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Shabbat

The heaven and the earth were finished on the seventh day, and God ceased from all work. God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. [Gen. 2:1-2].

 Shabbat evening KiddushShabbat Services

Shabbat Shalom, a day of peace, a day of prayer, a day of greeting. Come join us on Friday evenings, as we welcome the Sabbath Bride, or on Saturday mornings, for study and prayer. Temple Etz Chaim offers a variety of Shabbat experiences for young and old alike. Led by Rabbi Richard Spiegel and Hazzan Pablo Duek, our services are infused with music, spirituality and will bring joy to heart, mind and soul.

Trebel ClefYou may listen to and learn melodies for many of the Erev Shabbat prayers at our at our Education section of this website (Music at Temple Etz Chaim).

Shabbat Evenings (Erev Shabbat)

Friday Night Alive

Congregational Service in the Paskow Sanctuary. Join us every Friday evening to welcome Shabbat with your Etz Chaim family. Shabbat evening services start at 7:30 PM. Join us on the first Friday of every month for our Simcha Shabbat service where we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries of our congregants and guests. Also, in June and July, Friday evening Shabbat services start in the early evening, at 7:00 PM., and are held outside on The Warren Family Lawn, weather permitting. Shabbat evening services are always a great way to mark the transition from a busy work week. After services, please join with the rest of our Temple community for challah, pastries and coffee at our Oneg Shabbat.

In addition to our traditional Friday evening Shabbat services, we offer several alternative services throughout the month. Please check our TEC calendar (add link) for dates:

shabbat under the starsShabbat-in-the-Round is a special congregational service that is conducted about once a month instead of our traditional Shabbat evening service. Held in the Social Hall, join Rabbi Spiegel and Hazzan Pablo for a special Shabbat in a relaxing and dynamic atmosphere. New voices in harmony, join us with yours. 

Shabbat Under the Stars. During the warmer summer months when evening light is favorable, we move our Erev Shabbat services outside, where spirits can soar. Join the Rabbi and Hazzan for a wonderful Shabbat experience beginning at 7:00 PM on the Warren Family Lawn.

Tot Shabbat is conducted for families with young children (pre-school ages) on the 3rd Friday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Paskow Sanctuary. The Rabbi and Hazzan are there with the preschool staff to bring the special meaning of Shabbat to our youngest members and their parents.

Religious School Family Services enhance the Shabbat experience for families with children in grades K, 1 and 2. These family services, led by our Religious School staff, the Rabbi and Hazzan, emphasize family participation. Please check your Religious School calendar for the dates of these services.

Shabbat Dinners are a wonderful way to start your Shabbat. Bring your family for Kiddush, Hamotzi, and dinner. Come enjoy a delicious Shabbat meal, catered by Nana's Kosher Catering, and stay for services later in the evening. Shabbat dinners are offered on many Friday evenings. Some Shabbat dinners are associated with special school events. Check our calendar for dates when Shabbat dinners are provided.

Shabbat Mornings

shabbat morning 1Congregational Service in the Paskow Sanctuary. Join us every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM in the Paskow Sanctuary for our congregational Shabbat morning service. Conducted by Rabbi Richard Spiegel and Hazzan Pablo Duek, our Shabbat morning services will carry you into a peaceful week. Hazzan Duek will leave you with a song of prayer in your heart, and Rabbi Spiegel will touch your soul with his sensitive insight into scripture and prayer. On Shabbat mornings when there is no Bar or Bat Mitzvah, our Shabbat Congregational services are conducted in the Winer Chapel.

The Religious School sponsors Junior Congregation on the 1st Saturday of each month from October to May in the Malchicoff Rotunda of the Ner Talmid Education Center at 10:00 AM. Junior Congregation is led by Rabbi Michele Paskow, Religious School Director Joyce Bronstein and Religious School students.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

High Holidays - 2017/5778

High Holidays 2017/5778 Services Schedule -Rosh Hashanah September 21-22, Yom Kippur September 29-30 - Click here for the 2017 services schedule.

