Volunteer of the Month – December 2021

Jessica Feldman

Jessica Feldman and husband David became members of Temple Beth El about 10 years ago. She is on the Board of Directors and is involved in a number of temple activities including Neighborhood Connectors.

Jessica was born in Fontana, California in the first Kaiser hospital. Her father was an egg rancher and found a small thriving Jewish community in the area that he loved. Her New York City mother, however, was horrified by the provincial lack of a rich cultural life. They moved to Los Angeles for better Jewish and educational opportunities for Jessica and her sisters. In 1970, the family moved to Israel, where she and her family lived during the Yom Kippur war and saw firsthand how a country can pull together in the face of adversity. They moved back to Los Angeles in 1974. She and David settled in Rancho Palos Verdes, where he had attended high school. They raised their two sons here in the area, and both of their sons are now living and working in San Francisco.

Jessica describes herself as a general volunteer and enjoys giving back to her community and synagogue. When asked what she enjoys about volunteering at Temple Beth El, she said she wants to give back to the community and ensure the health of the temple. She says it gives her a sense of fulfillment, purpose, and connections. “If I can lighten the load of our administrators and rabbi, I am happy to jump in for any task.” Her advice to anyone thinking about volunteering at TBE is to first talk with Carrie, our temple Executive Director or Shoni, our finance maven, both fonts of all TBE knowledge, then talk with Linda Belzer or Jamie Lowenstein (Sisterhood and Mensch club leaders). Famous quote, “Stop me before I volunteer again”, but she really doesn’t mean it!

If you would like to nominate someone as Volunteer of the Month, please reach out to Carrie Jacobs at tbeoffice@bethelsp.org. Thank you so much!