Temple Beth Israel is a small and vibrant Reform Jewish congregation, and a vital resource for Jewish life in northern New York. We welcome diverse traditions and lifestyles into our congregational family, and offer a meaningful Jewish experience to all who enter our doors. Every individual enriches our community and our Jewish identity and has a spiritual home in Temple Beth Israel.
We share the responsibility and commitment to provide:
A sanctuary for worship and a place for reflection, comfort, and peace
A house of learning for ourselves, our children, and our neighbors
A gathering place to celebrate our culture, holidays, and life-cycle events
A community that inspires us, individually and collectively, to contribute to the well-being of our world
Rabbi David Kominsky serves as spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel in Plattsburgh, New York. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College he has worked with congregations from the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements, as well as a number of unaffiliated congregations.
Our leadership team is responsible for ensuring community vibrancy. Working together their goal is to support and promote the mission of Temple Beth Israel. Any member of the leadership team is available to discuss temple issues, policies, or suggestions.
Our History - 150 Years Strong
1861: The Jewish Congregation of Plattsburgh incorporates
1862: First Rabbi is hired
1862: Congregation purchases land for Beth Israel Cemetery
1866: The Congregation purchases a church on Oak Street to serve as its synagogue (currently the site of the Clinton-Franklin-Essex Library)
1878: Name changes to Beth Israel Congregation
1969: Cornerstone laid for a new synagogue, Temple Beth Israel, 1 Bowman Street
Have questions? Please reach out to us and we would be happy to speak with you.
As recounted in From Generation to Generation, the Jewish Congregations of Plattsburgh, N.Y., by Henry K. Freedman.