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Conservative Jewish Synagogues


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Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona






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In the early 1950s, a group of Holocaust survivors who made it to Phoenix joined together to form a traditional Jewish synagogue. They built a simple but beautiful house of worship a few blocks southeast of Phoenix' 1st successful permanent synagogue. They called their synagogue Beit Evree or Beth Hebrew. Within a few years, though, their traditionalism evolved into a minhag of conservative Judaism.

The 1st successful permanent conservative synagogue in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona previously in 1931 had been created by a group who constituted themselves as Beth El Congregation. Many years later, in 1984, the nascent conservative synagogue, Beth Hebrew, merged into and joined with Beth El.




Number 1


Beth El Congregation


1951 - 1968



Beth El Congregation is Phoenix' 1st successful, permanently established conservative synagogue (and 2nd successful, permanently established synagogue of any denomination). It's formally affiliated with the conservative movement. This building was built new from the ground up by Beth El members. It was Beth El Congregation's 2nd site and served the congregation from 1951 to 1968. As can be seen, it's now a pawn shop. Beth El's 1st building, which served from 1931 to 1951, no longer exists. After 1968, Beth El moved to Glendale Avenue.


Beth El (3rd location)


1968 - present day



Beth El Congregation

This is the 3rd location of Beth El, a large egalitarian conservative synagogue. Inside, the building's main worship space contains expansive semi-circular amphitheater seating. It welcomes a congregation with a balanced population mix of 50% older folks and 50% younger members including children. It's a beautiful if formal setting for Jewish prayer. Services are followed by a sit-down kiddish in an equally impressive ballroom.

Longest serving rabbi: Rabbi Herbert Silberman, 18 years, 1977 - 1995.



Number 2


Har Zion Congregation

A beautiful conservative synagogue with a guest reform congregation. A once traditional conservative synagogue, on the precipice of change. In early summer, 2014, a change occurred: Har Zion merged with Or Chadash to become Or Tzion.


Har Zion Congregation, nka Congregation Or Tzion, in North Scottsdale. Founded in 1960, Har Zion was both traditional and innovative. It was formally affiliated with the conservative movement. Longest serving rabbi: Rabbi Mark Bisman, 29 years, 1983 - 2012. Achievement: In 2003, Har Zion's religious school achieved the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's Framework for Excellence Certification.




Number 3


Or Chadash

An egalitarian conservative synagogue in North Scottsdale. An energetic rabbi and a beautifully voiced cantor lead this devoted conservative congregation. In early summer, 2014, a change occurred: Or Chadash merged with Har Zion to become Or Tzion.


Congregation Or Hadash, nka Congregation Or Tzion, in North Scottsdale. Founded in 2002, this synagogue calls itself a joyful conservative Jewish presence. It's formally affiliated with the conservative movement. Longest serving rabbis, a tie: Rabbi Robin Damsky, 3.5 years, 2006 - 2010 AND Rabbi Micah Caplan, 3.5 years, 2010 - 2013.




Number 4


The New Shul

A Carlbach nusach, conservadox, independent (not formally affiliated with the conservative movement), and vibrant synagogue.

Two amazing rabbis lead an enthusiastic very active membership-based shul. A great mix of families with children and single folks combine conservative Jewish interpretations of halacha with Chassidic-style davening.


The New Shul in North Scottsdale. Founded in 2002, this synagogue includes many energetic community members sharing modernity well-footed upon a traditional foundation. Longest serving rabbis, a husband and wife team: Rabbi Michael Wasserman and Rabbi Elana Kanter, 11 years, 2002 - 2013. Members and/or additional clergy of note: Gabbaim Stacy Andrews and Dr. Alan Singer.




Number 5


Temple Beth Emeth

A conservative synagogue just south of Old Scottsdale. It appears to be formally affiliated with the conservative movement. It's an active small shul within walking distance of the residences and shops in the center of Scottsdale, about a mile south of the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Camelback.


Temple Beth Emeth. Founded in 1983, this synagogue describes itself as hamish, egalitarian, and traditional.




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