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Carly Shukiar Searching for Sophia - Holocaust assignment takes T.O. teen to unexpected places
By Anna Bitong - August 13, 2015

Nine-year-old Sophia van Hasselt lined up to die with the other prisoners. She and her parents, Simon and Geertje, and her older sister, Hermi, had been taken from the small village of Haulerwijk-Benedin in the Netherlands and led to a gas chamber at the Nazi-controlled Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Feb. 12, 1943.


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Rabbi Andrew Straus Temple Adat Elohim Names Rabbi Andrew Straus to Lead Congregation
Business Wire - July 1, 2015

Temple Adat Elohim (TAE), a thriving 600-family Reform Jewish congregation in Thousand Oaks, CA, today welcomed Rabbi Andrew Straus as its new spiritual leader. Rabbi Straus joins Temple Adat Elohim from Central Synagogue in Manhattan, NY, where he has served as interim rabbi. With a wealth of experience and contagious passion for increasing each congregant’s connection with, and involvement in, Judaism, Rabbi Straus will advance the congregation’s rich traditions and enhance its strengths, particularly its outstanding reputation in both youth education and adult life-long learning, and social action initiatives.


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Rabbi Andrew Straus New rabbi to lead Adat Elohim - Temple chooses social justice leader
Thousand Oaks Acorn - June 25, 2015. By Becca Whitnall

After a two-year search, Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks has found a new spiritual leader. Rabbi Andrew Straus will join the temple July 1. “We were looking for someone who could really represent us and who could be somebody who would be warm and spiritual and intellectual but not stodgy,” said Seth Stevens, president of the temple’s board of trustees.


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Karen Stevens and Gigi Dictor Sing TAE featured in Ventura Country Star - Conejo Christmas meal ‘makes you grateful for what you have'
The Ventura County Star news coverage - December 25, 2014

"For 20 years, members of Temple Adat Elohim and community volunteers have hosted a free holiday dinner on Christmas Day in Thousand Oaks.'The majority of the people who live here do celebrate the Christmas holiday. We don’t, but we love being part of the spirit and we want to be reminded of the fact that we are very fortunate to live in this community,” [Rabbi Dubowe] said. “We also acknowledge that there are so many people in this community who don’t have a place to go, who don’t have family or friends or are not able even to afford to have such a delicious meal.'”


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Alan Morinis Temple’s Scholar-in-Residence will lead Torah study, preach
Thousand Oaks Acorn - January 23, 2014

Alan Morinis, dean of the Mussar Institute, a nonprofit Jewish education organization, will be the Scholar-in-Residence Fri., Jan. 31 through Sun., Feb. 2 at Temple Adat Elohim. Morinis will present a sermon on “What the Giver Gets: The Torah of Generosity” He will lead a Torah study. Afterward, Morinis will discuss “Lessons from a Patient King: What Every Loving Relationship Requires” during Shabbat Lunch and Learn at noon. A special adult education donor appreciation dinner will take place Saturday evening at a private home. Morinis was at TAE five years ago when the synagogue began its Jewish Values for Everyday Living initiative. Since that time more than 160 members of the congregation have taken Season of Mussar and other classes from the Mussar Institute. The Union of Reform Judaism recommends Morinis’ courses and the practice of Mussar, a guide to spiritual growth, to all Reform synagogues. Morinis is on the faculty of the Union of Reform Judaism and is a regular contributor to the Reform Judaism magazine.


Rabbi Dubowe Dukakis speaks about country's past, present and future at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks
Ventura County Star. Posted January 1, 2014

Michael Dukakis, a 1988 presidential candidate and former governor of Massachusetts, gives comments and answers questions Monday night at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks. Michael Dukakis, former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential candidate, said the country is in better shape than when he was growing up and he's optimistic about the future.


Rabbi Dubowe Rabbi Dubowe Featured in the Jewish Journal - A deaf rabbi who listens
The Jewish Journal Magazine Submitted By Julie Bien. Posted September 3, 2013

Imagine taking a graduate school class — a small one, with maybe a dozen students — and for the entire year, not being able to understand a single word the professor said. For your final examination, you have to rely on notes compiled from your classmates and pray they understood the material enough to effectively teach you.


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Rabbi Barry Diamond Temple Adat Elohim names interim rabbi
The Jewish Journal Submitted By Ryan Torok. Posted August 22, 2013

Temple Adat Elohim (TAE) has named Southern California native Rabbi Barry Diamond as its interim rabbi. He replaces Rabbi Ted Riter, who ended his 16-year tenure at TAE in May. Diamond, who grew up in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, has served in several posts since his ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, including time as interim rabbi in Houston, Texas, at Temple Sinai. He has worked as a part-time rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom of Bryan/College Station, Texas, and spent 14 years leading the education programs at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas. TAE, a Reform congregation in Thousand Oaks, announced Diamond’s appointment on July 5. A congregational meeting to approve Diamond was held on July 14.


Thousand Oaks rabbi leaves post
The Jewish Journal by Jared Sichel, Staff Writer. Posted June 13, 2013

Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim (TAE) in Thousand Oaks officially ended his tenure at the Reform synagogue on May 1, and in a subsequent Facebook post announced that he no longer intends to continue in a similar post.


