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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

Save the Dates!

The Rabbinic Search Committee is happy to announce two candidates are visiting on the following dates:

Rabbi Ben Herman

Friday, October 26 - Sunday October 28, 2018

Rabbi Ari Averbach

Friday November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

For more information, please visit the Rabbinic Search Information page.

Caring Connections and More

I Care, We Care, TEC Cares!

For more information and to be a part of Caring Connections visit our page.

Bereavement Support Group: meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Al-Anon in the Adult Lounge every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00PM.

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. 

 

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Sponsor Friday Night Oneg and Saturday Morning Kiddush

Sponsor Oneg and Kiddush

If you'd like to sponsor Oneg and Kiddush, please fill out the form and return it to the front office. Follow the instructions on the form for payment.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Preschool

Register for Preschool

Click here for a schedule of feesinformation form, and registration form.

Click here to view the ECE page on the website.

Parent and Me Classes

Wednesdays, 9:15 AM -10:30 AM. Storytime, art, music, Jewish traditions, crafts, and so much more.

Infant Care Now Registering!

Click here for infant care registration form.

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].

See's Candy Fundraiser

Support Temple Etz Chaim Preschool through our See's Candy Fundraiser! See flyer below.

Shop with Scrip Gift Cards and Support Temple Etz Chaim

Purchase gift cards to your favorite outlets and help support Temple Etz Chaim.

Please e-mail Shari Mark at [email protected] or call Jessica Jacoby at the front office at 805-497-6891.

Register for Religious School

Register your son or daughter for Religious School here!

Currently registering for grades TK-12.

Mitzvah Day 2018

Please flyer here for our Religious School Mitzvah Day project.

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