Sign Up to Attend High Holidays Services - Please let us know which services you'll be attending in order to help us assign honors by completing our High Holiday Services Attendance Form 

Reserve Your Tickets and Seats - Can pay by cash or credit card - Click here for the ticket and seating reservation form.

Special Programming for Children and Teens:

Children Can Participate in Our Beautiful Neilah Service - Join us on September 30 at 7:00 p.m. sharp in the Chapel. - Click here for the registration form due by September 25, 2017.

High Holiday Children's Services - Great for families who love holiday songs and storytelling! Join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 2:30 p.m. - Click here for the schedule

High Holiday Childcare for Children up to 5 Years - Free for Temple Members, $25/day for Non-members, Return form to the office no later than September 1, 2017 - Click here for the form.

High Holiday Experience For Children in TK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades - A creative service with hands-on fun! Begins at 9:00 a.m. - Click here for the flyer.

Junior Congregation For Children in 5th, 6th, and 7th Grades - Join in leading a meaningful service in the Winer Chapel. For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, meet in Wolfson at 10:45 a.m. - Click here for the flyer.

This Yom Kippur Sicha is LAVA!! Don’t get burned by the choices you made in the past! Join us on September 30th, from 12pm-1pm for a fun and interactive program about how to be our better selves this year. For 8-12th graders only. Click here for the flyer.

Tashlich Walk with USY - USY Tashlich Walk at Temple Etz Chaim. Meet us on September 21st in the Religious School rotunda at 11:30 a.m. sharp.  Click here for the flyer.

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

Rabbinic Seach Frequently Asked Questions - Our congregation has begun the process of searching for and hiring a new rabbi. The Rabbinic Search Committee (RSC) recognizes that you will have various questions regarding the search, so we thought we would try to anticipate some of them and do our best to provide answers. Please read our Rabbinic Search Frequently Asked Questions.

Saturday September 16th dinner and Selichot Services- Join us for Havdallah, a light dinner, the screning of "The Women's Balcony" followed by a coffee and cake and the late night Selichot service. More information.

Operation Isaiah Canned Food Drive - Donate cans of food to the hungry! September 18 - September 30, 2017

September 29th is the last day to RSVP for "Dinner in the Sukkah" More information and form

Annual Sukkah Building October 1st 9 am- Join the Men's Club in the annual tradition of building and decorating our sukkah, it's a great way to spend a Sunday while the kids are at Religious School. No esperience necessary. More information.

Sukkot Dinner December 6, 6 pm - Remember to RSVP by September 29th.

RSVP for Say Shalom "Celebrate Life" Dinner by October 11  ​- "Celebrate Life' Shabbat onwill begin with a Say Shalom complimentary dinner for all at 6:00pm. Please RSVP by October 11

Guess Who's Comming to Shabbas. October 13 - This is Temple Etz Chaim’s new program where congregants host a Shabbat dinner in their homes and invite 1-2 other synagogue families to attend. Thus far, 86 Etz Chaim families have participated! If you’d like to host a dinner, if you’d like to be invited to attend a dinner, or if you have questions, just contact us at [email protected]. Our goal is to have every Temple family invited for an at-home Shabbat dinner over the next year. Doesn’t everyone enjoy celebrating Shabbat over a good meal at home with family and friends?

Say Shalom Dinner: Celebrate Life and Community in the New Year Friday, October 20 6:00 pm ~ Social Hall - Click here for the flyer.

TEC Book Club - Join us to read and discuss a selection of great books - August-November 2017 upcoming schedule

The First Great Challa Bake -Wednesday, November 8th RSVP by October 27. 7:00 pm -9:00 pm Click here for the flyer.

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

First Day Religious School Grades 3-7

Tuesday, September 5th and 6th are the First Days of Religious School Grades 3-7

First Day Class Grades TK,K,1,2

Sunday, September 10 is the first day of Religious School for Grades TK-2

First Day Confirmation Grades 8-12
Monday, September 11th 6:30pm

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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