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Temple Beth Torah was “born” in 1978. At that time, we shared the facilities of St. David’s In-The-Pines. We were a congregation consisting of only 59 families who purchased the present site on Big Blue Trace. We immediately affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Rabbi Steven Westman and Cantor Nicholas Fenakel were the first spiritual leaders of our congregation. In 1982 ground was broken for the temple structure. Membership grew to 126 families, with 70 children in the religious school. In 1986, consecration of the ark, lighting of the eternal light, procession of the Torah scrolls and affixing of the mezzuzah took place. Amid tears of joy, pride and remembrance, Temple Beth Torah was home.

In 1987, the Religious School building was dedicated. Through the next decade, temple membership and the religious school population grew. In 1996, Rabbi Stephen Pinsky joined the congregation as our spiritual leader and, in 2006, Cantor Carrie F. Barry joined our clergy staff. In 2014, Rabbi Pinsky retired and became our Rabbi Emeritus and Rabbi Andrew Rosenkranz joined our “temple family” as our new spiritual leader. In the summer of 2016, we wished Cantor Barry the best of luck as she chose to pursue new dreams and we welcomed Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled as our Cantor and Director of Education.

A successful capital campaign was launched in 2002 that resulted in the addition of over 6,500 square feet and the modernization and beautification of the entire facility, grounds and parking areas. In January, 2005, the Temple Beth Torah facility was rededicated at a special worship service attended by scores of members, representatives of many religious denominations as well as civic leaders from the community.

We are justly proud of our senior professional staff and lay leadership, both past and present, who have led and continue to lead us toward the achievement of our goals and dreams. Temple Beth Torah has evolved into a center for the practice, perpetuation and advancement of Reform Judaism in the Western Communities of Palm Beach County as a result of our worship, education and cultural opportunities. If you are seeking a Jewish spiritual, educational or communal home, we welcome you to attend a worship service or call or email us for information and a list of events that we would love to welcome you too.

 

rabbi andrew rosenkranz & cantor jennifer duretz peled

On behalf of our congregation, I welcome you to a wonderful place of Jewish worship, celebration, education and culture. Temple Beth Torah is the spiritual home for so many Jewish families and individuals living in and around the Wellington area. I trust that when you walk through our doors, you too will sense the warmth and energy that is a part of our kehilah kedushah ~ our sacred community.

We are committed to creating positive Jewish identities for our children, learning opportunities for our adults, and positive worship experiences for everyone. We are also committed to creating a community that is caring of one another, with an understanding that in times of sadness we need to be there with each other. We are proud that our congregational family includes men and women irrespective of age, marital or family status, faith tradition of origin, or financial means. We welcome all communities, including those with special needs, young professionals, and seniors. Interfaith families have a place with us as well.

In the words of the prophet Isaiah, “"My House shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." (Isaiah 56:7)

L’shalom,

Rabbi Rosenkranz

 

Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled, or Cantor Jenn as she prefers to be called, began her tenure as our sh’lichat tzibbur – our representative to God in prayer – on July 1, 2016. She was the cantor at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Allentown, PA for five years before joining our congregation. Prior to that she was the cantor at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, FL for three years.

Cantor Jenn knew when she made her first trip to Israel, during a Taglit Birthright Israel trip, that she wanted to bring her love of Judaism and music together. She is an unwavering supporter of Israel and has traveled there 19 times!

Cantor Jenn studied at Universitat Haifa in Israel where she loved living among such a diverse population of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. She studied Opera Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she was the recipient of the Emma Lou Young Vocal Award. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance with a concentration in Opera at the University of West Florida where she was a two time recipient of the prestigious Samuel Gittenstein Vocal Award.

During her cantorial studies, Cantor Jenn was the NFTY-STR Songleading Advisor for four years. She was the Music Educator and High Holiday Family Service Leader at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA. She was the music educator and Junior Congregation leader at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, PA. She spent two summers at Camp Tawonga as Head Songleader, three summers at URJ Camp Coleman as Head Songleader, and one summer at Machaneh Ramah Yomi as Head Songleader. During her final year of school, Cantor Jenn interned at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater where she subsequently was appointed Cantor. Cantor Jenn received her Cantorial Investiture in 2008 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She also received a Masters degree in Cantorial Studies and a Masters in Jewish Music from Gratz College in 2008, where she was the Abramson Fellow. She is a member of the Reform Movement’s American Conference of Cantors.

Along with her passion for music, Cantor Jenn has a love for Jewish education and creating memorable moments for our children in the religious school.

Cantor Jenn is married to Rabbi Matan Peled, and together they have twin sons, Noam and Shai, who are already students in our Temple Beth Torah preschool.

 

Sun, October 21 2018 12 Cheshvan 5779