Bet Knesset Bamidbar, Southern Nevada’s Largest Adult, Traditional Reform Congregation, Reaches 24-Year Milestone: 700 Congregants & Seeks to Enhance Rabbinic Leadership

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24-Year-Tradition of Volunteerism Stimulates Growth of Adult-Only Congregation and Search for Rabbi

Bet Knesset Bamidbar (BKB), Southern Nevada’s largest adult-only, traditional Reform Jewish congregation, reached a 24-year milestone with its congregation hitting a 700 bench mark. Established in 1990, the adult congregation of plus 50 years of age, has an active core of over 100 volunteers who plan and provide programs designed to enhance the social and spiritual experience of members, bringing to them a feeling of community and belonging: BKB currently seeks a permanent Rabbi to lead its future.

Many congregants directly attribute BKB’s robust membership to its spirit of volunteerism. “It never ceases to amaze me to see the energy and participation of our membership in making BKB a wonderful place of homecoming and worship,” says BKB’s President, René Colen. “So many of us have come from other places with family far away; for such a large congregation, the community and volunteerism, gives us a sense of family and helps fill that void.” “When you think of Las Vegas, you typically don’t think of tradition and longevity,” says Pamela Joy Ring, 30-year Las Vegas resident and BKB member, “but yet there is tradition and legacy here, she continues, and 24 years is considered a long time for this area. The fact that BKB is 24-years-old is remarkable, it’s a gem of a 24-carat gold resource for a 24-year-old institution.”

With such activism, the congregation is currently seeking the leadership of a Rabbi with extensive pulpit experience and that of running an active temple: Unique to BKB, is that it holds Shabbat services regularly every 2nd and 4th Friday monthly, does not own its own building, yet offers a full plate of activities as if a permanent temple structure was in place. As a result, the congregation’s membership dues are remarkably low and offer great opportunity and value for a growing Baby-Boomer and retiree population on a limited income:

The relative rise of BKB parallels the growth of the Summerlin, Nevada community in which it resides. In the early 1990s, Howard Hughes’ Summa Corporation started construction in what would be the master-planned community, Summerlin, from the 25,000 acres Hughes had purchased in the early 1950s. By 2010, Summerlin had a near 100,000 residents, a significant number being transplanted retirees.

For more information on Bet Knesset Bamidbar, visit: or call 702-391-2750.

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