New York temple moves to Danbury
DANBURY — Members of a now-closed temple in New York have started a new congregation in Danbury.
Temple Beth El has moved into a 64-year-old synagogue on Deer Hill Avenue and shares space with the United Jewish Center, a fellow reform congregation.
Former members of Temple Beth Elohim started the new congregation after that temple closed its doors in Brewster, N.Y. after 68 years.
Led by Rabbi Laurie Gold, the temple holds services at 7:30 p.m. every Friday evening, except for the family service, which is held at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of the month.
The temple said it is focused on community, family and “Tikkun Olam,” or “healing the world.”
“We are a congregation that supports a wide range of programs and activities for members of all ages,” Gold said. “We want to build a community based on inclusiveness, where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, a Jew by birth or by choice.”
The first service was held in mid-November. The temple offers sisterhood and men’s clubs, a youth group and Social Action Committee.