Chanukkah Homecoming 2018

Our Chanukkah Homecoming and rededication of the sanctuary was a success! Thank you to our community for coming together to celebrate the holiday and our Torahs returning home. Thank you to Real Genius Entertainment who kept our kids – young and old – dancing and playing all night! Also, thank you to Cornucopia Caterers for a delicious spread that looked just as beautiful as it tasted. The tables went fast and the passed appetizers kept coming out! Finally, thank you to our amazing community who came out and celebrated with us!

Chanukkah Homecoming

It’s good to be home!

Join us for a

Chanukkah Homecoming

Chanukkah means “dedication.” We will joyously celebrate the rededication of our sanctuary and return of our Torahs.

When/Where: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 Family Service in the Sanctuary with:
*TAE Chorale    *Shirei Elohim
*Jr. Cantors   *Band of Milk & Honey

~7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 Rockin’ Chanukkah party in the Social Hall!
DJ-led hora, dancing, latkes and other nosh, and menorah lighting!

Who’s Invited: Everyone!


FREE! Generously sponsored by our Caterer and DJ



Community Holiday Volunteers Needed

Temple Adat Elohim is once again hosting the Annual Community Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in the Social Hall at Temple Adat Elohim. This festive event is open to the entire community.

This dinner could not happen without all of our wonderful volunteers! If you would like to help, after reviewing all of the information on this page, please click the link at the bottom of this email to be taken the Holiday Dinner Sign Up Genius form. After submitting your volunteer request, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have difficulties submitting your volunteer request, please email taeholidaydinner@gmail.comPlease do not call the temple.

As of Monday, 12/17, all available volunteer positions have been filled and we are unable to accept any further volunteers.  Walk-in volunteers cannot be accommodated on the day of the dinner. There is a volunteer waiting list. If you’d like to be on the list, please click/tap the following button and look for “Waiting List” 

Add Me to the Volunteer Waitlist

Volunteer information:

  • There are a limited number of volunteer spaces available and all volunteers must register in advanceWe are unable to accept unregistered walk-in volunteers on the day of the dinner.
  • Many volunteers would like to serve food. If you were a food server last year, please select a different position so that others may have the opportunity to serve this year. Your help is welcome and makes a difference in many other volunteer positions.
  • With many volunteers, room setup, decorating and cleanup are most successful. You are welcome to volunteer for any or all of these along with one other position. Otherwise, please only sign up for one volunteer position to allow opportunities for as many volunteers as possible.
  • Many of the volunteer assignments have a minimum age requirement. PLEASE check this before signing up. Children under 12 must work with an adult.

The dinner hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Monday, December 24th 11:00am – 12:30am

Set Up Room with the TAE Maintenance Staff
15 volunteers (12 or older) –

Join the fun and help get things started by doing some of the important behind the scenes work. During this time, we will be:

  • Setting up the tables and chairs
  • Moving the supplies into the social hall and kitchen
  • Setting up the kitchen supplies
  • Putting up signs
Tuesday, December 25th

Volunteer Sign-in and Guest Welcoming Table
Sign-in volunteers and direct them to their assignments. Welcome guests and direct them to the dinner.

  • 9:15am – 10:15am – 1 volunteer (12 or older)
  • 10:45am – 12:15pm – 2 volunteers (12 or older)
  • 12:00pm – 2:00 pm – 2 volunteers (12 or older)

Transform the Social Hall into a festive hall! Open to all ages. Great for families young and old!

  • 9:30am – 10:30am – No limit to number of volunteers – All are welcome! The more the merrier!

Wrap Silverware
Wrap fork, knife and spoon in a napkin and tie with a ribbon.

Table Hosts
Walk around to tables. Sit with our guests and engage them in conversation. Get our guests items if needed.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 8 volunteers (12 or older)
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm – 8 volunteers (12 or older)

Food Server – Buffet
Serve food to our guests in the buffet line.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 8 volunteers (16 or older)
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm – 8 volunteers (16 or older)

Food Preparation/Set up – Drinks
Make and put out the coffee, lemonade and water

  • 9:30am – 10:30am – 2 volunteers (adults)

Food Preparation/Set up – Desserts
Cut desserts and put them on plates. Deliver the desserts to the serving table.

  • 10:30am – 12:30pm – 3 volunteers (16 and older)
  • 12:15pm – 2:15pm – 3 volunteers (16 and older)

Food Server – Desserts
Serve desserts to guests.

