are a welcoming congregation of Jews of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and levels of observance. The congregation began in 1974 when a small group of families came together to serve the Jewish community and help nurture a Jewish presence in Manatee County.
The synagogue offers inspiring and participatory Friday night services, Saturday morning services with dynamic Torah discussion, and monthly Havdalah under the direction of Rabbi Michael Sternfield. All major holidays are celebrated. The community also holds an annual Passover Seder and sponsors an annual downtown Bradenton Chanukah Menorah lighting.
Education and learning are temple priorities. The Religious and Hebrew School program is designed for children from kindergarten through seventh grade and includes Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation.
Adult learning opportunities include Hebrew classes, liturgical music/trope classes, seasonal Shofar classes, and the Rabbi’s dinner and a movie and Shabbat Dinners .
The Women of Beth El (Sisterhood), the Men’s Club, and the Social Activities Committee are integral parts of temple life. The Sisterhood oversees sponsorship of the weekly Oneg and Kiddush, participates in various fundraising events and holds monthly social/business meetings. The Men’s Club also meets monthly and sponsors a monthly Sunday morning discussion group and the annual Purimspiel Barbecue.