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About B’ShERT

View of the B'ShERT sanctuary from above

Welcome to Brooklyn’s newest Reform congregation… with a history over 100 years long.

B’ShERT: Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple officially formed in July 2018, when the communities of Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek and Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom consolidated into a new entity. Although the two communities had lived under a single roof since the fall of 2017, this formal rebirth marks a milestone in the ongoing story of Reform Judaism in New York’s most dynamic borough.

Temple Beth Emeth made its home at the corner of Marlborough Road and Church Avenue for more than a century, serving the Reform Jewish community of Brooklyn since 1908 through generations of change and transformation. As it combined with Progressive, Beth Or, and Shaari Zedek, the modern congregation continued to provide a spiritual home for members and friends alike.

Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom (PTBAS) was a consolidation of three synagogues, Beth Sholom People’s Temple established in 1905, Temple Ahavath Sholom established in 1912 and Progressive Synagogue (constitution and by laws adopted in 1919).

Together we embrace the shared and proud union of all these long-enduring congregations. Their history is now ours, their mission ours to carry forward. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming spiritual home regardless of where you may be on your Jewish journey. We enthusiastically welcome members of all Jewish traditions, families of multiple faith backgrounds, LBGTQ+ members, differently abled members, and those who simply wish to learn and experience our warm and friendly community.

We are located in our historic building at 83 Marlborough Road in the Ditmas Park district of Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY. (You may find us listed as “Temple Beth Emeth of Flatbush” in some mapping tools or search engines, which helps to distinguish us from similarly named synagogues across the country. If you see a listing that still shows TBE or PTBAS, please do let the website or service know that we have a new identity!) While there are some areas of our 100-year-old building that are not completely accessible to those who may have trouble with stairs, we are working to resolve those challenges with capital projects in the coming years.

In addition to our worship services, cultural events, learning opportunities and performances in our magnificent sanctuary, we also do offer limited rentals of our newly renovated banquet room & prep kitchen for members & the public to celebrate lifecycle events (birthdays, b’nai mitzvah, weddings & parties). Contact the office (open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm weekdays) for details. You can reach us at 718 282 1596 or at office@bshert.org (see our Contact page for more info).