• 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

Erev Tisha b'Av Commemoration

Remembering the Destruction of the Temples 
and Jewish Responses to Catastrophe & Exile

Friday, August 9 at 8 p.m.

Tisha b’Av commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, traditionally assigned to those same dates in 586 B.C.E. and 72 C.E., respectively. For Spanish Jewry, the day has an additional significance, since it coincides with the accepted date of the 1492 expulsion edict of the Spanish Inquisition.  
The collection of readings includes excerpts from the book of Eicha/Lamentations, 
diaries and poetry across time,
and words of song and hope in modern times.

Thursday, July 25
Friendly Inn, 2386 Unwin Rd., Cleveland 44104
Doors open at 6 p.m., Music begins at 6:30
Tickets:  $10 at Door
Lots of great raffle items to bid on!
Plenty of secure parking available

Annual Congregational Summer Picnic

Where:   Schwartz Park, Schwartz Road in Avon, Ohio 
When:   Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019
     4 – 7 pm      Dinner served at 5 p.m.

Cost:     Adults – $10.00 per person,

Kids 10 and under – $5.00, Ages 3 and under free

RSVP by Wednesday, August 14th to:  
BI-TWT — bethisrael@nls.net  
or call the temple office: 216-941-8882   


Join us for Shabbat

THIS Friday, July 19th – Erev Shabbat Service – 7:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Lader
THIS Saturday, July 20th – Rabbi Lader will lead:
9:30 a.m. – Torah Study
11:00 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service
NEXT Friday, July 26th – Erev Shabbat Service
Saturday, July 27th – Luis Fernandez will lead:
9:30 a.m. – Torah Study
11:00 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service


Friday evening,
August 2nd
Shared Shabbat
Celebrating Shabbat and
August Birthdays & Anniversaries

7:30 p.m. – Rabbi Lader will lead our Family-friendly Erev Shabbat Service


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.