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Temple Beth El has served the Jewish community of Humboldt County and provided a Jewish perspective in interfaith endeavors for over sixty years. Our members reflect the diversity of Humboldt County, coming from all walks of life and many different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We welcome Jewish and interfaith families and individuals, including those who are new to Jewish study and practice. We are a Welcoming Synagogue, dedicated to inclusion. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse spiritual, intellectual, and social needs of our members.  We gather to celebrate holidays, learn about our heritage, and support one another in times of joy and sorrow. We work together on social and environmental justice causes locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. We both honor traditions and embrace innovation.

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TBE Covid-19 Policy - Updated 4/20/2021

It is the policy of Temple Beth El that the health and safety of our members, guests and staff is our highest priority, and takes precedence over any other organizational concerns. Therefore, during the Covid-19 pandemic, and until further notice, the Temple remains closed for regular group activities.  Access to the Temple facility may be permitted by the Board, in advance, for small, private uses, provided that this access is in accord with Covid-19 guidelines and best practices as developed by local, State and Federal health agencies, specifically including occupancy limits, the wearing of masks, social distancing, and hand washing protocols. All leaders of small, private use events shall be sent this statement and the current "TBE Covid-19 Policy: Protocols & Procedures".

From Rabbi Naomi - Crisis in Israel and Palestinian Territories

Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for the loss of life in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.  As we are enjoying a beautiful spring, with our gardens, forests and hillsides springing to life, our friends and relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories are suffering a rain of death and terror.  It didn’t have to be this way.  Over and over studies show that the vast majority of Israelis and Palestinians are thirsting not for blood, but for peace and security.

I am moved to see Senator Jon Ossoff and other senators calling for an immediate cease fire.  One would hope that this would be a universal response to violence that is killing scores of civilians.  Sadly, Senator Mitch McConnell voiced disapproval of a call for cease-fire, preferring to let the adversaries inflict further damage on one another. This is another shocking example of the Trump administration’s heartless abdication of America’s role as peacemaker.  

As a rabbi, I’m deeply dismayed to witness a nadir in Jewish moral history as Jewish mobs are allowed to march through the streets of East Jerusalem chanting “Death to the Arabs!”

As a Jew, I’m heartsick by the knowledge that Israelis --  Jewish, Palestinian and international -- are living in fear of the rare but deadly rocket that makes it way through Israel’s defense system.

As a taxpayer, I’m distraught to know that my tax dollars are funding missiles fired into densely populated areas, killing so many innocent children and civilian adults.

As a human, I’m aching to help alleviate the suffering that afflicts my extended human family.  

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Softball - August 22