Temple Beth El Sisterhood
We are an organization of dynamic women. We gather together in friendship for programs to benefit the Temple and our Community, in addition to social activities and study. Also, Sisterhood provides for the growth of the individual so that each woman may find an opportunity to fulfill her potential as a person. We encourage creativity and leadership as a Jewish woman in a Jewish atmosphere.
For Our Congregation
Each and every year we fulfill a substantial commitment to our Temple’s general fund plus additional gifts to enhance our Synagogue. This is made possible through our fundraisers and profit from our Judaica Shop which we sponsor, and our Sisterhood Calendar.
For Our Youth
We give Camperships to Jewish Youth Summer Camps. We give Youth Scholarships to assist young people in leadership training with a URJ sponsored educational experience such as NFTY in the United States and Israel, as well as the Arachim Program through Jewish Federation. We support our Youth Choir. We support our Torah School and we sponsor our Half–Pint Havurah Program for children 6 months to 6 years. Sisterhood presents every Bar / Bat Mitzvah and every Confirm and with a personal gift, and sends hamantaschen to our college students.
Sisterhood needs the support of All of the Women of our Congregation help us achieve our goals. We are committed, involved and energized, and have fun along the way. We are a part of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), the Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.
Let us add your strength to our numbers as you formalize your affiliation with other Women of Reform Judaism.
Our Caring Community
The meal is the vehicle that allows the giving party the opportunity to show they care and reduce some of the burden for the receiving party in their hour of need. While these meals are directly beneficial to the recipient, the power of a meal train is its ability to foster giving and create stronger community support networks.
If you or someone you know is in need of help contact the Sisterhood at firstname.lastname@example.org The meal train coordinator will get back to you and get all the necessary information and start the meal train through a free website at www.mealtrain.com. Using this website invitations to participate are sent out via email. Invitees go directly to the site and sign up for available dates; information regarding delivery times and meal preferences is provided.
Volunteers help make and deliver meals. We don’t want anyone who needs help left out. If you would like to volunteer click, see the Caring Community volunteer form and fill it out.
When death is imminent, or when it occurs, members of Temple Beth El’s Caring Community stand ready to assist member families.
If a family wishes that our rabbi or cantor guide them in the process of Jewish burial, mourning practices, and funeral services, we ask that no announcement of date and time of funeral be made without first consulting with them. They will make every effort to adjust their schedules at your time of need.
Calling our temple at any time will allow the bereaved family to quickly reach a member of our clergy who will meet to comfort them and discuss funeral and mourning rituals.
When a family wishes to observe Shiva in their home following the funeral, members of the Shiva Committee will work with the family to arrange the house to welcome mourners, and help with ordering food and drink. Shiva catering choices are available at any number of local businesses. We will also be there at TBE if services are at the Temple. Contact the temple office at (310) 833-2467.
For possible local caterers for the Shiva meal, see here.
If you would like to help, complete the Caring Community volunteer form.
Below are links to various city transportation assistance programs. These programs are for disabled individuals as well as senior citizens who are unable to drive. The programs offer taxi services as well as shuttle services at reduced fares. The sites shown are those most applicable to Temple Beth El congregants.
Transportation assistance in San Pedro
Transportation assistance for the Palos Verdes Peninsula
The senior village concept was started in 1999 in the Beacon Hill area in Boston. Since then, over 200 villages have been established, and over 200 more are in development across the nation. The Village provides services to its members to help them to remain in their own homes, while enjoying all that their familiar community has to offer.
The village is composed of several elements, all orchestrated to help senior members to continue to live full lives, while remaining in their own homes.
See their website here.