Aliza Goland, Executive Director Marcy Goldberg, Director of Education Donna Becker, ECC Director
Peggy Frank, President, Board of Directors Alan Greenbaum, Rabbi Emeritus
Andrew Straus, Rabbi David Shukiar, Cantor
From the Rabbi’s Desk Passover: It’s back to the shack
I raqi Jews tell the tale that in one country the king was chosen in a special way. When the old king died, a bird called the “bird of good fortune” would be released. On whoever’s head it landed, the people would place the royal crown and make him their new king. Once, the bird of good fortune landed on the head of a slave. That slave had been the court jester who entertained at royal parties. His costume consisted of a drum, a feather cap, and a belt made of the hooves of sheep. When the slave became king, he moved into the royal palace and wore royal robes. However, he ordered that a shack be constructed next to the palace and that his old cap and belt and drum be stored inside along with a giant mirror. The new king was known for his kindness and love for all his people. Often though, he would disappear into his shack. Once he left the door open and the cabinet ministers saw him don his feathered hat, put on his old belt and drum and dance before the mirror. They found this very strange and said to the king: “After all you are the king. You must maintain your dignity!” The king replied: “Once I was a slave and now I’ve become a king. From time to time I want to remind myself that I was once a slave lest I grow arrogant and treat with disdain my people and you, my ministers.” (As told in A Different Night, by Noam Zion and David Dishon.) On Passover, Jews throughout the world go out to our symbolic shack and put on our slave clothes. We remind ourselves that we were once slaves in order to maintain our sense of compassion, care and respect for all human beings; especially those who are still oppressed in our world, as we once were (and in many cases, still are).
36 times, more than any other commandment, the Torah commands us, “Do not oppress the stranger, the widow and the orphan for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.” Passover is about more than good food and family joining together. Passover is a charge to us. Remember the Haggadah was meant to facilitate a lively discussion between parents, children and grandparents. Unfortunately, in too many cases, the Seder becomes a rote speed-reading of the Haggadah, rather than a drama in which people play creative roles and share passionate conversations about freedom and slavery, equality and compassion, human rights and morality. Allow your Seder to be lively and filled with meaningful conversation. To be fair, this might take some extra planning and forethought on the leader’s part, but the results will prove more enjoyable and more memorable! When we celebrate Passover, we remind ourselves that we were once slaves and we have the privilege and responsibility to work for freedom for all who are still oppressed.
l’Shalom, Rabbi Andrew Straus
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Frankly Speaking “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson I like to think of our temple community as one amazing person. This person is filled with hopes and dreams that are vision fueled. This person knows the power of believing in a better today that paves the way for an even better tomorrow. It took a dedicated corps of can-do spirited people to ignite the eternal flame of Temple Adat Elohim nearly 50 years ago. Together, we salute their incredible efforts by drawing from what lies within each of us: our desire to honor our past accomplishments and our commitment to do our very best to ensure our temple’s future. During the next few months, your temple’s board of directors will be asking for your help. Last month you received an emailed congregant survey and we hope you have already completed and returned your survey. If you did not receive this document, please let me know. Results of the survey will be shared at our May annual meeting and will be used as a tool to help guide our near-term future here at TAE. How else will we be seeking your support? We are inviting you to engage, participate, and attend programs on our campus and offsite. We are inviting you to stay abreast of developments at our temple designed to keep us relevant and financially sound. We are in the process of evaluating our administrative procedures and our educational programs – from the youngest members of our community through adult programs. We are also looking to meet our congregants’ needs and will be adjusting our Friday night service times. (More details will be provided on this very soon.) We also invite you to continue to help us celebrate our 50 th year. How can you do this? Why not come to temple on a Saturday morning and feel the pride of our newest members to our Jewish adult community as they help to lead our Shabbat services as a bar or bat mitzvah. Or perhaps enjoy the laughter and sheer delight of participating - as a spectator, or with your own or “borrowed” very young child - at the monthly first Friday Tots n’ Torah Shabbat service, this month being held on April 7 th at 6:15 p.m. Other ways to help celebrate our 50 th year -- come to any Friday night service, share a table at our temple’s Community Passover Seder on April 11 th , join us for a Passover Hike on April 16 th , attend our 50 th Anniversary Gala at the Westlake Village Hyatt Hotel on May 6 th honoring Cantor David Shukiar’s 10 th year at TAE, or sign up now to join your temple family at the Walk to End Genocide on May 7 th , https://www.walktoendgenocide.org/ conejovalley. (See our calendar for details on these and more participation opportunities at http://www.adatelohim.org/Calendar-s/3.htm) Finally, we invite you to volunteer. Please let me know if you are willing to answer the call to service. We are looking for leaders willing to serve as stewards of our present, with a keen eye on our future. We are looking for committee members. We are looking for those who simply want to work on one-time or short-term projects and taskforces. We are looking for you to “step up” because you care deeply about our TAE traditions and our continued desire to serve the Jewish community of the Conejo Valley. We need you and your leadership to keep us strong and vital for years to come. (Continued on page 4)
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COMPOSER’S CORNER In this section I hope to teach you about various composers of Jewish music who influence the music we do at TAE. I pulled some of this information from the Israel Music Institute.
JOIN THE TAE CHORALE AND GET HEALTHY!
