|Welcome to Congregation Beth El|
Your Home for Meaningful Jewish Prayer, Learning and Living in Central Fairfield County
Under the leadership of Rabbi Joseph Ron Fish, Beth El is a growing, vibrant community that provides its membership with spiritual, educational and social nourishment through a commitment to Conservative Judaism. We are a house of gathering & study with dynamic programming for all ages. Congregation Beth El received 5 Solomon Schechter Awards for Excellence in Synagogue Programming from The United Synagogue of Conservative Judiasm. Join our members from throughout Fairfield County for Shabbat, Holidays, quality programming and an inspiring connection to Jewish life.
Silver Awards were received in the categories: Early Childhood Education, Social Action and Website. Two Honorable Mention awards were received in the category of Worship & Ritual. The details of our Solomon Schecter Awards as as follows:
The Early Childhood Education Award recognizes Beth El's thriving Nitzan Nursey School where children are treated to a world that revolves around their educational, developmental and social needs with an internal compass that only the Jewish Calendar can provide.
The Social Action Award recognizes the efforts of 20 Beth El Women who knitted and crocheted nearly 100 items including baby blankets, hats, booties, and sweaters for the Norwalk Family and Children's Agency's mothers in need.
The Website Award was received for Beth El's entirely new website that was built around the five key pillars of Jewish life at Congregation Beth El – community, learning, prayer, social action and support of our synagogue.
Worship and Ritual Awards were received for the Youth Siddur that is used in our Navasky Religious School and the B'nai Mitzvah Handbook that guides families through B'nai Mitzvah training and preparation.
The Solomon Schechter Awards program is one of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's longest continuously running programs and is a fitting tribute to the memory of Solomon Schechter. When Dr. Schechter founded the United Synagogue in 1913, he hoped that our congregations' standards of our congregations would rise continuously. Since 1949, several hundred congregations have been recognized for excellence in various aspects of synagogue life. Dr. Schechter's stress on meaningful synagogue activity and his emphasis on the synagogue as one of Judaism's core institutions are reflected in general in our mission as a movement, and in particular in the selection and presentation of these awards.