WELCOME TO TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL
Temple Beth Israel is a warm, dynamic Reform Synagogue of over 400 families that serves the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys of Southern California, approx. 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. At TBI you will find a community that celebrates Jewish tradition, kindles spiritual fulfillment, values Jewish study in all its variety, and vigorously participates in social justice.
Please join us! Jews in all their diversity, including families, singles, couples, interfaith families, the LGBT community, and people with special needs are all welcome at TBI.
Update on the Impact of
It has become clear over the past few days that the Woolsey Fire, following just over a year after the fires that impacted Camp Newman last fall, has brought even more devastation to the Jewish camp community in California. This fire has inflicted severe damage to Wilshire Blvd Temple’s Camps Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop, and Camp JCA Shalom, all located in Malibu.
As Rabbi Kupetz reminded us on social media when the extent of the fires was first becoming known: “Our Jewish community is strong and resilient, and I am confident that we can find creative ways to continue to inspire the campers, teens and families who have deep roots and affection for these Malibu camps, just as we have following the loss of Camp Newman last October. Our concern and our love extends to all those who have been affected by these devastating fires–those who have lost homes and businesses, our first-responders who put their lives on the line in extremely adverse conditions, and those who have died and their loved ones.”
As testimony to that resiliance, looking forward to Summer 2019, Camp Newman is fully operational at their alternative home at Cal Maritime in Vallejo, CA and registration has just opened at campnewman.org. Our profound hope is that options for this coming summer will be announced by the Wilshire Blvd. Temple Camps and JCA Shalom as soon as possible. The staff there has said that providing a safe and meaningful program for their campers is their highest priority as the move to recover and rebuild. For more info on the Wilshire Blvd. Temple Camps click here. For info on Camp JCA Shalom and the Shalom Institute, click here. To help recovery efforts for the camps and communities affected by the fires, click here to support the effort coordinated by our Jewish Federation.
Solidarity Shabbat 11.2.18
Temple Beth Israel would like to publicly express it’s gratitude for the overwhelming show of support our community received on Solidarity Shabbat, Friday evening, November 2, 2018. The TBI Leadership would also like to recognize that without the volunteer efforts of our members, we could not have handled the large numbers that joined us that evening, an outpouring of concern that far exceeded our expectations. We are also grateful to our TBI Choir and the community guests that joined them, to our Choral Director Dr. Ruth Charloff, accompanist Dr. Randy Polevoi and to cellist Maggie Parkins for their contributions. Gratitude is also due to TBI Administrator Jim Tanner and our facilities supervisor Rommi Inabi for their hard work. To see the press release expressing our gratitude for the support received, click here. To watch the service as it was streamed live or Facebook, go to facebook.com/tbipomona. Also, check out the URJ’s Jewish Resources for Coping with Acts of Terror.
Other Upcoming Events
View the latest TBI Update (11/8/18) to see info on events coming up soon at TBI. You may receive the TBI Update email directly by sending a request to Temple Beth Israel with your preferred e-mail address.
You can also view the latest Beit Sefer update here.
Adult Jewish Learning
NEWS FLASH- Start date for our “Intro to Judaism” series is now Wednesday, November 14th @ 7 p.m. See below.
A new Adult Jewish Learning year has begun. Click here to view our classes and events schedule for the 2018/5778 season.
Intro to Judaism Course
A new cohort of our Intro to Judaism course will begin on Wednesday evening, November 14th (note rescheduled date!), taught by Cantor Buch, along with Rabbi Kupetz and Joey Angel-Field, our Rabbinic Intern. Click here for more info about the class and here to register online. The 18-week course is free for the first session and $180 for the full 18-week course.
Support TBI through our Scrip program. Scrip is available for hundreds of are merchants, for things you buy everyday, and it costs you $0 to participate. It’s also great for gift giving! Download the form here. You can also pay for your Scrip online here.
Read the Kehillah
The Kehillah, our monthly news magazine, is now available to view online and/or download. Click the image below to view this month’s issue, and you can also then save as a .pdf file, and print all or selected pages.
High Holy Days and Beyond
While the Yamim Noraim have concluded, you can still experience the High Holy Days at TBI by viewing our archived services on our Facebook Page. Also, visit Our “Smiles at . . .” page featuring snaps from our Erev Simchat Torah celebration.
Our annual Chanukah/Holiday Boutique will take place the Sunday just prior to the first night of Chanuakh, December . Vendors interest in offering their wares should contact the organizer below immediately to arrange a space.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
It’s Still Jewish Book Month