Meet Temple Beth El San Pedro

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Temple Beth El is one of the oldest Reform Jewish congregations in the Los Angeles area. We serve the South Bay – the communities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Beach Cities, Torrance, San Pedro, and Long Beach. We strive to be warm, welcoming, friendly, inclusive, caring, and accepting. Large enough to host a variety of inspiring services and events; small enough to maintain meaningful connections with each family personally. Our focus is on warmth and friendship, caring and acceptance without judging others. Here everyone is welcome, regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, a Jew by birth or by choice as well as interfaith families. At Temple Beth El all are welcomed and cared about, elders are revered, and children are cherished.

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Our Professionals

  • Rabbi Cassi Kail

    Rabbi Cassi Kail

    My name is Cassi Kail, and I am both humbled and overjoyed by the opportunity to serve as the next Rabbi of Temple Beth El. This summer I will move to San Pedro with my husband, Josh, and our children Noam and Talia.

    From the moment I walked through the synagogue’s doors, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Beth El community. It was not the stunning new building that most impressed me, but rather the people within. I feel immense gratitude to work alongside the superbly talented and devoted leadership of Cantor Ilan Davidson, Randi Sher, Carrie Hernandez, and Shoni Gramcko. Conversations with lay leaders demonstrated a sense of pride in Beth El’s rich almost century old history. I am proud to join in their commitment to upholding this rich legacy while embracing the enormous opportunities of today.

    Rabbi Cassi Kail
    Rabbi
  • Cantor Ilan Davidson

    Cantor Ilan Davidson

    Cantor Davidson has served Temple Beth El since 1995. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Cantor Davidson claims both the South Bay and Rishon LeZion, Israel as his home. The youngest in a long familial line of cantors, he began his training at the age of five with his mentor, Hazzan Philip Model z’l. With his strong performing arts background from the University of California, our cantor is also a talented secular musician and contemporary Jewish singer and songwriter.

    Ilan Davidson
    Cantor
  • Educator Randi Sher

    Educator Randi Sher

    Randi has a master’s degree in Education from the American Jewish University. Randi is active with the Builders of Jewish Educator’s Religious School Principals’ Council. At their Religious School Educators Conference in 2011, they bestowed upon her the Lainer Distinguished Educator Award. She directed the religious school, early childhood center, youth, and camp programs at Temple Menorah for many years. Randi was previously Director of Education at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach until recently when she assumed this position at Temple Beth El San Pedro.

    Randi Sher
    Educator