In 1967, a small group of Jewish families joined forces and pledged to establish Boca Raton’s first synagogue. They met in people's homes, and held services at Marymount College (now Lynn University), thanks to the graciousness of Sister de la Croix, a Catholic nun and President of Marymount College who welcomed them to worship in their facilities.
In 1977 the founders' vision of a beautiful synagogue building became reality when Temple Beth El was built on 10 acres of land in East Boca Raton. This is now the temple's Schaefer Family Campus.
In 2005, the Beth El Mausoleum was built at the Schaefer Family Campus to provide a final resting place on sacred synagogue grounds for members of the congregation, as well as the entire Jewish community of South Florida. It is the only mausoleum in the United States built on synagogue grounds.
In 2009, in response to the growing number of Jewish families in West Boca Raton, Temple Beth El built its Beck Family Campus at the corner of Yamato Road and US 441.
Temple Beth El is not only Boca Raton's first synagogue, but is one of the largest and most respected Reform congregations in the Southeast. Learn more about the history of Temple Beth El.
2019-2020 will reveal major renewal, renovation and expansion on both campuses, meeting the needs of the changing and growing Jewish population in Boca Raton.
Schaefer Family Campus in East Boca Raton at 333 SW 4th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Beck Family Campus in West Boca Raton at 9800 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434