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Welcome to Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El is a place where everyone is welcome, a place where people can talk to God and a place where people can talk with each other; a place to share our joy and happiness and a soothing place of comfort and support; a place to be inspired, to move to action as well as to help the needy. It is a place to celebrate the pride ofour Jewish lives and a place to stand together against anti-Semitism. 

Temple Beth El is a multi-generational and multi-ethnic community. We are Florida
natives, newcomers, and snowbirds, Jews by birth and Jews by choice, married and
single, interfaith families, LGBT and straight, raised Reform, Conservative, Orthodox or
other affiliations. We invite you to join us at a Shabbat service or one of our many
events. You will come away feeling warm, engaged and spiritually connected. This is
the environment to share the most meaningful moments in life, whether joyous or sad,
with others or through introspection. Guided by our Jewish tradition, let's share life's
journey together!

About Us

Temple Beth El is proud to be the largest Reform Congregation in Lee County, and the only synagogue in Fort Myers affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. 

We are the spiritual home of families who have been with us for generations and also those who have just recently moved to town.  Our congregation hosts a vibrant religious school and one of the city's most respected preschools.

Regardless of background, everyone who is seeking a Jewish home will find a welcoming one at Temple Beth El.

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History __________________

Our congregation traces its roots to 1948.  Originally, ten Fort Myers Jewish families gathered to celebrate the High Holidays and by 1955, for the first time in the city’s history, a synagogue was founded. 

TBE dedicated a new building in 1965, and having outgrown our original space, we moved in 1994  to our current location in Fort Myers. 

Facility ____________________

Temple Beth El is the pinnacle of a rich history housed in a sleek, contemporary synagogue building. Designed by beloved member and award winning architect Bruce Gora, the synagogue and its magnificent sanctuary are noted among the most beautiful in Florida.  

The wooden ark, representing Jacob's Ladder, was created by a Canadian artisan who delivered it from nearby Naples, Florida in four separate trips. It was constructed on site and houses seven precious Torah scrolls.

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