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Rabbi Richard Spiegel

Rabbi Richard Spiegel
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A RABBI IN PARADISE

Rabbi Richard Spiegel FormalI love being the rabbi of Temple Etz Chaim because it is a warm and welcoming congregation which truly embraces its members and all others who walk through our doors. We strive to be a home where every individual can satisfy his or her own spiritual, religious, educational, and social needs and all of us together can find a sense of community in good times and bad.

When I arrived in Thousand Oaks in August of 2000 to begin my tenure as rabbi of Temple Etz Chaim, it was in many ways a dream come true. Born and raised on the East Coast, having served as a rabbi in the Midwest and Southwest, it was always my desire to live in beautiful Southern California.

Residing here has been everything I had hoped for and more. Soon after my arrival, I met my “beshert” Linda, and we were married in front of a full congregation in June of 2003. Today, we are the proud parents of four wonderful grown children, two beautiful daughters-in-law and three adorable grand children.

I have become a “native” Californian in appreciating the glorious nature – the sunny days, the blue skies, the mountains, the ocean, the palm trees and so much more that makes life here so enjoyable. Oh, yes, I have also become a Dodgers fan, a Lakers fan, and a supporter of USC football and UCLA basketball.

I am very fortunate to be a rabbi with a marvelous congregation. If I were to ask for a better place to be a rabbi, I could not even imagine it. At Temple Etz Chaim, we look to our Jewish heritage to give us inspiration and guidance as we move forward to a rich and promising future.

Rabbi Richard Spiegel
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More about Rabbi Spiegel:

Rabbi Richard Spiegel was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Before coming to Temple Etz Chaim in June 2000, he served in synagogues in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Rabbi Spiegel has been an active participant and leader in the Rabbinical Assembly, the international body of conservative Rabbis, throughout his career. Most recently, he served as President of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and is a member of the Board of Jewish World Watch.

Rabbi Spiegel has inspired our membership with his love of Judaism and his warm and friendly manner. He is eager to reach out to members of all ages, from our youngest preschool students, to our most elderly seniors. His goal is to teach children and adults alike that our ancient Jewish heritage can be a vibrant and dynamic force in our 21st century lives.

Rabbi Search

Our congregation has begun the process of searching for and hiring a new rabbi. For information and updates on our process please visit our Rabbinic Search Information page.

Come meet our Rabbinic Candidates

 

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert will be with us between February 23 and 25.

 

Rabbi Nadav Caine with be with us between March 2 and 4.

 

 

Caring Connections and More

I Care, We Care, TEC Cares!

For more information and to be a part of Caring Connections visit our page.

Volunteer opportunity: The ALS Association is looking for volunteers to visit home-bound people with ALS once a week. Teens would be welcome. Please contact with Barbara Porush: 818-429-5686b[email protected]

Bereavement Support Group Open to the Community: Our Bereavement group will meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Al-Anon meets every Wednesday at TEC, 7:00-8:15PM. 

Be Involved - Click here for a calendar of upcoming events.

Refuah Shelamah Requests - Can't make it to shul for a friend or loved one in need of a prayer for healing?  Send in any name you would like read at services (Shabbat, minyan or other) and a dedicated Temple congregant will stand and read the name. Just email your request to refuah.[email protected] with the details of the individual in need of healing. It is that easy and simple!  Because No one should be without a voice. 

Chai Lights

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend-February 9th-11th-For more information and the schedule of events click here.

Parent and Me Classes - Wednesdays, 9:15 AM -10:30 AM. Storytime, art, music, Jewish traditions, crafts, and so much more.

Be The Change - USY Tzedakah campaign - Are you ready to be the change? Suggested donation of $5.

Summer Smash: Enroll Today! Space is Limited! 10% Discount if Enrolled by April 1st! See our Summer Smash Information Page for details. Don't miss it.

Argentenors Concert - There were lots of rehearsals, lots of email blasts, but it all came together when we saw our very own Hazzan Pablo Duek perform with his fellow Cantors at the Argentenors Concert! If you weren't able to attend, we've got your back. 

Celebrate Purim

Click here for ideas & inspiration

        

Jvillage, our website host and content provider, has constructed an informative guide filled with useful information, recipes and crafts.


 

Women of TEC Judaica Shop

Visit the Women of TEC Judaica Shop at Temple Etz Chaim! We carry a wide selection of Judaica gifts for every occasion. Visit the Women of TEC Judaica Shop web page for hours and featured items!

 

 

 

 

Infant Care Now Registering!

Infant Care Now Registering!

Now Offering Full-time Infant Care from 3 months on. 

Small caretaker - child ratio.
Full Time Monday to Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm.
Space fills up fast, plan ahead and reserve your spot! To schedule a tour please contact the pre-school office at (805) 497-6852 or email us at [email protected].

Registration Form

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Agoura Hills Hand Car Wash "Wash Bucks" Program

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