TEMPLE ADAT ELOHIM IS THE ONLY CONGREGATION WITH AN ALL-MEMBER COMMUNITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA!!! There are many reasons why the music program at TAE is unique among Synagogues around the world. One is that we are the only synagogue with an all-member community orchestra. If you are interested in joining this new and exciting part of our music program and if you play a musical instrument at a high-school level, please send me a note at email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you to our expanding our symphonic family! Now is your chance to get healthier and give the gift of yourself to our community at the same time! Our TAE Chorale, our volunteer adult choir under the direction of Stephanie Streja, is always looking for new members and now is the perfect time to join. You do not have to read music to join our choir. In fact, you do not need to have any prior experience to join our choir. All you need is a desire to have fun learning wonderful, spiritual music, as well as build new friendships and help create a warm atmosphere for our congregation. Now is the perfect time to join our choir. We are getting ready to begin our work as we prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days, as well as sing at our monthly Shabbat Services with the Band of Milk and Honey. If you are interested in joining our growing choir family, please contact Cantor David at firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 497-7101 or just come to a rehearsal. We rehearse every Thursday from 7:30 – 9 pm in the sanctuary. We look forward to welcoming you! Singing in a choir might just make you healthier, according to a newly publicized study by the University of California, Irvine. Researchers at the school found increased levels of disease-fighting proteins in the mouths of choir members after they sang. Immunoglobulin A, a protein used by the immune system, increased 150 percent during rehearsals and 240 percent during performance. We can only imagine how much it would increase during one of our services! The music at Temple Adat Elohim is special, composed and arranged for our choirs and musicians, creating a totally unique voice among other congregations. You will not hear music like ours anywhere else. It is a treat to be a part of it!
Yehezkel Braun (1922- 2014) was born in Breslau, Germany, (today Wrocaw, Poland) in 1922. His family settled in British Palestine two years later. He studied at the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium, and afterwards joined Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek. During the Second World War, he volunteered in the Jewish Brigade of the British army and fought in Italy. Upon returning from the war to the kibbutz, he was sent
to the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel-Aviv in order to become a teacher of biology and zoology. He also studied harmony and counterpoint with Alexander Uriyah Boskovich. His studies were interrupted by the 1948 Arab-Israeli War when he joined the battles to defend his kibbutz. Braun was a farmer when he decided to become a musician. “The music began with me gradually,” said Braun. “Until I returned to the kibbutz after the war, I did not think about music seriously. It was a hobby that became serious over the years.” Yehezkel studied at the Israel Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, where he became a teacher right after the completion of his studies there. At the same time, he also taught at the Kibbutzim College of Education, and later at the Seminary for Music Teachers. In 1966, the Israel Academy of Music was affiliated to Tel-Aviv University, and Braun became assistant professor. After several years, he was promoted to associate professor and subsequently to full professor. He retired at 1989 as professor emeritus. In 1975, he studied Gregorian chant with Father Dom Jean Claire in France. During his work at the university, he pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in classical studies, with emphasis on Greek and Roman languages. Braun died in 2014 in Tel-Aviv. Yehezkel Braun was a prolific composer who wrote music for orchestra, chamber ensemble, and choir as well as vocal music. He also wrote music for movies, theatre and dance and created arrangements of popular songs. In the 1960s he worked with popular bands and vocal ensembles. His unique approach to composition was manifested by Braun when he said, “I compose what I hear.” He avoided any conceptions and ideologies, hence his variety as a composer. You can certainly hear Ashkenazi and Eastern- Jewish influences in his music. The influence of Haydn, Bartok and Brahms is prominent in his chamber and orchestral music, and you can also identify his connection with Gregorian chant. The dominant characteristic of Braun’s music is the beautiful, communicative melody, modal and tonal harmony and classical form. His music is well known worldwide and performed often. We do a number of pieces from Braun at TAE, most notably his setting of the V’ahavta that we always do during the High Holy Days. I love this setting because it uses the lines “bind them (the commandments of our Torah, a way we express our love for God) as a sign upon your arm, let them be a symbol between your eyes.” To me, this line means that we not only have to work hard to repair our world through our prayer, but also that we must act upon these laws. The music is very upbeat and active, as we are commanded to be. And the repetition of the refrain is our constant reminder that we have not completed our work. The act of showing our love for God through action is never-ending. I hope that you, too, will be inspired by the music of Braun to be active par- ticipants in making our world a better place.
