We are a Reform congregation and member of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Our deeply held beliefs and principles guide the actions and behaviors of the congregation:
TBE's congregational family is founded on the values of warmth, togetherness, openness, belonging, caring, and the sharing of Jewish living.
TBE values Jewish religious and cultural education for children and adults.
TBE is committed to the Reform movement and its response to Jewish and social issues.
TBE values the full opportunity for members to express their spirituality and belief in God.
TBE is a home and place to meet the needs of the congregation in regard to worship, Jewish identity and life cycle events.
The concept of Genesis (see below) exemplifies our belief that people of different faiths can share, understand each other, and draw mutual strength from the relationship.
Our first Temple Beth Emeth Service was held at the First Congregational Church on Friday, August 19, 1966. This small group of pioneers set the pace for our congregation to become the vital and dynamic Reformed Temple serving Washtenaw County and beyond.
Genesis, founded in 1976, manages the building co-owned by Temple Beth Emeth and St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church.
Members of both congregations comprise the Genesis board. Each congregation maintains its own identity as a religious group;
however several times a year there are joint celebrations such as an Erev Thanksgiving Service and joint Adult Choir concerts.
This joint arrangement of over 30 years demonstrates that people of two different faiths can live and work together in harmony.
The Genesis Humanitarian Award is generally presented every two years at the Erev Thanksgiving Service.
Usually, the giving of the Genesis Humanitarian Award alternates back and forth between both congregations - one time given to a St. Clare congregant
and the next time to a TBE congregant. We know during the past few years many congregants have stood out - sinking heart and soul into developing the improved Genesis relationship - with which we are now blessed. There are also those among us who throw heart and soul into social action activities or volunteer at community organizations - like the Back Door Food Pantry, Food Gatherer's and the Interfaith Hospitality Network - which exemplifies our combined outreach into our greater community.
Among all these worthy individuals and groups, we recognize TBE congregant Bob Milstein, who inspires all of us for the future that lies ahead.