The Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Congregation is a vibrant and warm community with active programming and beautiful services. Beth El Emeth was founded in 1854 and Anshei Sphard in 1893, but the two merged in 1970. Located in an award winning building in East Memphis, the congregation enjoys a reputation as a welcoming family congregation.
Known for its innovative and educational programming, the synagogue sponsors community concerts each year, is host to a number of scholars in residence, holds a large Purim carnival each year, is host to the city’s only International Kosher Barbecue Contest, and conducts a large Chanukah dinner, extensive Succoth programming, Tu Bishvat Seder, Lag Ba'Omer bonfire, and Jerusalem Day Picnic. The Rabbi, Rabbi Joel Finkelstein and Cantor, Cantor Aryeh Samberg conduct a full array of adult education programs and children’s programs, and are available to the congregants at all times. The services are melodic, dignified, warm and sincere. The synagogue offers everything from: "Learning in the Living Room," a series of educational programs in people’s homes, to weekly Saturday classes, daily Talmud offerings, a series known as the Mary Hytken Dumont Jewish University which has three semesters, a full array of children’s activities on a weekly and periodic basis is also offered. Private tutoring and small classes are available for children seeking supplemental Jewish education. The congregation has an active NCSY group and a series of classes for children, a singles group, as well as a remarkably active Sisterhood. Services are held three times a day throughout the week, and childcare is provided during Shabbat and holiday morning services.