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.

Speaker Series

(presented by  Brotherhood)

Mrs. Loren Lieb

San Fernando Chapter of the Brady

United Against Gun Violence Organization

Sunday, October 13, at 9:15 AM in the Social Hall

 Mrs. Loren Lieb, whose son Josh was a victim of the August 1999 white supremacist attack  on the Jewish Community Center of Granada Hills, and who was the subject of a recent Steve Lopez Los Angeles Times op-ed on gun violence, has graciously agreed to speak at our upcoming Sunday morning speaker event.  She has worked for years with the Brady organization as well as the West L.A.-based Women Against Gun Violence Organization.  We urge you to read the op-ed and to attend this important and timely bagel brunch.


 The event begins in the social hall at 9:15 AM 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.  Mrs. Loren Lieb will begin her presentation at about 9:45 AM.

Please RSVP to Bob Salfi—his e-mail address is on the TO line above.

We need RSVPs to help determine our brunch requirements.

Dodger Game

Come watch the Dodgers SQUISH THE FISH!

TAE Brotherhood invites TAE to a Dodgers’ game on

Sunday, July 21st, vs the Miami Marlins (Game time is 1:10pm).

Limited seats available . . . First come, first served.

If you’d like to join us, RSVP to Richard Zeman at or (805) 298-2037

Bird’s Eye View, 3rd base side of Home Plate: Section 7RS!
(Promotion: Kids 14 and under run the bases after the game )

Additional Information:

  • Tickets are $38 each ($42 face value). Such a Deal!
  • For those who want to carpool, we’ll meet at the temple parking lot at 10:30 a.m. sharp.
  • Stadium parking is $17 per car in advance online OR $25 at the gate.
  • Mail check payment (payable to TAE Brotherhood) to Richard’s home at: 292 Siesta Avenue • Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Payment must be received by July 1st.
  • Be at the TAE parking lot at 10:30 a.m. game day to pick up your tickets or contact Richard to make other arrangements.

People Who Need People: The Brain and Social Connections

TAE’s Sunday Morning Speaker Series:

People Who Need People: The Brain and Social Connections

Presented by Professor Michael F. Green (UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine)

We hope you can join us for this informative lecture.

(presented by TAE Brotherhood)