Mythology of Judaism Class with Rabbi Lotker

Wait – What!  The Delightful & Surprising Mythology of Judaism

Judaism has a rich mythology that is unknown to most of us.  In a series of 5 classes, Rabbi Lotker will introduce the enormous range of classic texts (including Torah, Bible, Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalistic, medieval folklore, and Hasidic) that contribute to this eye-opening treasure.  Subjects will include myths of Angels, the Garden of Eden, the Messiah, Hell, the Angel of Death, Lilith and the Shekinah – the bride of God.  Much of the material will be drawn from Howard Schwartz’s Tree of Souls: the Mythology of Judaism.  

The virtual class will take place on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/8190896166

Sunday Speaker Series: COVID-19 Discussion

Upcoming Speaker Series

Sponsored by Brotherhood

Sunday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m.
Featuring our own, Dr. Jane Parnes, MD, senior scientist at Amgen
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82870195111

Topic: COVID-19: The Virus, Antibodies and Vaccines

This timely talk will provide valuable insights for all of us concerning COVID-19 and help us understand our treatment options should we become infected.  It will begin with an overview of how COVID-19 invades our bodies – in technical terms the pathophysiology of infection by SARS-CoV2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.  Next, we’ll learn how monoclonal antibodies are used to treat the virus – these antibodies are obtained from people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 and they are how President Trump was treated.  Dr. Parnes will then turn to the approaches being taken to develop vaccines to treat COVID-19.

Who is Dr. Parnes?

Dr. Parnes has a very impressive resume.  She graduated summa cum laude from Radcliffe/Harvard (1968-1972) and then earned her MD degree from Harvard Medical School (1972-1976).  She served as an internal medicine resident at Massachusetts General Hospital (1976-1978), followed by post-doctoral research at both MIT (1978-1979) and the National Institutes of Health  (1979-1982).  She then moved to Stanford University where she was a Professor of Medicine (1982-2008).  She is currently a senior scientist at Amgen where she serves as the Executive Medical Director in Translational Medicine and the Therapeutic Area Head for Inflammation, Cardiometabolic and Neuroscience in Early Development.  She is also a Professor Emeritus at Stanford.  We are extremely fortunate to have her as a speaker.

While we are unable to provide our normal Sunday morning fare of lox, bagels, cream cheese and other tasty treats, we are working hard to provide stimulating and thought-provoking topics from a broad spectrum of speakers.  We hope you’ll find these Sunday morning speaker events enlightening, thought-provoking, entertaining and worthwhile. Our February talk will feature our own Rabbi Emeritus Alan Greenbaum.

Speak Up iTutor Program

Volunteer with Speak UP’s iTutor Program

As a part of our ongoing community service initiative, we are sharing this special opportunity to volunteer to provide additional educational resources to students-in-need through Speak UP’s iTutor Program.

Through this impactive program, Speak UP links students with volunteer tutors to help them with their assignments. In most cases, children learning online are receiving instruction from their regular teacher but need additional assistance with homework and worksheets.* As schools near the end of the winter semester, there is an increased demand for tutors to help students get across the finish line.

To sign up to be a tutor, please visit here and enter “The Jewish Federation” when asked who you were referred by. A Speak UP representative will then reach out to you to prepare you for participation in the program.

If you have any questions, please email Mary Kohav at MKohav@jewishla.org.

*Recent studies have shown that the digital divide affects marginalized communities most directly and promotes the reproduction of inequality and that up to 100,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students lack access to the internet at home. Free or low-cost tutoring programs are one way to help bridge the divide. 

Silver Spoons Chanukah Menu

Silver Spoons Catering is delighted to offer the following menu selections in celebration of Hanukkah. Pricing is based on the selected entree. Each complete dinner consists of an entree, 2 side dishes, salad, roll, and butter. Please see below for additional side dishes, desserts, and menu enhancements.

 All foods are freshly prepared, then chilled and delivered to your door complete with warming instructions. Deliveries will be made Wednesday Dec. 9 through Saturday Dec. 12, with limited delivery on Thursday Dec. 10.

 Order EARLY to insure your first choice of delivery day!

Entrees

Brisket of Beef, Burgundy Gravy
$29.95

Herb Roasted 1/2 Chicken
$25.75

Seared Salmon, Parsley Butter
$25.75

Side Dishes

(please select 2 per entree)

Roasted Beets Salad
with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Walnuts, and Lemon Vinaigrette

Greens & Grape Tomato Salad
with Wild Greens, Grape Tomatoes, Sliced Almonds, and Mustard & Tarragon Dressing

Caesar Salad
with Croutons, Parmesan Cheese, and Caesar Dressing

Menu Enhancements

Matzah Ball Soup
$8.95 per person

Latkes, Apple Sauce, Sour Cream
$8.95 per person

Chicken Tenders
$8.95 per person

Mac & Cheese
$8.95 per person

Fresh Fruit Platter
$28.00 (serves 4-6 people)

Jelly Donut
$3.25 per donut

Chanukah Cookies
$18.55 (serves 4-6 people)

Chocolate Bobka
$17.55 (serves 6-8 people)

7-Layer Cake
$17.55 (serves 6-8 people)

All pricing includes sales tax and delivery.  Minimum order is 4 meals.  Order four of one meal, or mix and match to experience the variety of flavors we offer.  Meals may be easily refrigerated for up to 3 days, then heated and served at your convenience.

Click here to order!

Have questions?  Want to order something more personalized?    Call Scott at 818-996-2911, or text him at 818-203-3529.