News & Upcoming Events 12-26-17

Year-End Giving
As year-end approaches, don’t forget tax-saving opportunities with Temple Beth El.

Your donations help children go to Jewish summer camp and attend Torah School, provide needed funds for additional programs for our members, and offer tzedakah in many other ways.

Now is your opportunity to save on your taxes and provide for our sacred community.
Did you know that your mandatory IRA distribution is tax free if you have it sent directly to TBE?
Donate DONATE ONLINE or contact Shoni in the Temple Beth El office with questions.
Upcoming  Programs

Taus Lecture Series 2018
Wednesday, January 3
Lunch & Learn
11:45 a.m.
with Rabbi Reuven Firestone
Antisemitism & Islamophobia: Origins, History, Relationship
$25 Paid in Advance
$30 At the Door
Includes lunch, lecture, drinks & dessert

Songs in the Salon
Concert with Cantors Ilan Davidson, Sarah Hass, Lizzie Weiss,
Rachel Goldman & Billy Tiep
Pop To Broadway
Saturday evening, January 6
6:30 p.m.
at the Salon of Randy & Bruce Ross
Make your reservation now for an elegant evening of music and mingling.
Tickets $100 per person.

ROMEOs and Jewliettes
Tomorrow, Wednesday,
December 27
12:30 p.m. 
Think Cafe, 302 W. 5th Street, San Pedro
What started as ROMEOs-Retired Old Men Eating Out-
has expanded to include the Jewliettes. All are welcome,
TBE membership not required. There are no dues, just
the opportunity to meet and eat regularly with a group of
like-minded people.
For more information, call Irv Siegelman.

Shabbat Koleinu Service
welcoming Bob Remstein
This Friday, December 29
6:30 p.m. at TBE
Celebrate a Shabbat of musical melodies with Bob Remstein and Cantor Ilan Davidson.
Bob Remstein has composed over four dozen Jewish liturgical works including a complete “Sacred Service” he wrote to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Congregation B’nai B’rith in Santa Barbara. A founding member of the Helfman Institute composers’ group, Bob premiered his setting of “Hashkiveinu” at Valley Beth Shalom in 2011 and his first sermon-in-song, “Moses and the Rock,” in 2012. In secular music, he has scored numerous video games, arranged and produced music for the film “Little Miss Sunshine,” and has written and produced tracks for TV shows “Without a Trace,” “Chuck,” “Inside the NFL,” “Monday Night Football,” and “The Guiding Light.”

TBE Sisterhood presents
Jay Leno Comedy Night
Sunday, January 28, 2018
at the Hermosa Beach Comedy & Magic Club
1018 Hermosa Avenue
Hermosa Beach
Come join us for a night of comedy, laughter and fun at the Hermosa Beach Comedy & Magic Club.
All are welcome to attend this night of fun.
Tickets are $30 each. 

Additionally, the Comedy Club requires a two-item purchase by each person in attendance, of food or bar items.

If you would like to attend, please mail a check payable to the “Temple Beth El Sisterhood” in the amount of $30 for each ticket.
Payment must be sent to the TBE Office
by January 5, 2018.
Purchase of food/drink items will be made by you directly to Comedy Club and are not covered by the ticket price.
For questions, please email Dina Dreizler.

New Adult Learning
A Taste of Mussar
with Chaplain Bonnie Leopold
beginning Tuesday, January 16
7:00-8:30 p.m. at TBE
Meetings will be held the first and third Tuesdays of the month
Are you looking for balance and holiness in your life? Do you want to become a better person and cultivate character traits that will help you achieve your goals? If so, then join us to explore Mussar – an approach to Jewish ethics based on 19th century teachings.
Led by Chaplain Bonnie Leopold, a trained Mussar facilitator with many years of experience teaching Mussar in the South Bay and beyond.

First meeting: a FREE introduction to Mussar and to Chaplain Leopold’s joyful facilitation and guidance of Mussar.

Following meetings are $10 per class, plus the purchase of Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis as a guidebook.

Hamantaschen Sales
Place your orders in advance!
You can pickup your orders starting Friday, February 2nd

Click here for the Hamataschen Order Form

or contact Barbara Brickman.
It has been the tradition of Sisterhood to send hamantaschen free of charge to those TBE students who are now in college. If you would like to remind them of the joy of eating these delicious three cornered hats, please let us know their address and which flavor they prefer no later than February 16, so we can get the Hamantaschen to them by Purim!

Email information to Carrie in the TBE Office.

Last day to pickup orders is at the
Community Purim Celebration on
Saturday, February 24th!
Important Notices

Let Your Voices Be Heard!
Focus groups now forming to begin the search for our new Interim Rabbi.
Groups to be held during the month of January.
If you’re willing to participate and/or willing to host one, please contact Gale Swartz or Eric Imley.

*NEW TBE Directory
We are getting ready to send out the 2018 TBE Directory! Please email Carrie here if you have a new cell number, email or address. Thank you!

Torah Study
Thursdays at Noon
Join us to explore the weekly Torah portion.  No experience is necessary. If you have your own English Torah commentary, please bring it with you.

Copy and Print Services Now Available at TBE
Get your copying and printing done with people you know and trust.. for half the cost!
Temple Beth El has a new copy machine and you can use it! 30¢ for color copies
and 5¢ for black & white.
Contact Carrie or Shoni with questions.

Ten Minutes of Torah

TBE is delighted to partner with the
Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox. Five days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email.
Sign up today. Be sure to include our congregation’s name and location. It only takes 10 minutes to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

Shop online & raise money for our Torah School at the same time!

When you shop at, you can  raise money for our Torah School.


Click on the Amazon logo above, or do the same on the home page of our TBE website, and Temple Beth El will earn money for every purchase you make at This can only happen if you use our special link, so we get the credit for your purchase. We raised over $1100 for our Torah School last year!

 Sisterhood News

Sisterhood Gift Shop is now the Hanukkah Shop!

Hanukkiyah, candles, dreidels, toys, games,
milk & dark chocolate gelt, Jewish Magic 8 Ball,
Maccabee on the Mantle, and more!

Open Friday nights before and after services!
Select Sundays when there is Torah School!

TBE Sisterhood has a new website!

Click here to see all the wonderful events, activities and important ways to get involved and volunteer!

Tribute Card


Send a Tribute Card to recognize an event of someone who is important to you! The Sisterhood will send your wishes – on marriage, birth, b’nai mitzvah, bereavement, get well, and more – for $3.50 per card.

Contact Audrey Stempel to order a Tribute Card.
We hope to see you soon at Temple Beth El.
Find us on the web at:
Call the office for more information: 310-833-2467
Or drop by for a visit:
1435 W. 7th Street, San Pedro 90732