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A festival in the Israeli wilderness promoted love around the world, and I took a lot of photos there

Posted on April 23rd, 2017
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine 


Check out my cool photos of people camping, singing and being awesome together at the annual Rainbow Gathering last week.


At Rainbow Gatherings, massive crowds camp and celebrate together in the wilderness, a little like Burning Man. All is free (even food and water), and campers form communities overnight.

The first gathering was held in the U.S. in 1972, and these gatherings have since spread around the world. That's how I ended up at the Israeli Rainbow Gathering last week, where I took a lot of photos ...

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A Social-Justice Oriented Gap Year Program: Tzedek America

Posted on April 16th, 2017
From GrokNation


Mayim (Bialik) spoke with Emily Heaps, a participant in the premiere class of this new program


Mayim Bialik: What is Tzedek America?

Emily Heaps: Tzedek America is a social justice-oriented gap year program. All of us who are in TA just graduated high school; we are all eighteen or nineteen and we live together in a house with an RA (residence advisor) supervisor. We come from all across the US. We learn to take care of a house and cook and manage our finances, and for the year we are here, we choose to be part of a social justice-focused internship. Another part of the program is that we go on trips. We just went to Phoenix; we’re going to Guatemala soon* to do social impact work. And since TA is a Jewish gap year program, we do a lot of Jewish learning with different teachers and organizations; we go to different synagogues and spend time with different families to learn about how different Jews observe.

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Students At Toronto University Adopt Broad Definition Of Anti-Semitism

Posted on April 9th, 2017
By Marcy Oster for The Forward


The student union at Ryerson University in Toronto has voted to adopt a broad definition of anti-Semitism.

The definition adopted last week includes the denial of the Jewish right to self-determination, the application of double standards to the State of Israel, the comparison of contemporary Israeli policies to that of the Nazis, and the use of symbols or imagery associated with classic anti-Semitic tropes, according to Bnai Brith Canada.

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Twinned college radio shows get Israelis and Canadians on the same wavelength

Posted on April 2nd, 2017
BY DANA WACHTER for The Times of Israel


Through Radio Gesher, students at Western Ontario University and Sapir University in Sderot become on-air pen pals, sharing personal stories and pop culture


Maybe it’s a matter of the grass being greener on the other side, but university students in Canada and Israel seem to disagree on which country has the hotter guys.

In a recording from students at Sapir College in Sderot, one student radio host tells students from the University of Western Ontario that she visited Canada once, and she was struck by the beautiful men she saw in the grocery store.

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PBS Panel Discussion on BDS: University Students Indoctrinated to View Jews, Israelis as ‘Bad,’ Palestinians as ‘Victims’

Posted on March 26th, 2017
by Lea Speyer, the algemeiner.com


Identity politics are leading to the indoctrination of university students to view Jews and Israelis as “bad” and Palestinians as “victims,” a prominent American social psychologist warned on Monday.

Jonathan Haidt — professor of ethical leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business — made this assertion during a panel discussion on PBS‘ “Charlie Rose,” with guest moderator Dan Senor — co-author of Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle — and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.

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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.

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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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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 DachauThe TEC Choir performing Music from the Holocaust. Click here for the flyer.

Please join Women of TEC for Tea, Fashion Show and Fun - Sunday, April 23, 2017 one o’clock in the afternoon - Click here for the invite and click here for the RSVP.

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

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! 

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.

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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.

Counselor-inTraining opportunities available. Please contact Dena Feingold with any questions: [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.