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


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.



  • 4 years 25 weeks ago

    We're on the air! Listen to our promo every Wednesday at 7:59PM during the talk radio program Q, on arts and culture. Thank you to to all those who made generous donations in addition to your membership dues to continue this successful venture!

  • 4 years 47 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!

  • 5 years 6 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


Spiritual leaders from the North Country will come together to discuss caring for our common home. In collaboration with the Ministerial Association of Potsdam, the Institute for a Sustainable Environment is hosting this multi-cultural panel discussion on environmental stewardship. Rabbi Michael Greenwald will present the topic from the Jewish perspective. The panel will be moderated by Professor William Vitek. The event will be held in Snell 213 on the Clarkson University campus.


The community is invited to celebrate Shabbat with the Four College Hillel. Please come to meet and greet the local Jewish college student community as they lead us in a Friday night service. Our Friday night Shabbat service will be followed by an Oneg sponsored by the Four College Hillel.


Join us for our annual latke kiddush following services! Join us in welcoming this festive holiday!


All children in the community are invited to celebrate Hanukkah with the Hebrew School! There will be games, holiday treats and fun had by all. We hope you will be able to join us! Please RSVP to


Join a special Shabbat Service led by the children in the Beth El Hebrew School! Our wonderful Hebrew School teachers have been helping to prepare the children for synagogue leadership. We hope you will come out in support of the children and celebrate Shabbat with the community. Oneg will follow services.


Please join us in celebrating the New Year for the Trees! Tu B’Shevat is a time in Israel when the rains have fallen and the blossoms begin to appear on the almond trees and we pray for a healthy harvest. In contemporary life, Tu B’Shevat is thought of as a Jewish “Earth Day.” Tu B’Shevat is an opportunity for Jews to address global environmental concerns as a community. The holiday offers reflection on being responsible stewards of the earth through Jewish spiritual teachings. Join us for this meal of organic, traditional foods!