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Women's Connection of Congregation Beth El creates opportunities for women to build lifelong friendships and enhance social, intellectual and spiritual connections. Through shared experiences we celebrate Jewish life, support each other and our families, and strengthen bonds in our community and with Israel and Jews worldwide.

Join us during our 67th year! 

Click here to renew your 2022-2023 membership online.

Click here for a printable 2022-2023 membership form.

Proceeds support Youth, Education, Inclusion, and Women's Programming at Beth El. 


Women's Connection Festival Art Series
Sunday, December 11 | 10:00 am 

Join us for our FESTIVAL ART SERIES.

We will be creating art with shoes representing our journeys with returning visiting artist Joanne Steinhardt.  

Sessions include orientation to the materials and techniques plus all the things you’ll need to make your unique and creative memorable pieces.  

All women are welcome!
Come celebrate and learn with us—even if you do not want to do the art!
$38 includes all art materials; $20 to nosh and watch ($42/$22 at the door). 
Wine and light food included.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: JOANNE STEINHARDT  has more than 22 years experience teaching, mentoring, and advising in the areas of interactive design and production, the intersection of art and technology, creative thinking, visual literacy, and print layout design and production. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Main College of Art, and a Bachelor of Science in biomedical communication and fine art photography from the RIT School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. She is based in Florida.


Artist Varda Lev-Ram led our October session creating Hamsas.

We explored texturing techniques and used them to create polymer clay hamsas. We also explored the rich history and traditions of the hamsa.



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For any question, please contact Karen Bohrer
Sponsored by Women’s Connection of Congregation Beth El
Learn new techniques and explore your creative side as we return for our Festival Art Series led by award-winning artists. In past years, we created Judaic-themed projects including wire and bead “Trees of Life” during Sukkot with Hannah Anbar; paintings celebrating Sukkot and Hanukkah with Keri Goldsmid; Miriam’s and Elijah’s Cups for Pesah, Mezuzah covers, Yads, and Tallit clips with Varda Lev-Ram; crafted books and painted silk with Jacqueline Jacobs; glass Hamsas with Ilanit Shalev; and, folded and sewn books to capture our stories with Visiting Artist Joanne Steinhardt. This year we will create with these artists and/or others working with polymer clay, acrylics, fabric painting, and more.


Rosh Chodesh Monthly Gatherings- Our 10th Year!
5:30 - 8:00 pm- in person at Beth El

Celebrate the New Moon, New Friends, and New Spiritual Connections. 
We begin with a light meal, transitioning to blessings and a program, and ending with a blast of the Shofar! 
Since 2014, 200-plus women of all ages have joined in sharing in large and small group discussions, education, Torah study, meditation, movement, prayer, presentations about international Jewish communities, and more. We even met via Zoom during the 2 years when we were not meeting in person.
We resumed meeting IN PERSON for our Summer 2022 Gatherings, further strengthening our connections. We look forward to your joining us!  
For more information, please contact Karen Bohrer.
November Rosh Chodesh Gathering
Monday, Nov. 28 | 5:30-8:00 pm
Join us to explore the "steps we've taken" on our journeys and complements our Connecting Outdoors Hike Sun. 12/4 and Festival Art Series Sun. 12/11.
Bring sweaters/shawls for our time outdoors too.
Mark your calendars for these future Gatherings:
      2022: M 11/28; W 12/21- 4th night of Hanukkah
      2023: M 1/23; W 2/22; W 3/22; W 4/19; M 5/22; M 6/19; W 7/19; W 8/16


Knit 'n' Nosh
Second Thursdays 1pm-3pm- Next session Jan. 12, 2023
Meeting ID: 846 0024 8094
Learn and perfect knitting and crocheting skills while creating Tikkun projects including caps for premature babies, scarves for women with breast cancer, and hats for Israeli soldiers. For more information contact Joy Wasserman Polun.

Mah JonGG

Mah Jongg
Mondays 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Coordinated by Ronni Zeidman
Jacobs Family Community Hall
Mah Jongg Learners Group
1:00 - 3:00pm
Bring any Mah Jongg sets or items you want to share!
Jacobs Family Community Hall

Did you know it was Mah Jongg that led to Beth El’s founding when a group of dedicated women got together in Clairemont in 1956 to play—and that led to starting a Hebrew school and a Shul in 1957? The 60+ year tradition continues with weekly games and camaraderie. Players must be vaccinated and have masks. Coordinators are Ronni Zeidman and Betty Hoffman.

For more information, please contact Karen Bohrer.


