Sunday Morning Speaker with Rabbi Diamond

May 7, 2023
9:15 – 11:15 a.m.
TAE Social Hall

Kabalah, Mysticism, and the Mysteries of the World

If traditional belief in God doesn’t excite you, then prepare yourself for some Jewish ideas that are so insightful, so radical, and so modern, that many rabbis tried to suppress them. But they couldn’t. Join Rabbi Diamond on May 7 and learn how ancient insights can transform our lives, whether or not we believe.

Rabbi Diamond’s Sunday morning events have always been entertaining and insightful.  This one promises to be the same.  We hope to see you there!


For those of you who plan to attend, PLEASE  RSVP TO EITHER BROTHERHOOD PRESIDENT BOB SALFI, OR HERB SHUKIAR, to know how much food to provide.  Our normal bagel brunch fare includes lox, bagels, cream cheese, herring, onions, tomatoes, fruits and other tempting treats. 

There is no charge for this event, but we do suggest a $5 donation to help defray the event’s cost.

Sponsored by Brotherhood

2023 Bernie Entin Brotherhood Man of the Year Award – Jeff Gottloeb

Speech written by Richard Zeman

Shabbat Shalom! Does it sound a bit cliched to begin by saying what an honor it is to present this year’s Bernie Entin Brotherhood Man of the Year Award? I truly mean it. Let’s see how long it takes for our recipient to realize ‘tis he!

Rabbi Diamond describes Our Brotherhood Man of the Year as “Meticulous, thorough, deeply committed, and highly competent.” Hmmm . . . but does that really narrow the field?

Our Man of the Year is a “local”, born and raised in Southern California. He could accurately be described as… a “Valley Boy”. He was a curious child who loved to take things apart and put them back together. He was a computer geek before the Age of Computers.

Our Man of the Year was . . . a Dr. Demento fan, but, then again, who wasn’t? Some of you may not remember Dr. Demento’s radio show. It was . . . fabulous.

Cantor David, where do you suppose our Man of the Year attended college? Clearly, he’s one of your favorite congregants.

As a young boy, our Man of the Year revealed himself to be hero material. Little sister (Barbara) reveals big brother (Jeff) once saved her life by grabbing her, preventing her from falling out of the family car when the rear door opened, as Dad deftly negotiated a turn.

And if that doesn’t convince you, there was that time when a neighborhood boy threw a dart at a board as Barbara walked by, hitting her in the back of the head. Jeff was so mad, he took his slingshot and went after the lad… Rabbi, would you accept this as another take on the David vs. Goliath story?

Permit me to expose another behavior that reveals a hidden side to Jeff’s personality. (Jeff, feel free to express your gratitude to Barbara for these vignettes after the service.) A favorite activity was placing ketchup packets under the back tires of cars in parking lots, hoping to see them squirt!” Freudian? Jeff, you’re not still doing that are you?

Jeff’s major hobby is photography. He is proud of his camera and loves photographing nature and animals. He often goes to the zoo to take pictures of animals. And you often see him taking pictures at Temple events . . . Not that the two are directly related.

Our Man of the Year is a mensch. He is hardworking, and completely devoted to his family.

I want to share with you Rabbi Diamond’s excellent summary what Jeff means to TAE.

Quote: “After having spent decades working in the aerospace industry managing computer networks and attending services on a regular basis, Jeff became our first “Media Maven”, devoting a good amount of his time to helping us clergy figure out how we can use technology to provide a meaningful prayer experience both in the Sanctuary and at home. If you find the prayer project on the wall of the Sanctuary or displayed on the bottom of the screens to be valuable, then know that they are there and rotating at the proper time because of our primary media maven, Jeff. To say that he is invaluable is an understatement.

Continuing Rabbi’s words: “Often, when I walk into the sanctuary and peer into the media room, I can see that Jeff is working on those computers, at all times of day and night, making things better. And at each Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, Jeff directs our stream from his home, changing camera shots making sure the sound settings are correct and providing the professional expertise that a congregation our size so desperately needs. Jeff is rather shy and avoids the limelight, but if that limelight is working, it is, no doubt, because of the committed work of Jeff Gottloeb.” Well said, Rabbi!
And these words from Cantor David:

“In addition to what the rabbi wrote, Jeff, during the High Holy Days takes on the directing hat for our services, enabling me to not have to worry about changing camera shots and allowing me to pray and focus on our music. It really is a gift to me, as it allows me to place myself into the prayers I am leading rather than worrying about the logistics…. I know the product will be terrific because Jeff pours his heart and soul into everything he does at TAE. How fortunate we are to have him as a part of our community, and I cannot think of a better person to be given this honor!”

