• 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.
  • 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
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    The BI-TWT Orchestra bass section
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    Family and friends support the Bat Mitzvah as she leads the service.
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    Celebrating Shabbat B’Tevah (Shabbat in Nature)


Welcome to

Beth Israel –

The West Temple

A Center for

Jewish Life

On Cleveland’s West Side


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

Welcome back to our building!
Shalom Beth Israel – The West Temple Members and Friends of our congregation — 
Yes!  We are back in our building… but just on the first floor.  Ratner Hall, our classrooms, the kitchen, the Yad b’Yad room, the rest rooms — all are cleaned and ready for us.  This week Erev Shabbat, Torah Study, and Religious School and Hebrew resume in our building. 
Note:  Our annual Shabbat Chanukah celebration will be at the West Shore UU Church on Hilliard Rd. in Rocky River on Friday, Dec. 7th — see below for details — and RSVP asap!
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A Message from our Security Committee on Security Protocol at Temple: 
Shabbat Services return to BI-TWT on Friday night, 11/30/18 & Saturday, 12/1/18; our students return on Sunday, 12/2/18.
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
From Discord to Harmony
Welcoming Shabbat with Rabbi Lader
& featuring
Music for Two Mandolins
with Jay Krasnow* and Chaim Caron*
THIS Friday, December 14th, 7:30 p.m.
in our Sanctuary

This past Sunday, during Religious School, our Parents and teachers and students brought up the Torah scrolls from the ark in Ratner Hall to our Sanctuary, as we prepared to celebrate the last night of Chanukah, the festival of lights and the historical rededication of the Temple after the Maccabeean victory.  Join us this Shabbat as we continue to rededicate our sanctuary with joy, and prayer, and music:
Please bring a dessert to share for our Oneg Shabbat following the service
*Jay Krasnow is a longtime supporter of BI-TWT.  Chaim Caron is the son of Dr. Herb and Blanche Caron.  
Chaim grew up at BI-TWT and his sister, Wendy Caron Zohar, is our Kol Nidre soloist. 
Religious School Updates
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THIS Sunday, December 16th 
 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Religious School
9:30-11:00 a.m. – Adult Ed. – Pathways through Midrash – 
“The Art of the Binding of Isaac”
11:30 a.m.- All-school family assembly
Monday, December 17th
Hebrew – 6:30 p.m.
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No Religious School or Hebrew School- Sunday December 23-Saturday, January 5
Enjoy the Winter Break with your families!
Religious School Resumes: January 6, 2019
Religious School Open House and Semi-Annual Temple Meeting
Watch for details…

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 21

    Erev Shabbat Service

    Dec 21 @ 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  2. Sat 22

    Torah Study

    Dec 22 @ 9:30am - 11:00am
  3. Sat 22

    Shabbat Service

    Dec 22 @ 11:00am - 12:30pm
  4. Fri 28

    Erev Shabbat Service

    Dec 28 @ 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Our Leadership

Rabbi Lader

Rabbi Enid C. 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.