Mission Statement

Founded in 1985, Temple Bat Yam of East Fort Lauderdale is a Reform Congregation, exploring and embracing the heritage of our faith from the perspective of liberal Judaism.

Deeply conscious of the role of the Synagogue throughout Jewish history, we seek to fulfill our mission as a Bet Tefillah – a House of Prayer, a Bet Midrash – a House of Study, and a   Bet Knesset – a House of Assembly.

It is our mission to infuse Jewish life with commitment to God, to Torah and to the Jewish People. We encourage every Jew to affiliate with a Synagogue, and to contribute his or her skills to it, in order to ensure the perpetuation of the Synagogue and the strengthening of Jewish life.

It is Temple Bat Yam’s mission to create an environment for the communal observance of Shabbat, the Holy Days and Festivals of the Jewish year. We seek to encourage meaningful Jewish practice in solidarity with the Jewish People, while recognizing individual diversity. We endeavor to inspire our members to implement in their homes and their lives, that sense of spiritual commitment to Judaism which finds communal expression in the Synagogue.

Temple Bat Yam encourages lifelong Jewish study, by maintaining educational programs of the highest quality for children, families and adults, and offering the faculty and facilities to implement these programs. At all levels we strive to imbue our students with an appreciation of their uniqueness as Jews, guiding them to discover the content of Jewish intellectual, spiritual, historical and social life.

Temple Bat Yam is a microcosm of the Jewish People. It is our mission to create opportunities for social interaction among our members, and through which our members can be supportive of each other in simcha and in sadness, in health and in illness. We endeavor to express our commitment to the Jewish People by participating in the efforts and programs of the Jewish community, here and abroad. We commit ourselves to manifesting the values of Judaism by responding to emergency and ongoing needs of the general community, both physically and spiritually, and by joining cause and encouraging dialogue with those who share our concerns and our aspirations.

We recognize that the elements of this mission are interrelated, and in the fulfillment of these goals we ask the commitment and  involvement of every member of Temple Bat Yam.

Chazak, chazak v’nitchazek…Be strong, be resolute, and let us strengthen each other.