News & Upcoming Events 10-16-2018

Hurricane Relief

Last week’s Torah portion describing the flood of Noah, and the ark which offered security from the rising waters, teaching values of goodness over evil and the obligation to preserve life – was a story.  In Florida, however, it was real, as Hurricane Michael washed away whole communities.  But, where is the ark to provide safety?  We can help be that ark. 
Temple Beth El is collecting financial donations, and we will forward the sum to agencies assisting in disaster relief.  If you would like to contribute, either send your check to the Temple attention Hurricane Relief,
or  VENMO @ Temple Beth El, San Pedro
Deadline to contribute: This Friday, October 19.

Dear Temple Beth El Family, 

A new movie, titled Bigger, just opened in theaters last Friday, which has strong Jewish content. It depicts the story of the Weider brothers from Montreal, and how they overcame Antisemitism and their own poverty to establish the body-building, supplement and gym industry in America. And, aside from the big Hollywood stars in the movie, 

a Temple Beth El figure had a role in the movie – note the final scene, on the “bema/stage” – and the credits! 


We think you will enjoy going to see Bigger! 

As well, because of the theme of the movie, the opening Taus Lecture in a few weeks will be the expert on this theme, Dr. Sharon Gillerman, addressing “Muscular Judaism!” Plan to attend!

Your TBE Staff
Upcoming  Programs

League of Women Voters of PVP presents
Presentation on the Ballot Propositions
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 p.m. at TBE

Are you aware there will be eleven state ballot propositions on the November 6 ballot and one county proposition as well? Be sure to join us this evening and learn more!
Event sponsored by TBE Sisterhood; Open to All

Pastries with the Presidents
Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17
10:00 a.m.
Panera Bread, 2733 PCH, Torrance

Come and chat with our TBE Co-Presidents, Gale Swartz and Eric Imley.

Rabbi Cantor Lisa Levine
Temple Beth El welcomes Artist-in-Residence Rabbi Cantor Lisa Levine for these Soulful Shabbat Experiences:
This Friday, October 19
6:30 p.m.
Bridge to Peace Shabbat Ruah Service
Join us for a Musical Shabbat service featuring Rabbi Cantor Lisa Levine as she shares songs from her newest album which promotes non-violence and healing through prayer and action.
This Saturday, October 20
9:15 a.m. Light Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Yoga Shalom
11:30 a.m. Potluck Shabbat Kiddush Luncheon. Please RSVP here for the potluck and signup to bring a dish.
Yoga Shalom
Join us for Yoga Shalom: a unique form of prayer which melds gentle Yoga, chant, meditation and breathing into an awe-inspiring worship experience.

Sisterhood Annual Paid-Up Membership Dinner
Tuesday, October 30
6:30 p.m. at TBE

Free to all Sisterhood Members!
Please RSVP by October 26 to Reva Skoll.

Art of Community

A Gallery Installation Celebrating Artists of Temple Beth El
Opening Reception
Saturday, November 3
5:00-9:00 p.m. at TBE
Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres
Beer & Wine Tasting
Silent Auction
$40 Paid in Advance; $50 At the Door
A portion of the proceeds benefit San Pedro High School and Dodson Middle School Art Departments and TBE.

Taus Lecture Series 2018-19
First Lecture of the Season!
Wednesday, November 7 at Noon
Lunch & Learn with
Dr. Sharon Gillerman, Hebrew Union College

The Temple of the Body: Jewish Boxers, Strongmen and the Development of “Muscular Judaism”

There will be 6 Lectures during this season:
December 5 at Noon with Dr. Laurie Levenson
February 26 at 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Karen Fox
March 13 at Noon with Rabbi Ed Feinstein
April 16 at 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Amir Hussain
April 30 at 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Marc Dollinger
Lunch & Learn Lectures: $25 Paid in Advance/$30 at the Door
Evening Lectures: $18 Paid in Advance/$20 at the Door
$110 for the Full Series of 6 Lectures

Salon Concerts 2018-19
Featuring Cantor Davidson & Friends
Saturday, November 17
JRB: The Masterpieces of Tony Award-Winning Composer Jason Robert Brown
6:30 p.m.
Hosted in a private home (location TBD)
Upcoming Concerts:
Saturday, January 12
Saturday, March 2
Tickets $100 per person or $250 for all 3 concerts
Space is limited, so please reserve today by making your payment to Shoni in the Finance Office.

Create! Hydrate! Fill Your Plate!
TBE Sisterhood invites all to attend these wonderful programs!
1:00-3:00 p.m. at TBE
on the following dates:
Sunday, January 27 – Cooking with Eliot Swartz
Sunday, March 3 – Create an Art Project
Sunday, May 5 – Create a Succulent Bowl
$45 for 3 programs
$32 for 2 programs
$18 for 1 program
Any questions? Contact Dina Dreizler or Allison Brandt.

TBE Sisterhood Fundraiser
Cruise the California Coast with your TBE friends
March 10-17, 2019
Aboard Ruby Princess Cruise

Embarkation Port Los Angeles, San Francisco, Monterey, Ensenada, San Diego, Disembarkation Los Angeles

Early Bird Discounts available now with 10% deposit!
$799pp Inside Cabins
$999pp Unobstructed Picture Window
$1099pp Balcony
$1499pp Mini Suite
For reservations and information, please contact:
Barbara Matles here or call (310) 750-9406
Barbara Riker here or call (310) 750-9422
Sisterhood News

Sisterhood Gift Shop
The Gift Shop is open after services Fridays
and on select Sundays when there is Torah School!

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.
Important Notices

Help TBE’s Caring Community
Caring for one another is our obligation as Jews. By responding to the calls of our fellow TBE members is a way for each of us to reply “Hineini” here I am.
The Caring Committee reaches out to congregants when there has been a death in the family, when a ride is needed for a medical procedure, or a meal after a hospital stay.
But Without You, We Are One Volunteer Short!

The Caring Community invites you to help us realize our goal of having every congregant be a member of our Caring Community. The Caring Community is an unusual committee, because to be a “member,” you only need to be a member of TBE. When we are made aware of a congregant in need you will receive an email from a Caring Community chair, asking for your help. Please respond if you can, when we perform a mitzvah for others, we strengthen them, our entire community and ourselves.

To join the committee or for more information, please contact Gail Burch.

Torah School Needs Volunteers
Do you love children and want to have some fun?
We NEED YOU in the front office during Torah School days!
Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-Noon.
No experience needed!
Please email Racheli Morris, TBE Educator to signup.
Thank you!

Torah Study
Come study with Rabbi Doug Kohn
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.

International City Theatre presents
A Splintered Soul
Alan L. Brooks’ play about war refugees torn between cultures – Holocaust survivors in 1947 San Francisco – resonates deeply today.
NOW through November 4
International City Theatre
330 East Seaside Way
Long Beach

Religous Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
Civic Engagement
Every Congregation Counts
Every Vote Counts
Please click here for an abbreviated introduction to the RAC’s Civic Engagement initiative that we will be working on through November.
The TBE Social Justice Committee is working to use the three pillars to engage the TBE community.

We need volunteers!

Oneg Shabbat Committee
Do you enjoy the Oneg after Shabbat Services?
If you would like to assist and be on the Oneg Committee, please contact Reva Skoll.
Participation is only once every 6 or 7 weeks.
Please contact Reva Skoll with questions and to sign up.

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 this Amazon link at the top or bottom of every page next to our other social media icons, 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!

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