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. Tue 21

    o/s Hartman Institute Program

    May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Wed 22

    Board of Directors

    May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Thu 23
  4. Thu 23

    Torah Study o/s

    Weekly Torah Study every Thursday Rabbi
    May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  5. Fri 24

    Shabbat Service (Adult Bdays/Anniv)

    May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Sat 25

    Torah on the Trails

    On top of the hill off
    May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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
  • 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 and Educator Racheli Morris. There is a sense of pride in Beth El’s rich 97-year-old history. I am proud to join in your commitment to upholding this rich legacy while embracing the enormous opportunities of today.

    Rabbi Cassi Kail
    Settled 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 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
    Educator
  • 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