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Our Story/Mission

Our Story

Temple Beit HaYam was founded September 1993 by a group of dedicated Jewish families who wanted their children to have a Jewish education and a place to worship as a congregation. Early worship was held in temporary space in Sewell’s Point and Stuart. High Holiday services were held in the Lyric Theatre. Our Temple building was dedicated in January 2000.

We are large enough to offer a variety of educational and community programs, yet small enough to maintain a feeling of intimacy. All religious services, social programs and school classes take place in our beautiful Temple located in the Monterey Commons Professional Park.  We offer Hebrew and religious training for youngsters from kindergarten through high school. Currently, there are more than 90 students enrolled in our religious school programs. Our active Sisterhood and Brotherhood plan activities and events designed to encourage social interaction and support of our Temple. Concerts, lectures and other events are offered to the Treasure Coast community at large. In addition, our Caring Community and Social Action Committee embody our commitment to tzedakah (justice and giving). Our active Junior and Senior Youth Groups provide important social and informal learning experiences for our teens.

We invite you to visit our congregation and meet our Rabbi Matthew Durbin, Cantorial Soloist and Religious Education Director Beth Pennamacoor, Director of Early Childhood Learning Tammy Kaiser, and Administrator Noreen Tolman. We look forward to welcoming you into our caring community.

Our Mission

Temple Beit HaYam is a family of families connected by a noble history and an inspiring value system with Jews on the Treasure Coast and throughout the world. We stand together as a Reform Jewish Congregation committed to Torah (life-long Jewish education), avodah (worship through prayer and observance) and gemilut chasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace and deeds of loving kindness). We aim to provide meaningful religious, educational, cultural and social activities for all our members in a warm and inclusive manner. Through these ideals as well as those of social action and tzedakah, we look to add meaning to our lives and the lives of others.