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Beth Israel is a congregation of approximately 136 families, composed of individuals from many countries of origin with diverse business, professional and academic backgrounds.  Situated in the heart of historic Kingston, Ontario and part of the 1000 Island Region there is easy access to the US, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Celebrating its 100 year Anniversary in 2010 as a Modern Orthodox Synagogue, members decided to change affiliation to align the congregation to the Conservative/Egalitarian Ritual observances in 2012. Women are now counted and active in participation during weekly Shabbat and High Holiday Services. Indeed, our current and previous rabbis are both women!

Our members are comfortable with this modern Conservative affiliation and observances of all religious, spiritual and community functions. Beth Israel prides itself in being a welcoming Conservative Egalitarian congregation in which members of all ages, nationalities, sexual orientations and gender expressions enjoy meaningful events and are encouraged to participate in the true spirit of Jewish community experience and worship.

Most significantly, Beth Israel gives individuals, couples, and families the opportunity to share life cycle events and to feel part of the vibrant and caring Kingston Jewish Community.

We welcome inter-faith families with open arms and embrace our role of helping all adults/parents to raise Jewish children and/or nurture their own connections to Judaism.

There are many opportunities to volunteer, join and participate in different activities and groups, including adult education events, learning the basics of Service participation, attending lectures, and aligned organizational gatherings.

Beth Israel offers a unique self- assessment dues structure to meet any financial situation. This system relies on personal integrity and has been integral part of membership for many years, meeting the individual needs with flexibility and choice. Nobody will be turned away because of money!

Beth Israel thanks you for your interest and welcomes you to consider becoming a member!

Active Membership Includes...

Free tuition to our Talmud Torah, free seating at High Holiday services, Chevra Kadisha and reduced cemetery fees, and access to a full range of programming including holiday celebrations, Shabbat dinners, Adult Education, and much more!

Click here to submit an online application or print a pdf form.


Click here to request more information on membership (e.g., our dues model and grid)

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