News & Upcoming Events 1-9-2018

Upcoming  Programs

“Gospel” Shabbat Service
celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Friday, January 12
7:30 p.m.
at Temple Beth El
Rabbi Briskin & Cantor Davidson welcome The Gospel Choir of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church for an uplifting and moving musical landscape commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Coffee Talk
with Rabbi Briskin
Wednesday, January 17
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Starbucks, Promenade of the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Drive, RHE
Come by for a cup of coffee or tea and share what’s on your mind. We often sit outside; please dress appropriately.

Pastries with the Presidents
Come chat with our TBE
Co-Presidents, Gale Swartz and
Eric Imley
Tuesday, January 23
10:00 a.m.
Starbucks, Promenade of the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Drive, RHE

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

Dawn Unity Group presents
Interfaith Discovery Series
Bob Rothman, Moderator


Tonight, January 9 
7:30 p.m.
at Congregation Ner Tamid
5721 Crestridge Rd, RPV
Rev. Jon Gathje, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Prof. Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University
Rev. Reinhard Krauss, UCLA
Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei, Congregation Ner Tamid

Starting the Conversation, Ending the Stigma proudly presents an evening for Tweens/Teens and their Parents
It’s Not the ’60s Anymore
Addressing the realities of
substance use for this generation



Wednesday, January 10

7:00 p.m.

at Congregation Ner Tamid

5721 Crestridge Rd, RPV


Complimentary Admission!
Contact Congregation Ner Tamid with questions.

Benefit Concert for URJ Camp Newman
It’s time to join together in song.
It’s time to build up our community.
Saturday, January 20
2:00 p.m.
at Stephen Wise Temple
15500 Stephen S Wise Dr
Los Angeles
Reunite with your friends, families, staff & directors from
URJ Camp Newman
6 Points Sports California
6 Points Sci-Tech Academy West
for a concert and song session to benefit Camp Newman!

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.
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.

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

After Hanukkah SALE!

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