News & Upcoming Events 1-23-2018

Upcoming  Programs

Shabbat Service
with Guest Speaker, Sosthene Niyitegka
This Friday, January 26
7:30 p.m. at TBE
Tonight we welcome Sosthene Niyitegka to share his brave and heroic story.  Mr. Niyitegka risked his life, the life of his family, and members and his community when he hid and ultimately saved more than 100 Rwandan ethnic Tutsis from being massacred during the Rwandan genocide in the summer of 1994. He is the Rwandan equivalent of a “righteous gentile.” Rabbi Briskin will also briefly share the story of how he and Mr.  Niyitegka met a few years ago. We will also celebrate adult birthdays and anniversaries with an aliyah to the Torah.

Torah School Fundraiser
Rosewood Concert
Saturday, February 3
4:00 p.m. at TBE
Please join us for a wonderful concert with the band, Rosewood, featuring our own Grant Perry. All proceeds to benefit TBE Torah School.
$18/adults; Children are free.
Make your reservations with Shoni in the TBE Finance Office.

Taus Lecture Series
Lunch & Learn with
Rabbi Ed Feinstein
Wednesday, February 14
11:45 a.m. at TBE
$25 Paid in Advance
$30 At the Door

Includes lunch, lecture, drinks & dessert

This lecture is generously co-sponsored by Lew Holzman and George Taus.

TBE Sisterhood Invites You to the
Circle of Service Luncheon
Sunday, February 11
1:00 p.m.
at the home of Jan Simon
address provided with reservations
Please join us in support of Youth, Education and Special Projects and featuring a Rabbinic Student Guest Speaker from HUC-JIR
Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 6 to Sharon Gross and bring your WRJ donation to the event.
Minimum Donation: $36
Partner: $90
Partner Plus: $180
Lifeline: $1800
Payable to: WRJ (memo: YES Fund)

Your Input Needed NOW
Community Conversations being scheduled now!
We need to know what you want in our new interim Rabbi. Focus groups to be held over the next 3 weeks.

Please contact Carrie in the TBE Office immediately.
We will provide available dates by phone.

ROMEOs and Jewliettes  
Wednesday, January 31
12:30 p.m. at Think Cafe
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.

Come watch a Webcast of
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
with Jane Eisner, Editor in Chief of the Forward
Thursday, February 1
4:00 p.m. at TBE
Join us for an evening with Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Jane Eisner, Editor in Chief of the Forward, as they join together in conversation.
TBE is hosting a Watch Party to hear these learned individuals explore such issues as the intersection of law, media, and Jewish life.
If you are planning to come, please notify Linda Herman so we can plan accordingly.

Understanding the Pre-Planning Process at Green Hills Memorial Park
with our TBE member, Nelly Igdal
Sunday, February 4
9:30-10:30 a.m. at TBE
Pre-planning allows families to make important decisions about where and how loved ones will be memorialized.
During the pre-planning process, you will determine the budget you wish to spend and establish the terms for purchasing in advance. This allows your family to secure today’s prices and protects you against inflation and overspending.
Let’s review your plan together! Nelly Igdal will answer all your questions and make sure your family is fully protected.
Nelly Igdal will also be on-site at TBE on Sunday, February 11 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon to answer any of your questions!

New Adult Learning
A Taste of Mussar
with Chaplain Bonnie Leopold
continues on Tuesday, February 6
7:00-8:30 p.m. at TBE
Meetings will be held the first and third Tuesdays of the month

It’s NOT too late to join!
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.
Meetings are $10 per class, plus the purchase of Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis as a guidebook.
To register, email Shoni in the Finance Office.

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!

TBE Sisterhood presents
Jay Leno Comedy Night
Sunday, January 28, 2018
at the Hermosa Beach Comedy & Magic Club
Confirmed Reservations only!
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Show begins at 7:00 p.m.
For questions, please email Dina Dreizler.

Temple Beth El’s Purim Palooza
Community Purim Celebration
Saturday, February 24 at TBE
Details coming soon…. 

 In The Community

Social Action: Homeless Count
Please volunteer for the street count!
Everyone counts. No matter where they live.
Wednesday, January 24
7:45 p.m. (*note evening time)
at LAPD Harbor Division Station
2175 John S. Gibson Blvd. San Pedro
Please join us and participate in next week’s homeless count in San Pedro.

Art is My Weapon: The Radical Musical Life of Lin Jaldati
Dr. David Shneer
Jewlia Eisenberg


Monday, February 5
7:30 p.m.
Alpert JCC
3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach
Performance is FREE and open to the public.

Shalom Hartman Institute presents
Community Beit Midrash
Judaism and the Self
Personal Dimensions of Jewish Identity:
A three-part, text-based study series


Tuesday, February 13
Tuesday, April 10
Tuesday, May 8
7:30-9:30 p.m.
at American Jewish University
Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air

Jewish Women’s Theatre presents
The Accidental Activist
A moving and humorous show about people who act to right a wrong, help the helpless, or bring forth a smile where there was no hope.


Sunday, January 28
1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Shows are at two convenient locations.

Congregation Ner Tamid presents
CNT Sisterhood Annual
Mah Jongg Day


Tuesday, February 20
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
$36/person with RSVP by February 8; $42/person after Feb. 8.
Contact Leslie Back to RSVP.
Important Notices

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

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