• 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


What’s Happening

A Message from our Security Committee on Security Protocol at Temple:  
The following represents the security protocol for all temple events:
1.  Night time services/events – the vestibule light will remain on.
2.  Services – Pat\’s office door will remain open at all times.  School – Holly N. or someone will be available to view the monitor.
3.  Anyone seeing the \’blue blinking light\’ will enter Pat\’s office and review the situation via the door monitor….the current monitor is small – but, we just purchased a larger one…..and hope to have it in place on 11/30/18…
4.  Most likely, the person at the outside door will look familiar.  The opposite is surely possible.  If that is the case,TWO people will approach the back door to discuss entry.
5.  No one under 18 should handle these responsibilities.  Members (only) shall take care of this.
Thank you, 
Peter Sackett, Evan Fleisher, Rick Keller

New Art Work for a New Year

Rabbi Enid Lader, artist Hector Vega, and building renovations director Brian Friedman stand in front of Vega’s new painting commissioned for the temple foyer.

Come and see it in person!

Media Spotlight


Director Lona Gruber, 82, of Middleburg Heights stands in the Southwest Community Access Network Hunger Center Pantry in Berea, where she gave food to 101 families on the Friday before Thanksgiving.
CJN photo / Alyssa Schmitt

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 25

    Erev Shabbat Service

    Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Sat 26

    Torah Study

    Jan 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  3. Sat 26

    Shabbat Service

    Jan 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  4. Fri 01

    Erev Shabbat Service

    Feb 01 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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.