Temple Beth-El Cantorial Search
An Engaged Jewish Congregation in a Vibrant City
Who we are
Temple Beth-El is the historic heart of Reform Judaism in San Antonio. Its mission is to provide a sacred framework that inspires people to cultivate their Jewish lives.
Established in 1874, Temple Beth-El is the oldest synagogue in South Texas. While steeped in history, Temple Beth-El remains relevant to today’s world with a large Religious and Hebrew School, active youth groups from Kindergarten through high school, a robust adult education program and small interest groups, and a large array of social action and social justice activities for all ages.
Temple Beth-El’s members and clergy have been at the forefront of shaping San Antonio, collaborating with the broader community and city leaders for interfaith celebrations, Jewish holidays, responses to emergency events, and social justice advocacy.
We are thrilled to meet the next cantor that will join our clergy, congregation, and community at Temple Beth-El. Interested applicants may find more information and apply via the American Conference of Cantors (ACC).
The San Antonio
For more than 135 years, The Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio has developed an outstanding reputation as a “birth through life” institution, providing exceptional programs and services to individuals and families of all ages and stages from both the Jewish and wider communities.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio has educated thousands of students and visitors every year on the history of the Holocaust since 1975 through survivor testimony, interactive exhibits and tours.
Temple Beth-El has strong, collaborative relationships with our fellow synagogues in the community, including events and opportunities for our larger San Antonio Jewish community to come together. The JCC website has an extensive listing of the synagogues in San Antonio.
Temple Beth-El is more than just a synagogue
Vibrant. Empowering. Uplifting.
Temple Beth-El is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those it touches. Passing on traditions and teachings to future generations, L’dor V’dor.
Caring. Active. Involved.
Taking steps to aid those in need from every walk of life. Nurturing personal growth. Comforting in times of despair. Sharing in times of joy.
We All Belong
Temple Beth-El firmly believes in the Jewish value of b’tzelem Elohim, that we are all created in God’s image.
Other Links & Information
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High Holy Day Sermons Read or Watch Archive
Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities – San Antonio Learn More
2015 News Article: “Temple Beth-El’s founders sought to bring Jewish life into modern age”
San Antonio Highlights
Arts & Culture
San Antonio is a historically rich and ethnically diverse city woven together with a vivid tapestry of visual and performing art. Explore lively cultural art districts, museums for every interest, and world-class performances and festivals throughout the year.
Our city is known for its abundance of family-friendly attractions and entertainment and is even home to an ultra-accessible theme park for all, Morgan’s Wonderland. We’ve got it all: theme parks, aquariums, splash pads, children’s theater, interactive kid’s museums, trampoline parks, caves, wildlife ranches.
The Spurs & Sports
You aren’t a San Antonian until you’ve been to your first Spurs game and high-fived the Coyote. Five-time NBA Champions, The Spurs are San Antonio’s celebrated sports team. Other local sports teams include The Missions (minor league baseball), The Brahmas (XFL football), and the San Antonio FC (USL soccer).
San Antonio is home to one of three Culinary Institute of America campuses in the United States but has long been known for its mouth-watering Tex-Mex and Texas-style BBQ. Foodie or not, it’s easy to eat and drink your way through the city, tasting food from all cultures, from new fusion restaurants to historic family-owned restaurants.
In 2015, the World Heritage Committee inscribed San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial Missions on the World Heritage List. Two years later, they designated San Antonio a City of Gastronomy, celebrating the local culinary heritage and culture and how we sustain, share and blend it with new influences.
The Texas Hill Country
Drive an hour or less north of downtown San Antonio and you reach the stunning Texas Hill Country. Visit State natural areas and parks with beautiful hiking and mountain biking trails, take a dip in a natural spring fed pool, visit wineries and breweries, and attend music and cultural festivals in small Texas towns.
Home to the former Pearl Brewery, the new Pearl development just north of downtown San Antonio has been nationally recognized for its sustainable development, vibrant food scene, and five star hotel, Hotel Emma. It is also just off of the northern Museum Reach portion of the San Antonio Riverwalk.
What started in 1891 as a way to honor the heroes from Texas Battles has transformed into a way to share in the fun of celebrating our city’s largest city-wide party with a purpose, Fiesta. Every year, different organizations host vibrant parades and food-centric events with lively local entertainment during fiesta. We collect medals and don extravagant attire to show off our San Antonio pride. Events raise money for a variety of nonprofit initiatives across the city.