• 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.
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    Rabbi Lader blows a wakeup call for peace at an Interfaith Service in commemoration of 9/11.
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    The High Holiday Choir, led by Beryl Palnik, with Shofar
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    Camp Kee Tov kids and counselors
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    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 Action Center and Lifelong Learning

Beth Israel – The West Temple was recently awarded a mini-grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice at the Religious Action Center. This mini-grant will amplify the efforts our members have been dedicating to advocating for and with Cleveland’s immigrant and refugee communities. With this grant, the Beth Israel high school class and social action committee plans to partner with local immigrant serving organizations to get resources to families in need and to advocate for policies that welcome refugees and immigrants into our community. If you are interested in being part of a congregational team to plan activities related to this grant, please email Judy Wright, Social Action Chair, at wrightww@gmail.com to get involved.

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Pathways through the Prophets with Rabbi Lader 
meets on Sunday mornings – 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Join us as we begin the books of Samuel… 
Hannah’s prayer… The Israelites cry: “We want a king!”… David and Goliath… King David and Bathsheba…
Unstable kings… Palace intrigue…
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AND… on Nov. 17th – 10:00 am
John Pinter will be speaking about our Legacy Society

Religious School Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 16th – 9:30-12:30
Grades PK-2 Family Shabbaton “My Family Story”
Mitzvah Opportunity
On Sunday, November 10th – the High School class will be working with teens from the Turkish Cultural Center of Cleveland to assemble “Overground Railroad Travelers Kits” for an organization called InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Columbia. The IRTF provides help for immigrant families living or traveling through Northeastern Ohio. 
We could use the following items: juice boxes (100% juice), boxes of granola bars, individual packages of  cookies or snack foods, box of squeezable fruit,  boxes of fruit snacks, boxes of individual peanut butter or cheese crackers. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them in by Sunday, November 10th. 

New Member Shabbat

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Join us as we celebrate temple membership…
Saturday, November 16th – 11:00 a.m.
Come join Rabbi Lader and friends for a special Shabbat morning service
formally welcoming all New Members who joined in the last year.
Services will be followed by a festive Kiddush lunch provided by the membership committee to welcome new members and to acknowledge those who have been members for 20 years or more.
    Old or new… Young or Old or in between…. Come join us…
Please RSVP to the temple office 216-941-8882 or bethisrael@nls.net
Shabbat is always nicer with a full crowd. 

Join us for Shabbat

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Join us for Shared Shabbat with Class!
NEXT Friday, Nov. 8th – 7:30 p.m.
Our Shared Shabbat Family Service will welcome our
7th/8th and High School students
to join Rabbi Lader in leading our Erev Shabbat Service…
and we’ll celebrate November Birthdays and Anniversaries 
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NEXT Saturday, Nov. 9th
Our Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service will take place at the 
Lakewood Women’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – 5th/6th Grade Family B’nai Mitzvah Retreat
9:30 a.m. – Adult Torah Study led by Sarah Bedrossian
11:00 a.m. –  Interactive Shabbat Morning Service for all!
12:15 p.m. – Kiddush Luncheon for all!


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.