Congregation Beth El

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 27 August 2015.

Phone: 860-442-0418
Email: Rabbi@bethel-nl.org
[flickr_set id="72157621817806675"] Congregation Beth El was founded in 1932 in order to satisfy the Jewish community's desire for a Conservative synagogue in a city that only had Orthodox temples.  Beth El originally held services at the Community Center on Blackhall Street in downtown New London. Their current building was built in 1952 and then underwent expansion and renovations in 1970-1971 and again in 2000-2001. The congregation is mostly Euro-American with a diverse range of ages represented. However, the average age of the congregation is around 50 years old. Hebrew, Yiddish and English are heard within the synagogue walls; Hebrew and English are used during the services. The architect Paul Rudolf designed the Beth El synagogue as an example of modern architecture, including a geometrically shaped ceiling and six modern Torah scrolls containers. This award-wining synagogue has two separate worship spaces: the first is a small, unadorned room used for daily prayer services.  The second is the large and simply decorated worship area that can hold hundreds of members.  The main sanctuary can be expanded to seat more members during the High Holy Days by opening a sliding wall unto a multi-purpose hall. Congregation Beth El makes a significant contribution to the New London community by offering a nursery school, Hebrew school, adult education, and aerobics classes. The synagogue includes activities for the Jewish and non-Jewish community members. Activities and Schedule Daily services at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Friday evening prayer at 8:15 p.m. from Sep.-Oct. and 6:00 p.m. from Nov.-April. Activities: Group meetings (call for times) of the board of directors, board of education, nursery school and senior citizens.