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Temple Bat Yam (TBY) of East Fort Lauderdale is a Reform congregation dedicated to exploring and embracing Jewish heritage from a liberal perspective. The Temple encourages lifelong Jewish study through its educational programming for children, families and adults. During communal Shabbat services and observance of the High Holy Days and Jewish festivals throughout the year, TBY encourages a meaningful ritual life which fosters solidarity with the Jewish people while embracing individual diversity. A member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). TBY is committed to the basic principles of Reform Judaism in the following ways:

  • Stay adept and agile by motivating Jews of all ages to embrace Jewish living
  • Advocate for a more progressive society
  • Foster meaningful connections to the people and traditions of the children of Israel

Open Arms

TBY embraces diversity and reaches out to those not engaged in Jewish life currently.

Tikkun Olam

Embracing what Rabbi Eric Yoffie stated in a speech to the UAHC Executive Committee February 1998, TBY affirms that “Reform Jews are committed to social justice. Even as Reform Jews embrace ritual, prayer, and ceremony more than ever, we continue to see social justice as the jewel in the Reform Jewish crown.”

The TBY congregation believes that to be a Jew is to care about the world around us.


TBY is committed to both wellness and vibrant Jewish living. BRIOT (good health) embraces these two core missions by offering wellness programs infused with Jewish wisdom and practice.

From ancient teachings to modern-day practices, Jewish wisdom encourages us to cultivate qualities such as gratitude, joy, compassion, mindfulness as well as physical wellness. When we engage in practices to enhance our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, we are whole in body, heart, mind and spirit. TBY’s wellness programs are organized around the integrated approach to wellness focusing on Nourish, Move and Engage activities:

Climate Action

As a member of The Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN), TBY works to increase awareness and mobilize its congregants to take personal and collective action to confront climate change, joining with other members of the community who are passionate about the Earth and the need for action related to environmental concerns.

Our Commitment to Israel

TBY maintains its commitment to promote Israel as a core component of every American Reform Jew’s identity by increasing our connection with Israel through expanded and enhanced Israel education, engagement and activism.


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