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TEC Men's Club Engaging Men in Jewish Life Through Leadership, Innovation and Community

The mission of Temple Etz Chaim Men’s Club is to engage men in Jewish life by rooting them in our temple community and creating an environment of fellowship and belonging. These carefully chosen words summarize what Men’s Club is about, but as Men’s Club president I’d like to clarify what they mean. First, we are open to all temple members, including Jews by birth or choice, and non-Jewish members who are curious about temple life and interested in becoming a part of us. In addition, we are also open to members of the community who may be interested in Jewish Fellowship, but not quite ready to join our Temple Family. 

Next, note the phrase “rooting in our temple community.” We strive to make our members feel that they are part of something valuable and important, and to care about what happens to our temple. Men’s Club is not organizationally separate from Temple Etz Chaim; it is part of the synagogue and committed to its well-being and future. Our brunches are open to the entire temple. Our Sukkah building is a service we provide to TEC as a whole. We look for ways to partner with Women of TEC and to provide service to the pre-school and religious school. We usher at Shabbat and High Holiday services and sponsor a Scholar in Residence weekend, benefiting the entire congregation. Finally, Men’s Club is an opportunity to form friendships and make its members feel a sense of belonging. This is likely our most important goal, as it forms the foundation for everything else.

Our general membership meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:00 p.m., usually in the adult lounge. This year, we are implementing a wide range of new and innovative programs based upon a many initiatives developed by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. Some of these involve discussion groups for men, others involve activities geared at improving men’s health, while still others are social in nature including scotch tastings, wine tastings, and poker nights. In addition to these monthly meetings, we sponsor a variety of social events and contribute to religious services and other temple functions.

There are so many demands on everyone’s time. Men’s Club is a priority for me because of the friends I have made, the community it provides, and the chance to contribute to our temple. But these opportunities are available to everyone. There are different ways to get involved, some needing more time than others, some asking you to be in a certain place at a certain time and others not. There is definitely a place for you.

Please watch for publicity regarding our events in the temple bulletin, Men’s Club broadcast emails, and e-vites. In this electronic age, it is vitally important that we have your e-mail address on file; if you are unsure, please contact our membership chair, Marc Cohn by email at [email protected]. The Men’s Club board is interested in ensuring that we meet our members’ needs. Please feel free to contact me or any of the other fine gentlemen wearing the Men’s Club red kippot if you have a question or concern. Thank you for reading this and I hope to see you at Men’s Club.

 

Shanah Tovah Umetokah,


Mark Zucherman
TEC Men’s Club President

[email protected]

 

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.

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

Click here for the flyer.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 3:00pm
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:15am

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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.

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.

SPRING BOUTIQUE-SUNDAY, APRIL 30Do you have something special you would like to sell? *$50.00 table fee * No extra costs! * Your profit is all yours! Limited space available! Sign up by April 20th. For more information call 805-494-8174 [email protected]

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.

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.

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

Camp Conejo Creek Information and Forms:

Activity Calendar
All 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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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!

 

 

 

 

Agoura Hills Hand Car Wash "Wash Bucks" Program

Find out here how you can help support TEC every time you wash your car or shop at Agoura Hills Hand Car Wash.

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When you search and shop with GoodSearch, you help Temple Etz Chaim earn money. How? Good Search is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its renveue to the charities and shcools designated by its users.

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.