The First 100 Days of the Biden-Harris Administration As Seen Through a Jewish Lens with Rabbi David Saperstein

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  via Zoom.
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For 40 years, Rabbi Saperstein directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest segment of American Jewry, to the U.S. Congress and Administration and currently serves as its Director Emeritus.
For over two years (2015-2017), Rabbi Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues.

He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Center for Jewish Civilization and as a Distinguished Fellow at the PM Glynn Center at the Australian Catholic University. Click here to register for the Zoom link.

100 Days

The 100-days concept is believed to have its roots in France, where the concept of “Cent Jours” (Hundred Days) refers to the period of 1815 between Napoleon Bonaparte’s return to Paris from exile on the island of Elba and his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, after which King Louis XVIII regained the French throne.

When did the first 100 days become a key benchmark for a U.S. presidential administration?

In the United States, no one talked that much about the importance of a president’s first 100 days—until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933. He took swift action to calm the nation’s crippling financial panic (cue the Emergency Banking Act and the “fireside chats” that became Roosevelt’s signature) and began rolling out the programs that made up his New Deal, including 15 major pieces of legislation in the first 100 days. FDR’s extraordinary productivity translated into enormous popularity, and he set a first 100-day standard against which all future U.S. presidents would (perhaps unfairly) be measured.

What are some of the most notable things that have occurred in past presidents’ first 100 days?

John F. Kennedy ordered the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion 87 days into his presidency. At a time when the U.S. and USSR were locked in the Cold War, JFK’s first 100 days also saw the Soviets launch the first human into space.

On Day 1, Ronald Reagan started off with a bang, announcing the release of U.S. diplomats being held hostage in Iran. Sixty-nine days into his administration, he survived an assassination attempt.

Barack Obama — who like FDR took office during a severe financial crisis—was able to get Congress to sign a $787 million stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, on his 29th day in office.

The first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration is now history.

The Bernie Entin Man of the Year 2021


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.

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
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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.

Brother of the Year


Under normal circumstances the TAE Brotherhood would announce their pick for the coming year’s Brother of the Year at the Brotherhood’s annual Erev Shabbat service, which was to place in mid-March.  The selectee does not know in advance that he’s been selected, and the announcement is therefore a surprise to him—at least that is the hope.

But this year’s circumstances are not normal, so we are making the announcement via this e-mail to all of our Temple Adat Elohim membership.  Hopefully, when our selectee reads this e-mail, it will be a surprise to him.

First, however, we wish to explain why we call our Brother of the Year the Bernie Entin Brother of the Year.  Bernie Entin, of blessed memory, was the first man to be selected as our Brother of the Year.  His devotion to TAE, expressed in so many ways during his years of membership at TAE, was legendary.  He was a tireless volunteer at our synagogue, both within the Brotherhood and the larger TAE community.  He was even selected as TAE’s Volunteer of the Year on multiple occasions because, were you to visit the TAE campus, you would likely find Bernie on the office’s second floor doing numerous volunteer activities:  folding bulletins, stuffing envelopes, or whatever else needed doing.  Just before Bernie’s death due to cancer, the Brotherhood Board voted to rename TAE’s Brother of the Year award as the Bernie Entin Brother of the Year, and Bernie was made aware of this.  We hope, if Bernie is looking down on us, that he’d be pleased with our subsequent selections.

This year’s selectee has also been a tireless worker for TAE.  He’s served on the TAE Board of Directors as well as the Brotherhood’s Board of Directors, including serving as TAE’s President.  He’s volunteered at many TAE events, including our annual Purim Carnivals.  Indeed, he personifies the spirit and tradition of volunteerism that Bernie Entin himself personified.

Our selectee was born near the Great Lakes and, by his wife’s admission, was a mediocre student in high school.  This was probably due to his love of bowling because, also by his wife’s admission, he spent most of his spare time at the bowling alley.

Be that as it may, he demonstrated his keen intelligence and “aced” the college entrance exam, gaining admission the Wayne State University.  Staying true to his love for bowling, he spent the first year at Wayne State bowling for dollars.

After a year at Wayne State, our selectee’s family moved to Los Angeles, and he enrolled in Los Angeles City College.  While there he met the woman who would become the love of his life, and their first date was at … you guessed it … a bowling alley.  You’d think that our selectee would go easy on his date, but such was not to be.  She survived the humiliation of defeat, and they shared their first “shy kiss” at the end of the date.  In his wife’s words, the rest is history.

By now we’ve given enough information that our selectee probably knows who he is, but we’ll continue this story.  They married in 1963 while he was attending Los Angeles State University (now Cal State LA) and his wife was pursuing an education degree at UCLA.  While his wife taught school, our selectee pursued a law degree at UCLA.

After our selectee graduated and passed the bar, he worked while his beautiful wife became a homemaker and raised their two red-headed children.  Our selectee became active in B’nai B’rith, serving as its youngest president.  He and his family also joined Temple Judea where he served on its board.

After moving to the Conejo Valley they joined Temple Adat Elohim, and both became very active in the TAE community.  Our selectee served as TAE President, and he’s also held many other positions.  He’s been the go-to person whenever there was a tough issue to address, and he’s a fountain of information on TAE’s history.  He also barbeques the best hamburgers and hot dogs for TAE’s Purim Carnival.

His beautiful wife Judy has supplied most of the information presented here, but we would like to add one more volunteer activity in which our selectee is involved, a full-time job in itself.  He is into his second year serving on the Ventura County’s Civil Grand Jury, spending untold hours conducting investigations for the betterment of the Ventura County community.

We are both honored and happy to announce the TAE Brotherhood’s selection of Larry Levine as our Bernie Entin Brother of the Year.


Sunday Morning Speaker Series

Presented by  Brotherhood – Open to the Entire TAE Community

Sunday, January 12 beginning with a brunch at 9:15 a.m.

The speaker will begin at 9:45 a.m.  

Dr. Steven J. Ross: Professor of History at the University of Southern California –

Topic: Hitler in America – How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America

Steven J. Ross is Professor of History at USC. The first person in his family to go to college, Steve received his B.A. from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Philosophy from Oxford University, and a PhD from Princeton University, where he worked with famed historians Arthur Link and James McPherson. Professor Ross has written extensively in the areas of working-class history, social history, and film history.  He’ll discuss his latest book which explores the activities of a Jewish spy ring that operated from 1933 to 1945 and worked to foil Nazi plots against Hollywood and America.

The event begins with a brunch that includes fruit, yogurt, granola, lox, bagels, cream cheese, and other tasty goodies.  To help defray the cost of the brunch, we suggest a donation of $5.  Professor Ross will begin his presentation at about 9:45 AM.

Please RSVP to Bob Salfi and include “RSVP” TO THE SUBJECT LINE.