Member Spotlight

Aurthur & Annabelle Sandler

Arthur and Annabelle Sandler have been Temple Beth David (TBD) members since 1963, yet being “in” a temple is something they never take for granted.  Growing up, Annabelle’s Russian mother was afraid to go to synagogue due to the political unrest experienced in Europe. In contrast, Arthur was raised an observant Jew by his mother Continue Reading »

The Indich Family

Marina Indich has served as our professional piano accompanist on Shabbats, every Bar/Bat Mitzvah, during choir rehearsals, and holiday observances and events for the past 18 years. Even before that time, Faye Newman would call upon her to fill in as needed. Marina would play during some portions of the High Holy Days which back Continue Reading »

Richard & Roberta Fratello

The president was Johnson, the show was “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” and the song was “Up, Up, and Away.”  In 1968, Richard and Roberta Fratello were looking for a temple to join when the late Rabbi Wolli Kaelter of Temple Israel of Long Beach suggested they may like a temple in Orange County called Temple Continue Reading »

Mel & Jean Keleman

Mel and Jean Keleman joined Temple Beth David in 1965 when then neighbor, and temple member, Lois Abrams, suggested they come to their “new” temple for the High Holidays. The services were both beautiful and inspiring and the members so warm that they knew instantly that Temple Beth David would be their home and for Continue Reading »

Hannah Levine

In celebrating the 50th year of the founding of Temple Beth David, this month’s member spotlight is Hannah Levine, who, along with her recently deceased husband of 61 years, Robert, were one of the original founders of Temple Beth David. Hannah is the longest active member of Temple Beth David at 50 years! Hannah and Continue Reading »

Herb & Lois Abrams

Sure, Steve Jobs founded Apple and Bill Gates Microsoft, yet what really computes to a lifetime of joy and special memories is the temple that a tireless group of young families founded 50 years ago…Temple Beth David. We hope you’ll enjoy monthly spotlights of these leaders – their hopes, sacrifices, joys, and loyalty. May their Continue Reading »

Robin & Mulu Harrison

Meet Robin and Mulu Harrison, temple members since 2010. Robin is a teacher for the Leapwood Ave. Elementary School in Carson (did you know that fellow TBD member Larry Matalon attended this school?) and Mulu also works for the same school as a liaison between the administration and parents. Their story began when they met Continue Reading »

The Chattler Family

At Temple Beth David there are some very musical congregants. Take for instance the Chattler family who resides in Seal Beach. Members since the end of 1988, Steven and Lisa Chattler and their daughters Hilary, now 22, and Andrea, 19, love music. Steve plays the drums, Lisa the oboe (since age 14), and Andrea is Continue Reading »

Matt Paretsky

Temple member Matt Paretsky is truly the epitome of Stephen R. Covey’s national bestselling book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  Pretty much the 7 habits ARE Matt’s life story: Be Proactive; Begin with the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win/Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood; Synergize; and Continue Reading »

Eileen Tobey

The famous musical group, the Beach Boys, who sang “Be True to Your School” would probably agree that Eileen Tobey was the epitome of that lyric. She’s actively involved in her Los Alamitos High School Alumnae group, enthusiastically attends the high school’s homecoming football game annually, and helps plan her class reunions. Yet her high school is not Continue Reading »