Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue

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Our History
In the early 1990s, Beth El’s founders wanted to create a cornerstone at the beach for the Jewish community. The founders wanted to provide a place of worship and socialization that welcomed all, where common values and new traditions could find a home. Over the years, this small group built a beautiful building and set down the roots for a vibrant Jewish presence at the beaches.

Our Beliefs
Beth El’s Mission is to assist Jewish individuals of all ages, and families of diverse Jewish background, in attaining their spiritual, educational, social, and recreational needs, in the setting of an inclusive Jewish Community.


Rabbi Michael Matuson
Michael Matuson has been a Rabbi in Jacksonville since 1996. He is an advocate for social justice and recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville, Rabbi Matuson was Associate Director of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Southeast Council and Rabbi at B’nai Zion Congregation in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He has published in Reform Judaism, Jewish Monthly, and Journal of Reform Judaism and he has appeared on “60 Minutes” and a local interfaith television program called “Faith to Faith.” Rabbi Matuson is a native of New York and a proud father of a daughter, Rachel.

Our Helpful Staff
Office Manager – Elissa Feldman
Education Director – Vickie Kennedy

Our Lay Leadership:  Executive Board 2021-22
Co-Presidents – Karen Freedman and Tammy Shumer
Vice President  – Rachel Marcus-Hendry Mitchell

Secretary – Joy Shultz
Treasurer – Rob Udell

Past President – Charlie Frohman

Worship – Brad Leiser


Everyone is Welcome
Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue warmly welcomes interfaith families into our Temple community and encourages their participation.

If you are interested in attending services or upcoming educational classes, please contact our office at
(904) 273-9100 for more information.