Welcome to Temple Beth El – Jefferson City
Our historic building was constructed in 1883 and is the oldest synagogue west of the Mississippi in continuous use.
Shabbat Services are held every Friday night at 7:30 and visitors are always welcome. Our congregation includes 25+ families, with members of all ages. Temple Beth El is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.
We are now open for in-person Shabbat Services on Friday nights, and also offer a Zoom option. Our COVID policy requires unvaccinated members and guests to wear a mask. Please contact us if you would like the Zoom code.
Obituary for Lester Cohen
Long time resident of Jefferson City and Temple member passed away at 96
Lester Cohen, age 96, of Jefferson City, MO, passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at 9:15 a.m. at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, MO. He was born Oct. 15, 1925 in Jefferson City to Abraham and Mary (Herman) Cohen. They preceded him in death along with one sister, Helen Ulevitch and two brothers: Charles and Julius Cohen. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Lester was a United States Navy Veteran serving in the Pacific Ocean during WWII. He worked as a merchant at his family department store in Jefferson City and later owned and operated Leeds Shoe Store on High Street. He also was a pilot for many decades. Lester was laid to rest on October 19, 2021 at the Hebrew Cemetery in Peoria, IL.
A memorial service will be held for him on Nov 12 at Temple Beth El following the Shabbat service. It will be available on Zoom and in person.