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April 1, 2017 at 10:00 am Emily Cohen daughter of Brenda and Doug Cohen
April 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm Alden Bernstein son of Julie and Keith Bernstein
Emily is full of love and joy. With her gentle and insightful soul, she is able to connect with animals as
Our hearts are filled with love and excitement as our son Alden becomes a bar mitzvah here at TAE. Alden
well as with people. Her mitzvah project has been volunteering with L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue; she has been very dedicated to the time she spends there with the dogs. Emily has shown a sense of responsibility and conscientiousness that makes us proud. We wish her a life of peace, happiness and meaning. We love Emily more and more each day and are looking forward to her becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
is an outgoing and caring person, who enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, playing video games and spending time with his family and friends - when he is not studying Hebrew! Alden has volunteered his time to assist with the activities at the upcoming Junior Blind Olympics and he is raising and donating money for the funds needed for these special Junior Olympians to enjoy an ice cream social when the games are concluded. Alden, your family and friends adore you and we are all so proud of your accomplishments. We are looking forward to celebrating this special milestone in your life. All our love, Mom, Dad, Jake, and your loyal dogs Lokie & Brody. April 29, 2017 Alessandra Lehrer daughter of Sharon and Joseph Lehrer 2, and has a passion for learning about her heritage. Allie has been playing softball since she was 4, and this year, is also helping coach this season’s 4 – 5-year-olds. Allie’s Mitzvah Project is the collection of softball and baseball equipment to donate to kids not fortunate enough to be able to afford their own. When not at school or on the field, Allie enjoys singing and drawing and playing with her dogs, Chloe and Shayna. You are the light of our lives, and we are proud of you, so very proud of you! Mom and Dad. Allie is a bright, funny and caring 7th grader. Allie has been immersed in Jewish education since she was
April 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm Jillian Beer daughter of Carolyn and Mitchell Beer
Jillian is a 7th grader who loves leadership, soccer, her friends, and baking. She works as a “Cake
Camp Counselor” and enjoys the combination of working with cakes and young children. She has turned her baking passion into her Mitzvah Project by holding “Cupcakes for Kylie,” bake sales and donating proceeds to a pediatric cancer foundation. Her parents and brothers are proud of her compassion, maturity, and thoughtfulness for others and hope that she will continue to lead by example and make a difference in the world.
March 8, 2017 10:00 am Jacob Krakower son of Naomi Brown and Gary Krakower
Jacob is a 7th-grade student who loves all things having to do with aviation. He is also a keen follower
April 29, 2017 Lily Kamen at 5:00 pm daughter of Ali and Greg Kamen
of current and world events. Jacob’s Mitzvah Project centered around raising money for families via the Jewish charity, ‘Mazon’ so he can help ensure less fortunate people do not go hungry each day. We are so proud of all that he has accomplished and at the impressive young man that he has become. We wish Jacob good health, happiness and laughter on his journey ahead. Please know that the driving force of change always start and ends with you, our beloved congregant. Meeting and exceeding your expectations is paramount and serves as the foundational springboard for creating and leading change as our temple’s needs, and the needs of our surrounding community, shift. I invite you to reach out to me directly at president@adatelohim. com or (818) 642-6804. Let me know what’s working, what isn’t, and any advice for adjusting our sails to reach our destination: a strong, vibrant, loving congregation that one day will celebrate our 100 th anniversary as a result of our collective strength that lies within each of us, and our vision reaffirmed in April of 2017. With love, respect, and gratitude, President Message (Continued from page 2)
Lily is a bright, driven, and artistic seventh grade student who has a true passion for dance. She started
dancing at the age of two and this year started sharing her passion for dance with others. For her Mitzvah Project, Lily volunteers on a weekly basis with “Ballet for All Kids,” which helps special needs children learn to dance. Lily’s giving heart has expanded working with these kids while gaining invaluable life experiences. When Lily isn’t dancing, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her cousins. We are so proud of all her accomplishments as a student and dancer and can’t wait to watch her shine on the bimah. Lily, we love you with all our heart, Mom, Dad and May.
Special thanks and yasher koach to Sam Gutnik, Elana Ziff, Caroline Kindelt and our Tzofim (peer tutors) who have helped to guide these students through the process of becoming a bar or bat mitzvah.
Peggy C. Frank
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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER Tips for Sibling Harmony
Dr. William Sears has been a major voice in parenting and pediatrics for decades. One of his popular articles presents 20 Tips to Stop Sibling Rivalry. I prefer a positive spin, so I’ll call this condensed version, starting below, 20 Tips for Sibling Harmony! This month, I’m presenting the first ten tips, and the last 10 will appear in the May Bazman. (The unabridged version is linked below.*) 1. Make friends before birth. Get your older child acquainted with the new baby before birth. Show her pictures of a baby growing in mommy’s belly. Let her pat the baby, talk to baby, and feel baby kick. Replay the older child’s babyhood by going through her baby photo album. By replaying the older child’s baby events, she will be prepared for a replay of her brother or sister. 2. Make the older sibling feel important. Visitors who survived sibling rivalry will bring a gift for the older child when visiting the new baby. Just in case, keep small gifts in reserve when friends lavish presents and attention on the baby. Let her unwrap the baby gifts and test the rattles. Give your child a job in the family organization. Give her a job title, such as “mommy’s helper.” When feeding baby, you can ask your older child to “bring the clothes,” or “please grab those toys.” And make sure to thank them for their help. When an admirer says, “My, what a wonderful baby,” quickly add, “Yes, now we have two beautiful children.” 3. Time share. What bothers children most is sharing you with the new baby. It sounds good to say you’ll give your older child equal amounts of your time, but that’s unrealistic and unnecessary. New babies require a lot, and you don’t have 200 percent of yourself to give. While feeding baby, read a book to the sibling, or just have cuddle time. Sitting on the floor increases your availability to your toddler while your baby is in-arms. As baby gets older, place him in an infant seat, or on a blanket to watch you play with her big brother or sister. This entertains two kids with one caregiver. 4. Stay positive. Promoting sibling harmony requires a bit of parental marketing. You may think that your older child should be thrilled to have gained a live-in friend, but children are often preoccupied with what they’ve lost. They’re not so keen on sharing their toys, their room, and most importantly, their parents, with someone else. Turn this around to help the normally egocentric child to imagine, “what’s in it for me?” Use the term “special time.” Arrange a lot of one-on-one outings for your older child so the child realizes that even though he’s lost some time with a parent, he gets more “special time” with another parent, grandparents, or other caregivers. 5. Begin the day in harmony. If possible, start most days with “special time.” Sometimes starting the day with twenty minutes of intensive care with your toddler can ward off angry feelings toward the new baby and is a good investment in the rest of the day. 6. Raise sensitive sibs. It’s hard to hate a person you care about. Siblings are not born adversaries, certainly not unless parents permit it. You can nurture life-long friendship among your children by helping them find constructive ways to be sensitive to each other. Learning to live with a sib is a child’s first lesson in getting along. Early in our parenting career, we realize that our primary role in sibling harmony is as a facilitator who sets conditions that foster a compatible relationship. Your job is not to control how siblings relate, but rather to shape these relationships. Here are the sibling relationships we tried to facilitate:
