Preparing Ourselves for the High Holy Days

Rabbi Barry Diamond

Think of the last time you attended a play or concert.  You probably saw an advertisement and perhaps even looked up the play or the musicians playing that event.  You may have eaten a special meal beforehand, worn special clothes, and talked about the show with some friends. Each of these small acts help prepare us for our experience; these rituals shape our mindset.  It is certainly possible to enjoy the play or concert without these preparations, but it is much more likely with them.

During the upcoming High Holy Days, services will be conducted virtually.  Therefore, many of our usual rituals will not be available to us.  Large family dinners will be less likely and dressing in nice clothing to attend services will not be necessary.  While this may seem like a loss, it is actually an opportunity to seek out new rituals that prepare us for the High Holy Days.  Sometimes, new rituals may better prepare us than the ones we’ve come to expect.

I would like to invite you to participate in a new ritual that has very old roots.  The name of the month that precedes Rosh Hashanah is called Elul (Ay-LOOL).  During Elul, we are called upon to hear the sound of the shofar each day and read Psalms and reflective readings that encourage us to examine our lives more fully.  Beginning on Friday, August 21, the first day of Elul, we would like to email you one reflective reading for each day leading up to Rosh Hashanah.  These brief readings can water the arid soil of our soul.  To receive the daily reflections, please sign up using the link below.

I look forward to finding new, meaningful ways to welcome the new year with you! Sign Up to Receive the Daily Elul Wisdoms

TAE Discusses Race

Monday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Rabbi Diamond and fellow TAE members in an open discussion about race in our country.

The discussion will be based on the article ‘Believe us’: Black Jews respond to George Floyd protests, in their own words. Black Jews in US call for more solidarity, understanding and support from their coreligionists and to use shared history of oppression for empathy, not denying pain of others.

This is a TAE member event.
The meeting link will be emailed to Temple members. Members can also email Cindy Leshtz at for the meeting link.

Summer Kickoff – Silver Spoons Catering


Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer season. Let’s dive in with these crowd pleasing menus created just for you… from our kitchen to yours!

Order today and enjoy your meals delivered this week ONLY:



  • Greek Salad
  • Barbecued Tri-Tips of Beef, Chimichurri Sauce
  • Twice-Baked Potatoes
  • Grilled Summer Vegetables
  • Dinner Rolls, Butter




  • Grilled Watermelon, Tomato and Feta Salad
  • Barbecued Boneless Breast of Chicken
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Grilled Corn Kernels
  • Cornbread, Butter


  • Caesar Salad
  • Build Your Own Salmon* Burger-
    • Brioche Buns, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Pickles, and Aioli Mayonnaise  *Grilled Portobello Mushroom substitution available!
  • Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Menus are presented $25.75 per person, including sales tax and delivery.

Minimum order is 4 meals. Order four of one menu, or mix and match to experience a variety of the foods we offer. Meals can be easily refrigerated for up to 3 days, then heated and served at your convenience.

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Call Scott Tessler at 818-996-2911, or email

Are you (or someone you know) celebrating a graduation? Why not let Silver Spoons Catering, Inc. do the cooking!

Contact Scott Tessler to create your own personalized menu for the big day!


Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Tikkun means corrections and Leil Shavuot means Eve of Shavuot. An evening-long study session held on the night of Shavuot. More About Shavuot

Getting Good at Getting Older:
Reaping the Harvest of our Lives
ening Program

Thursday, May 28

Shavuot is the season where we reap the harvest if our fields; our senior years are also the time when we reap the harvest of our lives. Join with Rabbi Diamond and author Rabbi Laura Geller as they discuss insights for wise aging described in her book Getting Good at Getting Older.


7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Live Yizkor Service

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Conversations with Rabbi Laura Geller
Including break out sessions

Click here to join the Yizkor Service and Converations

Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, was named by PBS Next Avenue as one of the fifty 2017 “Influencers in Aging.”  The baby boomer generation transformed society in the 60s and 70s and changed the way the world saw young people. While this generation is no longer young, it is still revolutionary and is now confronting and challenging assumptions about aging by living longer, by being more active than their parents and grandparents, and by simply doing things differently as they age. In the process, boomers are changing the way the world sees older people.  

Mother’s Day Brunch by Silver Spoons

From Silver Spoons Catering, Inc. to you…

Moms show their love all year long so be sure to show your love on her special day! Make her Mother’s Day extra special this year. Our brunch menu will be sure to put a smile on her face.

 **Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m.**


Vegetable Frittata
Chicken & Apple Sausages
Breakfast Potatoes
Bagels, Cream Cheese
Sliced Nova Scotia Lox
Sliced Tomatoes and Onions
Fresh Fruit Salad
Assorted Rugelach
PLUS – a surprise chocolate treat!
**$105.00 (serves 4)**

$6.95 per person

California Salad
Wild greens with poached pears, crumbled Gorgonzola, and candied pecans.
Served with Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing

Creamy Tuna Salad

$6.95 per person

Mac & Cheese
Cheese Quesadillas
Chicken Tenders with BBQ Sauce

Prices include sales tax and delivery. Please note that the menu enhancements and the children’s menu items are available only as an add-on to the brunch menu.

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All orders will be delivered on Saturday, May 9 so that your brunch can be ready as early as is needed on Mother’s Day!

Questions? Please call Scott Tessler at 818-996-2911or email at