Adult Education

Ongoing study of Torah and Jewish traditions

Everyone is welcome

Beth El welcomes people of all backgrounds and approaches to Judaism.

Hebrew School

Hebrew School is held on Sundays from 10am till noon.

Located in Potsdam, NY

We are located at 81 Market Street

A spiritual, learning, and caring community

Welcome to Congregation Beth El

Welcome

Congregation Beth El is a vibrant egalitarian congregation welcoming people of all backgrounds and approaches to Judaism. We serve the religious, educational, cultural and social needs of the Potsdam-Canton community and the North Country.

Service Times and Resources

Shabbat Services - Sanctuary at 7pm Fridays

Hebrew School - Sundays from 10 am until noon

Adult Education Class - Sundays from 10:00- 11:30am

Holiday Celebrations listed under Events

Membership Information

Congregation Beth El has been a central part of Jewish life in the North Country for over 50 years.  Your membership dues and other gifts make it possible for us to continue to provide our services and programs. Support Beth El so Beth El can support you!  Membership Form

Hebrew School and Family-oriented Programming

Our Mission:  Fun, inspiring and educational Jewish activities with an emphasis on tzedakah (charity/generosity) and tikkun olam (social justice/kindness). Promoting a connection with each other and Judaism through the celebration of Jewish holidays, and the study of Hebrew Language and prayer.

Location

Announcements

  • 2 years 46 weeks ago

    We're on the air! Listen to our promo every Wednesday at 7:59PM during the talk radio program, Q with Jian Ghomeshi! Thank you to to all those who made generous donations to continue this successful venture!

  • 3 years 16 weeks ago

    Looking for a unique gift? Need something special for a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, Hanukah or birthday? Shop for someone special in St. Lawrence County's  only Judaica shop! We carry a wide assortment of Shabbat, Havdahlah, and Chanukah candles, kiddush cups, menorahs, mezzuzahs, books, jewelry, and Jewish themed games and toys! Shopping for a special tallit--contact us and we'll get it for you wholesale!

  • 3 years 27 weeks ago

    Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one or simply for the mitzvah of supporting Beth El. Your tax deductable contributions make our programming possible and our community strong. Todah robah!

Upcoming Events

Apr
21

Julia Phillips Cohen, Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History at Vanderbilt Universitywill be giving a talk entitled: Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era. Held in the Sykes Common Room at St. Lawrence University. Dessert reception to follow.

Apr
23

Hebrew for Beginners class at SUNY Potsdam's SOAR Programs. Get a taste of modern Hebrew. This course is a gentle introduction to the language. You will get to practice greetings, introductions, and simple expressions from common everyday situations. Israeli culture and the history of modern Hebrew will form part of the discussion.

Apr
27

Yom HaShoah will be commemorated with a talk sponored by the Four College Hillel and Congregation Beth El. Stay tuned for more details.  Refreshments will follow the talk.

May
3

When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother died at 98, he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment, where he made a shocking discovery. The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor's letters and photos.

May
16

Is your mouth watering yet? Join us for a Kosher Deli Shabbat Dinner before services. Delicious smoked turkey, corned beef and pastrami brought from the finest kosher deli in Montreal. The cost of dinner is $12.00 for an all you can eat complete meal. Dinner will be followed by Shabbat evening service. To reserve a spot for the meal, email info@potsdamsynagogue.org

May
18

Lag B'Omer honors the time between the physical emancipation from Egypt during Passover and the spiritual liberation of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai on Shavuot.  At Beth El, we celebrate the holiday Israeli-style with a bonfire, toasted marshmellows, archery and games! The Melman family will be hosting the event at their home. Click here for directions Google Map. RSVP at info@potsdamsynagogue.org