Berlin and Prague with Cantor David

One of the most powerful ways to accomplish this is through communal travel, where lifelong friendships are cultivated while exploring the world and building stronger Jewish identities. With that in mind, TAE is planning this exciting trip in 2022! 

Travel to Berlin and Prague with Cantor David in October 2022!

October 25 – November 6, 2022

(dates include an extension to Budapest)  

Add your name to the list today… These trips sell out fast!

More details will be available soon!

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and handled through an outside travel company, Da‘at. Contact Cantor David Shukiar at dshukiar@adatelohim.com to add your name(s) to our interested list to have the first opportunity to register.

Mussar Institute Kallah Experience

Mussar is a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural movement that developed originally in 19th century Lithuania. Today, it has blossomed into a spiritual-practice program that helps us gain insights to our lives and the relationships that enrich them. Our congregation has taught, learned, and embodied many of the middot (values) that Mussar offers.

For those who would like to delve deeper into this practice, the Mussar Institute has partnered with our congregation by offering a special $50 discount to Temple Adat Elohim members who wish to participate in a 3-day (virtual) Kallah experience; Seeking Shalom, Inside and Out.

Join Alan Morinis and Avi Fertig for The Mussar Institute’s  14th annual Kallah (retreat). Take a 3-day deep dive into the teachings and practices of Mussar. Experience workshops and dialogue on Mussar movement, chanting, text study, and art. Connect with a community dedicated to Jewish spirituality in the 1,000-year-old tradition of Mussar. All recordings are available to attendees for 1 year.

The dates are January 31, February 1 and 2. With the AEFriend code, save $50 off tuition. The discounted registration costs are $349 for non-Chavarim members; or $249 for Chavarim members. To learn more about the Kallah, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the Mussar Institute, CLICK HERE.

In this time of extreme isolation and concern, perhaps it is the ideal time to turn inward and explore the values that guide, comfort, and inspire our lives.

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.