About Temple Solel
Pathways to Connection and Meaning
Temple Solel is a partnership in creating a joyously spiritual, adventurously educational, and irresistibly social community. We are excited by exploring Judaism, making deep connections, and supporting those in need.
- If you seek relationships – Temple Solel is a place for people of all connections to Judaism, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, life experiences, sexual orientations, and gender identities to meet on common ground with shared aspirations.
- If you seek knowledge – Temple Solel is a place for learning and finding meaning in Judaism through profound and accessible educational opportunities.
- If you seek spirituality – Temple Solel is a place to explore and deepen relationship to and understanding of Jewish practice, Jewish life, and Jewish ritual – a place to connect to the self, others, and a presence of holiness.
Founded in 1978 and based minutes from the Pacific Ocean in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, Temple Solel is part of the Union for Reform Judaism movement, which values tradition while encouraging and embracing innovation, celebrating and honoring diversity of people, culture, history, and practice, and seeks to understand Judaism with kindness, curiosity, and depth.
Our community is made whole by the diversity of those who are part of our collective Jewish journey. Temple Solel members are lifelong North County San Diego locals, folks new to the area, Jews-by-choice, Jews of Color, LGBTQ+ people, Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Ashkenazi Jews, Russian speaking Jews, Israeli Jews, non-Jews, single people, young families, wiser generations, professionals, volunteers, activists, students, friendly dogs, and, most importantly, really nice people.
Membership Commitment Options
Membership contributions are essential to creating magnificent experiences, bringing our community together, nourishing Jewish ritual and practice, and maintaining a safe, beautiful place of gathering.
Engagements and Offerings with Membership:
Traditional and creative Shabbat and holiday experiences and celebrations
Pastoral and lifecycle ritual support from Rabbi Alexis Berk and Cantor Billy Tiep
High Holiday prayer services and experiences
Educational and social opportunities for adults and children including:
e.g. “Lessons of the Lagoon” hiking and learning with Rabbi Berk, affinity groups for 7-12 graders, weekly Torah study, women’s Rosh Chodesh monthly gatherings, meditation cohorts, etc.
Community member-led affinity groups including:
e.g. Shabbat hiking club, men’s club, support group for military families, book club, etc.
Music, arts, and cultural experiences
Volunteer social action opportunities
Discounted rates for youth education programs, including Religious School, Hebrew School, Camp Simcha, Teen Journey, and the Early Childhood Center
Discounted facility rentals for lifecycle events
Professionally curated security measures and site safety planning
Mutual commitment – a covenantal reciprocal connection in which we devote ourselves energetically, spiritually, communally, relationally to one another. We will take wonderful care of each other
Circle of Honor Membership Options
Circle of Honor membership commitments provide an opportunity for above-and-beyond giving, which are made for the love of Solel and have a significant impact on our ability to provide a place of belonging, learning, and practice for our 500 households. The thousands of experiences created at Temple Solel annually are nourished by these additional communal investments. In addition, Circle of Honor members are invited to participate in an intimate celebration with the leadership and clergy team and receive parking and reserved seating for the High Holy Days.
*Friend & Sponsor membership types also pay a $400 building fee for the first ten years of membership.