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Welcome to Congregation Beth El
Welcome to Congregation Beth El

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Find community news

and program details

in our weekly update:

  • July 2: Shabbat Morning Service with Lance Wang

  • Parashat Korach - d'var torah from

  • July 25: CBE Board Meeting - Zoom

  • August 9: CBE Book Club discusses Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky

  • Two Calls to Action!

  • July 13-31: Stowe Jewish Film Festival

  • Welcome to New Members

  • Healing Blessings

  • Yahrzeits

Shabbat Morning Service


10 am • Saturday, July 2

with Lance Wang

Parashat Korach / פָּרָשַׁת קוֹרַח

Torah Portion: Numbers 16:1-18:32


Areas We Serve


Beth El serves a broad geographic area including southwestern Vermont, northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and eastern Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York. Click  Contact   to see a map of our location.



We are affiliated with  Reconstructing Judaism .


Vision Statement


Congregation Beth El is a diverse and welcoming Jewish community, balancing traditional Jewish core strengths and values with a forward-looking perspective that respects our ever-evolving culture.


Building on an inherited congregational history dating back to 1909, Congregation Beth El looks to its history and roots for inspiration, while forging multiple paths for its members to address and express their Jewish identity.


Programs and activities that appeal to a wide range of congregants, opportunities to socialize with our geographically dispersed membership, and responsible financial stewardship are actions which will carry Congregation Beth El onward through a sustainable and secure second century.

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​Rabbi Emeritus Howard A Cohen


Rabbi Howard A Cohen, was our first full time rabbi in over 20 years when he came to the community in 1994.  In 2006 he retired from full time pulpit work to pursue other interests. Currently, Howard is also the part time rabbi of Shirat Hayam, another small congregation located on Boston's South Shore.  


Contact Rabbi Cohen:  voice/text 802-440-1023

Our Staff


Susan Armstrong is our Assistant Director, managing facilities, communications,

and day-to-day operations.


Contact Susan:  phone 802-442-9645

Amanda Mattison is our bookkeeper.

Dennis Rose provides facilities maintenance.

Our Trustees


Our Members

Click to meet some of our members through interviews

and stories lovingly collected by Susan Armstrong.

Karen Levin
Ellie Roden
Diana Gradus
Glenn Davis
Stuart DuBoff
Alice Greenspan
Jeff Teitel
Christopher Burke
Nancy Nardone

Congregation Beth El is an inclusive community for individuals and families. Our members have followed a wide variety of paths: some were raised Jewish, some are unfamiliar with the synagogue or the liturgy, while others are part of an inter-faith family. All are welcome.

We believe that Judaism requires a community, and it is as part of a community that we can best express and develop our spiritual paths.


Congregation Beth El depends on both dues and donations to maintain its home and provide and expand its wide range of services. We provide Jewish education, cultural and educational programming, and outreach for members and the wider community of all incomes and age groups.


It is traditional to provide donations not just during the High Holidays, but also to commemorate life-cycle events such as births and birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and anniversaries and Yahrzeits. We are grateful to all those who have given so generously.


Our secure online donation / contribution portal allows you to make a paperless payment by credit card, Paypal, or electronic transfer from your bank.


Thank you!


Congregation Beth El

107 Adams St. Bennington VT 05201

   phone: (802) 442-9645      



Office Hours:

9:30 am - 2:30 pm Monday thru Thursday


Rabbi Howard A Cohen

    phone:  (802) 440-1023