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As human beings and as Jews, we want to leave our world a better place than we entered it. The concept of tikkun olam, repairing of the world, is strongly rooted in our Jewish tradition. We as members of Temple Etz Chaim practice this by reaching out locally and globally to help ensure that future generations can enjoy the same or even better conditions than we enjoy today.

The members of Temple Etz Chaim are active in many ongoing projects listed below.  We also organize special projects based on community need and member interest. We invite you to join us in one of our ongoing or special projects.  We welcome your ideas for projects - if you have a project you’d like to make happen, please let us know so we can help get your project off the ground and give it the support it deserves. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are part of a community of doers.  We ask all members to commit to 4 hours of Social Action each year. By taking the time to support or participate in just one event, you can make a difference in our tikkun olam efforts. Or, you can do it in bits and pieces. Remember, this commitment works out to just 20 minutes per month. Plus, it’s a great way to meet fellow congregants.  Help us meet our congregation-wide goal of increasing our overall involvement in the community!

To learn more about the below Social Action and Interfaith Interaction programs, share your ideas and join in, please attend our Social Action / Interfaith Interaction monthly meetings starting in January 2019.  Check back for dates.

Response to November Fires

A fund has been set up by the Ventura County Community Foundation to assist families impacted by the November fires. For more information and to donate, visit https://vccf.org/donate/hill-fire-and-woolsey-fire-sudden-and-urgent-needs-effort/.

The Shalom Institute / Camp JCA Shalom have provided Jewish camping experiences and meaningful adult retreats to our community for decades. The campus was significantly damaged in the recent November fires. To contribute to the rebuilding efforts, visit  https://shalominstitute.com/wildfire/relief-fund/.

Borderline Response and Support

A fund has been set up by the Ventura County Community Foundation to assist families impacted by the Borderline shootings. For more information, visit https://vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation/.

Ongoing Projects

  • Feeding the Needy - Members of TEC participate with Calvary Church in feeding those less fortune or struggling one day a month.  For more information and to volunteer please contact Lynne Katz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • TEC Community Garden and Bird Sanctuary - Did you know there’s a community garden and bird sanctuary behind the temple building? Help support the garden by participating in gardening and landscape work during posted work times, or contact us to arrange a work time.  There is also the opportunity to donate a bench or picnic table!  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in volunteering or want more information.

Annual Events

  • Walk to End Genocide - The 2019 Conejo Valley Walk to End Genocide is Sunday, April 7, 2019. The Walk to End Genocide is a community event that brings together advocates of all ages and backgrounds in one united voice to say: “we will not stand idly by while genocide and mass atrocities occur.” The Walk increases awareness of current ongoing atrocities and raises funds for Jewish World Watch to continue its work educating, advocating, and supporting projects in conflict-affected communities.  Check back soon for registration information. For more information see https://www.jww.org/take-action/events/walk/
  • Mitzvah Day - First Sunday in November
  • Blood Drive - First Sunday in November

Interfaith Interactions

  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner - Join us in our annual tradition of sharing erev Thanksgiving with our neighbors across the parking lot, the Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks. This year Thanksgiving Interfaith Service is Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Temple Etz Chaim sanctuary.

  • The Interfaith Interaction Committee is actively preparing to roll out two new programs:
    • Visitor Welcome Team to guide those of other faiths visiting Shabbat services.
    • Mock Seder Team to provide mock Seders to other faiths in our community at their places of worship.

Upcoming Events

    November

    22

    Thursday
  • Thu. 22 Nov (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

  • November

    23

    Friday
  • Fri. 23 Nov (9:15 am - 10:30 am) Friday: Shabbat with Bobbie - 9:15 - 10:30. All ages. Challah baking, songs, outside time, art and music. Taught by our Music Teacher Miss Bobbie. Please contact Nikki Lelie, Parent and Me Coordinator

  • November

    23

    Friday
  • Fri. 23 Nov (7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

  • November

    24

    Saturday
  • Sat. 24 Nov (10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

  • November

    25

    Sunday
  • Sun. 25 Nov (8:30 am - 9:15 am)

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