Congregation Ner Tamid is a Conservative Synagogue in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The clergy include Rabbi Isaac Jeret and Cantor Sam Radwine.

The synagogue has launched a number of programs including the Adult Education, PreSchool and USY programs.

For almost sixteen years, Ner Tamid met in people's homes and later in rented spaces. Finally, in 1977, the synagogue purchased a piece of land and built a permanent structure on it. Because Ner Tamid was one of the first structures to be built on the then-new Crestridge Road, Ner Tamid was able to pick its own numbered address. The number 5721 was selected because this is the Jewish (lunar) year that corresponds to 1961 on the solar calendar, which is the year that the synagogue was founded. To this day, Congregation Ner Tamid's address is 5721 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.


The synagogue includes a pre-school, headed by Shelly Shapiro, and a religious school, headed by Ami Berlin. The religious school includes special programs for kindergarten thru seventh grade and another for eighth thru tenth grade. The preschool meets daily in the mornings and early afternoons. The religious school (which is called "CLAL" or "Children Learning and Living in Jewish Community") meets Sunday mornings and on weekday afternoons (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM). All grades (except seventh grade) meet on Sundays. In addition, the older grades meet on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on the session for which the student has signed up. (Thus, the students in the older grades attend three days each week.) The seventh graders also meet on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, instead of coming on Sundays, they come to religious services every Shabbat (Saturday).

The CLAL program ends after seventh grade. However, students in grades eight thru ten have the option to continue their religious education through USY High School, which meets Wednesday nights, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Alternatively, students may attend courses from Los Angeles Hebrew High School, which meets at Ner Tamid on Wednesday nights and at Pierce College on Sundays.

The current CLAL faculty includes Debra Schneiderman (kindergarten), Shery Hakimian (1st grade), Johnnie Varon (2nd grade), Ely Silverstein (3rd grade), Betty Feingold (4th grade), Elise Diamond (5th grade), Amy Berg (6th grade), Tracie Gallagher (6th grade), Rachael Stone (6th grade), Jacquie Bailin (7th grade), and Josh Effron (6th grade and 7th grade).

The current USY High School faculty includes Ely Silverstein (8th grade), Tracie Gallagher (9th grade), and Rabbi Isaac Jeret (10th grade).

Recent guest speakers

Honorable Ehud Danoch – Council General of Israel to the Western States

Yoav Limor – Senior Defense Correspondent for Israeli Television

Brigitte Gabriel – Best Selling Author of Blinding the Masses: Anti-Semitism And Anti-Westernism In The Islamic World

Elliot Brandt – AIPAC Western States Director

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher – Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Ra’anan Gissin – Senior Advisor to Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Alan Dershowitz - The Case For Israel

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