• 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!

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

Join us for Shabbat

THIS Friday – February 22nd – 7:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Lader
THIS Saturday – February 23rd — Rabbi Lader will lead:
9:30 a.m. – Torah Study
11:00 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service
Kiddush sponsored by Sarah Bedrossian and Misha Zadorozhnii
THIS Sunday, February 24th – Religious School and Adult Ed. resume – 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • 10-11:45 a.m., our Grades 6/7 class has been invited to participate in a special mitzvah program at the Friendship Circle of Cleveland, located on 27900 Gates Mills Blvd., Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Year End Event - Friendship Circle of Cleveland
Monday Hebrew resumes – February 25th – 6:30 p.m.
NEXT Week Congregational Retreat March 1st-3rd
No Friday night or Saturday morning services at temple


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.