B’ruchim HaBayim ~ Welcome!

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.

We warmly welcome visitors to our events and our website!

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".

High Holy Days 2021/5782

Dear Temple Beth El Members,
We had hoped to offer hybrid events for High Holy Days this year, but it wasn’t meant to be. With the alarming rise in cases and the low vaccination rate here in Humboldt, we’ve decided to return to an all-Zoom format, grateful for that amazing technology. Our wonderful musicians and teachers will join us from various locations.
I hope you all can find time in your busy lives to partake of the spiritual nourishment these beloved holidays provide. Jewish tradition has weathered so many storms over so many centuries. Throughout the High Holy Days we’ll draw on the deep wisdom of our ancient sacred texts, as well as insights from our historical experience. We have an abundance of Jewish material that pertains to our lives and the difficulties we are facing at this time. I invite you to think of our High Holy Days offerings as an extended treasure hunt: be looking for the teachings, the ideas and images that will help you truly welcome the new year, full of challenges, yes, but also countless opportunities to do mitzvahs and grow in goodness and wisdom.  
We have many words for happiness and joy in Hebrew. Simcha is joy that is planned, such as the elevation of spirits we look forward to at a wedding, a bar or bat mitzvah, a baby naming or a holiday. If we only hope to be joyful for any given day, there’s certainly a chance that may happen. But if we plan to be joyful, if we undertake spiritual, intellectual and material preparations, we greatly increase the likelihood of being able to dip our cups into the generous flow of joy coming down to us from the Source, the background joy that reverberates behind all experiences of beauty and love. So I encourage you to dream up some holiday touches for your home, find tempting recipes, get your dress-up clothes out of the closet, and join us through the magic of Zoom to wish one another L’shanah Tovah u’Metukah - a good and sweet New Year. 
Please note these dates for the High Holy Day all-Zoom events; details for TBE members will follow soon:
  • Erev Rosh HaShanah - Monday, September 6th - 7 pm 
  • Rosh HaShanah Day I - Tuesday, September 7th - daytime events
  • Rosh HaShanah Day ll - Wednesday, September 8th - daytime events
  • Shabbat Shuva - Friday & Saturday, September 10th & 11th
  • Family/Beit Limud Shofar Service - Sunday Septembert 12th - 10:30 am
  • Kol Nidre - Wednesday, September 15th - 6:30 pm
  • Yom Kippur - Thursday, September 16th - daytime events
  • Erev Sukkot - Monday, September 20th
  • Simchat Torah - Wednesday, September 29th

B’ahava v’shalom - In love and peace,
Rabbi Naomi

From Rabbi Naomi - If You Care, Get Vaccinated

Dear Temple Beth El Members and Friends,

As our County grapples with a soaring rate of Covid infections, it's important for each of us to use our influence to encourage family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to get vaccinated. Please feel free to circulate this editorial I wrote with Father Daniel London:

"If You Care, Get Vaccinated."


B'shalom - In peace, Rabbi Naomi

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