Bazman December 2015

Temple Adat Elohim





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Frankly Speaking

“Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset

According to, when the rabbis of Talmudic times asked, “What is Chanukah?” — their answer focused on the purification of the Temple and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days, despite the fact that there seemed to be oil enough for only a single day. This is not a new story or a new interpretation of Chanukah but it does seem to be the story of our financial history here at TAE. I think about our temple and our financial strength that mostly allows for us to only take care of sustaining needs. When I think of the oil that sustained these iconic eight days of light, I also think of you and me, and how even with our personal limited funds, we still find a way to contribute beyond our dues to create sustaining funds. Now our challenge is to move beyond the sustainable factor and consider how we fund new, exciting programs and innovations, including enhancements and new technologies that go beyond the basics to update our temple.

Like our children preparing their Chanukah gift wish list, our temple, too, has a wish list that goes beyond what we want to what we need – The 2016 TAE Dream Team Wish List.

Some of the items on our wish list include updating the sound system in our sanctuary to include ear and guitar microphones, adding Wi-Fi to our classrooms and sanctuary/social hall, updating our sanctuary’s hearing impaired sound system, updating the aesthetics and the function of our ECC and Religious School classrooms, and updating the social hall to make it the sanctuary of fun and community, which once defined our temple as the destination of choice for mitzvah celebrations.

A special thank you to TAE Sisterhood for answering this call already with their $2,000 donation to purchase a new icemaker for the temple kitchen.

This year when you light your Chanukah candles and you bring light into your homes, please consider creating a little extra light for your temple with a general or designated donation – your end-of-the-year extra support to your home away from home, Temple Adat Elohim. During my High Holy Days address, I asked you to invest in Temple Adat Elohim. “How will you know if you made a good investment? It’s up to you – will you share Shabbat services with us, listen to your child chant from the Torah, attend your child’s preschool graduation, share in the mitzvah of a bar or bar mitzvah for a child or perhaps adult, join with teens for youth group events, attend an adult education program, like the one we hosted recently where nearly 400 gathered for an educational evening on the Iran Nuclear

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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.

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Youth Group: Accounting: Reception Desk:

Cantor Shukiar: Aliza Goland: Marcy Goldberg: Donna Becker: Clergy/Exec. Asst.: TAE Seniors:

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