Sib in charge. Give the older child some supervised responsibility for the younger one. This will motivate the older brother or sister to care, and the younger sib will feel loved. Sib as comforter. When one child is hurt, ask the older one to help attend to the injury, making them your assistant. You can nurture compassion between siblings. Sib as comforter. When one child is physically or emotionally hurt, the other siblings can be encouraged to offer comfort. Whether it’s an upcoming test or an emotional or physical hurt, a child under pressure can be calmed by siblings. Sib as teacher. Encourage your child to teach a mastered skill to his sibling. They younger sibling will learn and grow in a skill that his sibling shared with him. Sibs as co-workers. Assign children tasks that require cooperation and motivate them to work together. If they have clashing personalities, the adult can impede a “bossy-submissive” relationship from developing. Sib as entertainer. If you have a born clown, capitalize on that asset and encourage the clown to entertain the other sibling, such as humoring the toddler while you get something done. 7. Set limits. Sometimes you’re too tired to play amateur psychologist and you just want to click into police mode. Do it and don’t worry about damaging your child’s psyche. Give clear messages about how you expect your kids to behave toward one another. Offer calm verbal reminders: “That’s a put-down,” as one sib belittles the other. Or, issue a look that says, “don’t even think about it!” Head off fights at the first squabble, before they get out of hand. Be watchful for aggressor- victim roles. When bickering has reached intolerable decibels say, “That’s disturbing my peace.” 8. Hold family meetings. Teasing can often be misunderstood. You might hear, “No one in this family loves me.” Hold a family meeting to prick a few consciences. Your children will become better friends. 9. Humor is the best medicine. Humor the child into reality. “I want to be a baby, too” said a four-year-old. “All right,” her mother played along, “You can be a baby today. What would you like to do?” “I’d like to have a bottle.” She gave her a bottle of formula. “Yuck, this tastes awful!” “What would you like to play?” “I would like to ride my tricycle.” “Babies can’t ride tricycles.” “Can I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?” “Babies can’t eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They only eat baby food.” Trisha decided that she didn’t want to be a baby after all, announcing: “I think I’ll just go outside and ride my tricycle.” 10. Foster a team spirit. Take you family on family trips. They will learn that with privileges come responsibilities, so they will learn how to act in a group. The home and family is their first social relationship. They learn how to treat people and that everyone has individual rights. They develop group sensitivity, which is an important tool for life. In fact, disciplining siblings is really giving them the tools to succeed in life. l’Shalom Donna Becker – ECC Director *http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/parenting/discipline-behavior/ bothersome-behaviors/sibling-rivalry/20-tips-stop-quibbling
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➤ Women's Torah Study —Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–noon ➤ Movie Group —Second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the TAE library. Questions? Contact: Barbara Peifer at barbsgr88@aol. com / (805) 498-0421. ➤ Book Groups —If you are interested in joining an evening Sisterhood Book Group, please contact Suzanne Gallant at (818) 597-1663 / email@example.com. If you have any questions or want to join the Sisterhood, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on our TAE Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TAESisterhood/). President’s Message “I give you these 15 (drops a tablet).Oy! Ten! TenCommandments, for all to obey” —Mel Brooks as Moses in History of the World, Part One Dear Sisterhood Members, Prospective Members & Supporters, I’ll admit it: I LOVE nothing more than getting into a pair of cozy pajamas, turning on TCM and cuddling up with a bottled Starbucks Frappuccino. This is the dream scenario— and it can’t happen every day (mostly because my preschooler wouldn’t let me and I have a feeling my boss would frown upon it after a few days). Well, no offense to God or Moses, but I think there should have been an 11th commandment: Thou shalt not just sit there. The reality is that, this month, there is so much going on with Sisterhood, we command you: Don’t just sit there! (OK, we don’t really command, that’s not how we roll in Sisterhood. We firmly recommend…. Yup, that sounds better.) We firmly recommend: Don’t just sit there! We’re scribing with Soferet Linda Coppleson on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program on Women in the Torah; we’re celebrating Miriam and all of the strong women in our lives at our amazing Women’s Seder on April 13th; we’re studying Torah; we’re discussing books; we’re playing Mah Jongg; we’re greeting at bar and bat mitzvahs; and we’re shop- ping for the perfect seder table accessories at the Judaica Shop. Phew! Now, granted, I still will likely have a Frappuccino with me at most of the above (except at the Women’s Seder—I can’t co- lead and sip at the same time). But if any of the above strikes your fancy, I encourage you to grab a friend—or two—and join us for any or all of it. As for the 11th commandment—I guess we’ll never know what was on that dropped tablet…. But it probably started with “Thou”! Shoshana Lewin Fischer
All TAE Women and Guests are invited to participate. Annual Sisterhood Women’s Seder Thursday, April 13th 6:15 p.m. ~ TAE Social Hall
We welcome women of all ages. Cost: Adults – $42 Children (10 & under) – $28 Led by Shoshana Fischer and Nancy Federman, along with our own Marcy Goldberg leading us in song. We will come together to share a story of a timeless journey. We will celebrate, sing, remember and learn the joy of our liberation. Please go to http://www.adatelohim.org/Upcoming- Events-s/22582.htm to download a reservation form. Questions? Contact Barbara Peifer at (805) 498-0421 / email@example.com Annual Auction Dinner Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6 p . m . Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant 355 E. Avenida de Los Arboles • Thousand Oaks (Trader Joe’s center) Fabulous food, fabulous women, and of course, fabulous gifts will be auctioned off! Watch for your invitation and please mark your calendar to attend. All proceeds will benefit the youth of Temple Adat Elohim! Questions? Contact Joni Berger at (805) 492-5579 / firstname.lastname@example.org $20 per person for a complete dinner, no-host bar, and our Fabulous Auction!
