Havurot Happenings – July, 2022


If you have always wanted to join a Havurah, now is the time. We are actively recruiting members in all age groups, including singles and couples in both new and existing groups. Current openings are listed below:

Empty Nester and Boomer-1 Couples:
We are recruiting for an existing group of married couples in the 60s to 70s age range. Please contact Joni Berger at

Women Only:
Our long time groups of solo women (both single and married) are also looking for additional members. Women in their 50s and 60s should contact Laura Seasongood at 

Women in their 70s and 80s:
Please email Joan Bernick at

Elementary Age and Pre-Teen Families:
Please contact Jane Dankberg at Jane-dankberg@yahoo.com or Jessica Maiten at jessica@fausthouse.org.

For more information about joining a Havurah, please contact Cheryl Landsberg at Cheryllandsberg@gmail.com or Peggy Frank at Pfrank@frankpr.com.

Club Chesed Project Dates: 2022-2023

Sunday, September 18, 2022: Helping those who are food insecure
Food donation collection, make snack bags for homeless children who attend CVUSD, and make lunches for Harbor House.

Sunday, October 2, 2022: Helping children in the hospital
Make giggle boxes for children at Tarzana hospital

Sunday, November 6, 2022: Expressing gratitude
Collect leftover Halloween candy, make gratitude cards

Sunday, December 25, 2022: Help those in need celebrate the holidays
Help decorate for the Community Holiday Dinner at TAE

Sunday, January 8, 2023: Helping  animals
Make dog toys, dog biscuits; Collect towels, pillowcases.

Sunday, February 5, 2023: Celebrate Tu B’Shvat and help the environment
Plant a tree (off campus).

Sunday, March 5, 2023:  Help at our TAE Purim Carnival

Sunday, April 23, 2023 – Participate in TAE’s Mitzvah Day

Sunday, May 7, 2023: Help local seniors
Project TBD

Mussar Series 2022-2023

End 2022 and begin 2023 with meaning!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2022 – JANUARY 5, 2023 (9 weeks)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
The first session will be an introductory session.

Join Sandy Greenstein, co-president of the Mussar Institute, for meaningful discussions focusing on four Middot (character traits):

  • Humility
  • Patience
  • Gratitude
  • Honor

Sandy will email all participants a Zoom link prior to the first session.

There is a suggested donation of $18 which will be used to help update our TAE campus. 

If you have any questions, please email Sandy Greenstein at sandy@grnstn.com.

Click here to register for the Mussar series

The Mussar Institute provides people with ideas and practical tools deriving from the Mussar tradition in Judaism that helps to guide and motivate them to develop and improve the qualities of their inner lives, in fulfillment of the potential of their souls as well as for the benefit of the world.

In a Mussar group, individuals learn to focus on middot such as generosity, patience and humility, and spend time with each middah as it relates to one’s life. Alan Morinis, the founder of The Mussar Institute, says that the goal of Mussar practice is to release the light of holiness that lives within the soul.


Holocaust Remembrance Day Speaker –
Dr. Jason Hensley

Stories of the Kindertransport:

(German for “children’s transport”)

The Power and Importance of Memory

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
TAE and live-streamed

Dr. Hensley will share stories of parents who sent their children from likely destruction to an uncertain future, the men and women who gave these children new lives in safety and security, and the ability these stories have to shape memory and inspire the future.

Jason Hensley, Ph.D., has been lecturing on the Holocaust since 2013. He has traveled around North America, interviewing Holocaust survivors who escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport. His work has been featured on the BBC, Breaking Israel News, Aish.com, and the USC Shoah Foundation’s website.


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.
Zoom link:

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).

Additional Zoom Information:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82870195111
Meeting ID: 828 7019 5111

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