What draws you to religion?
b. Relationship with G-d
d. Tradition and heritage
Here at Beth Israel, we explore this question in various ways, whether through our well-attended weekly Torah study sessions, our cozy Shabbat services, or our family-style celebrations. We are a small congregation, where members feel valued and comfortable to ask any question. Check out our calendar of upcoming events
. Please join us!
Historic Congregation Beth Israel has its roots in the Wallingford Hebrew Association and dates back over one hundred years, to 1901.
Read the unbelievable memoir from an early Wallingford Jewish family here .
In the early 1900s, the Congregation purchased property on North Orchard Street and established a permanent house of worship and center of Wallingford's Jewish culture, dedicated in 1908 (See related Record-Journal article
The Congregation experienced a modest growth and by the late 1960s instituted a major renovation and expansion, adding classrooms, a large kitchen, social hall, office and library.
To meet the needs of Wallingford's changing Jewish community at that time, the Congregation shed its orthodox affiliation and joined the United Synagogues of America, a conservative denomination. Beth Israel has chosen not to be affiliated at this time, to better reflect the realities and uniqueness of its membership.
While our membership numbers have fluctuated over the years, we remain an intimate group of approximately fifty to sixty families.
Throughout the years Beth Israel has maintained its character - a welcoming, warm and inclusive community - as it strives to meet the needs of contemporary Jewish life in our vicinity.