CONGRATULATIONS BOB GROSSMANN
FOR RECEIVING THE BERNIE ENTIN
MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Since joining TAE over 35 years ago, Bob Grossmann played an active role in all aspects of temple life. Not content to be simply a member and board member, he initiated some of our most respected and beloved groups. He has served multiple roles on the TAE Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Brotherhood Board. He established and was president of TAE Seniors, which for many years provided seniors in the Conejo Valley with a place to socialize, learn, and enjoy a variety of entertainment acts, regardless of temple membership. He led and co-led the Monday Night Men’s Torah Study, as well as introducing the Men’s Golf Group, understanding the need to keep both mind and body active. Among his proudest achievements was launching the TAE Choral, especially finding and interviewing David Shukiar for the choir director, which ultimately led to his long-term position as cantor. When not at TAE, Bob enjoyed volunteering at senior communities, most notably leading Shabbat services at Atria Grand Oaks, where Jewish residents could look forward each week to his knowledge and warmth. A true mensch in every sense, the title of Bernie Entin Man of the Year is well deserved.
Tu B’ Shevat, the “New Year of the Trees,” is observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. Today, Tu B’ Shevat has become more of an environmental holiday: a day to remind us of the Jewish duty to care for the natural world, and a tree-planting festival for both Israelis and Jews throughout the world. (Union for Reform Judaism, 2021)
Join Rabbi Diamond for a Tu B’Shevat Seder
Thursday, January 28th, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
as we celebrate the importance of protecting our environment.
In order to participate in the seder, please have the following available to follow along at your home:
- White wine or juice
- Dark wine or juice
- A glass from which to drink the wine or juice
- Any fruits where the inside is edible but the outside is inedible, such as citrus fruits, nuts, pomegranates, sabras (prickly pear), bananas, pineapples.
- Any fruits were the outside is edible but the inside is inedible such as apricots, cherries, dates, mangoes, nectarines, olives, peaches, plums.
- Any fruits where the entire fruit is edible such as berries, figs, kumquats, persimmons, star fruit.
- Bring a fruit or herb that is fragrant such as rosemary, jasmine, mint, thyme, etc.
Marcy Goldberg and Donna Becker are being recognized at BJE’s Out of the Box Gala on February 5, 2021, along with other educational leaders throughout Los Angeles!!!
Marcy Goldberg models the religious community in which she wants to live and invites others to become a part of that community through chesed, the loving kindness that she demonstrates to people on a regular basis.
Read Marcy Goldberg’s Builder profile HERE
Every action Donna takes is grounded in values of growth and welcome. In this way she is a builder and strengthener of our community, one soul at a time.
Read Donna Becker’s Builder profile HERE
For more information about who is being recognized and how to participate, please go to www.bjela.org/gala.
Friday, January 29, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Join Cantor Shukiar, the TAE Chorale, and the Band of Milk and Honey as we recall our Exodus from Egypt across the Sea of Reeds to freedom. As we remember the song that Moses, Miriam and the Hebrews sang at the shores of the sea, we will experience an evening filled with music and spirit, together exploring one of our sacred texts, Oseh Shalom, one of our many prayers for peace.
Discover its history, mystery, and meaning through various versions spanning 5 decades of Jewish music. You do not want to miss this chance to study and experience this wonderful and meaningful piece of our liturgy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name(s) to our interested list to have the first opportunity to register.
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.
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.
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.
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.