Beth El Moms’ Chat for Moms with School-Age Children
Watch for new dates and upcoming programs.
Chats and future in-person sessions will be to share, unwind, learn, connect, and have fun too! We cover topics of interest to the group including distance learning, holidays at home, new books, community resources, self-care, online safety, healthy family and social activities, sports how-to’s, and more.
Contact us if interested AND with ideas! Stacie Bresler-Reinstein, Susan Levin.

understanding conservative judaism

Watch for details for Sessions for 2022-2023

Rabbi Shulman and Rabbi Libman

Our mission reads: “Congregation Beth El is a Conservative synagogue whose mission is to create a home for every soul by offering a variety of Jewish experiences to nourish the mind, heart, and spirit, while being a caring Jewish community.” What does it mean to be a Conservative synagogue in 2022? What is distinctive about our style of synagogue practice and celebration? What does it mean to be part of a world-wide movement right here in La Jolla? What are we “conserving” and how are we adapting? Let’s explore answers to these questions and learn more about the important work of Conservative Judaism. 

This program for our entire community is sponsored by Women’s Connection and the Torah Fund Campaign of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism in support of perpetuating Conservative/Masorti Judaism around the world through the training of Jewish clergy and professionals. Click here to learn about the impact of Torah Fund.


THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in person and online for our Annual Women's Connection Shabbat Celebration.
During our Service & Kiddush, Torah Study, and Havdalah we honored all Women on the “Front Lines” everyday including those involved with:

     **Teaching & Education**    **Tikkun Olam**    **Community Outreach**

         **Science**    **Healthcare**    **Counseling & Emotional Support**  

         **Family & At-Home Learning**    **Preserving & Creating Tradition**

Please view our 2022 Service below.   For information, contact:  Karen Bohrer.

We are proud to honor
SUE APPELBAUM as our Eshet Chayil - Woman of Valor Feb. 4, 2023.
We invite you to participate in the Service, the Torah Study session, and Kiddush Celebration.
You can also honor our Woman of Valor - and all of our women - by participating and/or making tax-deductible donations that support Women’s, Education, Youth, Camp Scholarship, and Inclusion Programs at Beth El and which will be acknowledged.
For more information on all programs for Women’s Connection Shabbat, please contact Karen Bohrer. We look forward to your celebrating with us!



Women's League for Conservative Judaism
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is the network for all women who support our mission of enhancing Jewish knowledge, engaging in Jewish life, expanding communal involvement, and supporting Klal Yisrael. It is for those who belong to affiliated sisterhoods and those who join directly.
As an active arm of the Conservative / Masorti movement and the largest synagogue-based women’s organization worldwide, Women’s League provides services to thousands of women and hundreds of women’s groups.
To learn more, please visit
The Women’s Connection Judaica Shop
Looking for a special Judaica item for a holiday, life cycle event, ritual event, or celebration? Please contact Renee at Our team of volunteers will assist you in finding the right item.
Our Women's Connection Judaica Shop funds support our congregation. 

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Membership Information
Click here to renew your 2022-2023 membership online.
Click here for a printable 2022-2023 membership form


Celebrating 80 years--Our 2022-2023 torah fund campaign~ Chazak v'Ematz ~ Be strong and courageous

We summon strength and fortitude in these changing times to continue to make an important impact at our global Conservative/Masorti institutes of higher education:

     -Jewish Theological Seminary (NY),
    -Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (LA),
    -Schechter Institutes (Jerusalem),
    -Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires),  and
    -Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam).
Your generosity helps provide essential scholarships and programs to train future leaders of the Jewish community. Torah Fund helps develop future rabbis, cantors, educators, synagogue administrators, social workers, scholars, researchers, lay leaders and others.
When you support Torah Fund, you help educate students in New York, Los Angeles, Israel, Latin America and Europe--and you align with those who value knowledge, learning and providing the future generation with relevant skills to enrich the Jewish people.

Woman of Valor - Eshet Chayil honorees

Thanks to everyone who has participated in celebrating our community of dynamic women and our Woman of Valor - Eshet Chayil honorees:

Adrienne Shaw
Lucy Muller z"l
Martha Alden
Eva Nerenberg z"l
Anita Idell z"l
Mindy Gold
Renee Ravich
Myra Bressel
Gaby Kuperman
Joy Wasserman Polun
Edna Yedid
Karen Bohrer
Fanny Krasner Lebovits
Ruth Covell
Terry Miller
Rabbi Susan Freeman

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Donations to help our community
Women's Connection has a tradition of supporting Education, Youth, and Women's programs. We have also made grants toward the LiveStream system and other needs at Beth El.
This year, we designated funds for tutoring, education, and Camp scholarships to support our families and students.
To support this effort, please consider making a tax-deductible donation here. All donations will be recognized in printed and/or online communications.  Thank you!

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