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Tikkun Olam and Social Action

In three respects are acts of kindness superior to charity:

      Charity can be done only with one’s money,
            but acts of kindness can be done with one’s body and one’s money.

      Charity can be given only to the poor,
            acts of kindness both to the rich and the poor.

      Charity can be given to the living only,
            acts of kindness can be done both to the living and to the dead
.”

(Sukkah 49b).

 

TEC Social Action

As human beings and as Jews, we want to leave our world a better place than we entered it. The concept of tikkun olam (repairing of the world) is strongly rooted in our Jewish tradition. As a result, the members of Temple Etz Chaim reach out locally and globally to help ensure that future generations can enjoy the same or even better conditions than we enjoy today.

The members of Temple Etz Chaim have been busy, and we hope you will join us in one of our ongoing annual projects or one of our special projects. Or, if you have a project you’d like to make happen, please let us know so that we can help to get your project off the ground, or give it the support it deserves: email us at [email protected]. Follow the links below to learn more about our outreach programs and how you can become involved.

For TEC Members: remember that in 5777 we are asking all members to commit to at least 4 hours of Social Action for the year. By taking the time to support just one event, you can make that commitment. Or, you can do it in bits and pieces. Remember, this commitment works out to just 20 minutes per month, or a coffee break a month. Help us meet our congregation-wide goal of doubling our Temple’s overall involvement in the community this year!

Ongoing Projects

  • Feeding the Homeless
  • Westminster Free Clinic
  • Tzedakah
  • TEC Community Garden and Bird Sanctuary.  Help support the garden by donating a bench, picnic table, or tile! Please let Michael Lysobey know if you are interested in volunteering - [email protected]
  • Writing letters to our troops

Special Events

  • Special Events are sponsored from time-to-time. None are schedule right now.

Annual Events

  • Walk to End Genocide
  • Relay For Life
  • Mitzvah Day
  • Blood Drive
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Backpack Project

"Do all you can
with what you have
in the time you have
in the place you are."
Nkosi Johnson, 2000

For more information about what you can do, see our Suggested List of Social Action Projects. You may also check SocialAction.com, an Online Jewish Resource for Repairing the World.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

High Holidays - 2017/5778

High Holidays 2017/5778 Services Schedule -Rosh Hashanah September 21-22, Yom Kippur September 29-30 - Click here for the 2017 services schedule.

Sign Up to Attend High Holidays Services - Please let us know which services you'll be attending in order to help us assign honors by completing our High Holiday Services Attendance Form 

Reserve Your Tickets and Seats - Can pay by cash or credit card - Click here for the ticket and seating reservation form.

Special Programming for Children and Teens:

Children Can Participate in Our Beautiful Neilah Service - Join us on September 30 at 7:00 p.m. sharp in the Chapel. - Click here for the registration form due by September 25, 2017.

High Holiday Children's Services - Great for families who love holiday songs and storytelling! Join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 2:30 p.m. - Click here for the schedule

High Holiday Childcare for Children up to 5 Years - Free for Temple Members, $25/day for Non-members, Return form to the office no later than September 1, 2017 - Click here for the form.

High Holiday Experience For Children in TK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades - A creative service with hands-on fun! Begins at 9:00 a.m. - Click here for the flyer.

Junior Congregation For Children in 5th, 6th, and 7th Grades - Join in leading a meaningful service in the Winer Chapel. For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, meet in Wolfson at 10:45 a.m. - Click here for the flyer.

This Yom Kippur Sicha is LAVA!! Don’t get burned by the choices you made in the past! Join us on September 30th, from 12pm-1pm for a fun and interactive program about how to be our better selves this year. For 8-12th graders only. Click here for the flyer.

Tashlich Walk with USY - USY Tashlich Walk at Temple Etz Chaim. Meet us on September 21st in the Religious School rotunda at 11:30 a.m. sharp.  Click here for the flyer.

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. 

Community Outreach/Caring Connection presents New support group forming at TEC: Caregiver Support Group - May 15th,11:00am ALL TOPICS ENCOURAGED (dementia, behaviors, finances, Alzheimer, aging, etc.) Hear, share,learn, discuss, resolve issues in caring for loved ones. Click here for the flyer - Open to the community.

Chai Lights

Rabbinic Seach Frequently Asked Questions - Our congregation has begun the process of searching for and hiring a new rabbi. The Rabbinic Search Committee (RSC) recognizes that you will have various questions regarding the search, so we thought we would try to anticipate some of them and do our best to provide answers. Please read our Rabbinic Search Frequently Asked Questions.

Saturday September 16th dinner and Selichot Services- Join us for Havdallah, a light dinner, the screning of "The Women's Balcony" followed by a coffee and cake and the late night Selichot service. More information.

Operation Isaiah Canned Food Drive - Donate cans of food to the hungry! September 18 - September 30, 2017

September 29th is the last day to RSVP for "Dinner in the Sukkah" More information and form

Annual Sukkah Building October 1st 9 am- Join the Men's Club in the annual tradition of building and decorating our sukkah, it's a great way to spend a Sunday while the kids are at Religious School. No esperience necessary. More information.

Sukkot Dinner December 6, 6 pm - Remember to RSVP by September 29th.

RSVP for Say Shalom "Celebrate Life" Dinner by October 11  ​- "Celebrate Life' Shabbat onwill begin with a Say Shalom complimentary dinner for all at 6:00pm. Please RSVP by October 11

Guess Who's Comming to Shabbas. October 13 - This is Temple Etz Chaim’s new program where congregants host a Shabbat dinner in their homes and invite 1-2 other synagogue families to attend. Thus far, 86 Etz Chaim families have participated! If you’d like to host a dinner, if you’d like to be invited to attend a dinner, or if you have questions, just contact us at [email protected]. Our goal is to have every Temple family invited for an at-home Shabbat dinner over the next year. Doesn’t everyone enjoy celebrating Shabbat over a good meal at home with family and friends?

Say Shalom Dinner: Celebrate Life and Community in the New Year Friday, October 20 6:00 pm ~ Social Hall - Click here for the flyer.

TEC Book Club - Join us to read and discuss a selection of great books - August-November 2017 upcoming schedule

The First Great Challa Bake -Wednesday, November 8th RSVP by October 27. 7:00 pm -9:00 pm Click here for the flyer.

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

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

                  

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!

 

 

 

 

Religious School 2017-2018

First Day Religious School Grades 3-7

Tuesday, September 5th and 6th are the First Days of Religious School Grades 3-7

First Day Class Grades TK,K,1,2

Sunday, September 10 is the first day of Religious School for Grades TK-2

First Day Confirmation Grades 8-12
Monday, September 11th 6:30pm

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

Find out here how you can help support TEC every time you wash your car or shop at Agoura Hills Hand Car Wash.

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