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, and San Pedro.

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 02

    Half Pint Havurah

    Welcoming Shabbat 1st Friday afternoons Half-Pint
    Oct 02 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Thu 22

    Torah Study o/s

    Weekly Torah Study every Thursday Rabbi
    Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  3. Fri 30

    Shabbat Koleinu

    Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Thu 05

    Torah Study o/s

    Weekly Torah Study every Thursday Rabbi
    Nov 05 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our Professionals

  • Rabbi Douglas Kohn

    Rabbi Douglas Kohn

    "Although Temple Beth El has an envious, near-century of history, its future will not be built on the embrace of yesterday, but on the will to tomorrow. I thank the membership and leadership of Temple Beth El for the privilege of serving you this coming year, and we look forward to participating in the temple’s continuing evolution into its many tomorrows."

    Douglas Kohn
    Interim 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
  • Educator Racheli Morris

    Educator Racheli Morris

    Racheli Morris joined Temple Beth El as our new Educator on July 1st, 2018. Racheli is a sabra, born in Haifa. She was raised in the Golan Heights. She moved to Virginia Beach in 1985 and to California in 1990. She is completing her Doctorate in Jewish Studies. Racheli brings an infectious Israeli can-do spirit and enthusiasm to all that she does at Temple Beth El.

    Racheli Morris
  • Rabbi Emeritus David Lieb z'l

    Rabbi Emeritus David Lieb z'l

    Rabbi David S. Lieb, z'l was the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El of San Pedro from 1971 through 2005, and later was Rabbi Emeritus until his passing. A longtime resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, Rabbi Lieb died at his home in Indio, California on Saturday, March 8, 2008.

    David Lieb
    Rabbi Emeritus z'l