• A Center for Jewish Life

    A Center for Jewish Life

  • Rabbi Lader leads a service in our Sanctuary

    Rabbi Lader leads a service in our Sanctuary

  • Candles light up the front windows at our family Chanukah Service.

    Candles light up the front windows at our family Chanukah Service.

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    PJ on the Go: Toddlers make New Year cards to wish the world a happy birthday.
  • Welcome to Beth Israel – The West Temple
    Rabbi Lader blows a wakeup call for peace at an Interfaith Service in commemoration of 9/11.
  • Welcome to Beth Israel – The West Temple
    The High Holiday Choir, led by Beryl Palnik, with Shofar
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    Camp Kee Tov kids and counselors
  • Welcome to Beth Israel – The West Temple
    The BI-TWT Orchestra bass section
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    Celebrating Shabbat B\’Tevah (Shabbat in Nature)


Welcome to Beth Israel – The West Temple.

We are a full-service synagogue representing those who reside, generally, west of the Cuyahoga River, from Oberlin to the west, to Strongsville on the South, to downtown Cleveland. We celebrate Shabbat with services every week of the year – on both Friday night and Saturday mornings – led by our Rabbi and/or members of our Ritual Committee.

Our mission is:

  • to provide a center of worship, education, and community for Jews in Cleveland’s western communities;
  • to help our children learn about Jewish traditions and values;
  • to give our members a tolerant and accepting environment in which to develop their own Jewish identities; and,
  • to assure the continuity of our people’s traditions, values, and life.

These efforts, over more than sixty years, strengthen the Jewish community in Northeast Ohio and contribute to our duty of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world.

Peter Sackett, President, Board of Trustees
Beth Israel – The West Temple

OnBoard Sustainability Challenge Grant

Beth Israel has been selected as one of eleven Jewish organizations in the greater Cleveland area to receive an OnBoard Sustainability Challenge Grant.  Beth Israel  was awarded this grant based on our exceptional performance as a member of the third cohort of the OnBoard Program in 2017-18. OnBoard is a program developed and operated by a well-respected national foundation.

The OnBoard Program is a 15-month program designed to strengthen and develop the skills of board members of Jewish organizations through targeted mentorship, skills-based workshops and personalized Jewish learning.   

The goal of the program is to nurture effective and dynamic lay leadership for the Jewish community.   This Grant will enable Beth Israel to expand and improve our services. 
This Grant will enable Beth Israel to expand and improve our services in two areas:  website/marketing and the establishment of a Legacy Program.
Beth Israel is grateful for our participation in the OnBoard Program and the positive impact it has had on our synagogue.
Peter A. Sackett
President, Board of Trustees
Why is OUR Matzo Ball different from all other matzo balls?
            Educational Childrens Toys for all ages                           A bowl of matzo ball soup Vector Clip Art Cartoon
All other matzo balls sit quietly in their soup bowl, longing for fun and excitement…
OUR Matzah Ball is filled with music and dancing and singing and entertainment!
All other matzo balls are made from a recipe in a book or from a box…
OUR Matzo Ball is completely creative and definitely outside the box!
All other matzo balls either float in their bowl or sink to the bottom…
OUR Matzo Ball only floats! No sinkers!
All other matzo balls show no signs of visible support…
OUR Matzah Ball depends on your support as a fund raiser for the General Fund of our congregation – everything from being able to turn on the lights and the heat and the air-conditioning, to keeping the building in shape, to supplying wine for Shabbat, to paying the salaries of our staff, and everything in between… 
We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you… 
April 27th – 7:00 p.m.
RSVP today!
Need more info?  Call Don Latnick – 216-507-1215
Monies can be mailed to the temple: 
14308 Triskett Road
 Cleveland, OH 44111

Never Forget

Join us for Shabbat

THIS Friday, April 12th – 7:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service with Rabbi Lader
THIS Saturday, April 13th  at 10:00 a.m.
Spring Wallpaper Clipart
Renew your Shabbat experience! 
Shabbat b’Tevah – Shabbat in Nature
Spring Shabbat Morning Service – A Walk in the Park
Meet Rabbi Lader at the Rocky River Nature Center 
and “walk through” the Shabbat Morning service. 
Wear comfortable (and waterproof) shoes and dress for the weather.
Weather permitting, potluck Kiddush to follow.
Passover begins next Friday at sundown, April 19th.  To learn more about the festival, follow this link:
NEXT Saturday, April 20th – 
9:30 a.m. – Torah Study with Rabbi Lader
11:00 a.m. – Pesach/Shabbat Morning Service led by Sarah Bedrossian
Passover | Washington Hebrew Congregation
Our Congregational Second Seder will be held Saturday evening, April 20th, at 6:30 p.m.  If you would like to attend. please call the temple office (216-941-8882) by Monday, April 15th, to secure your place.
$18/adult and $10/child – 3-10 years old… 
There will be a place at our tables for all who want to attend, but you must make a reservation.
How many days IS Passover? Israeli and Reform practice observes 7 days, and more traditional practice observes 8 days.  We find ourselves in the middle… and will conclude our observance of Passover with a Concluding Day and Yizkor service on Saturday morning, April 27th.


Our Leadership

Rabbi Enid C. LaderRabbi Lader

Rabbi Lader served the congregation for many years as a member-volunteer, in a variety of roles, before being ordained in 2010.  She was installed as BI-TWT\’s Rabbi in 2012.


Debbie Chessen closeupDebbie Chessin, Educator

Debbie brings not only experience, having worked for 13 years at several Cleveland area congregations before coming to BI-TWT, but a true passion for Jewish Religious and Family Education programming.

Rabbi Emeritus Alan B. LettofskyRabbi Emeritus Alan B. Lettofsky

Rabbi Lettofsky served Beth Israel – The West Temple from 1999 until his retirement in 2012.  He continues to lead and assist in services at BI-TWT on special occasions, and he remains active as part-time chaplain at Hillcrest Hospital on behalf of the Jewish Community Federation.


Board of Trustees

Our Board is committed to maintaining a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive congregation by inviting everyone to participate in all aspects of temple life.