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

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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    Everyone is welcome to check out books from our collection or stay and read in our cozy library located to the right of the Bima in the sanctuary.

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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! The gift shop is open most Sundays from 10am-12pm. Contact 315-265-7025 or email .

Upcoming Events


Join the Beth El Hebrew School for a children's Passover Seder. We will be using a Family Haggadah to tell the story of the Jewish Exodus form Egypt and rejoice in our celebration of freedom. Children will also enjoy matzah pizza and chocolate covered matzah during our seder meal! RSVP at so that we have enough for all.


The SLU community seder will be held in the Sykes Common Room on Monday, April 10th at 5:30pm. The seder will be led by Mark Lowell. Cost is $21.00 for adults, $7 for children 5-12, and free for children under 4.  SLU students may use their meal cards. Cost of the seder will also be reimbursed by Beth El for other area college students.


Author and gardener Jo Ann Gardener will give a talk  entitled IN SEARCH OF THE BITTER HERBS OF PASSOVER: 


The Third Annual Festival of Jewish Music will feature the Aviva Chernick from Toronto. Whether in her new, CFMA nominated project, as the lead singer with the two-time Juno Award-nominated world music ensemble Jaffa Road


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 Shabbat.


Lag B'Omer honors the time between the physical emancipation from Egypt during Passover and the spiritual liberation of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai on Shavuot.  At Beth El, we celebrate the holiday Israeli-style with a bonfire, toasted marshmellows, archery and games! The Melman family will be hosting the event at their home. Click here for directions Google Map. RSVP at