  • 11:15am -12:45pm – 2 volunteers (12 and older)
  • 12:30pm – 2pm – 2 volunteers (12 and older)

Table Bussers
Walk around the Social Hall. Ask guests if they are done with their meal. Clear their plates and put them in the trash. Get “to go” boxes or foil for guests taking leftovers.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 8 volunteers (8 and older. Those under 12 must be with an adult)
  • 12:30pm – 2pm – 8 volunteers (8 and older. Those under 12 must be with an adult)

Set out cones and signs, assist guests in parking lot

  • 9:30am – 10:30am – Set up – 2 volunteers (adult)
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm – 8 volunteers (adult)
  • 12:15pm – 2:15pm – 8 volunteers (adult)

Assigned to strategic places in the social hall and outside to greet and direct guests.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 6 volunteers (16 and older)
  • 12:30pm – 2pm – 6 volunteers (16 and older)

Gift Table – Set up
Set up the “store” on the gift tables

  • 9:30am – 10:30am – 2 volunteers (12 and older)

Gift Table
Greet people as they “shop” for a gift and help them make a selection. Keep the tables looking nice.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 2 volunteers (12 and older)
  • 12:30pm – 2pm – 2 volunteers (12 and older)

Take photos of volunteers and guests before, during and after the dinner.

  • 9:30am – 12:30pm – 1 volunteer (16 and older). Photograph setup and dinner.
  • 12:30pm – 4:00pm – 1 volunteer (16 and older). Photograph dinner and cleanup.

Photo Booth Photographers
We will have a photo booth. Our guests can take a family photo to take home with them in a wonderfully decorated frame. The photographer will take and print the photos on a provided printer.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 2 volunteers (16 and older)
  • 12:30pm – 2pm – 2 volunteers (16 and older)

Photo Booth Picture Assembly & Delivery
Print, frame and deliver guest pictures taken at photo booth.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 3 volunteers (16 and older
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm – 3 volunteers (16 and older)

Reading Nook/Art Corner
Read a book to children and supervise art projects.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 2 volunteers (12 and older)
  • 12:30pm – 2pm – 2 volunteers (12 and older)

Reading Nook/Art Corner
Read a book to children and supervise art projects.

  • 11:15am – 12:45pm – 2 volunteers (12 and older)
  • 12:30pm – 2pm – 2 volunteers (12 and older)


  • Our singers and musicians will entertain our guests!

Clean up
We couldn’t do all of this without a dedicated group to help clean up when we’re done. Take down decorations, tables, chairs, pack up leftovers, clean up kitchen, take out trash.  We need lots of people to help!

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Unlimited number of volunteers (all ages!)

Deliver leftovers – Drivers needed!
Help extend the dinner to others in the community by delivering leftovers to local agencies in Thousand Oaks and/or Oxnard. Please sign up if you are able to drive and drop off food at the end of the clean-up shift.

  • 3:00pm –   4:00pm volunteers with cars (Must be adults or adults with family)

Where should you park when you come to volunteer?
Please park at Dean Triggs School behind Temple Adat Elohim (connected by a staircase) or on a side street in a legal area. Do not park in the Temple lot as we would like to reserve all of these spaces for our guests. Please enter through the doors of the foyer where indicated, and check in at the volunteer check-in station prior to the beginning your shift.

Bring some additional joy to our guests
Please donate Toys / Stuffed Animals / Books – All volunteers are invited to donate a new, unwrapped toy, stuffed animal, or book (new or used in good condition) to give away to children at the dinner (please, no clothes). These items can be dropped off in the temple office until 12/22.

Shabbat Services – Off Campus

With Thanksgiving just hours away, we want to take this time to give thanks that the devastating fires that swept through our community left our temple structure unharmed and our congregants are safe.

Our campus smoke and ash remediation is progressing on schedule and we will continue to update you as more details are available. We hope to resume Shabbat services and all of our activities on our campus very soon. In the interim we will be holding Shabbat services off campus this week.

Friday Evening Services
led by Rabbi Michael Lotker
Friday, November 23, 2018 at 7:30pm
at the Masonic Lodge
2786 Crescent Way
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Talmud and Torah Study
Saturday, November 24, 2018
at 8:00am and 8:45am respectively
at the home of Rachel and Ken Elman

3216 N. Blue Ridge Court
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Many congregants have asked how they can help our fellow members in the aftermath of these series of crises.

If you are able to help in any way, including hosting people for Thanksgiving dinner, or if you need assistance including a place to go for Thanksgiving dinner, please complete this form below. We will do our best to connect people’s offers with other people’s needs.

TAE Helping One Another Form

Join the community to give thanks!

As a community this has been a difficult time for us. This night is a night to give thanks for what we have, and to share that good with others. Join us for our Thanksgiving Eve Service, November 21, 2018, 7-8:30pm. Thank you to St. Paschal Baylon for hosting this event. All are welcome!

Shabbat Evening Services

Join Rabbi Diamond and Silly Cantor Shukiar for our Tots n’ Torah Service at 6:15 p.m. This is a child-friendly service and is followed by an Oneg.

Join Rabbi Diamond and Cantor Shukiar  for our new, innovative “Shabbat in the Round” Torah Service at 7:30 p.m. in the Social Hall. This innovative Shabbat experience will include the prayer book of light and an extended musical Kabbalat Shabbat.