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About Us

Mission: To create a welcoming, loving, joyful, vibrant, and engaging Jewish community to gather and aspire to tikkun ha-nefesh (repair of self) and tikkun ha-olam (repair of the world).

Vision: To bring a spiritual meaning to our lives and a better understanding of the world around us through learning and the study of Torah.

Values: TBE is committed to performing acts of kindness to each other, our community, and the world by providing service to others, and seeking peace and justice everywhere.  

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. Temple Beth Emeth’s congregational family is founded on the values of warmth, togetherness, openness, belonging, caring, and the sharing of Jewish living. We welcome all families and individuals regardless of faith, age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, LGBTQ identity, or socio-economic background. 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.

Genesis of Ann Arbor

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. This joint arrangement of over 30 years demonstrates that people of two different faiths can live and work together in harmony.

In the News

A Unique Partnership: Ann Arbor’s Temple Beth Emeth Co-Owns Its Building With Christian Church By Danny Schwartz, 08/03/2022, The Detroit Jewish News

Ask the Rabbi: Josh Whinston of Temple Beth Emeth, video by The Detroit Jewish News
Aug 2, 2022: Get to know Rabbi Josh Whinston of Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, MI, as he answers our 10 questions!

Tue, December 6 2022 12 Kislev 5783