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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

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Rabbi LaderRabbi Enid C. Lader

Rabbi Lader served our congregation for many years as a member-volunteer, in a variety of roles, before being ordained in 2010 and installed as Rabbi in 2012.

Debbie Chessen closeupDebbie Chessin, Director of Religious Education

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.

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.