Temple Beth El of South Orange County
Large enough to serve you; small enough to know you
Temple Beth El of South Orange County got its start in 1981 when a handful of families saw the need for a vibrant Reform synagogue close to home. In just over two decades, our congregation has grown to approximately 650 households, making it the largest synagogue in all of Orange County. Our motto, “Large enough to serve you, small enough to know you,” embodies the spirit of our culture. Temple Beth El is a place where everyone — no matter their age, marital status, economic situation, personal beliefs or upbringing — is welcome. In fact, we have an Outreach program specifically created for those who may be returning to Judaism, involved in an interfaith relationship or interested in converting to Judaism. Despite our size — or because of it — our clergy, our staff and our members are dedicated to making everyone who comes through our doors feel right at home. The walls of our synagogue, reminiscent of the streets of Jerusalem, house a warm and friendly place where members can cultivate, explore and expand their spirituality on their own terms. At Temple Beth El, we are committed to providing top quality educational opportunities for all ages and stages of life. Our nationally accredited Religious School, which serves children from preschoolers through high school age, promotes an educational climate in which each child can discover and cultivate his or her own strong and lasting Jewish identity. Our Early Childhood Center, which opened its doors in 2001, serves children ages ten months to six years in a creative and stimulating environment. Our adult learning opportunities include Torah study and a wide variety of classes and seminars. When it comes to social opportunities, we have something for everyone: An active Sisterhood and Men's Club; Chavurah groups; separate Youth Groups for elementary, middle and high school students; numerous special events and Jewish celebrations throughout the year and a variety of volunteer opportunities that help you connect with other members in a meaningful and supportive way. As a congregation, we seek to create an extended family that will be responsible for one another and for the future well-being of Judaism. We encourage each member to engage in g'milut chasadim (acts of loving kindness); the giving of tzedakah (righteous giving); and to take personal responsibility for tikkun olam (repairing the world). We invite you to find your place in our sanctuary, adding to our communal energy and helping us become increasingly a Kehila K'dosha, a Holy Congregation.