❀ Temple Adat Elohim Sisterhood Invitations For all occasions
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Up to 20% Discount Please Call for an Appointment: Carol Weiss: (805) email@example.com ❀
To place your order, call Myra Lee at (805) 496-5234.
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Greetings to our Brotherly Mishpucha, TAE Brotherhood Activities:
high-octane testosterone. The fourth Bagel Brunch, we had Dr. Gabriele Vajente of Cal Tech speaking about gravitational waves. The fifth Bagel Brunch was a very interesting discussion on the legalization of cannabis with Dr. Beau Kilmer. At our most recent one, we had our very own Mark Philips to discuss his new book on “Trials of the Century.” We want temple members to be involved in the selection of our speakers for the Brotherhood Bagel Brunches. Suggestions can be emailed to Larry Ames at firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 2017 Our own Cantor David Shukiar reflecting on his ten years at TAE
Anyone may attend our monthly Brotherhood Board meetings, held on the second Tuesday of every month starting at 7:00 p.m. in rooms 5 and 6. If you wish to start receiving board-meeting agendas or any other Brotherhood correspondence, please contact Herb Shukiar at email@example.com. Men’s Torah Study - Monday Evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Temple Library - TheMen’s Torah Study Group has a contemplative discussion each week as they read through an individual chapter. Please come and join them for spirited discussion and thought- provoking commentaries. For additional information, please contact Bob Grossmann firstname.lastname@example.org Social Night - Social nights on the third Wednesday of each month. TAE BROTHERHOOD BAGEL BRUNCHES 9:15 - 11:00 a.m. in the Social Hall Bagels, lox, herring, and all the fixins’ and schmoozing you can handle. Drop off the kids at Religious School, enjoy the brunch, and they’re usually over just in time to go pick them up. You may bring your significant others or friends, too. All we ask is for an RSVP in advance, a hearty appetite, and a modest, voluntary donation of your choice to help offset our costs. RSVPs may be delivered to Bob Salfi at email@example.com Brotherhood’s year started with our very own Rabbi Straus talking about the High Holy Days. At the second Bagel Brunch, we had Dr. Efron on the Israel-Palestinian situation and then we constructed our sukkah. Our third Bagel Brunch was offsite at the MB2 Raceway. There was quite a bit of fun, laughter with
FUTURE ACTIVITIES: Brotherhood Seder – Monday, April 17, 6:00 p.m. Dodge Baseball stay tuned Brotherhood End of Year Dinner June 10 th.
If you’re looking to get more involved with the Brotherhood, you may join at any time of the year. Your $36 dues (first year is free when joining TAE) help to support the many programs the Brotherhood sponsors, as well as the temple. Contact Steve Forman for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, check Brotherhood’s page on the TAE website, or our Facebook page, to keep informed. We need your support! Happy Passover, Stuart Goodman, Brotherhood President
TEMPLE ADAT ELOHIM MEN’S SEDER SPONSORED BY THE BROTHERHOOD Monday, April 17, 2017 TAE SOCIAL HALL 6:00 - 9:00 PM From the House of Bondage to the House of Male Bonding Enjoy a delicious catered meal from Cielo with
wine, music and reading from a Haggadah created especially for men. Our Seder will be led by Rabbi Straus and will be unique to our men. Let’s show Rabbi Straus that we have a strong supportive Brotherhood. Last year, we had nearly 50 men and boys participate. Can we beat that ?
