• 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

A Modern-Day Exodus

The Ohio Historical Connection has approved an historical marker at Beth Israel – The West Temple. The marker, “A Modern-Day Exodus” will honor the accomplishments of the Cleveland Committee on Soviet Anti-Semitism, started in 1963 by a small group of Beth Israel congregants.

https://thewesttemple.com/2019/10/04/a-modern-day-exodus/ ‎

Congregational Celebration of Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in God's Word) — Proclaiming God ...
Happy are we as we dance with our Torahs…
Ending… Beginning the circle today! 
7:00 p.m. – Monday evening, October 21st 
Erev Simchat Torah Family Service
Singing, Music, Dancing
Festive Oneg to follow

See the Film: The Last Sunday of August

The Last Sunday in August Poster
We will have the opportunity to see the film: The Last Sunday Of August on Wednesday evening, October 23rd, here at temple at 7:30 p.m.  This is an Israeli film (with English subtitles) that tells the story of the Lithuanian Jews during the Holocaust.  It runs 83 minutes, and we will be joined by Leon and Edmund, visitors from Lithuania who are here in Cleveland to complete the ritual for Edmund’s conversion; they will be sharing their experiences of living in Vilnius, Lithuania.  RSVP to the temple office – 216-941-8882. 

Join us for Shabbat

Emanu-El | Activities for Sukkot
Erev Shabbat Service & Sukkot Open House
John and Myrna Pendery 440-582-2116
Friday, October 18 at 6:30 PM
Under the Sukkah
7515 Andover Lane
North Royalton, OH 44133
Saturday, Oct. 19th – Rabbi Lader will lead:
9:30 a.m. – Torah Study for Sukkot – Ecclesiastes
11:00 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service
Luis Fernandez – Torah Reader
George Thornton – Reading from Ecclesiastes 
With thanks to Karon Greenfield for sponsoring the Kiddush 
in loving memory of Jerry Greenfield



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.