Temple Adat Elohim


APRIL 2017



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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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Jewish community embracing those who seek spirituality, knowledge, and a desire to heal the world.

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Temple Adat Elohim 2420 East Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 A Reform Jewish synagogue, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. It is published monthly.


Rabbi Straus: Cantor Shukiar: Aliza Goland:

Astraus@adatelohim.com Dshukiar@adatelohim.com

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Accounting: Reception Desk:

Agoland@adatelohim.com Marcy Goldberg: Mgoldberg@adatelohim.com Donna Becker: Dbecker@adatelohim.com

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