Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Introducing on our blog

We have had on our website at for a while now, and now our host,, has made it possible to link to Amazon straight from this page.  
What happens?  
We can recommend a product to you -  from the Mishkan T'filah for Travelers to the Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook.  If you click on our recommendation and end up purchasing it, TBE gets a commission from Amazon.  This works the same way on our website, only we can recommend products to you.
We hope you like this!  Now you can do your usual shopping and, when you checkout, a percentage of your regular cost will come back to temple.  What a mitzvah!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


On Tuesday, July 6, Temple Beth El will officially welcome Cantor Leah Holland as its new cantor and religious education director.

“Thrilled” to be joining Temple Beth El as the new cantor-educator, Cantor Holland comes to Tacoma with credentials from the American College of Cantors. Having decided to devote her career to Jewish music and the Jewish community, she entered cantorial school at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. During one year in Jerusalem and five years in New York City, she served as a student cantor at Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom in Reading, Pennsylvania, and Moses Montefiore Congregation in Bloomington, Illinois. Cantor Holland earned her Masters of Sacred Music in 2009, and was invested as a cantor in May 2010.

Cantor Holland will be replacing Rabbi Elizabeth Wood, Temple Beth El’s current religious education director and cantorial soloist, who is moving to New York to attend cantorial school in the fall.

Temple Beth El will hold a special welcoming service for Cantor Holland on Friday evening, July 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Before entering cantorial school Leah received her Master’s of Music Education degree from Delta State University in Cleveland and received her Bachelor of Arts in music summa cum laude, at Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. She has worked as music teacher and choral director at the Quest Academy in Palatine, IL. She also worked for two years as a teacher responsible for general and choral music, at Greenville-Weston High School in Greenville, MS as a member of Teach for America Corps.

Cantor Holland grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where she discovered her love of Jewish music and singing in her home temple's choirs. She was a long-time camper and counselor at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

For more information on Cantor Leah Holland or Temple Beth El, please contact Rabbi Bruce Kadden at (253) 564-7101 or, or visit our website at


See the Tacoma KOMO news article here