In This Issue
Elul Reflections
Shabbat Tisch
Habitat for Humanity
Annual Meeting
Elul Reflections: Request for Submissions
Softball League
Caring Community

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Tornado Relief


Temple Beth El is collecting funds to provide assistance for the residents of Moore, Oklahoma, whose community was devastated by yesterday's Tornado.


Send checks payable to Temple Beth El, and write, "Tornado Relief" in the memo line. Or send and email to Shoni in the Finance Office and have her charge your credit card on file. 


We will send a check to the Union For Reform Judaism's Emergency Relief Fund shortly.

Shabbat Tisch at TBE

Friday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. in Al Manuel Hall


Guest speaker, Larry Tye, shows us why we should care about Superman -- especially as Jews -- from the bullied Jewish teenager who created him to battle back against his tormentors, to the Man of Steel's Jewish ethnicity, to how he offers a lens into the heroes we embrace. Click here to learn more about the book and the author.


"Tisch" is the Yiddish word for table. A Shabbat Tisch involves singing, eating, learning and joy at the comfort of our tables. Join us as we experiment with a new fifth Friday model. We'll sing blessings and songs to welcome Shabbat, hear from Larry Tye and say Kaddish together.


There will not be a formal service in the Sanctuary.


This is a pot-luck vegetarian dinner; so please bring something for eight people to share according to your last name:


Last Names A-E: Drinks (soda, juice, beer, wine)

Last Names F-L: Salads

Last Names M-R: Entrees 

Last Names S-Z: Side Dishes 

Please RSVP to Carrie Jacobs at the TBE Office.


Parents: feel free to bring additional child-friendly food if necessary.

Monday's at Menchie's

June 3, 10, 17, 24 

at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 

2533 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance

(in Rolling Hills Plaza)


20% of sales generated on these Mondays will go towards the efforts of Temple Beth El's Torah School.


Enjoy sweet treats every Monday in June with your Temple Beth El Family!


KindredSPIRITS Shotgun Golf Tournament at Terranea
This Thursday, May 23, 2013
9:00 a.m. Tee Time
Support KindredSPIRITS and try to Win a Car! Prizes for Hole-In-One, Putt for $2,500, and more! $100 per player includes lunch. Proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community. RSVP this week!
June 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Click here to order your tickets NOW!
Contact Cantor Davidson with any questions about these 2 wonderful events.
Help Build a Home Tomorrow! 

Wednesday, May 22

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Join Michael Sherman and friends from TBE and volunteer a day to work with Habitat for Humanity. They provide all materials, gloves, safety goggles etc. We provide the bodies. Minimum age is 16. 


RSVP to Michael Sherman  or call (310) 541-4589.

Coffee Talk with Rabbi Briskin Coffee Talk

Wednesday, May 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Rabbi Briskin hosts monthly gatherings at area 

coffee shops for informal, drop-in conversation.


This month: Starbucks, Promenade of the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Drive #179, Rolling Hills Estates

ROMEOs and Jewliettes

Wednesday, May 29 at 12:30 p.m.

Think Caf�, 302 W. 5th St., San Pedro


What started as ROMEOs - Retired Old Men Eating Out has expanded to include the Jewliettes. But don't let the name fool you. It's not only retired folks. All are welcome.  
Irv Siegelman, 310-540-1931 for more information.

Taus Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Taus Logo 30th Anniv.
Final 2012-2013 Lecture!

June 3 - The Honorable Joe Hicks
Lessons from the 2012 Presidential Election: The People Voted, No What?
Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Al Manuel Hall
Information and Ballots were just mailed out!

We trust that you will be able to attend the Annual Meeting. If you will be unable to do so, please fill out the absentee ballot and return it to the Temple Office on or before June 4. Ballots received after the Annual Meeting will not be counted.
Important Notices

Request for Submissions: 

Reflections for Elul 


This summer during the Hebrew month of Elul that precedes the High Holy Days, beginning on August 7, we will once again be distributing a daily Reflection for Elul via our TBE email, Facebook page and Website.


We invite your participation.


First, please let us know ASAP if you plan to submit a reflection. Then, please write your reflection, up to but no more than 250 words, in response to one of the four questions below. Then email it to the TBE Office by June 15. 


All reflections will be printed in our Reflections for Elul Booklet that will be available during the High Holy Days.  Thirty of the Reflections for Elul (one per day) will be distributed via email during the month of Elul.


If you have any questions, please contact Kathie Maher, chair of the Religious Living Committee. Please note that all submissions are subject to editorial review.


Your response to one of the four questions listed below is invited:

  1. It is often easier to forgive others than it is to forgive ourselves.  Describe a time when you felt it was harder to forgive yourself?
  2. Describe something in your life for which you still harbor regret.  How have you dealt with it?
  3. Somehow it is easier to express gratitude for the great events or moments in our lives.  How do you express gratitude for the everyday occurrences in your life and why/how does this act make a difference?
  4. Describe a person whom you consider to be a blessing in your life.  What did s/he do to deserve your blessing?

