May 04, 2016   26 Nisan 5776
Temple Beth El -- Santa Maria, CA
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Welcome to Temple Beth El, a Reform Jewish congregation serving the central coast from Santa Maria since 1969. We are the heart of Jewish life in Santa Maria, Calif. We worship on Shabbat using the traditional prayers of our Jewish heritage in the comfortable environment of our synagogue's sanctuary. Services begin at 7:30 p.m. every Friday.

  • Our services are led by a permanent part-time rabbi, Rabbi Dov Gottesfeld, and qualified lay leaders.
  • We welcome interfaith families.
  • We offer regular education programs and Saturday morning Torah studies.

Join our Temple Beth El Community

Perform the mitzvah of attending services and being part of a minyan. Help your Jewish community to say Kaddish, read from one of our three Torahs, and keep our Jewish traditions alive each week.


News Update  

Dear members:

         Due to a late appointment on Saturday with potential new members (a couple who’s getting married), I asked Gary Epstein to send a blanket email to every member, and to our friends on his list regarding my last minute decision to hold an unscheduled 5:30 PM Havdalah service.

         On that chilly Saturday twilight I entered the sanctuary where only Phyllis and Joel were present.  As the Hebrew expression declares: “Tovim Ha-shnayim meen ha-echad” (The two are better than the one), I decided to go ahead and begin the Havdalah service.  The chilly twilight drove me back into the sanctuary, to conduct the service indoors. Suddenly the sweet and loud voices of three adorable children could be heard outside. Suddenly the lights and the energy in the sanctuary increased ten-fold as three adorable children entered it, and it felt as if every seat in the sanctuary was occupied.

         Now we had seven people – a lucky biblical number – Phyllis, Joel, Nakiah, her husband Henry, and their children Channah, Nuri, and Tikvah. The Havdalah service wouldn’t have been as inspiring without the children, and without Channah’s knowledge of the prayers, and her comments.


May we all live to witness many more twilights, and observe the beginning of new weeks in which we’ll commit ourselves to achieve full health, happiness, and build enthusiasm for continuing our growth by studying and doing mitzvot.  AMEN

Rabbi Dov Gottesfeld.


The next Modern Hebrew class (beginner level) will start on January 12, 2016 at 6 pm . No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. For registration information please contact Joel David at or 805-878-1045.


A new class about the Siddur (Prayer book) is planned for January 2016.

Teacher: Rabbi Dov Gottesfeld

Day and time: Every other Saturday at 2pm to 3pm.

Knowledge of Hebrew is not required.

Topics: The history of the siddur, the various types of siddurim, the structure of the Ashkenazi siddur, the essential prayers required to establish a valid Jewish service, the Hebrew of the siddur.

Tuition: $150 for a semester of ten lessons ($15 per lesson)

For more information or to register please contact Rabbi Dov Gottesfeld by email at


TBE welcomes its Board of Directors for 2015:

President – Michael Sachs, Vice-President – Tom Geiger, Secretary – Suzanne Levy, Treasurer – Ron Levy, Religious Practices Chair – Anita Freidman, Ways and Means Chair – Diane Borad-Mirken, Education Chair – Joel David, Membership Chair – Mike Kaver, and Buildings & Grounds – Ken Wolf. Also serving on the Board will be the Brotherhood Representative – Michael LeCover, Sisterhood Representative – Marsha Epstein, and Past-President – Gary Epstein.


Outside groups may rent space at Temple Beth El, which has a sanctuary, three classrooms and a full kitchen.
Contact Ken Wolf at (805) 260-3113 or email at 

Library Open Hours

Our newly refurbished library is open from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays. Come browse the many shelves for religious texts and Jewish reference books as well as a wide variety of titles on such topics as Jewish history, Israel, interfaith marriage, Zionism, anti-Semitism and mourning. To donate books, please contact Elise Cassel at 354-0480.

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