Below is a list of organizations you can join at Temple Beth El.
- Judaica Gift Shop
- Home of Peace Cemetery
- Tacoma Jewish Community Fund
- Hadassah (Tacoma Chapter)
Sisterhood is a service organization whose primary function is to support and maintain the Temple Beth El religious school, so that Judaism may flourish in our community. We believe that within the Sisterhood of Temple Beth El, the highest ideals of women in Judaism can be achieved. We coordinate fundraisers, social and holiday events throughout the year, which serve to bring the Temple community together. We are affiliated with the Women of Reform Judaism of the URJ, and support its institutions and camp programs.
General meetings/events are held throughout the year, and board meetings are held four times per year. All are welcome to attend our board meetings, as we are always open to hearing new suggestions and ideas. Check the Bulletin or Calendar for meeting dates.
Sisterhood’s involvement promotes teamwork and friendship while serving the needs of our temple community.
Women of Reform Judaism: Creating bonds, repairing the world, ensuring the future. www.womenofreformjudaism.org
Join Sisterhood: Click to download and view the following:
- Temple Beth El Sisterhood brochure and membership application
- Sisterhood letter to members
- Sisterhood bylaws
Judaica Gift Shop
The Judaica Gift Shop is an arm of Temple Beth El Sisterhood with the proceeds supporting the religious school and TBE activities. The management and staff are all volunteers. Many women give their time each week to keep the shop open for all your Judaica needs. The gift shop has items for all holiday and family lifecycle events, including weddings and b’nei mitzvah, ritual items, jewelry, Jewish CDs, books and cookbooks. We also do special orders for items such as kippot and tallitot. You may contact us for an appointment if you cannot come in when the shop is open.
Wednesdays (first and third Wednesday of each month): 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Fridays: before services 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. (except the last Friday of each month)
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
or by appointment: Contact Lisa Sobel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday and Sunday hours are available only when religious school and Hebrew school are in session so please refer to the religious school calendar.
Home of Peace Cemetery
The purpose of the Home of Peace Cemetery Association is to function as a Jewish burial society for the Jewish community of Pierce County to honor our dead in accordance with Jewish religious practices, traditions, and beliefs. Judaism considers mitzvot performed in relationship to caring for the deceased to be of the purest intention, since we cannot be repaid for these acts of Yizkor. Remembering our dead by doing benevolent acts is life affirming and restores our loved ones to us. By performing these acts in their memory, we are connected to them, and to all those who have gone on before us. Any person interested in furthering the purpose of the Home of Peace Cemetery is eligible to make an application for membership.
The Jewish community in the Tacoma area began with a few families in Steilacoom and Olympia in the 1860s. By the 1870s, several families were established in Tacoma, which grew rapidly. The cemetery began in 1889 as the First Hebrew Benevolent Society, and was incorporated in February of 1891.
The oldest gravestone in the Home of Peace Cemetery, from 1886, was moved from Olympia after the cemetery was formed in 1889. Many tombstones are datable from the 19th century. Of the over 700 graves, over one-tenth were unmarked until the congregation of Temple Beth El purchased tombstones for the unmarked graves in 2000.
Chevra Kadisha Cemetery (also called Block 41) is a small cemetery within Home of Peace Cemetery. It was created July 29, 1914 by a more Orthodox portion of the community. The land was 109×104 feet and located just southeast of the Home of Peace Cemetery, with a 30-foot strip of land separating the two. The purchase was “upon the conditions that the purchasers who were buying said premises would use the same for burial purposes.” There are at least 26 graves there, including burials from 1922 until 1978. In 1979, the Home of Peace Cemetery Association took over the assets of the Chevra Kadisha and assumed responsibility for it.
The cemetery is located at 5421 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood, at the corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Steilacoom Boulevard. The cemetery association owns eight acres, but only about two acres are currently in use. Originally, sections were set aside for infants and single deaths, but those lines have blurred through the years.
Inquiries regarding burials and costs should be sent to
P.O. Box 65522
University Place, WA 98464
Or you may contact one of the following individuals:
Lenny Reisberg (253) 756-9752
Deb Freedman (253) 509-0745
Or visit: www.homeofpeacecemetery.org
The local funeral home most frequently used by Jewish families is Gaffney, Cassedy, Allen & Buckley King. They are located on Yakima at Tenth, Tacoma, WA, 98405. (800) 215-2166.
Tacoma Jewish Community Fund
The Tacoma Jewish Community Fund (TJCF) is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit corporation that raises funds from the broader Jewish community in Pierce County through an annual campaign. This undertaking is in accord with our sacred Jewish obligation to care for one another. In December of each year, the TJCF board meets to distribute grants to support Israel and other Jewish organizations locally and nationally. Monies in support of Israel are funneled through the Jewish Federations of North America for distribution in Israel. For more information, contact Henry Haas at email@example.com.
Hadassah (Tacoma Chapter)
In America: Hadassah’s members participate in further Jewish education, advocacy at state and national levels on issues relating to women and women’s health, health research, children, and Israel and Jewish concerns. Hadassah pursues wellness for women and children, ensures Jewish continuity through youth group and camp and Israel experiences, covering pre-school to college age Jewish young people.
In Israel: The members of Hadassah support two state of the art medical centers, the Hadassah College Jerusalem, a variety of public health clinics, two Youth Aliyah villages, and the Jewish National Fund concentrating on land and water resource development. We help train many health professionals and support many cutting edge research projects.
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