Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Who Cares About a Matchmaker, Anyway?
By Ephraim Kanarfogel for Tablet Magazine
Opposing rabbinic conceptions of marriage and matchmaking in Ashkenaz and Sepharad
Recent studies have traced the parameters of matchmaking in medieval European Jewish society, seeking as well to identify attitudes toward marriage more broadly in both the northern and southern regions (Ashkenaz and Sepharad). Based on the many texts that have been published or are still in manuscript, it is possible to propose an overarching theory that accounts for differences between the two regions, encompassing both those that have been noted heretofore and others that have not yet received attention.
The Jew Who Changed Football Forever
Gil Troy for The Daily Best
There would have been no Tom Brady or Johnny Unitas if it hadn’t been for one determined son of Orthodox Jews from Cleveland, Ohio.
Originally, football was all scrimmage in a no-pass zone, with rules and machismo sensibilities dismissing passing as wimpy. The game was a grinding ground war, a smash-up derby for big galoots, with occasional breakaway survivors fleeing the pack.
The revolutionary who gave football an air war, who freed it from being all-Blitz-all-the-time, the disruptor who spawned the Hail Mary Pass and the Bomb, Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas, John Elway and Tom Brady, was a now-forgotten all-American with the body of a Greek God but the name of a Jewish accountant: Benny Friedman.
Archaeologists uncover secrets near Israel's Dead Sea
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine
Discover the area's largest archaeological dig in the last half-century.
Currently, researchers are excavating Tzeelim Canyon, an area near Israel's Dead Sea. These archaeologists, who consist of Israeli and foreign volunteers, are searching for ancient artifacts hidden in the cave.
They're hoping to find 2,000-year-old writings and other objects in a spot that yielded abundant archaeological wealth in the past, and the project looks something like this:
Five Seder Traditions From Around the Globe to Spice Up Your Own
By MaNishtana for Tablet Magazine
Five Seder Traditions From Around the Globe to Spice Up Your Own
Jews are not monolithic, and nowhere is that clearer than when it comes to one of Judaism’s oldest rituals
My Jews, the seder is nigh upon us. Clocking in at over 1,500 years, it is not only among the most universally practiced Jewish rituals, it is also currently the oldest continuously practiced ritual service on the planet. True story.
With a resume like that, the seder was bound to have picked up a few tricks and variants over the centuries, something a little bit more robust than you generally see in your standard Haggadah from Artscroll–or, if you’re from a truly venerable Jewish family, Maxwell House–and something a little more nuanced than the Ashkenaz/Sephardic binary of kitniyot/non-kitniyot, Slivovitz/Arak, and salt/actual seasonings besides salt.
Here are five seder traditions swiped from across the globe to possibly liven up your own:
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Revelio! Hogwarts Haggadah Ready — Just In Time For Passover
By Shira Hanau for The Forward
A new addition to the Harry Potter saga is about to hit the shelves — this time in the form of a Haggadah.
Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg of Queens, New York is set to release his “Unofficial Hogwarts Haggadah” within the next two weeks.
“The entire Harry Potter series, and each book, contains many of the key elements and lessons of the Exodus story,” says Rosenberg. “Uplifting the downtrodden, sharing our current wealth and prosperity with others, education” and the list goes on. “The enthusiasm for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ really assured me that there’s still an enormous appetite out there for Harry Potter.”
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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.
Camp Ramah Family Camp
Camp Ramah Family Camp for TEC families - May 19th - 21st.
Temple Etz Chaim Preschool: Camp Ramah invites you to Family Camp For families with children 8 and under Come spend the weekend in beautiful Ojai at Camp Ramah Questions? See Debbie Blumenthal at Etz Chaim or call Lisa Cooper, Rosh Family Camp, at Camp Ramah: 310.210.7654
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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.
Yom HaShoah Observance - Friday Night Services April 21st at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary - Featuring special guest speaker James Bachner, Holocaust survivor & author of My Darkest Years: Memoirs of a Survivor of Auschwitz, Warsaw and Dachau. The TEC Choir performing Music from the Holocaust. Click here for the flyer.
Join TEC USY in “Feeding the Hungry” April 25, 2017 at 6 PM - Calvary Church - RSVP and flyer.
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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.
USY/SATO Bake Sale - Sunday, June 4th - 11:30AM - 12:30 PM - Everything is just one dollar!
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.
TEC USY is leading Shabbat on March 31st. Click here for the flyer. TEC USY is serving dinner and are hosting Oneg. If you would like to sign up and help us lead services please call (805)494-3648 or email [email protected].
Camp Ramah Family Camp for TEC families - Click here for the flyer. May 19th - 21st.
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.
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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].
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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.