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Millennial ‘Gatherings’ Bridge Cultural Gaps

Posted on July 16th, 2017
BY AMY SARA CLARK for The Jewish Week


Shabbat pilot program’s DIY vibe speaks to generation’s instincts.


When Ronit Levin Delgado signed up to host a Shabbat dinner that would bring together a cross-cultural group of millennials, she planned to keep it small. Living in a one-bedroom Prospect Lefferts Gardens apartment that realtors would call “cozy,” she figured she could accommodate at most 10 people.

But, being a typical Israeli, when people began asking if they could bring a friend — or two — she couldn’t say no. When the guest list hit 15, the multimedia artist got creative, giving the dinner a picnic theme, and painting several large forest-scapes to set the scene.

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The secret to creating pro-Israel youth is spelled AEPi

Posted on July 9th, 2017
Dr Mitchell Bard for The Times of Israel    


Hardly a day passes without an article appearing about the situation on college campuses, with the overwhelming majority claiming the campuses are awash in anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitism. Some hysterics have gone so far as to make the irresponsible claim that Jewish students are in danger. Along with these concerns, commentators lament the ignorance of young Jews, their apathy and reluctance to stand up for Israel. Everyone is looking for the silver bullet to energize Jewish students to become pro-Israel activists whose love for Israel is infectious, who have the knowledge to discuss Israel with their classmates, and who have the courage to stand up to the campus bullies. Well, I had to learn Greek, but I have found the silver bullet — Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi). According to pollster Frank Luntz, “no one has had a greater impact and instilled greater confidence among college Jews than AEPi.”

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A matchmaker's guide to starting a long-term relationship

Posted on July 2nd, 2017
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine 


A few tips can save you years of frustration.


Dating advice is often centered around meeting new, attractive people and getting them to go out with you. That's all well and good, but what if you're looking for something long-term? You might need to think about more than where to find women (everywhere) and how to take a headshot for your online dating profile.

Chaya Weisberg, a matchmaker living in Jerusalem, has thought a lot about this stuff, and she has advice for everyone who never wants to look at Tinder again.

Notice how they treat their families

 

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Get paid to play video games? Yes, please!

Posted on June 25th, 2017
by Meg C. Hall for FromtheGrapevine 


As spectator interest grows in the eSports arena, so do players’ paychecks.


If your parents told you that playing video games was a waste of time and money, start planning your “I told you so” speech right now, because professional video gaming is on the rise.

Competitive gaming, also known as eSports, is taking its place alongside traditional athletic events, and many anticipate it becoming the most popular spectator sport of the 21st century. More than 70 million people regularly stream eSports tournaments every year.

Championships are happening all across the globe. For example, last month, Israel hosted its first national video game championship. Called GameIn Pro, it drew a crowd of nearly 10,000 gamers and fans to the coastal Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv for two days of on-screen punches, sword slashes, magic potions and epic brawls.

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Alan Dershowitz: Harvard Was Wrong To Rescind Student Admissions Over Facebook Messages

Posted on June 18th, 2017
BY JTA


Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said the university was wrong to rescind the admissions of several students who posted offensive messages on a private Facebook group.

The messages reportedly mocked the Holocaust, sexual assault and domestic terrorism, among other topics.

“Punishing students academically for their political views or their personal values is a serious mistake,” Dershowitz, who had not seen the messages before he was interviewed, told the Boston Globe.  “These actions are not consistent with the spirit of the First Amendment.”

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

High Holidays - 2017/5578

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

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.

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. 

Tailgate Shabbat for Religious School Families - August 18th at 5:30 p.m. on Warren Lawn - Complementary dinner, bring your own blanket, reservations required! - Reserve your spot with this flyer.

Havdallah and Hike With TEC USY! August 26 from 5:30pm-7:30pm *Please bring a parve or dairy meal Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks 928 W. Avenida de los Arboles Thousand Oaks, Ca 91361 Havdallah services led by Hazzan Pablo and you! 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.

Join TEC USY for Disney Day 2017 ● September 3 at 7:30 am to 12:00 am - Click here for the flyer.

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

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

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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

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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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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Earn Funds for TEC

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.

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.