Welcome to Temple Beth Chai!
Our belief is, “True belonging comes with a commitment of the heart.”
Temple Beth Chai was founded by our spiritual leader, Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan, in December of 2003.
Temple Beth Chai is a liberal, independent Congregation not affiliated with any one movement of Judaism. We are a synagogue open to all who wish to celebrate the Jewish traditions. Whether it is the singing of the opening melodies and lighting of Shabbat candles which commences our Friday Night Services or the Oneg (mini-feast), which follows immediately thereafter, our spiritual community is welcoming to all.
Our service is a diverse blend of Hebrew and English readings, traditional and contemporary melodies, communal and individual Prayers thoughtfully and strategically woven to involve all attending congregants.
Born out of the awareness that the traditional “brick and mortar” synagogues were not fulfilling the needs of the community, Temple Beth Chai is inviting, accessible and engaging.
This is the creation of the efforts of Rabbi Kaplan, whose dream became a reality. TBC’s members span many age groups with varied backgrounds, which include Jewish and interfaith beliefs.
In the eleven years since our birth, our monthly Friday evening “Kabbalat Shabbat” attendance has grown from 40 to over 200 people. We hope that through the sharing of positive experiences with one another, including your circle of family and friends that we will continue to grow even stronger.
“It is up to us to create and keep our community.”
Temple Beth Chai offers a dynamic and diverse involvement in the religious community.
When you become a part of the Temple Beth Chai community, you are welcomed with warmth and caring.Through the nine years of our existence, we have opened our doors and hearts to families in order to share a deep sense of friendship and community through the extended family of Judaism. We are committed to the strength of our beliefs, cultures that bind us from long ago and our promises to be strong for the future of our children.
We are unique in many ways.
At TBC, there are no fixed membership dues, nor building funds. Instead we rely on voluntary contributions and support by our members and guests to sustain ourselves financially. We charge no dues in order to emphasize that membership in a spiritual community is not something that one can buy. There are no “politics” for there is no “Board of Directors”. (Fees for life cycle events, such as weddings, funerals, baby namings and B’Nei Mitzvahs will be incurred on a per service basis).
Our Congregation holds monthly Friday Night Shabbat Services. Our services are filled with spirituality, music and fun. It is an experience which is a true “Celebration of Shabbat” that all can enjoy. Our services emphasize congregational participation with songs, readings and communal prayer in Hebrew (and transliterated Hebrew), as well as, in English.
Our Shabbat Services are held at Westglades Middle School Auditorium
11000 Holmberg Road in Parkland.
Do come and experience people who share your values, dreams and beliefs.
Friday Night Shabbat Services are held at:
Westglades Middle School Auditorium
11000 Holmberg Road
Parkland, Fl. 33076
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All services begin promptly
@ 7:00 PM
2015/2016 Shabbat Services
Friday, August 28, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015 (Special Simchat Torah Celebration)
Friday, December 11, 2015 (Shabbat/Chanukah Celebration)
Friday, February 19, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016 (Beach Service)
Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan
An Independent Modern Rabbi
Office: 954-346-5030 or Cell: 954-254-5871