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Beth El Congregation

Judaism Rooted in the Desert

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

Minyan and other Religious Services

One of the greatest assets of Beth El is our flourishing Tefillah Services: Shabbat eve, morning, afternoon, and Havdalah service, as well as daily and holiday services. Many of our members, participate and enjoy attending our warm, friendly, and exciting prayer services. Our services welcome everyone, and try to fill the needs of the young as well as the older individual at Beth El.

Periodically, we offer Learner’s Minyanim to help those who have not had the opportunity to learn the the traditional prayer service on their own, those who are looking for new meaning in prayer, or those just looking for a smaller service aside from the main sanctuary. The participants of the minyan fulfill a very important need of facilitating mourners in fulfilling the mitzvah of saying Kaddish.


Kabbalat Shabbat – We welcome the Shabbath every Friday night beginning at 5:45 p.m. Rabbi Lavinsky leads a fun and spirited service and also conducts a monthly musical Kabbalat Shabbat service during which Rabbi Lavinsky accompanies himself on the guitar. Please check the monthly bulletin, the echo, for details.

A New Shabbat & Festival Siddur – Siddur Hadash – the counterpart to the Mahzor we use on the High Holy Days – is now the Siddur we use each Shabbat morning in the Shapiro Sanctuary. Published in 1997, it is both contemporary and bound to history, reflecting the best Jewish Tradition has to offer. With its gender neutral translations and readings and vast transliterations, the text is easy to follow and – to use a phrase from the world of technology – “user friendly.” The introductory b’rakhot and psalms to introduce the Shabbat morning service begin at 9 a.m. with a mourners’ Kaddish shortly thereafter. A second mourners’ Kaddish is recited towards the end of services.

Torah Reading and Dvar Torah  – We are privileged to have Abe Meth as our ageless Torah Reader.  At the age of 102, we believe that Abe is the oldest active Torah reader in the world.  One weeks when he does not read, we have a cadre of wonderful Torah reader volunteers.  If you know how to read Torah our would like to learn, please contact Cantor Sam Goldman.

Rabbi Lavinsky is a gifted preacher and teacher whose sermons are shared on a variety of rabbinic websites and professional homiletics services.  He is known for sermons that are thoughtful, informative, provocative and humorous.  Rabbi Lavinsky’s goal is to inspire congregants and guests to rethink classical biblical and rabbinic texts, not to present ideas with which everyone would agree.  In addition to his weekly sermons, Rabbi Lavinsky also pens a weekly Dvar Torah in our e-mail publication, The Billboard.  If you would like to subscribe to the Billboard, which also highlights upcoming events at Beth El Congregation, please write an e-mail to Rabbi Lavinsky at or Korina Lollar at

Prayer – Davening –  Generally, Cantor Sam Goldman conducts the Shacharit (morning service) and the service removing the Torah scroll(s) from the ark. Rabbi Lavinsky, who worked professionally as a Hazzan (Cantor) during his years as a rabbinical student chants the Musaf (Additional) service on Sabbaths and Festival.  Periodically, lay members of the congregation lead us in parts of the Sabbath and holiday services.   If you know how to chant the services and would like to lead a service, please contact Rabbi Lavinsky.


Please check the home page for correct Saturday afternoon Minyan times.

Havurot, families and newcomers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For further information please contact the Beth El Office at 602-944-3359 or email or better yet, just show up!

Minyan Times

  • Weekday Morning Minyan 7:15am M-F
  • Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon) 7:00 weekdays; 8:15 Sundays
  • Weekday Evening Minyan 5:45 pm S-F
  • Shabbat Morning 9am-12ish
  • Kabbalat Shabbat 5:45 pm
  • Shabbat Evening Please check the home page for correct times as they change with the season
  • Sunday & Holiday Morning Minyan 8:15 am
  • Sunday & Holiday Evening Minyan 5:45 pm

Our quaint and personal minyan meets every morning at 7:15 AM, evening 5:45 in the Roth Chapel. On Sundays and Holidays services begin at 8:15 AM. If you do not know the service, our warm community will be happy to teach you and help you learn. We welcome all, young and old, experienced and new. It is after all a mitzvah in Judaism to not only daven three times a day, but to fill a minyan. This service is also supportive to our congregants needing to fulfill the obligation of saying Kaddish after the passing of a loved one. We hope to see you there.