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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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Covid-19 Update

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Temple Beth El facility is closed.  All TBE communal activities are online, broadcast from homes via livestream, zoom or something similar.   Please check our online Calendar for up-to-date information about services, classes and other TBE events.  Thank you for your understanding.

The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival

Please join us at

Silver Anniversary Revisited
February 13

7:00 pm
via Zoom

Tickets: $25.00
Re-honoring Rabbi
Naomi Steinberg's 25
years at Temple Beth El

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Sam Reider is an American accordionist, pianist, composer and educator. He plays folk music from around the world on the accordion.
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Silver Anniversary Revisited

Temple Beth El is pleased to announce that it will be offering a reprise of its very well received Silver Anniversary Musical Celebration with Sam Reider on February 13, 2021.

This year’s celebration will be Covid-safe.  Through the magic of Zoom, pianist, accordionist, and composer Sam Reider will perform for us solo at home on his accordion and grandfather's 100 year-old Steinway. Reider plays jazz, American folk music and his original compositions, interspersed with stories about his travels and the myriad connections between the musics and cultures of the world.
Tickets to this event are $25 each and may be purchased here on the TBE website.  Those purchasing tickets will receive a Zoom link for the concert prior to the event.
This event is an important fundraiser for TBE, and in addition to purchasing tickets to honor Rabbi Naomi Steinberg’s 25+ years with us, people are also encouraged to donate to TBE to help us through these difficult times.

Reider has spent many years exploring and interpreting folk music from around the world on the accordion. His original compositions frequently combine jazz improvisation, folk instruments and grooves, and classical structure. As a performer, he’s been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR and has collaborated with Grammy-nominated musical artists ranging from bluegrass mandolinist Sierra Hull, Venezuelan cuatrista Jorge Glem, and classical violinist Tessa Lark. Reider leads an ensemble of virtuosic acoustic musicians called The Human Hands and has released two records of original music under his name: “Too Hot To Sleep” and the “Human Hands EP.”

Reider grew up in San Francisco, California, in a family of creative, Jewish-American artists and musicians. He began performing at a young age, and was interviewed on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR when he graduated high school. At Columbia University, he fell in love with American roots music. While writing his senior thesis comparing the songwriting of Woody Guthrie and Ira Gershwin, Sam began studying bluegrass and old-time, transcribing the fiddle melodies for the accordion and learning to sing the songs. This set him off on a journey that has taken him from back porches and dive bars to concert halls and major festivals in practically every state in the country.

We are forutnate to be able to present him to the TBE community again, and we hope you will join us for another enchanted musical evening.

A Taste of Sam Reider