Adult Education

Ongoing study of Torah and Jewish traditions

Everyone is welcome

Beth El welcomes people of all backgrounds and approaches to Judaism.

Hebrew School

Hebrew School is held on Sundays from 10am till noon.

Located in Potsdam, NY

We are located at 81 Market Street

A spiritual, learning, and caring community

Welcome to Congregation Beth El


Congregation Beth El is a vibrant egalitarian congregation welcoming people of all backgrounds and approaches to Judaism. We serve the religious, educational, cultural and social needs of the Potsdam-Canton community and the North Country.

Service Times and Resources

Shabbat Services - Sanctuary at 7pm Fridays

Hebrew School - Sundays from 10 am until noon

Adult Education Class - Sundays from 10:00- 11:30am

Holiday Celebrations listed under Events

Membership Information

Congregation Beth El has been a central part of Jewish life in the North Country for over 50 years.  Your membership dues and other gifts make it possible for us to continue to provide our services and programs. Support Beth El so Beth El can support you!  Membership Form

Hebrew School and Family-oriented Programming

Our Mission:  Fun, inspiring and educational Jewish activities with an emphasis on tzedakah (charity/generosity) and tikkun olam (social justice/kindness). Promoting a connection with each other and Judaism through the celebration of Jewish holidays, and the study of Hebrew Language and prayer.



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    Looking for a unique gift? Need something special for a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, Hanukah or birthday? Shop for someone special in St. Lawrence County's  only Judaica shop! We carry a wide assortment of Shabbat, Havdahlah, and Chanukah candles, kiddush cups, menorahs, mezzuzahs, books, jewelry, and Jewish themed games and toys! Shopping for a special tallit--contact us and we'll get it for you wholesale!

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    Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one or simply for the mitzvah of supporting Beth El. Your tax deductable contributions make our programming possible and our community strong. Todah robah!

Upcoming Events


Join the Beth El Band for our Simchat Torah Serivce with flag waving, marching and munching. Come mark the end of Sukkot and rejoice in the Torah! Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the begining of a new cycle. Bring the kids for this joyful celebration!


DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS' WAR, a documentary by Ken Burns and
Artemis Joukowsky, tells the story of an American Unitarian minister and his wife who undertook missions to save political dissidents and Jewish refugees from the Nazis.  This fillm will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.   Congregants from the Unitarian-Universalist Canton Church of Canton will join us in the viewing of the film.


The Festival of Sacred Music and Text brings together Potsdam’s many faiths to share sacred music and readings with one another and with the community. It is a unique celebration of the mutual respect and cooperation experienced among religious groups in Potsdam including Congregation Beth El.  This year's event will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam. Admission to the festival is free, and a reception will follow the concert.


The community is invited to celebrate Shabbat with the Four College Hillel. Please come to meet and greet the local Jewish college student community as they lead us in a Friday night service. Our Friday night Shabbat service will be followed by an Oneg sponsored by former Four College Hillel student, Andrew Fund and his family.


Save the date!  Beth El's annual Food Festival will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 11am-4pm.  Breads and Pastries from a kosher Montreal Bakery!   Beth El prepared blintzes, latkes, falafel, soups, hummus, and lots more to eat in or take out!  Gift Shop items for sale, including jewelry, books, decorations, and holiday accessories.  Tell you friends and co-workers!  Let's make this the BIGGEST Food Festival in Beth El's History!


All children in the community are invited to celebrate Hanukkah with the Hebrew School! There will be games, holiday treats and fun had by all. We hope you will be able to join us! Please RSVP to