There isn’t a better person. Our 2023 Brotherhood Man of the Year – Jeff Gottloeb!

Sunday Morning Speaker – Rabbi Greenbaum

TAE Sunday Morning Speaker Event

March 19, 2023 in the TAE Social Hall
9:15 – 11:15 a.m.

The New Israeli Government:  Views from Israel and Elsewhere

Our Own Alan Greenbaum, Rabbi Emeritus of TAE!

The newly-elected Israeli government is the most controversial in the 75 year history of the state.  Based on Rabbi Greenbaum’s recent visit to Israel along with his own reading, he will address these and other questions:

  • What is the feeling on the street regarding the government?
  • Who are the central figures and what are they doing/saying?
  • How did this all come about?  
  • And finally, the question that Rabbi Greenbaum’s mother always asked of matters ranging from current affairs to the L.A. Dodger pitching lineup:  Will this be good for the Jews or bad for the Jews?

Rabbi Greenbaum is always an enlightening and entertaining speaker.  Everyone in our TAE community is welcome, not just Brotherhood members.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Brotherhood President Bob Salfi ( or Herb Shukiar (

Sponsored by Brotherhood

Bernie Entin Brother of the Year – 2022

TAE Brotherhood Dinner
Saturday, September 10, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the TAE Social Hall

Because of COVID, we haven’t had these dinners for the past two years, and we have a lot of catching up to do.  Therefore, we will be honoring three Bernie Entin Brothers of the Year:

  • Bob Grossmann of blessed memory, the 2020 Brother of the Year
  • Larry Levine, the 2021 Brother of the Year
  • Harold Gordon, the 2022 Brother of the Year

All members of TAE and friends are invited to join us to honor these three remarkable Brothers—you do not have to be a member of Brotherhood to attend. 

Cost: $36 per person. Catered by Stonefire

RSVP by September 5, to either Brotherhood President Bob Salfi/, or Herb Shukiar/  Please make checks payable to TAE Brotherhood and drop the check off in the temple office (Brotherhood mailbox) or send a check to Bob Salfi:

Bob Salfi
1987 Seabreeze Street
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

TAE Speaker Event

Featuring: Dan Meisel, Regional Director of the ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties Region

Topic: Tackling Challenging Conversations in a Divided Community (or household)

Sunday, April 10th, at 10:00 a.m.
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Meeting ID: 828 7019 5111

Political division is challenging our relationships. Without necessarily changing our opinions, there are some steps we can take to enable less divisive conversations about the subjects we care about. Dan Meisel, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League office that serves Ventura County, will share some lessons he has learned from difficult conversations, followed by a Q&A about that topic and other ADL-related topics that may be on your mind.

All are welcome to attend. Sponsored by Sisterhood and Brotherhood

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 thought-provoking, entertaining and worthwhile.  Future speakers include: Professor Brian Levin of CSU San Bernardino speaking on domestic terrorism (February 20); Dr. Rob Lempert of RAND on climate change and how today’s reality compares with past climate forecasts (March 13); a speaker from the Anti-Defamation League in a joint event with Sisterhood (April 10).

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TAE Speaker

Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 828 7019 5111

Featuring: Dr. Robert Lempert of RAND and the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Topic: Climate Change: How Today’s Reality Compares With Past Forecasts

Scientists have been warning about the effects of global warming for four decades, urging governments to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to reduce the degree of global warming and its adverse effects on our planet.  They’ve used computerized climate models to forecast these effects, and the IPCC, comprised of a large number of climate researchers, has distilled the many research projects on global warming into clear, concise reports on greenhouse gas effects.  Indeed, based on the IPCC’s groundbreaking efforts, that organization received the Nobel Peace Prize several years ago.  Our speaker is a long-time member of the IPCC, and he will contrast today’s climate reality with those earlier forecasts.  Given the just-released IPCC report, of which our speaker was a major contributor, we think you’ll find this talk both informative and sobering.

Dr. Lempert is a principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. His research focuses on risk management and decision-making under conditions of deep uncertainty. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a coordinating lead author for the just-released IPCC Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report, a chapter lead for the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment, chair of the peer review panel for California’s Fourth Climate Assessment, a member of California’s Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group, and has been a member of numerous study panels for the U.S. National Academies, including America’s Climate Choices and Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate. Lempert was the Inaugural EADS Distinguished Visitor in Energy and Environment at the American Academy in Berlin and the inaugural president of the Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty ( A professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Lempert is an author of the book Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Longer-Term Policy Analysis. He earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University.

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 entertaining and worthwhile.  Our final speaker for this program year is Dan Meisel, the Regional Director of Anti-Defamation League Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties, who will speak on civil discourse.  This final talk is a joint event with Sisterhood (April 10).