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Temple Beth-El is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). The USCJ, founded in 1913, is the association of Conservative congregations in North America, today consisting of over 600 affiliated synagogues and over one-and-a-half-million members.

The mission of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) is to strengthen and serve its congregations and their members. USCJ's mission statement is as follows:

The Vision  The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is a community of kehillot -- sacred communities -- committed to a dynamic Judaism that is learned and passionate, authentic and pluralistic, joyful and accessible, egalitarian or traditional.

Our kehillot create the conditions for a powerful and vibrant Jewish life, empowering Jews in North America to seek the presence of God, to seek meaning and purpose in Torah and mitzvot, to fully engage with Israel, and to be inspired by Judaism to improve the world and the Jewish people.

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism creates the spiritual, intellectual and managerial network that enables each of our kehillot to fulfill its sacred mission and connects all our kehillot with a common sense of community, shared mission and purpose. Together with other centers of energy identified with Conservative Judaism, we articulate and disseminate our approach to Judaism.

The Mission  To transform and strengthen our kehillot in their effort to:

inspire meaningful prayer

sustain a culture of lifelong Jewish learning

nurture religious and spiritual growth

promote excellence in kehilla leadership

To ensure educational excellence true to the vision of Conservative Judaism for children and adults in our kehillot

To engage the next generation of kehilla leadership.

To encourage and build new kehillot