Welcome to Temple Beth El, a synagogue founded in 1957. Our building was dedicated in 1969. We are the heart of Jewish life in Santa Maria, California. 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 once a month by Rabbi Dov Gottesfeld and by qualified lay leaders the other weeks.

  • We welcome interfaith families.

  • We offer regular education programs and Saturday morning Torah studies when the Rabbi is with us.


TBE Fundraisers

Here are 4 ways you can support Temple Beth El simply by shopping or eating!

1.       Jaffa Café in Santa Maria is donating 15% for all food purchased all day and evening, 10:30am to 8pm, on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. You can dine in or take out. Either way, TBE benefits!  All you have to do is write "TBE" on your menu form. Jaffa Cafe will save all of TBE's receipts and donate 15% to TBE. 

2.       Buy Scrip (gift cards) from Mike Sachs to be used in local businesses and restaurants. The Temple receives up to 5% from these gift cards.

3.       If you shop on Amazon, sign up to support Temple Beth El Santa Maria at (under Accounts & Lists go to Your AmazonSmile). The Temple gets ½% of every dollar you spend. Double dip and use Amazon Scrip as well!

4.       Purchase a Tree in Israel in memory or honor of a loved one. Trees are $18.00. Temple Beth El makes money from each tree purchased. Contact Suzanne Levy to buy a tree or for more information.


Karen and Mark Greene of Larchmont, New York, were guests at our Zoom Shabbat service last night (January 8th). They were members of Beth Emeth Synagogue in Larchmont New York which sold its building last
June. They contacted the sculptor Robert Schenkel who made the sculpture 35 years ago for their synagogue. Paul Goldiner was instrumental in getting that sculpture for our temple.

Gary Epstein got the following email from the Sculptor who lives in Florida now. Here is what he said,

“The man who made it is Robert Schenkel, me....I am alive and living in Aventura, Florida. As a member of Beth Emeth Synagogue in Larchmont, NY, I was asked to create a memorial sculpture for that synagogue. I designed the art with six candles representing the six million who died in the Holocaust. Each candle was made out of bronze and I tried to mangle and scar each one with soot and dirt, and clumps and distortions within reason to show harsh conditions. Atop each candle is a flame shining brightly representing hope and the ability of the Jews to survive and come through the tragedy. The saying above the candles was provided by another member of the Congregation, Carl Urbant. It says, “I shall not die, but live.” I’m very happy that you have expressed interest in acquiring the sculpture. I would be proud and happy to have it hang in another synagogue for people to enjoy.” -Robert Schenkel

At the Shabbat service Rabbi Gottesfeld greeted the Greenes and gave us all a meaningful lesson about where that saying “I shall not die, but live” comes from: Psalm 118 verse 17: “I shall not die but live and proclaim the works of the Lord.”

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Street address: 
1501 E. Alvin Ave. 
Santa Maria, CA 93455

Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 5217 
Santa Maria, CA 93456

Phone: (805) 928-2118