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28 Iyar, Which is May 24 This Year, Marks Two Significant Events

Posted on May 21st, 2017

Memorial Day for Ethiopian Jews who Perished on their Way to Israel 


The 28th of Iyar is marked by the Israeli Ethiopian community as the memorial day for those who perished on their way to Israel. 

A mass immigration of Ethiopian Jews ("Beta Israel") took place in the years 1980 – 1984, from their villages in the area of Gundar and through Sudan. Many of them, who dreamt for many years of making Aliyah to Israel, managed to flee Ethiopia and arrive at the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, where they waited in provisional camps to make Aliyah. The passage through Sudan was made possible by an unspoken agreement, only known to a few senior officials in Sudan. Agents of the Mossad awaited the immigrants at the Sudanese border and instructed them to hide their Jewish identity. 

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Jerusalem Day  - A Historical Introduction


Jerusalem was divided during the War of Independence and nineteen years later was reunited as a result of the 6-Day War.
The battle of Jerusalem began on the morning of June 5, 1967 when the Jordanians opened fire along the entire cease-fire line. By that afternoon the Jordanians occupied the Governor's Palace.

The Central Command of the Israeli Army, under the command of General Uzi Narkiss, moved the "Har'el" brigade to the Jerusalem front. This force tore through the enemy positions of "Har Adar" and "Abdul Aziz" and conquered "Nebi Samuel".

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Shiva: What You Need to Know

Posted on May 14th, 2017
Staff myjewishlearning.com 


Questions and answers about traditions for the seven-day Jewish mourning period.


What is shiva?
Shiva is a period of mourning that generally lasts seven days, starting when the mourners return home from the funeral. During shiva, a mourner traditionally stays at home or at the home of the deceased or the deceased’s other mourners, wears torn clothing or a torn black ribbon pinned to one’s clothes (a practice known as kriah) and doesn’t go to work or school. More details about kriah and other mourning practices can be found here

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The Omer Sacrifice

Posted on May 7th, 2017
BeingJewish.com


A Non-Animal Sacrifice


Most people know that in the Holy Temple we brought animal sacrifices. What many people do not know is that many of the sacrifices were not from animals at all! A great many of them were from agricultural produce. The Omer Sacrifice was one such offering.

The Omer Sacrifice was brought not from animals, but from barley.

The Torah commands us to bring, on the second day of Passover, the Omer Offering. Let us first discuss some of the meanings behind the Commandment, and then, Gop willing, we will discuss how it was actually done.


The Meaning of the Omer

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Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut - Israeli Memorial Day & Independence Day

Posted on April 30th, 2017

From ReformJudaism.org


Since the establishment of the State of Israel, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar - Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). In Israel, these holidays are observed as national holidays.

 


The Israeli Knesset established the day before Yom HaAtzmaut as Yom HaZikaron, a Memorial Day for soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the War of Independence and in other subsequent battles.


Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, marks the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on or near the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls in April, sometimes May.


Read more about the history, customs, an Israeli perspective and how to make this holiday a sacred day.

 

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Last Day of Passover in the United States

Posted on April 16th, 2017
From TimeandDate.com


What Do People Do?

Passover lasts for up to eight days (or seven days among Reform Jewish groups). There are many Jewish people who adhere to most of the Sabbath observances during the last day of Passover. Some may take a holiday around this time of the year. It is also a time for Jewish people to recite special blessings or prayers, as well as visit a synagogue or listen to readings from the Torah and eat a ceremonial meal.
Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs (recalling the harsh life of slavery).

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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.

Shavuot

Shavuot - May 30th and June 1st

Tikkun Leil Shavuot - Tuesday, May 30th, Chapel - The Six Day War Then & Now: Reflections on a Great Military Victory ~ 50 Years Later ~ A Special Night of Torah Study ~ Repairing the World One Letter of Torah at a Time. 