As this is a special occasion, all junior and senior high school boys are invited to attend as our guests. Dads and Grandpas, please join us as we want to make this inter-generational. Adult Cost: $36 Juniors & Seniors in High School: No Charge Questions? Contact Sheldon Tilles at Tilles31306@me.com or 805-437-6619
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AETY (Adat Elohim Temple Youth) is a great place for your children to meet new friends, and make wonderful memories in a safe and nurturing Jewish environment. From ‘Havdallah in the Park’ to our ‘Chocolate Seder’, the youth program at Temple Adat Elohim has something for everyone! AETY (9 th , 10 th , 11 th , 12 th grade) AETY’s biggest event of the year! AETY is having our annual Social Action Sleepover. 100% of the
A Note From Joey NFTY Convention was a blast! I took advantage of seminars and lectures, while four AETY board members and Sam met with NFTY-ites from across North America. It was really cool to see 1,000 Jewish teens and 300 of their advisors and clergy singing the songs of Shabbat and eating together. It was quit an experience. -Joey FOLLOW US Follow AETY on all social media outlets for the latest events and photos! Instagram: aety_18 | Twitter: @AETY5774 Facebook: Adat Elohim Temple Youth Email: email@example.com “The Mussar teachings tell us that the most important aspect of lovingkindness is not what you feel but what you do. Our most valuable acts of lovingkindness take place when we overcome an inner resistance and do the benevolent thing anyway. It has long been understood that the heart follows the deed - do good for people and in time your heart is transformed into a vessel of unalloyed kindness. The other benefits and so do we!” Alan Morinis Every Day, Holy Day The quote above really resonates with me, think of how the world would be if everyone were simply nicer to each other. If our response to others was from a place of lovingkindness, think of how that person would feel, how they would then respond to you and perhaps others. Judaism is a religion of action and this Middah is no different. Our behaviors are what is important and
proceeds will go to a local environmental charity. Join us this April 8 th through 9 th in the social hall. We encourage everyone to raise a minimum of $35
Calling all AETY Members (4 th – 12 th grade) Don’t tell your families, but AETY has the best tasting Seder in town. Because everything it is made of CHOCOLATE!!
Everyone is invited to our Chocolate Seder on Sunday, April 23 rd in the social hall.
Membership forms can be found in the Temple Office For any questions please feel free to contact Joey Ben-Chetrit at firstname.lastname@example.org
JEWISH VALUES FOR EVERYDAY LIVING Lovingkindness – Chesed
quite frankly, what we role model to our family, friends and colleagues. Lovingkindness starts with how we greet each other, and then goes deeper than being nice, Alan Morinis says in Everyday Holiness that “we are meant to offer real sustenance to one another, and the ways in which we can do that are innumerable: we can offer money, time, love, empathy, service, an open ear, manual assistance, a letter written, a call made, and on and on.” For these actions to be lovingkindness they need to just be out of the goodness of your heart and for no other reason. I hope in the coming month that you will open your heart to others and give of yourself with true lovingkindness. Marcy Goldberg Director of Education
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THE TAE SENIORS
Mussar Shabbat, Friday April 7 Mussar has become an integral program here at TAE. During the last several years, approximatly 200 members of our community have been involved in studying and practicing Mussar. Some have just taken one course while others have taken many classes. Each student has been helped to deepen their connection to themselves, their family and their community and it has enriched their personal development as a human being and as a Jew. During Shabbat services on April 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm we will be honoring all those who have participated in a Mussar class at Temple Adat Elohim. The service will include special readings reflective of the Mussar tradition and some of our Mussar students sharing their experiences. This will also be a great opportunity to learn more about Mussar, and how it might transform your life. Remembering our loved ones during Passover Yizkor to be held Sunday, April 16 at 6:00 pm For many of us as we sit around the Seder table, we think of loved one ones who have sat with us in years past. They are gone now, but not forgotten. They still inspire us and are a source of blessing in our lives. Our tradition teaches us that during each of the major holidays, we gather as a community and remember those who stood with us in years past, but are no longer at our side. Join us on Sunday, April 16 at 6:00 pm for our Passover Yizkor remembrance service. Temple Adat Elohim’s adult group is now a two-tiered organization. The TAE Seniors continue to offer intellectually stimulating Lunch and Learns the first Tuesday of every month. Rabbi Straus offers intellectually stimulating discussion on Jewish or Israel related subjects, or inspires us to take action to stand against injustices against our brothers in the area, Jewish or not. These events start with lunch at 1:30 p.m. and the discussion starts around 2. Once in a while, we also invite an outside guest to present relevant information. Those who attended our Mediterranean-style lunch on March 7 also heard an informative discussion on the Thousand Oaks Commission on Aging and Conejo Village project. The TAE Seniors also continue to offer fun and wonderful entertainment every third Tuesday of the month, also at 1:30 p.m. If you joined us in March, you saw a fun show of music and comedy in the spirit of the old Sonny and Cher act. On April 18, we will be
entertained by Maximo Marcuso – The Tenor of the Americas. You will rave at the exciting operatic performance! We are still working to create programming for the “Boomer” tier of adults. We are always seeking those interested in planning and organizing this new division. We are also looking for the overall adult group a vice president, secretary, hospitality chair and that person will learn from programming Chair Bea Ferber, so one person doesn’t have the sole responsibility of contacting and arranging for the whole entertainment calendar. We hope to see you at our April events. Bill Gorback TAE Seniors Chair Creating and Leading an engaging fun Seder Sunday, April 2, 9:30am-10:30am with Rabbi Straus Is the first question at your Seder “When do we eat?” Do you feel that at your Seder you are just turning pages and going through the Hagadah? Please Join Rabbi Andrew Straus For a Passover Morning Hike - Conejo Canyons–Hawk Creek Trail Meet at the intersection of Rancho Conejo Bl. & Conejo Center Dr. in Newbury Park. Sunday, April 16th, at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy an approximately 4-mile loop, family friendly hike on single-track trail with one creek crossing. According to tradition, it was on the sixth day of Passover that the Israelites arrived at the Sea of Reeds. While we will not cross the sea, nor wander for 40 years, we will go for a pleasant hike together and reflect on the meaning of the escape from slavery and the transition to freedom. What transitions are we in the midst of as individuals, as a community and as a nation? Then join Rabbi Straus for the one hour workshop and learn some techniques for making your Seder fun, engaging and meaningful for your whole family and friends. While many of the techniques will be Seder’s with children ages 3- 15 there will be something for everybody.
