In the heart of east Boca Raton, is a gem of the south Florida Jewish community, Temple Beth El’s Schaefer Family Campus; always growing and reinventing itself to meet the changing needs of the times. Much more than a building or campus –it is a house of worship, a house of learning, a house of community …a sacred place that welcomes all who enter its doors with open arms.
From its humble beginnings when a small group of committed pioneers formed the Boca Raton Hebrew Congregation in 1967, the synagogue has grown to welcome a wide-ranging membership of over 1500 families led by three rabbis, a cantor and cantorial soloist. Additionally, at this location is the Beth El Mausoleum, the only Jewish mausoleum built on consecrated synagogue grounds in all of North America, ready to provide comfort during life’s most challenging moments. In 2009 the visionaries of the congregation saw a need in west Boca Raton and built the beautiful Beck Family Campus, a LEED Silver certified education facility which houses the Early Learning Center, religious school classes, and youth and family activities.
Noting the dynamic resurgence in east Boca Raton and the growth in west Boca Raton, in 2017 the temple embarked on a major construction and renovation project to both campuses, to provide larger, modernized and more meaningful spaces for Jewish learning, worship and community.
“The synagogue is the factory for tomorrow’s world. Within our walls, in moments of worship, learning and through acts of social justice and community service, we build the spiritual and moral core of our world for today and the future. The exquisite new spaces were designed to be inspirational and reflect our values of love for each other, love for the stranger, and love for the Divine,” says Rabbi Dan Levin. “Our new sacred space will provide our congregation the resources to truly make the spiritual wisdom and traditions of Judaism come alive for our entire community.”
The result at the Schaefer Family Campus is awe-inspiring, with the renovations to the sanctuary and social hall; a brand new building housing a magnificent welcome center and lobby, a large covered entryway, a 250 seat chapel, a Beit Midrash (adult learning center), Sisterhood gift shop, and offices to connect the clergy and staff. The new building boasts a collection of beautiful museum-worthy Judaic artwork and areas where visitors will find peaceful nooks to gather and immerse themselves in their spirituality when they come to worship, commemorate life-cycle events with family and friends or attend engaging programming. This year, as part of the remodeling, the Beck Family Campus was expanded to feature a Kehillah (community) Center and catering kitchen to provide the opportunity to reach more families.
“We’re blessed to live in Boca Raton where there’s so much opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our diverse Jewish community. We pride ourselves on relationship building for every age and every background. We look forward to sharing all Temple Beth El offers in our inspired new spaces that are surrounded by beautiful Judaic artwork for all to enjoy,” says Elinor Josephson, Director of Engagement and Programming.
The best way to get to know Temple Beth El is to experience it at the Schaefer Family Campus in person at the “My Heart is in the East” Open Houses on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm) and Wednesday,
August 28, 2019 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm). Come schmooze with our clergy, take tours of the new building, enjoy lite bites and receive a welcome gift for attending.
Temple Beth El is a reform synagogue with two campuses to serve the needs of the Jewish community in east and west Boca Raton. The Schaefer Family Campus is located at 333 S.W. 4th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432 and the Beck Family Campus is located at 9800 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434. For more information and to register to attend the Open Houses, visit tbeboca.org/special-events or call 561-391-8900.
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton was founded in 1967 and has grown to become one of the nation’s leading Reform congregations. With a mission to inspire a passionate commitment to Jewish life, learning, community and spiritual growth; the temple offers two newly expanded campuses which serve the needs of the surrounding Jewish community. The newly renovated Schaefer Family Campus at 333 S.W. 4th Avenue in east Boca Raton houses the Merle E. Singer Sanctuary, social hall, a full-service catering kitchen, chapel, Beit Midrash (Adult Learning Center), gift shop, classrooms, clergy and administrative offices. Also on the property is the Beth El Mausoleum, the only mausoleum in the United States to be built on sacred temple grounds. The Beck Family Campus at 9800 Yamato Road in west Boca Raton houses the Early Learning Center for preschool, infant daycare and summer camp, as well as a new Kehillah Center (community hall) and catering kitchen. Welcoming families of all ages, the temple holds weekly Shabbat services and offers a bustling religious school program for grades K-12; along with a variety of social, cultural, educational, social action and religious programs.