News & Upcoming Events 3-19-2019

Upcoming  Programs

Fabulous Purim
All Ages Celebration
This Saturday, March 23
at TBE
4:00 p.m. Family Carnival & Adult Cocktail Hour
5:30 p.m. Purim Shpiel & Megillah Reading followed by dinner, dancing, silent auction with simultaneous youth programs & childcare.
Kids’ Carnival Wristbands $10
includes games, prizes and hot dog meal
Adult Dinner $25 in Advance; $30 at the Door
includes cocktail hour and entertainment, dinner, dancing and 2 drink tickets
All Adults in Costume Receive an Extra Drink Ticket
Additional drink tickets are $3 each
Family Maximum with Advance Purchase $60
(2 adults and children/grandchildren under 18)
Become a Purim Sponsor!
$125 gets dinner for 2, signage, a reserved table at the dinner for yourselves and your friends.

Who We Are in Our Own Texts:
Seminal Documents from American Jewish History of of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries 
A three-session course with Rabbi Douglas Kohn
Thursday, March 28
Thursday, April 4
Wednesday, April 17
6:00 p.m. at TBE
Dine & Learn with Rabbi Kohn
American Jewish communal history dates back to 1654, when 23 refugees from Brazil disembarked at then New Amsterdam. Their arrival was colored with conflict, and a rich correspondence between New Amsterdam and old Amsterdam ensued, and thus began the textual history of Jews in North America.
In this course, we will study that amazing correspondence, and further critical documents from the next two centuries, all of which helped define the place and station of Jews in America. Come and enjoy!

Shabbat Koleinu Service
Charlie Kramer
Friday, March 29
7:30 p.m. at TBE
Please join us for this special Shabbat Koleinu of NEW and spiritually uplifting kavanah and music as we welcome Charlie Kramer, noted professional songleader and songwriter.
Legally blind and armed with an acoustic guitar, Charlie Kramer unites, magnetizes and elevates the communities around him. A touring songleader, songwriter and spiritual leader, Charlie has sung with communities throughout North America, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.

ROMEOs and Jewliettes
Rabbi Doug Kohn speaking on “The True Story of Purim”
Wednesday, March 27
12:30 p.m.
Think Cafe
302 W. 5th Street, San Pedro
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, contact Irv Siegelman.

Sisterhood’s 2nd Annual
Comedy & Magic Club Evening
with the Incredible Magic and Humor of Derek Hughes
Wednesday, April 3
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
All over 18 are welcome.
2-item minimum purchase.
Purchase your tickets ONLINE
before March 23.
For questions, please contact Allison Brandt or Dina Dreizler.

You are cordially invited to Temple Beth El’s
Community Passover Seder
led by Rabbi Kohn & Cantor Davidson
Sponsored by TBE Sisterhood
Wednesday, April 24
5:45 p.m.
$40/Adults; $20/Children under 18;
FREE children under 4.
Reservations and payments must be received by Wednesday, April 17th. 
Sponsorship Opportunities available.
Please contact Jodi Davidson.

Create! Hydrate! Fill Your Plate!
Presented by TBE Sisterhood
Last Session!
Hamesh de Mayo 

including a Taco Bar
Sunday, May 5
1:00 p.m. at TBE

Create Your Own Succulent Bowl
$18 per person
Important Notices

Suitcase, Backpack,
Duffel Bag Drive for Children in Foster Care
Ends this Saturday, March 23 at the Purim Celebration
Today, when children are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, they often enter foster care with just the clothes on their backs. They usually carry what few belongings they have in a garbage bag. Our tradition should find this abhorrent and compel us to alleviate the stress and torment of such children.
TBE will be collecting NEW and GENTLY USED luggage, backpack, suitcases and duffel bags for children in foster care. Collection bins are located next to the elevator.

Annual TBE Sisterhood
Hamantaschen Sale

Ends this Saturday Night at the Purim Celebration!
Raspberry, Prune, Apple, Apricot, Chocolate, Poppy
We will sell on Fridays following Shabbat Services and on Thursdays and Sundays before and after Torah School.

Contact Mary Cohn with any questions.

Helping Send Your Child To Camp
Deadline is March 31.

Sisterhood Camperships and the Bill Gren Campership Fund are available to our TBE Torah School students who need financial assistance to attend a Jewish summer camp. Please email or write a note to request these scholarships.

For Sisterhood Camperships, please contact Susan Goldstein.

For the Bill Gren Campership Fund, please contact Linda Gren.

First-time campers can receive scholarship grants up to $1000 from One Happy Camper. See their website.

Please remember that URJ Camp Newman will match ALL
TBE Scholarship Money dollar for dollar.
URJ Six Points Camps will match up to their cap.

We need volunteers to help with Oneg Shabbat!
Do you enjoy the Oneg after Shabbat Services?
If you would like to assist and sign up to host an oneg shabbat, please see THIS LINK and pick your date and signup through our SignUp Genius.
For any questions, please contact Barbara Brickman.

Single Women Havurah
A new havurah for Single TBE women is now underway.
If you are interested in joining this havurah or would like more information, please contact:

Joan Friedman, Havurot Coordinator

The word “havurah” comes from the Hebrew word “haver,”meaning friend. Its primary purpose is to promote Jewish fellowship. Each havurah is a small community of congregants who gather together to socialize, learn more about Jewish subjects, celebrate Jewish holidays, or may take any focus that the group chooses.

You Are Invited To
Catholic-Jewish Women’s Conference
Women Evolving in Our Two Faith Traditions: From Biblical Times to the Present
Tuesday, May 7
8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m
St. Lawrence Martyr Church
1940 S. Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach
Speakers: Rabbi Dr. Rachel Adler and Sister Tracey Sharp SCRH
Conference Fee received by May 1: $25 lunch included
Late Registration Fee after May 1: $30 lunch not guaranteed
For more information, please visit

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 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.

CLICK HERE for the TBE Amazon link.
Shop online & raise money for our Torah School at the same time!
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!

Religous Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
Civic Engagement
Every Congregation Counts
Every Vote Counts
Please see 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.

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!
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 $4.00 per card.

Contact Audrey Stempel to order a Tribute Card.
We hope to see you soon at Temple Beth El.
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Or drop by for a visit:
1435 W. 7th Street, San Pedro 90732