We want to build a community based on inclusiveness, where everyone is welcome regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, Jew-by-choice, or Jew-by-birth. When Temple Beth El was founded in 1947, its members dedicated themselves to the creation of a home for living Judaism – a place where newcomers feel welcome, where Jewish ideals are made real, and where education is the key that unlocks the door to a lifetime of Jewish fulfillment and commitment. We are proud of this tradition and hope that your association with us will be spiritually and emotionally satisfying.
As is our tradition at Temple Beth El, our High Holy Days include a food drive, “Fill the Foyer.” This year, our donations are being sent to the Bakersfield College Food Pantry. Just because the Holy Days are over, you can still make donations to the Food Pantry either through TBE or direct to Bakersfield College. Especially in these Covid-19 days, students who may have been able to work while in school, are now out of work and in need our our assistance.
Due COVID-19 concerns, Temple Beth El will be holding all of our services and classes via Zoom until such time that our board of directors, following best medical advice, determines it is safe to go back to meeting in person. Fortunately, we were able to create one Zoom link that you can use for any event you wish to attend. You can view a listing of upcoming events on our Calendar page. If already know the date and time of the event you wish to attend, you can use the Zoom link here: TBE Zoom
The Shofar is Temple Beth El’s monthly newsletter. Rabbi Klein and our president each write a column and the calendar will keep you up to date about coming events. Here is a link to the current edition as well as links to the previous three years of issues.
We welcome everyone to attend our weekly Friday evening Shabbat services and can’t wait until we can we can all be together in person. In the meantime, please join us each Friday evening at 7:00 at our Sha-Zoom services. You can join with this Zoom link: TBE Servicce
Temple Beth El offers K-12 religious school at no charge for members. School will begin again in September. We also have regular Torah Study each Saturday at 4:00 PM via Zoom. We are currently studying Pirkei Avot. You can join at: Torah Study
Want to fulfill your membership commitment? Want to honor someone special? Want to recognize a special or life-cycle event? You can do that at: TBE Support. We accept Visa, Master Card and debit cards. Or you can use you checking account. You can even set-up automatic monthly or quarterly payments.
The Shofar, our monthly newsletter, has a calendar of that months upcoming events. You can also use our on-line calendar at: TBE Events. On this calendar, you can click on any event and have it saved to your Google or iCalendar. That way you never miss anything that might be of interest to you.
Temple Beth El has been the voice of Reform Judaism in the Bakersfield area since 1947. If you are looking for a Jewish experience, please consider joining Temple Beth El. You can email Rabbi Klein or Heber Cruz Berber, our membership chair, for answers to any questions you may have. You can get a head=start by filling our our on-line membership application.
The 2020 Hanukkah 8 Krazy Kilometers and 2K Latke Loop Fun Run are going to be virtual races this year due to the current pandemic. You’ll be able to run an 8K or 2K distance anywhere and anytime during the eight days of Hanukkah (Thursday, December 10 – Friday, December 18). Plus you’ll have the option to complete your run at the Panorama Vista Preserve, as both courses will be marked. In addition, awards will be given to top finishers who run the 8K course at the Preserve. For additional information and registration, click on the event logo to the left.