A look inside my Reform congregation: Temple Beth El

I have a confession to make.  I love my congregation.  My Reform Judaism congregation here in Madison, Wisconsin is the most welcoming place I feel I have ever been a part of.  I love how it is a melting pot of so many different backgrounds, races, and faith-forming journeys.  There are Jews by birth and Jews by conversion.  There are non-jews looking to convert (like myself).  There are just so many different people and they all have welcomed me and made me feel at home in such a short time.  I am so glad that I have chosen to have my journey into Judaism happen at Temple Beth El.  If I would have known it would be so open to me I wouldn’t have waited so long to jump into the community and begin my path to conversion.  I want to really hit the ground running but I know that the Rabbi is very busy right now preparing for the High Holy Holidays so the formal conversion process will probably not begin for me until later this fall.

Either way, I am now a part of a wonderful place with nearly 650 families on the membership rolls.  Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities.  I wanted to share some pictures of it with the world in this blog post, so last night before the start of the Shabbat service I took a few photos so that I could share a little peek into my new favorite Friday hangout.

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Inside the entryway of Temple Beth El.
Inside the entryway of Temple Beth El.


I would love to hear from others about their congregations.

About the Author
Ryan Fagan is originally from Southwest Florida, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is employed in the financial sector and is active at Shir Tikvah, his Reform shul. He recently converted to Judaism after being raised in a Catholic household. He also goes by his Hebrew name, Aviv.
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