Congregation Beth El Binah began as a Jewish havurah (fellowship) in 1983. The first event was a break-the-fast after Yom Kippur services that were held at the home of Mike Grossman and George Amerson. For the next several years, the group held Chanukah parties, Passover seders and break the fasts. They often attended services together at Temple Emanu-el.
By 1990, the group began meeting more regularly in private homes once a month for a Friday night Shabbat service and once a month for a Saturday night havdallah (end of Shabbat) service. On the high holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which take place in September or October), they continued to attend Temple Emanu-el. By 1992, the group began meeting on the second and fourth Fridays at the new Gay and Lesbian Community Center on Reagan Street for Shabbat services and was becoming its own separate congregation.