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.
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.
We cordially invite you to share with us as Héber BerberHéber Cruz Berber celebrates becoming a Bar Mitzvah. Saturday, the Sixth of March Two Thousand and Twenty-One At 11:00 in the morning Via Zoom
Here is his story: Born in Mexico City and immigrated to Central California at a young age where I would grow up. The desire to serve in our military was always a part of me. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation, that was the moment when I needed to serve and did so for 8 years in the U.S. Army. After my time in the military, I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Upon graduation, I began my professional accounting career with The Clorox Company in Oakland, CA working roles in cost analysis and international accounting. Eventually I would find my way back to Central California by taking a job in the Oil and Gas industry. Throughout my life, I have travelled and lived in various locations. From the moment Iarrived at Temple Beth El, it felt as if I had made it home. TBE has been the place where I have been able to create my desired Jewish identity. Even now that I have relocated back to the Bay Area, I hold TBE dearly in my heart. Studying for my Bar Mitzvah has allowed me to further my knowledge about Judaism and continued spiritual growth. It is a joy and honor to have it take place with my Temple Beth El family.