About Congregation Beth El
Congregation Beth El was first conceived in the Winter of 1959 when several families met informally to consider establishing a Reform Congregation. After many successful meetings the small group resolved to establish Congregation Beth El and held religious services in Southwood School in the Spring of 1960.
A large house on Ouellette Avenue served as the first home for the Congregation. As the membership grew, the Congregation broke ground for a new building in October, 1961. Construction began in May, 1962, and the cornerstone was laid that July. An addition was built in 1981 and was officially dedicated in early 1982.
Our Vision and Identity
Congregation Beth El represents a modern interpretation of ancient Jewish tradition, designed to meet the needs of the twentieth century Jewish community of Windsor.
Congregation Beth El offers its members a setting conducive to man’s search for personal identity and meaning, within the modern context of an ever-changing and expending faith.
Congregation Beth El is affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism and the Canadian Council of Liberal Congregations.
Rabbi Jeffrey Ableser
Rabbi Jeffrey Ableser has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El since 1993. He came to Windsor after serving pulpits in Toronto, Carmel, California, and Phoenix, Arizona. Rabbi Ableser is married to Judy, and has three adult children: Daniel, Rachel, and Jake.
During his tenure at Beth El, Rabbi Ableser has seen children he named become Bnei Mitzvah, and welcomed children he consecrated under the chuppah. It has been a full and fulfilling time.
On most Shabbat evening services, Rabbi Ableser leads our worship with his guitar. Along with leading services, Rabbi Ableser takes an active role in the Combined Religious School, performs life cycle events, visits the sick and the homebound, and leads the congregation in study and community action. He is available to you to serve your spiritual needs.