Our Jewish values embody the teaching that every human being is created in the image of God (b’tzelem Elohim). When we behave ethically and hold ourselves accountable, Temple Beth-El is a safe, welcoming, and sacred environment.
What We Believe In
Our Jewish values define who we are and inform us in how we operate. In our ongoing effort to better reflect these values, Temple Beth-El’s bylaws were updated at our Annual Meeting on May 7, 2023. In addition to this significant update to our bylaws, on August 1, 2023, the Board of Trustees adopted our inaugural Code of Ethics, enshrining our values of Exemplifying Holiness, Honesty, Honor, Compassion, Justice, and Support and committing ourselves to the highest standards of personal integrity, social responsibility, and human decency.
Code of Ethics
Exemplify Holiness (K’dushah) – We welcome all who wish to engage with our sacred community and strive to help all feel a sense of belonging without regard to religious background, age, ability, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.
Honesty (Yosher) – All who engage in our community are expected to conduct themselves in an honest manner, which includes maintaining confidentialities, protecting intellectual property rights, being appropriately transparent with information, and refraining from speculation about personal situations.
Honor (Kavod) – Integrity matters. We behave in ways that maintain a positive reputation, both as individuals and as ambassadors of the congregation.
Compassion (Rachamim) – We embrace the fundamental value of performing acts of lovingkindness (g’milut chasadim). We treat others with respect, dignity, and fairness, while actively opposing bullying and any behavior that degrades, humiliates, or oppresses another person.
Justice (Tzedek) – Everyone entering our sacred space has the right to feel safe and respected. As we are morally and ethically responsible for one another, we do not tolerate acts or behaviors that exploit the vulnerability of another, take advantage of a power imbalance, compromise one’s moral integrity or create an intimidating, offensive, abusive, or hostile environment.
Support (Hatsilu) – A Covenant (brit) exists between our members and future generations to assure the healthy continuation of our congregation. To be good ancestors, we acknowledge our obligation to support our congregation through time, talent, and financial investments.