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Beth El Congregation

Judaism Rooted in the Desert

1118 West Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 944-3359


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Beth El is a Conservative Congregation affiliated with United Synagogue. We provide a wide range of activities to meet the spiritual, educational and social needs of our members. It is a place for spiritual reflection, to acquire deeper knowledge and a place to make new friends. Our warmth and “ruach” create a sharing of ideas, life cycle events, new friendships and Havurot. We are a traditional, egalitarian and innovative congregation.

Membership enriches a Jewish family with a sense of purpose and meaning. We have over  75 years of history of tradition, success and excellence. The quality of our schools, the diversity of our membership, adult education, our leadership in the Jewish community, the professionalism of our leaders and staff, our warm congregation and our creative programs are Beth El’s greatest strengths.

Some of our events have included Sukkot Under the Stars, Hanuka Celebrations, an Israeli Art Festival, Community-wide concerts, theatre parties, Silent Auctions, Purim Carnival, Shabbat and Holiday Dinners, Havdala programs, picnics and Scholar-in-Residence Programs. In addition, we offer adult education opportunities.

Our Social Action projects have included the Westside Food Bank, Annual Blood Drive, Bone Marrow Drive, on-going food collections for the homeless, a Hanuka toy drive through our schools, Yom Hashoa Candle project, a High Holy Day & Passover Food Drive, and our “Blanket Boosters”, a group of women who crochet blankets for needy families. We also  support many community-wide Jewish events and programs throughout the year.

Friday evening services begin at 5:45 p.m. The Shabbat morning service begins at 9:00 a.m. We read the Torah according the triennial cycle.  We hold daily minyan each morning and evening. The High Holy Day services are held on our campus and include the main service, a Preschool service and a Family Service. Childcare if offered on the High Holy Days.

Beth El offers a variety of committees and volunteer opportunities. We welcome prospective members to visit our campus. Our professional staff and volunteers will be happy to answer any of your questions.

For additional information about any of Beth El’s programs or membership, please call Executive Director Anne Schafer at 602-944-3359 (ext. 109), stop by or email at

If you have any questions about religious services or pastoral care, please contact our spiritual leader, Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky at extension 108 or email at

We look forward to meeting with you and invite you to become a part of the Beth El Family.