The First 100 Days of the Biden-Harris Administration As Seen Through a Jewish Lens with Rabbi David Saperstein

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  via Zoom.
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For 40 years, Rabbi Saperstein directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest segment of American Jewry, to the U.S. Congress and Administration and currently serves as its Director Emeritus.
For over two years (2015-2017), Rabbi Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues.

He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Center for Jewish Civilization and as a Distinguished Fellow at the PM Glynn Center at the Australian Catholic University. Click here to register for the Zoom link.

100 Days

The 100-days concept is believed to have its roots in France, where the concept of “Cent Jours” (Hundred Days) refers to the period of 1815 between Napoleon Bonaparte’s return to Paris from exile on the island of Elba and his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, after which King Louis XVIII regained the French throne.

When did the first 100 days become a key benchmark for a U.S. presidential administration?

In the United States, no one talked that much about the importance of a president’s first 100 days—until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933. He took swift action to calm the nation’s crippling financial panic (cue the Emergency Banking Act and the “fireside chats” that became Roosevelt’s signature) and began rolling out the programs that made up his New Deal, including 15 major pieces of legislation in the first 100 days. FDR’s extraordinary productivity translated into enormous popularity, and he set a first 100-day standard against which all future U.S. presidents would (perhaps unfairly) be measured.

What are some of the most notable things that have occurred in past presidents’ first 100 days?

John F. Kennedy ordered the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion 87 days into his presidency. At a time when the U.S. and USSR were locked in the Cold War, JFK’s first 100 days also saw the Soviets launch the first human into space.

On Day 1, Ronald Reagan started off with a bang, announcing the release of U.S. diplomats being held hostage in Iran. Sixty-nine days into his administration, he survived an assassination attempt.

Barack Obama — who like FDR took office during a severe financial crisis—was able to get Congress to sign a $787 million stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, on his 29th day in office.

The first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration is now history.

Youth Group Movie Nights – May, 2021

JAETY & AETY (6th-12th graders)
Jurassic World at AMC, Thousand Oaks
Saturday, March 20th, from 7:15-10:00 p.m.

  • Cost: $5.00 members and $15.00 non-members (includes a movie ticket, popcorn, and a drink).
  • Mask required at all times except when eating.
  • Space is limited in the theater so RSVP before we run out of room!
  • RSVP HERE by May 14th.
  • Questions? Email Carolyn, Youth Advisor, here.

MAETY & JAETY (4th-8th grades)
Trolls World Tour at AMC, Thousand Oaks
Saturday, May 22nd, from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Cost: $5.00 members and $15.00 non-members (includes a movie ticket, popcorn, and a drink).
  • Mask required at all times except when eating.
  • Space is limited in the theater so RSVP before we run out of room!
  • RSVP HERE by May 21st.
  • Questions? Email Carolyn, Youth Advisor, here.

Lotza Matzah Cook-Off

WATCH as 4 TAE FAMILIES vie for the MATZAH RECIPE MOST LIKELY TO BE COOKED at YOUR house!!! Scroll down to view the recipes!


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Matzah Lasagna – The Bragar Family

Apple Matzah Kugel – The Catriel Family

Matzah Toffee with Cardamom Candied Pecans – The Charnick Family

Matzah Veggie Spring Rolls – The Strausman Family


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped on and off the screen!

  • Tee, Michael, Tamia & Mikayla Bragar
  • Amy, Joe, Eva and Frida Catriel
  • Rachel, Joel, Jonah and Lily Charnick
  • Lindsay, Oze, Jacob, Rachel, Rebecca, Joshua and Eli Strausman
  • Robert Cataldo
  • Jeff Gottloeb
  • Penny Greenblatt
  • Juli Rycus
  • Deb Satz
  • Javier
  • Rabbi Diamond
  • Cantor Shukiar

Cultural Navigation Series

Mindful businesses and organizations recognize that success today is tied to how well we navigate the cultural interactions we have. In a world of increasing awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), we seek to promote our commitment to DEI, expand our understanding, and avoid missteps. Join April Powers and Kiyomi Kowalski, co-founders of JewbianPrincess.com, for a high level, in-depth training to prepare you for the world as it both is and is becoming.

This course is perfect for anyone who wants to get along with other human beings. Whether you are an individual or a team, this training explores the skills to have more successful interactions with people who look, think, and work differently than you. Especially for professionals and business and organizational leaders.

The four session course includes:
Developing Empathy, Uncovering Unconscious Bias, Emotional Intelligence, and Cultural Navigation. Each of these courses will offer free online assessments for your own self-evaluation.

About the Leaders:
Kiyomi Kowalski, JD, a mom, a Marine Corps veteran, an anti-racism educator, and a social justice advocate. Certified in Diversity and Inclusion by Cornell University, Kiyomi also serves the Jewish community as the chair of the VOS Social Justice Collective and VOS Anti-racism Task Force and co-founded JewbianPrincess.com with April Powers to teach tolerance across the Jewish diaspora.

April Powers – Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, April Powers is a bilingual, Bluish (Black & Jewish) citizen of the world. A proud Congregation Or Ami partner, she also trains various corporate clients on cultural competence and inclusion through her DEI consulting practice, FirstImpressionRx.comCLICK HERE TO REGISTER