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What’s the Secret to Living Into Your 90s?

Posted on May 21st, 2017
By Jonathan Zalman for Tablet Magazine 


We’ll find in out HBO’s upcoming documentary, ‘If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast’


Initially I felt two things when I watch the new trailer for HBO’s upcoming documentary, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” which features some well known Jewish entertainers are asked (by Carl Reiner) to answer the question: What’s the secret to living into your ’90s? I felt a mixture of sadness and love for relatives and friends I’ve lost throughout my life, then an undeniable appreciation for the numerous stars featured in the doc who remain, well, inspirations. We’re talking: Reiner, Mel Brooks, Betty White, Stan Lee, Dick Van Dyke, Tony Bennett, Kirk Douglas (the oldest, at 100), Fyvush Finkel, composer Irving Fields (who died in 2016 at the age of 101), actress Patricia Morison, and Jerry Seinfeld who, though he isn’t even close to 90, has “already reserved the stage at Caesar’s Palace for his 100th birthday show,” which just makes so much sense.

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Five Key Ingredients for Maximizing Impact in Young Adult Engagement

Posted on May 14th, 2017
By David Cygielman on eJewishPhilanthropy


For the past 10 years, Moishe House has discovered a great deal from young adults in their 20s as they create the most vibrant and meaningful Jewish communities. We have learned from Moishe House staff, residents, participants, and from digging into the findings of our external evaluations.

The landscape itself looks quite different today than it did in 2006 when the first Moishe House opened. We continue to adapt our strategy over the years to meet the needs and demands of Millennials across six continents and will continue to evolve as the program grows. That said, we consistently come back to five key ingredients that we find absolutely crucial in maximizing the impact of young adult engagement: Peer-to-Peer Engagement; Frequency of Attendance; Depth of Content and Variety of Jewish Programming; Specific Age Range; and Vetted Leaders.

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In Defense of Israel

Posted on May 7th, 2017

by: Spencer Schwartz for Fresh Ink for Teens


I feared speaking out against anti-Israel propaganda, then something within me changed.


Born and raised a strong Zionist in a monochromatic Jewish world, I attended the Solomon Schechter Day School through eighth grade, and I always knew I loved Israel. I never knew why I loved Israel and that was because I didn’t have to explain. I never faced opposition to my passion for my culture and never encountered friends who were not excited for Yom Ha’Atzmaut. To put it simply, I never had to defend Israel, so I never knew it required defending.

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WATCH: A satellite built by Israeli students launched into space

Posted on May 1st, 2017
Translated and edited by N. Elias for YnetNews


The hard work of more than 80 students from Ofakim, Yeruham, Ofra, Hura and Herzliya on the development of a small satellite dubbed Duchifat 2 comes to fruition as it is launched toward the International Space Station.


After a delay of about a month, the tiny Israeli Duchifat 2 satellite was launched Wednesday evening from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite, a project of the Israeli Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and the Herzliya Municipality, was launched on the Atlas 5 launcher to the International Space Station.

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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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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. 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00am
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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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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!

 

 

 

 

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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.