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Our History

Temple Shalom is the culmination of the tremendous work and dedication of many individuals since a small group of families first came together in 2005 with the audacious goal of creating a new Temple in the South Bay area. We began official activities in the fall of 2005 centered around a religious school, which started with 108 kids on nothing but the word of mouth of friends and families.

We are very grateful to the wonderful clergy and community of St. Cross by the Sea in Hermosa Beach, who graciously offer their facilities for our Religious School and Temple. We currently share space in Hermosa Beach, near Manhattan Beach and accessible to the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles community.

A major milestone for Temple Shalom was the purchase of our own Torah in 2007, a goal achieved with almost universal participation from our community.

We strive to maintain the principles of inclusiveness, progressiveness and caring that were the key drivers in our founding and we welcome you to our community. 

Our vision from inception has been to create an inclusive, Jewish community that provides a nurturing umbrella for education, prayer, and social activities to better ourselves, our community, and the world.

Our progressive Religious School embraces the ideal of making Jewish learning a positive, stimulating and enjoyable experience. Our goal for our students is to instill a strong and positive Jewish identity, laying a foundation and desire for lifelong Jewish learning. 

The B'nai Mitzvah program has nurtured dozens of young men and women and shared in their joy of celebrating this important lifecycle event and first step towards adulthood.

We presently offer monthly Shabbat services, as well as a host of community and spiritual activities revolving around the Jewish Calendar. Temple Shalom of the South Bay welcomes your interest in our community and invites you to come to our services or visit our religious school to learn more about us.

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