The Jewish community of Topeka dates back to 1868, not long after the founding of the city. Of the many Jewish organizations and institutions in Topeka's history, the most important has been the synagogue. Two congregations founded in 1905 and 1915 joined together to build Temple Beth Sholom, Topeka's first synagogue, in 1920. In 1928, the synagogue became Reform, affiliating in 1935 with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Today, Temple Beth Sholom, with 125 families, is the center of Jewish life in Topeka. The Temple enjoys rabbinic leadership ( Rabbi Debbie Stiel ) and publishes a monthly bulletin.
Temple Beth Sholom is in the mainstream of Reform Judaism and is warm to Jewish tradition. Individuals from a broad range of Jewish backgrounds have found a place for themselves in our congregation. Through worship, we observe religious holidays and attempt to create ceremonies which highlight contributions to Jewish life, mark personal milestones, and bring members closer together. We join in Sabbath worship on Friday evenings.
Religious School will begin on Sunday, September 13. Parents please plan to attend a parent meeting on the first morning.
Our Mission Statement
The purpose of this Congregation shall be to worship God in accordance with the Faith of Judaism; to cultivate a love and understanding of the Jewish heritage through study; to stimulate fellowship in the Jewish community and the community at large; to strengthen the bond of loyalty with the Jewish people everywhere; and to promote the principles of righteousness in the world. To further those purposes the Congregation will be a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Your Temple Beth Sholom Board of Directors
Congratulations to the Officers and Board of Directors elected at the 2015 annual meeting: