Founded as a congregation in 1908 and in its own synagogue since 1910, Beth Israel in historic Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is a vibrant and caring Jewish community. In 2012, we commemorated the retirement of our much-beloved Rabbi Daniel Elkin and welcomed our new Rabbi Shalom Plotkin .
A young and dynamic spiritual leader, Rabbi Plotkin earned his undergraduate degree (in history and management) from the University of Maryland at College Park and received his ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He brings to Beth Israel remarkable experience, given his age, having held pulpit positions in several communities in the United States (Newtown, PA; Margate, NJ; Montgomery, AL; and, Marietta, GA). He also served as military chaplain in the United States Naval Reserve for 15 years. The Beth Israel community extends a warm welcomes Rabbi and his family!
Following the rituals of Conservative Judaism, Beth Israel offers a variety of services and programs for all ages. There are Talmud Torah and social programs for youth, varied education programs for adults, events organized with Queen’s Hillel for university students, and, of course, a full suite of Shabbat and holiday services. Beth Israel also undertakes a number of social action initiatives throughout the year.
Our centrally-located Synagogue includes a beautiful sanctuary, two social halls, kosher kitchen, classrooms, a small library and a mikvah. Beth Israel also owns a cemetery and Otterburn House, a heritage building that is home to Hillel House of Queen's University. The Congregation has a particularly strong, supportive, and cherished relationship with the Queen's Jewish student community.
Being located between Toronto and Montreal and just two hours’ drive from Ottawa and Syracuse, New York, Beth Israel welcomes wayfarers throughout the year.