• 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

Religious School Students’ Alef-Bet Video on YouTube!!!!!

 On our first day back to religious school on January 6th, Rabbi Lader met with our K-12 students while parents were with teachers for our annual Open House.  The students assembled upstairs in the sanctuary with Rabbi Lader and sang through and recorded Debbie Friedman’s “Alef-Bet Song”… then went downstairs to Ratner Hall and, in teams, made the shapes of the alef-bet – photos were taken of each shape.  THEN… through the wizardry of David Rosen, we now have a very sweet video of the song and alef-bet shapes — the cuteness is up on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5oVOryV-R44
Special thanks to David Rosen for recording the students singing and for creating the video, to Noah Barratt for taking the photos of each of the alef-bet letters, and to our wonderful K-12 students for their gifts of song and shapes!

Purim Celebrations

You are cordially invited to join Rabbi Lader and Friends for

The Art of Midrash –Queen Esther

Lunch ‘n Learn with the Rabbi

Thursday, March 21st, Noon

Beth Israel – The West Temple

Potluck Luncheon with Hamentaschen Dessert

RSVP to the temple office – 216-941-8882


March Madness – Purim-style!

Easy as 1-2!#1 — Sunday, March 17th–Food! Fun! Frolic! Felicitous flippancy!

10:00 a.m. – Purim Schpiel – fun for all!

10:30-11:00 a.m. – Students & Teachers in their classrooms; Parents and Adults stay around to kibbitz with Rabbi Enid

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Purim Carnival* and Queen Esther’s Café* & Hamentaschen galore!

[*Fund-raiser for community and social projects for WESTY and BIC, our Senior and Junior Youth Groups… with a few temple fund-raising opportunities thrown in]

#2 – Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m.

Join Rabbi Lader and Rabbi Lettofsky for fun and laughs

Congregational Family Purim Service, Megillah Reading, and Costume Parade:  “A cast of thousands…” Hamentaschen to follow!

Interfaith Dialogue: Three Faiths, One Spirit, Deepening Shared Values

Sunday April 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Rocky River United Methodist Church

Mary Anne & Richard Cavicchi Christian  Education Seminar

Dr. Alan Kolp, Chair, Faith and Life Professor, Baldwin Wallace University

Rabbi Enid Lader, Beth Israel – The West Temple, Cleveland

Dr. Carl Sharif El-Tobgui, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Brandeis University

Including dinner and question & answer session

Also at 3:00 p.m. in Rocky River UMC Church Sanctuary

Case Western Reserve University Klezmer Music Ensemble will perform

Attend one or both…Registration:https://www.rrumc.org/cavicchi-seminar-sign-up

Questions contact:cavicchichristianed@gmail.com

Join us for Shabbat

THIS Week — Congregational Retreat – March 1st-3rd
No Friday night or Saturday morning services at temple
Join us next week, as we…
Free Celebration Clip Art Pictures - ClipartixFriday, March 8th – 7:30 p.m. – Erev Shabbat Service with Rabbi Lader,  Featuring:  Temple Board Leadership Appreciation
Pillar Member Appreciation
Festive Oneg sponsored by Robert and Kathy Berns,
both of whom grew up in our congregation and will be sharing their stories and memories… as we dedicate the yahrzeit plaques of their parents:  Sid & Phern Berns and Jim & Celia Kahn.
We welcome Robert and Kathy and their extended family as they celebrate Shabbat with our Beth Israel – The West Temple family.
We will have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the variety of ways of supporting our congregation – through leadership, through tzedakah, through memory, through planning for the future.
A very special evening… RSVP to the Temple Office 216-941-8882

Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, March 9th – Luis Fernandez will lead:
9:30 a.m. – Torah Study
11:00 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service
Luis Fernandez and Barbara Feldmar will sponsor our Kiddush


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.