Who We Are

We are Beth Emet: The Free Synagogue

Our goal is to be a haven where we find comfort, experience joy, and develop insight through Jewish teachings and tradition so that we might lead lives of purpose and holiness.

Our full name refers to the exercising of free speech from the pulpit, a right our founding rabbi was denied by his former synagogue.

Keeping with the congregation’s commitment to freedom and liberty for all, champions of progressive ideas have found a welcome place on Beth Emet’s bimah (pulpit), including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1958.

Our Aims and Values:

  • We are called to heal the world.
  • Torah is central to all we say and do.
  • Prayer connects us to tradition and to one another.
  • We welcome the stranger and embrace the friend.
  • We share our gifts and know that all have gifts to share.
  • We are grateful to be Jewish and strive to support Jews everywhere.

“Create for Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.”

ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם

Exodus 25:8

Together, We:

Wrestle with our understanding of God and what it means to be in relationship with God.

Connect with tradition and one another through prayer and spiritual practices.

Create a welcoming, inclusive, and caring community.

Share our gifts and know that all have gifts to share.

Strive to help each other grow.

Interested in Learning More?

Explore our history and our efforts to build a welcoming community.

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