• 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

Mitzvah Opportunity

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Operation Warm Up, a partnership between the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland section, the Richard Horvitz and Erica Hartman-Horvitz Youth Ability program and Hands On Northeast Ohio, is seeking winter clothing donations.
Most needed items are adult waterproof winter gloves, pre-packaged socks and underwear for men, women and children, winter hats for men, women and children, adult hoodies, and gently used winter coats in sizes extra large and above.
The collection bin is located as you enter through the parking lot entrance at temple–bring in your donations through November until December 8th.

Religious School Upcoming Events

From Debbie Chessin, our Educator
Sunday, December 1-NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL- Happy Thanksgiving!
Fundraiser for MayaStrong# – The students in grades 3-6 have made bracelets that will be sold in Ratner Hall during Religious/Hebrew School – donations accepted. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to help Maya and the Rak family while she undergoes her cancer treatments.
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Saturday, December 7- Kinder Krafts and Kooking 3-4:30 pm-“Baking Chanukah Cookies” at Young Chefs Academy in Strongsville. This program is free to all families with children in PS-Grades 2.  Please RSVP to Debbie Chessin at bitwteducator@gmail.com
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Sunday, December 8 – Yad B’Yad
10:45-11:45 at Beth Israel-The West Temple

New Member Shabbat

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Friday evening, December 27th
Celebrate Chanukah and Shabbat with us!
Chanukah and Erev Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m.
Chicken and Latkes at 7:30 p.m.
Adults: $10/person
Kids 10 and under: $5
Ages 3 and under – Free
Bring a non-dairy side dish or dessert.
RSVP to the temple:
Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up…
Please let us know how you can help.

Join us for Shabbat

Because of the holiday weekend,
This Friday, Nov. 29th
Enjoy a peaceful Erev Shabbat…
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THIS Saturday, Nov. 30th
Luis Fernandez will lead:
9:30 a.m. – Torah Study 
11:00 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service
Kiddush hosted by Erin Butler and Anna Betyereva


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.