Dogs on leashes are welcome to join us. Please let us know if you will be joining us. RSVP to Cindy Leshtz CLeshtz@ adatelohim.com. If you forget to RSVP, join us anyway for a fun morning on one of our beautiful, local trails!
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Temple Adat Elohim’s GOLDEn AnnIvErSAry GALA Commemorating 50 years of Community and Honoring David Shukiar’s 10 years as OurCantor Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Westlake
Auction Wish List The Temple Adat Elohim Gala Committee appreciates your generosity and assistance in procuring items for both our Live and Silent Auctions. With your help, we are able to offer unique items and experiences that inspire generous bidding, secur- ing enhanced resources for Temple Adat Elohim. Please help us find item(s) that will increase the excitement and success of our Golden Anniversary Gala celebration. Food, Wines, Cooking, and Dining Experiences • Gift certificates from your favorite local restaurant • Catered meals or parties • Chef for an evening • In-home cooking class • Gourmet food, vintage wine, and champagne Tickets to Sports, Arts, and Other Entertainment Events • Tickets to a theater, symphony, opera performance • Tickets to the Hollywood Bowl, Pantages, T.O Civic Arts • Round of golf at a country club • Sports memorabilia • Tickets to UCLA and USC games • Staples Center suite for an event • Tickets to Lakers, Clippers, Rams, Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Ducks, etc. • Unique entertainment industry opportunities • Concert and movie tickets Travel
Luxury Items • Jewelry, designer clothing, and handbags • Beauty/spa treatments • Limousine services • Gift certificates to your favorite local stores Celebrity and Unique Experiences • Music, film, or TV awards show tickets • Passes to popular show taping, i.e. Ellen , Big Bang Theory , American Idol , America’s got Talent , or Dancing With the Stars • VIP tickets to a taping or visit to a working set • Entertainment memorabilia, i.e. signed guitars, costumes, posters, etc. • Lessons from a professional athlete or musician • Lunch or dinner with a star or teen idol • Party with a celebrity or prominent figure (athlete, author, or musician) • Student shadowing/internship with a professional • Kid’s fun-time activity venue passes
Thank you for your help and generosity!
• Luxury and resort hotel stays • Vacation home for a week
• Use of private jet, helicopter, or yacht • Hotel stay for a week or weekend • Airline tickets or frequent flyer miles • Cruises
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JWW’S 5TH ANNUAL CONEJO VALLEY WALK TO END GENOCIDE Please join the TAE team of congregants and family as we walk to end genocide! Jewish World Watch works to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide by educating and mobilizing individuals, advocating for policy changes, and funding projects to support and build resilience in conflict-affected communities, primarily in the areas of Sudan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. DATE: Sunday May 7th Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (New Location) 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 Registration Begins at 11:30am The Walk Program starts at 12:00pm Rasie your voice and take a stand! Step in the Right Direction Join TAE in taking one step closer to a world without genocide Register NOW! By emailing Lauren.firstname.lastname@example.org (TAE Social Action Chair) Adult (23+) $28.00 Students (12-22) $20,00 Child (5-11) $12.00 Toddlers (4 and under) FREE (No-T-shirt) For more information please visit www.jww.org
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APRIL ADULT BIRTHDAYS
April 1-7 Rick Eisenstein Steve Elbaum Elisa Hirsch Susanna Mac Sebastian Strote Schuyler Alschuler Robert Edison
Carly Straus Dana Newman Erica Reinisch Oze Strausman Joyce Bloom Judy Krauss Edward Pike Andrew Surmani Margaret Levy Julie Stankowski Laura Wissot April 16-23 Michael Chasin Shannon Cohen Marcy Goldberg Brenna Gutell Rena Kaplan Marjorie Gauley David Kramer Janet Rosenthal Ira Tilles Sheila Elkort David Moses Stacie Rosenfeld Rose Spector Marlene Bracken Donna Cain Chris Deleau Joel Estroti Larry Hapner Joel Katz Cheryl Landsberg Hayley Sinderbrand Elaine Weisberg
Ryan Wexler Joan Colton Jessica Greenblatt Noah Schwartz Lauren Sullivan Ken Elman Jenni Lavine Margaret Schlaifer Isaac Hananel Elliot Hirsch Deborah Klein-Lopez Helene Levy David Zimring Rodney Hill April 24-31 Sharon Lehrer Lawrence Levine Phillip Rosenthal Tammy Fox Suzanne Gallant Ian Rosen Daniel Whitney Fran Cohen Olivia Freihon Carol Sherman Cathy Warner Bobbie Berg Sammy Rose Norma Silberberg Ashley Bracken Tess Castro Mark Gralnick Alvin Miller Micha Rojany
