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Family Learning

Temple Etz Chaim offers four on-going family education programs. Be sure to check our calendar for dates and other educational programming.

SELICHOT
HAVDALLAH AND HOT DOGS
B'NAI MITZVAH FAMILY EDUCATION
DINNER SEMINARS  

SELICHOT begins with a beautiful Havdalah Service on the Plaza led by Rabbi Spiegel and Hazzan Duek. Following a complimentary buffet dinner, we attend workshops that relate to and educate us about the upcoming High Holy Days. Following dessert, we join together in the Paskow Sanctuary to celebrate the first of the High Holy Days Services together. It is an inspiring evening, a highlight of our educational and religious programming.

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HAVDALLAH AND HOT DOGShavdallah-and-hotdogs-8 was conceived in 1997 as a special evening for families. Over 430 people, ranging in age from infants to grandparents, attended. This first time event offered a new experience for Temple families. Everyone enjoyed participating in a Havdallah service conducted in the sanctuary. Afterwards, a hot dog dinner was served. Families then had the opportunity to attend different workshops, including making Havdallah candles, Havdallah trays, and spice boxes. It was so successful that it has become an annual event. havdallah-and-hotdogs-6Each year, although the name “Havdallah and Hot Dogs” remains the same, the theme changes. Past year themes have included Passover, Tu B’Shevat, Shabbat, Purim, Israel, and Shalom. Over the past several years, at least one project has been a community-wide one: as a Temple family, we have created a mural of Jerusalem which hangs in the Ner Tamid Education Center, a chupa made of individual squares decorated by Temple families and havdallah-and-hotdogs-1used at Religious School Family Services and a Shalom mosaic that will also hang in the Ner Tamid Education Center.  Experiences such as “Havdallah and Hot Dogs” bring new meaning to the word ruach (spirit) in our Temple and remain in the hearts and minds of those in attendance.

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B'NAI MITZVAH FAMILY EDUCATION brings students and parents together to increase their knowledge and awareness of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience. The program consists of three sessions during which students and parents attend workshops and/or services taught by teachers and clergy. Workshop topics include the role of G-d in our lives, the rhythm of the Jewish life cycle, the origins of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony, the symbolic meaning of ritual objects, the power and wisdom of the Torah, the meaning and essence of prayers in the Shabbat morning service, the behavioral responsibility of a young Jewish adult entering the Jewish community, and how to make your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah special and meaningful. Developed by the Director of Religious School Education in response to a recommendation from Bureau of Jewish Education accrediting team, the program has been well received by B’nai Mitzvah families and provides a comfortable connection between the home and synagogue.

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DINNER SEMINARS continue to inspire our students, parents and congregants. Since 1995 as part of the Confirmation Program, guest speakers have been featured at dinner seminars to bring current issues to the attention of students, their parents and members of the congregation. Seminars have included such topics as Bioethics, Judaism and the media, Beit T’shuvah, Jews for Judaism, Stand with Us, and SOVA.

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Rabbi Search

Our congregation has begun the process of searching for and hiring a new rabbi. For information and updates on our process please visit here or click on the picture.

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

Is Facebook Ruining our Democracy. Join us at this month's Men's Club Brunch Speaker Series for an eye opening talk on the impact of Social Media on the future of our electoral system by Jose Marichal Ph.D. Professor of Political Science at California Lutheran University. Sunday November 12, 10:30 AM in the Social Hall. $10 per person. $8 for Men's Club members.

TEC Book Club - Join us to read and discuss "The REplacement Life"  - Tuesday November 21st. 7 P.M in the Scherr Conference Room. For more information contact Liz Groden at [email protected]

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.

                  

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!

 

 

 

 

Religious School 2017-2018

Open House

    Sunday October 22 - Grades TK, K, 1,2
    Tuesday, October 24 - Grades 3-7
    Wednesday, October 25 - Grades 3-7

Mitzvah Day

    Sunday, November 5

 

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].

Registration Form

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Agoura Hills Hand Car Wash "Wash Bucks" Program

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