We look forward to receiving your reflection and for participating in this important High Holy Days project.

Summer Co-Ed Softball Returns:      

Games begin June 1


Temple Beth El's Summer Softball Team is looking for players to join our team. Games are Saturday afternoons at El Nido Park, Torrance.


This is a great way to build friendships while having some fun in this low key, soft pitch softball league.


Registration is $25 per person.


Contact Mary Cohen to sign up.

Adult Choir Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m.


Interested in singing in the adult choir? Please contact Cantor Davidson for more information as we prepare the melodies of the High Holy Days liturgy.

Caring Community:
One-on-one appointments with a Social Worker
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Volunteer Office


If you're dealing with economic problems, the challenge of helping an elderly parent or a teen in trouble, you are not alone. And now, you can rely on the resources of Caring Community, a new program that provides free social referrals. 


To schedule an appointment, contact Melissa Pottash, MSW at 
Caring Community is a community network of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in partnership with Jewish Family Service. Caring Community is funded by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

Does it get any easier than this?


Admit it. You're going to use Tzedakah dedications this year. You need a certain number every year. Think about this... when you contribute $250 to the new Annual Gift Program of the Rabbi David Lieb Endowment Fund, you receive seven complimentary dedications automatically that you can use at any time and for any purpose. That's more checkwriting. And your contribution is split equally between our temple's General Fund, Keren Beit El, and the Endowment Fund, which means you're helping secure our community's short-term needs and long-term future at the same time!


If you want more than seven, you can receive 14 dedications for a $500 contribution, 21 dedications for a $750 contribution, or 30 dedications for a $1,000 or more contribution.

For more information, please contact George Mayer or Marc Kaiser. Please mail your check to the Finance office or contact the TBE Finance Office
 with any payment questions.

Reminder:  Our 90th Anniversary Dinner Groups, initiated by your Membership Committee this year, are now in full force, and a wonderful time is being had by all. 


The planning for next year's Dinner Groups is now beginning - new groups, new (as well as current) participants, and more fun. Our groups are casual, and vary from dinner to brunch to High Tea - each group decides for itself. 


If you are interested in meeting new people, getting together with old or newer friends, eating, laughing, and having fun, please join us. 

Questions or comments, please contact Gerri Oshry at 


Lifelong Learning

Torah Study 

Thursdays, Noon-1:00 p.m.
Edler Realty 608 Silver Spur (at Drybank), 
Rolling Hills Estates in the Lower Level Conference Room. 
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.

Half-Pint Havurah Co-op  

Welcoming Shabbat
NO CLASS this Friday, May 24 due to Memorial Day

Class will resume on Friday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m.

For families with children through five years of age. Each week revolves around a theme connected to a Jewish holiday or to the weekly Torah portion. We also make our own hallah, create take-home art, sing and celebrate Shabbat with friends.


Cantor Ilan Davidson facilitates this co-op program with the assistance of parent participants.

New for Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El is now an Amazon Associate!


When you shop at, you can now raise money for Temple Beth El.


Click on the Amazon logo above, or do the same on the home page of our TBE website, and through this link, 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've raised over $300 so far. Help us earn more. Thanks!

 Sisterhood News

Sisterhood Dinner of Celebration

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. 

Think Cafe, 302 W. 5th St. in San Pedro


The women of Temple Beth El contribute in so many to the welfare of our community. Please come to honor Sisterhood President, Ellie Zamos, and the retiring board members. Also help us welcome in the new Sisterhood Board Members.

$25 includes appetizer, meal, dessert and beverage.


Contact Zorica Sorkin to RSVP and to give menu choices.

Sisterhood Book Clubs 

How It All Began

by Penelope Lively


Afternoon Group - Today, May 21, 2:00 p.m. 

Contact Marsha Winer at 310-541-3454. 


Evening Group - Tuesday, May 28, 7:15 p.m.

Contact Esther Schoem at 310-514-2155 with any questions. 

Gift Shop News

Spring is here!  Weddings and bridal showers, birthdays, b'nai mitzvah are great occasions for visiting your own TBE Gift Shop.  Make it a first stop to find a great gift of Judaica.  It's a gift that lasts a lifetime.  If you can't be here after services Friday nights, please call Mary 310-505-7002 or Sharon 310-541-66345 to make an appointment for us to meet you at the shop at your convenience.  Please support your Temple Gift Shop.  All profits stay right here at Temple Beth El!



Help needed on Sunday mornings in the Gift Shop beginning in September 2013. Meet new people while your child is in Torah School. Be the first to see all the new merchandise. Hours are 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. only once a month from

September - May. Please reply to Mary Cohn 310-541-6125 or Sharon Gross 310-541-6345.

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 Bonnie Lewis to order a Tribute Card 310-528-3600 or

Knit 'n' Stitch

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to Noon in the Taus Room

knittingBring your own project (knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, scrapbooking, etc), or knit hats for children in hospitals from supplies on hand.  

Contact Elaine Blatt with any questions.

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
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