About Congregation Beth El
Beth El is a small Jewish congregation that feels like family. We celebrate our Jewish heritage through our customs and holidays. Our services are held every Saturday and many of the prayers are in English. We have 5 Friday night services a year that are short and entertaining with guitars and singing followed by a pot luck dinner and a family activity. We celebrate the holidays in our own traditional fashion. Throughout the year, we have a variety of events that are announced and we all have a great time. We are positive and energetic!
History of Beth El & Judaism in Sheboygan
Most of the Jewish families in Sheboygan immigrated from Russia between 1881 & 1914. They left Russia due to violent pogroms and strict restrictions placed on Jews. They came to America for a new beginning. The Jewish community thrived. At one time there were three synagogues in Sheboygan: Adas Israel (1890), Ahavas Sholem (1903), and Ohel Moshe (1920). in 1944 the children and grandchildren founded Beth El. They preferred a conservative rather than the orthodox synagogue. They rented Adas Israel until they built Beth El in 1951. Adas Israel closed in 1953. Beth El expanded and in the 1960's had about 250 families. Over the last 50 years that number has dwindled. Today we are working towards increasing our members again and have a thriving Jewish community!