January 2016 Bazman

Temple Adat Elohim





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Frankly Speaking

“A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.” Milton Berle — aka “Uncle Miltie” and “Mr. Television” during TV’s golden age.

While many of us may be unfamiliar with the iconic comedian Milton Berle, I do think his quip about committee work is relevant to all of us here at Temple Adat Elohim. Volunteers are the driving force at TAE. Yes, we have wonderful paid staff, however, most of our work is envisioned and made actionable by YOU and your friends here at TAE. And yes, as Uncle Miltie states – while the committees may keep minutes that memorialize the action items of a meeting, truly those in the group do stand to “ lose hours of time” that perhaps they could be spending elsewhere. So, why do we have TAE volunteers and what motivates them to give of their time, their energy, their vision, and their unwavering commitment? I cannot answer this question for others, but I can tell you my perspective. Unlike non- profits that provide wonderful services, our temple is unique to me because as we approach TAE’s 50 th anniversary next year in 2017, I believe all of us are paving the way for future generations of children and families seeking a Reform Jewish path. My volunteer dedication is my way to help ensure that children and, really their parents, who are seeking a Reform Jewish education for their children may turn to TAE for an exceptional experience. At the same time, I believe the parents are also able to receive warm, welcoming, and supportive experience. And yes, I volunteer so that the parents with young children can enjoy a Jewish early childhood education; and I volunteer so that those in my age group and above can connect to friends and colleagues to continue our collective love of TAE. There is not enough space here to enumerate all the reasons why I volunteer. There is not enough space either for me to explain why our amazing TAE Board of Directors devotes untold hours to committee meetings. There is, however, enough space for me to pause now to ask you – if asked, would you choose to volunteer to help TAE? Very soon we will be initiating our search for Board volunteers – it would be great to have YOU step up! Our temple’s collective goal for 2016 and beyond should be expanded volunteerism! Please contact me to learn more at president@adatelohim.com, or call me at (818) 735-3591.

Our Mission: Temple Adat Elohim is a welcoming and fulfilling Jewish community

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

With love, respect, and gratitude, Peggy C. Frank President

Bazman Hazeh Bazman Hazeh is the newsletter of


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.

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Youth Group: Accounting: Reception Desk:

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