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Janice H.
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  • Honoring Temple Beth El

    by Representative Janice Hahn

    Posted on 2013-03-11

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    HAHN of california in the house of representatives Monday, March 11, 2013 Ms. HAHN. Mr. Speaker. I rise to honor the congregation of Temple Beth El and its leadership for 90 years of spiritual and interfaith service to the San Pedro, Palos Verdes, and greater South Bay community. I am proud to recognize Temple Beth El for the extraordinary work it has done in my community, and for the work it will continue to do in the years ahead.



    As one of the oldest synagogues in Los Angeles, Temple Beth El has long been a vibrant part of the San Pedro, Palos Verdes, and greater South Bay community. Through its array of educational, cultural, and musical programming, Temple Beth El has built a second home for Jewish Los Angelenos, where spiritual fulfillment, interfaith inclusion, and social action thrive. The community's spiritual vivacity lies in its congregation and its leadership.

    As a community leader, Rabbi Charles Briskin serves his Jewish and interfaith communities alike. He nurtures the South Bay Jewish community by actively engaging in congregants' lives and facilitating dialogue on how to marry Jewish ethos with the trials of everyday life. Outside the Temple's walls, he contributes to interfaith understanding through his work at the Peninsula Interfaith Fellowship, his service on the Board of Directors for Harbor Interfaith Services, and his contributions to the Palos Verdes Peninsula News Clergy Viewpoints column.

    Serving Temple Beth El for nearly 20 years, Cantor Ilan Davidson brightens any Temple gathering with his rich musical heritage. From leading congregational worship to preparing B'nai Mitzvah students for their big day, Cantor Davidson brings the music of the Jewish people to life.

    Debi Rowe dedicates her life to furthering Jewish understanding through education. In her career, Debi has authored books on religious education, served on the national board of the National Association of Temple Educators, and trained countless teachers. Debi was rightfully recognized for her work when she received the Lanier Distinguished Educator Award for Religious School Educators.

    I commend Temple Beth El for their leadership in fostering the spiritual and cultural vitality of my district. What began in 1922 as a religious gathering amongst 25 Jewish families in San Pedro has blossomed into a multi-facility, region-wide cultural and spiritual community. I am tremendously grateful for the profound impact Temple Beth El, its congregation, and its leadership have had in shaping my community over the last 90 years.

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