Learn more about our ark, likely the work of renowned ark builder Sam Katz from the early 1900s.
Jewish Journal article

Learn more about our new building project

Our Logo



The logo of CBI represents, in its central element, both the Eternal Flame of Judaism and the Merrimack River which physically connects the two historic congregations.

About Congregation Beth Israel

Congregation Beth Israel was established in 2004 by combining two Merrimack Valley congregations, each with a long and interesting history. Temple Beth El, of Lowell, and Congregation Tifereth Israel, of Andover, were both hundred-year-old synagogues with a wealth of pride, experience and tradition.



Congregation Beth Israel is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue offering an atmosphere of warmth and friendship. We encourage our members to participate fully in all facets of synagogue life.
Religious School and Youth
Our children energize us, teach us, and challenge us, and we do the same for them, providing a basis for their Jewish identity via positive Jewish experiences.

From Tot Shabbat services on Friday night for the little ones to M&M minyans (our junior congregation program) to an award winning USY youth group, our family based programming caters to our vibrant and growing group of young families. The religious school meets twice a week and goes from Pre-K through our high school Midrasha program.
Our goal is that everyone who attends our services will experience kavanah, prayerful intention, and will gain a sense of fulfillment and belonging. Congregants of all ages lead portions of our services, bringing with them various styles of worship. While we value tradition, we also understand that we live - and pray - in a modern and changing world.

Congregation Beth Israel is a warm and welcoming shul. Our membership is as varied as the community in which we live, and all are welcome to our egalitarian, handicapped-accessible services.
Social Action
Tikkun Olam, or healing the world, is our mandate as Jews. At Congregation Beth Israel, we seek out opportunities, both locally and globally, to practice this philosophy.  
Professional Staff
Howard Mandell

Amy Sherr

Head Teacher:
Esther Kaufman

Board of Directors
President Tanya Gould
First VP Jeff Tye
Second VP Eric Kaplan
Clerk Jim Shainker
Corresponding Secretary Rochelle Pawlowski
Members at Large:
Jeff Eisenbach
Caren Jacobson
Andy Lazar
Judy Mizner
Sam Poulten
Bill Shek

Past Presidents:
Jonathan Brody
Howie Flagler
Len Kamlet
Howard Spector