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xxxxx Cities still grappling with how to police curbside solicitors - Temple member Debbie Lopez comments
The Thousand Oaks Acorn Submitted By Sylvie Belmond. Posted August 15, 2013

Panhandlers asking for money are not an uncommon sight. Some congregate on Thousand Oaks Boulevard near the entrances to Do-it Center and McDonald’s; others loiter around supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Vons on Moorpark Road. Calabasas and Camarillo have seen their share, too.


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TAE Sanctuary Feeding the hungry on Christmas - Temple members continue tradition started 18 years ago
Thousand Oaks Acorn Submitted By Anna Bitong. Posted December 20, 2012

Almost two decades ago Nancy and Neal Federman, members of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, began what has become their Christmas Day tradition. They serve warm food to hundreds of homeless and elderly people.


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xxxxx TAE featured in Tribe Magazine - Chanukah: The musical
The Jewish Journal Magazine Submitted By Ryan E. Smith. Posted November 18, 2011

There are many ways to tell the story of Chanukah. Tap dancing is not usually one of them. “I don’t know of any other congregation on the planet where both rabbis and their cantor are doing a tap number together,” said Cantor David Shukiar of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks.


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TAE Sanctuary TAE featured in Tribe Magazine - Sacred Spaces
The Jewish Journal Magazine Submitted By Jonah Lowenfeld Posted August 19, 2011

Ever catch yourself on Rosh Hashanah flipping through the remaining pages of the prayer book, mentally calculating how much longer you’ll be there? How about counting the number of tiles in the ceiling? To pray, an individual has to push his thoughts beyond mere material things, which is why thoughtful architects and designers often try to shape synagogues in a way that’s meant to be pleasing but not distracting.


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Helene Oppenheimer Artistic Touch: Sculptor finds signs of inspiration
Ventura County Star Submitted By Nicole D'Amore Posted August 11, 2011

Helene Oppenheimer's sculptures provoke thought. They depict people who are dealing with challenges: sight or hearing impairment, loss, handicaps, being different in one way or another.


"I want my art to touch everybody, not just people who can see and hear," the Agoura Hills artist said. "That is why I choose diversity — people we don't normally see in an art show. There are plenty of skinny white people."

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Temple Adat Elohim Celebrates Purim Palooza
Ventura County Star Submitted by By Kris Sofley on March 15, 2011

“Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks is celebrating Purim Palooza, a weekend full of festivities in observance of the Jewish holiday of Purim, which will include an adults-only Purim Masquerade Party on Saturday, 6-11 p.m.


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Local Resident Named One of ‘50 Most Influential Rabbis’
Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 29, 2010

“The Sisterhood,” the women’s issues blog of the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper, recently compiled a list of the 50 most influential women rabbis in America and included Rebecca Dubowe of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks.


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Temple Brings Shabbat to Homebound Preschooler
Acorn, October 22, 2009

Every Friday morning at 9:30 the 150 preschool students at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks shout good morning to classmate Jordan Tilles, who cannot come to school.


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Boy Donates More Than 1,000 Books
Acorn, October 15, 2009

Jacob Tobias of Agoura Hills is using his passion for reading to help other children. Jacob, 12, has decided to collect and donate books and dance shoes to children who may otherwise not be able to afford them.


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Temple Adat Elohim Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Acorn, June 5, 2008

Rabbi Ted Riter knows the significance of Temple Adat Elohim's 40th anniversary. After their escape from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, Jews wandered the desert for 40 years before landing in Israel. "I don't want to say we were wandering for 40 years in the Conejo Valley," Riter said, "but we're looking at the Promised Land, to use a biblical metaphor. It's really an exciting time to be here."


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Westlake Youth Donates Wheels to Others
Acorn, February 15, 2007

Skateboarding is such a fun activity for Devin Schneider, a 13-year-old from Westlake Village, that he wants to share it with others. The Lindero Canyon Middle School eighth-grader collected skateboard decks, trucks, wheels and bearings donated by friends, family and local businesses and put together 32 skateboards with plans to donate them. Using his allowance and donations from relatives and friends, and money earned recycling plastic bottles, Devin raised another $300 for supplies needed to finish off the boards.


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Deafness No Obstacle for Adat Elohim Rabbi
Acorn, February 2, 2006

Agoura Hills resident Rebecca Dubowe holds the unique distinction of being the only deaf female rabbi in the world. Dubowe, 43, has served as a rabbi at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks since 1997. She and her husband, Michael, 44, and their two daughters, Rachel, 15, and Arielle, 11, have lived in Agoura Hills for three years. “Rebecca has many gifts, and she is wonderful, well rounded rabbi,” said Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim.


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Rabbi Dubowe Wins Woman of the Year Award
Acorn, January 19, 2006

On Saturday the California Association of American Mothers Inc. (CAMI) honored 20 Southern California women as Mothers of the Year at the Moorpark Country Club.


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Temple Sends Ambulances to Israel
Acorn, May 1, 2003

Rabbi Alan Greenbaum had a dream come true Sunday as the congregation donated two specially equipped ambulances to be sent to Israel. Last summer as tensions increased in Israel and violence in the region grew more frequent, Greenbaum approached the congregation with an idea to make an atypical donation.


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