Shavuot Schedule of Services - Click here for the Shavuot Schedule of Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 7:30pm
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

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Religious School Programs available for Transitional Kindergarten through 12th Grade. For more information, contact the Religious School office at (805) 494-8174 or [email protected].

Temple Etz Chaim’s Thursday Night Bingo - Doors Open 4:00 PM Games Start 6:15 PM. All Games, Including Early Birds, Pay $250. Click here for more information.

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. Click here for the flyer.

Machar - May21st, 11:30am $10 per person, RSVP by:5/18 [email protected] 805-494-3648. Click here for the flyer.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot - Tuesday, May 30th, Chapel - The Six Day War Then & Now: Reflections on a Great Military Victory50 Years Later ~ A Special Night of Torah Study ~ Repairing the World One Letter of Torah at a Time. 

Shavuot Schedule of Services - Click here for the Shavuot Schedule of Services.

Special "In Gratitude" Say Shalom - Friday, June 2nd - 6:00 pm ~ Social Hall - Join us for a casual and complimentary Shabbat dinner. Click here for the flyer.

Reflections on March of the Living - Friday, June 2nd - 7:30 p.m. ~ Sanctuary -Hear from three TEC high school seniors who recently visited Poland and Israel. Click here for the flyer.

Summer FEST - June 4th - 11:30 AM Bring a guest, everyone is welcome! Water slides, games, music, arts & crafts, food and more! Click here for the flyer.

USY/SATO Bake Sale - Sunday, June 4th - 11:30AM - 12:30 PM - Everything is just one dollar!

Jeffrey Finn Steak, Cigars, Scotch and Talmud Program - June 7th, 7:00 PM. Click here for the flyer.

2017 Babe Dunaier Women of Valor Recipient - MYRNA STELMANJoin Women of TEC for our Presentation and Awards Luncheon, Sunday, June 11th, 11:30 A.MClick here for the flyer.

TEC USY Board installation and party is coming up on June 11th! Click here for the flyer. 

Shabbat Under the Stars -June 9th to August 18th, 7 p.m. ~ Warren Lawn - TEC's favorite summer tradition is back. Don't miss this beautiful, outdoor service. Click here for the flyer. 

Stephen Tobolowsky at TEC - TEC Men’s Club Sunday Brunch June 25, 2017 10:30 am to 12:30 pm $10/person $8/MC member. Click here for the flyer. 

Preschool Summer Camp - Registration is now open for a summer of fun! Click here for the list of activities. 10 week program - June 19th - August 25th. Click here for the calendar and registration package

Camp Conejo Creek - It's time to start thinking about summer - Join us here from June 19th - August 11th. We have a lot of speciality programming - come for one week or stay for the summer! 

USY - Fun, exciting, meaningful, immersive Jewish experiences for teens grades 7-12. Click here for the flyer.

Camp Conejo Creek

Spend your summer at Camp Conejo Creek! Join us here at TEC June 19th - August 11th

Camp Conejo Creek will provide your children with a fun and engaging summer Jewish day camp experience. Activities include mixed media arts, theater performance, cooking, sports and recreation, science and magic, along with local field trips and theme days – your camper decides on the programming they want to do for the summer! We incorporate Jewish values into our programming and celebrate Shabbat every Friday as a camp. Come for the week or stay for the summer. Camp Conejo Creek is open to everyone! 1-week sessions with the choice of 2, 3 or 5 days a week. Early and late care available.

Click here for Camp Conejo Creek Information and Forms:

Activity Calendar
About Camp Conejo Creek and Workshop/Enrichment Schedule
Registration Form - 2/days a week (T/Th) 

Registration Form - 3/days a week (M,W,F)

Registration Form - 5/days a week (M-F)

 

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TEC Trip to Spain

Rabbi Richard Spiegel of Temple Etz Chaim took a group of Temple members to Spain for a Jewish heritage tour of Spain. The group traveled to Madrid, Barcelona, Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla, Girona, and Toledo to see remnants of a once vibrant Jewish community that existed in Spain during the middle ages.