Founded in 1975, Temple Beth Rishon (TBR) is a warm and vibrant community that welcomes individuals and families from diverse Jewish backgrounds. We embrace congregants with a strong spiritual Judaic background as well as those who feel more of a cultural connection: those who were born Jewish, those who choose to be Jewish, and those who are part of an interfaith family. We are an independent and egalitarian community that appeals to people who identify with either the Conservative or the Reform movements. We recognize both matrilineal and patrilineal descent.

We are committed to providing our members of all ages with a wide range of religious, educational, cultural, and social experiences. 

  • Our participatory, high energy Shabbat and holiday services blend both traditional and contemporary approaches to prayer while spirited vocal and instrumental music enrich our services and enhance the worship experience. Our dedicated Rabbi and Cantor focus on creating an inclusive, interactive worship experience. We offer family services, festival services and meals and holiday activities for all ages...Learn more

  • We enjoy observing the Jewish holidays together, not only during services but with sociable family oriented celebrations ranging from festival meals to candle lighting ceremonies to carnivals to national Israeli holidays...Learn more

  • A passion for Jewish lifelong learning is evident in our flourishing Andrew Friedland Early Childhood Learning Center, Addison M. & Elizabeth Opper Religious School, and adult education programs. Our highly motivated and charismatic preschool and religious school directors have created programs which are stimulating and participatory while emphasizing Jewish ethics and traditions. Our newly renovated state-of-the-art education wing provides the perfect environment for successful learning. A wide variety of programs for adult members offer meaningful opportunities for Jewish living, life-long learning, thoughtful discussion and leadership...Learn More

  • Visit the TBR Connections page to learn about the wide variety of social opportunities that Temple Beth Rishon offers for interaction with our congregation and for reaching out to the larger community...Learn more

From our humble beginning of 19 founding families, Temple Beth Rishon has evolved into the epicenter of religious, educational and social activities in the northwest part of Bergen County. We have flourished in our original site since 1980, but in order to meet the needs of our growing congregation, our building was expanded, renovated and modernized, first in 1984 and then again in 2002 and most recently in 2015 with our state-of-the-art Education Wing. We have now grown to be a community of over 430 families with a focus on appreciating and valuing every single person’s special and unique contribution to our synagogue.

The relationships that we develop within the Temple Beth Rishon community reinforce our foundation, ensuring the strength and longevity of our temple. TBR is the place where your children will form their first bonds to Jewish tradition, where you will find spiritual and educational opportunities and where you will create lifelong friendships. Whether you spend time with us three days each year or three hundred days a year, you will feel this connection!