“In These Times”

Sivan/Tammuz/Av 5777

VOL. 50 NO. 9

JUNE / JULY 2017

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 When You Go on Summer Vacation, Take Judaism With You

• Wherever you are, if it is Friday night, make it Shabbat. Whether in a restaurant, or at the beach, say a blessing over the wine and recite the Motzi . But most importantly, wish whomever you are with a Good Shabbes and share something special that happened that past week. • Visit a local synagogue. To find Reform (Progressive) congregations outside of the United States go to www. WUPJ.org. Going to a service is a great way to get some local culture and connect with the Jewish people. Who knows, you might even be invited for a Shabbat dinner. • Read a Jewish book. For suggestions come to the temple library; or check out significant Jewish books at http:// www.reformjudaism.org/jewish-life/literature-0 . • Listen to Jewish music in the car or on your I-pod. Have you checked out Jewish Rock Radio http:// jewishrockradio.com/? • Find the local Jewish deli or kosher restaurant • While in town, do a mitzvah. Many local agencies see a decrease in volunteers over the summer; so call them to see if you can help out. • Do another mitzvah; Manna, our local food bank, sees a significant reduction in donations during the summer, but unfortunately the need doesn’t go down. When you go shopping, put an extra can of food in your cart and donate it to Manna. http://mannaconejo.org or provide a meal for our shelter. Contact taeshelter@yahoo.com for more information • Research your family history. If you can, interview older members and record their stories for future generations.

• Check out some new Jewish websites and see what conversations they produce: • The Times of Israel – a new daily English language newspaper http://www.timesofisrael.com/ • Tablet Magazine - A New Read on Jewish Life http:// www.tabletmag.com/ • My Jewish Learning - http://www.myjewishlearning. com/ A great website to learn about just about anything Jewish. • Stay abreast of what is happening in Washington, D.C. and advocate from a Jewish perspective if you choose, www.RAC.org. • Check out the Reform Movement web site for their new learning and resources, http://reformjudaism.org/. • Attend Starlight Shabbat Services at Temple Adat Elohim, every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard, beginning July 7 th. • Call Rabbi Straus and ask that question you keep putting off because “you don’t have time,” or “you’re afraid to ask.” • Create you own summer Jewish experience and tell us about it. l’Shalom, Rabbi Andrew Straus

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