Esther Abramowitz Rose Anton Herman Ballen Eric Barman Annette Barney
Harris Forusz Alan Frandzel Carl Friedman Henry Garbowitz Irene Garbowitz Michael Gilman Benjamin Glotzer Bess Goldenberg Ben Green Max Green Dolly Grobstein Donald Gumpertz Aaron Heisman Stanley Hoffman Mildred Iceland Henry Kalin Joan Kalin Julius Kaplan Kay Kaplan Alexander Kelen Eric Gutman Sally Gutnik Milton Kerker Rabbi Myron Kinberg Harry Komer Ruth Korobkin Florence Kritzer Frances Kronen Seymour Krull Sam Gelber Reva Geller
Herman Kuperberg Bernard Laboschin Irwin Lazarus Maria Lehmann Harriett Lehrer Georgia Levee Lily Lieberman Philip Margolin Ted Margolis Gale Matis Albert Menin Mara Meshel Gilman Michael Ida Miller Julius Miller Harold Moses Boonchuey Narm- chote Dorothy Neiman Bebe Neubauer Louis Newmark Yetta Newmark Lorraine Pelman Dorothy Pershing Abraham Pizitz Ben Poze Sydney Pralgo Harold Press Gladys Rentzer Hillel Orloff Kaylee Page Melanie Page
Harvey Rich Harry Roback William Roffman Julia Rosen Robert Rosenblum Helene Rosenfeld Allen Ross Harry Rothman Arthur Schneider Nina Seidenberg Marian Shulman Dan Shuster Howard Silverman Margaret Simon Minnie Spitz Howard Steinberg Nathan Stern Jacob Strote Abe Tilles Isaac Scherl Ethel Schiff Celia Tolmach Nelly Vivante Alan Waldman Irwin Weisberg Clara Wilder Dolly Winton Ward Winton Frances Wroobel
Leah Begun Sarah Behar Philip Bell
Harry Peifer Les Shapiro Bruce Sherter
Lottie Benjamin Fannie Berman Jack Braverman Selma Braverman Nathan Brenner Irving Brownstein Harold Cohen Maury Colin Ronald Cooper Martin Corin Mary Lou Currey Jerome Davidson Diane Dean Sanford Deutsch Rae Dion Don Doernberg David Edison Nat Elbaum Harry Ellis Shirley Federman Robert Finestone Freida Fisch Vicki Fischbach Barry Fischer
Matthew Teague Gabriel Calderas Jessica Moxley Joel Zide
Harold Gordon Steven Hoffman Hannah Goldenberg Sarah Kislak Joyce Knell Robert Murray
April 8-15 Julie Klein David Lynn Cory Hills
Martin Braime Mario Iscovich Randy Rice Norma Roberts Henry Bloom Jessica Maiten Sandi Stern Shirley Doernberg Leon Paikin
APRIL CHILDREN BIRTHDAYS
Lynne and Natt Alschuler Jami and Mike Baron Sharon and Marty Bolkin Lalaine and Martin Braime Mary and Steven Forman Lois and David Green Diane and Brian Grossman Brenna and Ken Gutell
Lisa and Steve Kaitcer Neil and Stacie Palache Bonnie and Ira Pincus Marsha and Steve Roberts Donna and Edward Steinman Robin and Steve Taylor Serena and Gil Tobias Janice and Richard Winters
Samuel Kaplan Marni Stern Mason Epstein
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April 1-7 Sadie Corn Aaron Weinberg Emily Cohen Sarah Salzman Sammie Bynder April 8-15
Alexander Haddad Alexandra Ravden Joshua Brockman Ella Fortney Ryan Leff Darren Kramar Nathan Meisels April 16-23 Lauren McKee Zachary Oseas Lily Ross Emily Humphrey Molly Harris
Makayla Mackey William Klopert Brandon Pincus Jason Pincus Shane Glasser Lindsay Kaitcer
The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim, on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Temple Adat Elohim 1:30-3:30 pm
Award-winning author and speaker Marcia Fine shares “A Sephardic Journey,” the story of Jews who were persecuted around the world for almost 400 years by the Inquisition. While many were forcibly converted, others remained true to their faith by going underground. Still others left Spain
conversos in Mexico during the Inquisition. Marcia has a BA from Florida State University and a Masters from Arizona State University. Marcia’s four books will be available for purchase at $16.95@ and book signing. Cash, checks and credit payments are accepted. See Marcia’s website: http://www.marciafine.com There is no charge to attend the meeting. Anyone may join JGSCV. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. The meeting is open to the public. The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in genealogy and family history.
and Portugal to venture to the New World. Marcia will speak about The Blind Eye , when the Church orders expulsion of all Jews and Conversos from Spain and about and her extensive research for Hidden Ones about the Inquisition in Mexico (and New Mexico!). Marcia will address the Diaspora and survival of Sephardim in the New World. Speaker: Marcia Fine has written seven novels, including: The Blind Eye —covering the expulsion from Spain and Portugal and the three major events that are in the book--the Easter Slaughter, the kidnapping of children and mass conversions. Paper Children — An Immigrant’s Legacy has been a finalist for three national prizes. Paris Lamb , her sixth novel, deals with anti-Semitism in the 1950s. Her latest novel, Hidden Ones , examines
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