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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

Save the Dates!

The Rabbinic Search Committee is happy to announce two candidates are visiting on the following dates:

Rabbi Ben Herman

Friday, October 26 - Sunday October 28, 2018

Rabbi Ari Averbach

Friday November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

For more information, please visit the Rabbinic Search Information page.

Caring Connections and More

I Care, We Care, TEC Cares!

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

Bereavement Support Group: meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Al-Anon in the Adult Lounge every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00PM.

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. 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

Preschool

Register for Preschool

Click here for a schedule of feesinformation form, and registration form.

Click here to view the ECE page on the website.

Parent and Me Classes

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

Infant Care Now Registering!

Click here for infant care registration form.

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].

See's Candy Fundraiser

Support Temple Etz Chaim Preschool through our See's Candy Fundraiser! See flyer below.

Shop with Scrip Gift Cards and Support Temple Etz Chaim

Purchase gift cards to your favorite outlets and help support Temple Etz Chaim.

Please e-mail Shari Mark at [email protected] or call Jessica Jacoby at the front office at 805-497-6891.

Register for Religious School

Register your son or daughter for Religious School here!

Currently registering for grades TK-12.

Mitzvah Day 2018

Please flyer here for our Religious School Mitzvah Day project.

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When you search and shop with GoodSearch, you help Temple Etz Chaim earn money. How? Good Search is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its renveue to the charities and schools designated by its users.

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