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Rabbi Donnell Invites You To Spend the Weekend With Him

February 22, 2016

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March 4-6, 2016


Friday, March 4 — Shabbat Evening Services

With Rabbi Donnell and  Rabbinic Student Bryan Zive

“L’chu N’ran’na l’Adonai—Come, Let us sing joyously to Adonai!” A service celebrating Kabballat Shabbat and its inspiring introduction to the day of spiritual renewal. The sermon with be, “It’s Not Who’s Your Leader, It’s What’s Your Leader” the Torah’s guide for choosing good leaders.


Saturday, March 5 —  Torah Study 9:15 am

With Rabbi Donnell and  Rabbinic Student Bryan Zive

Parashat Vayakhel:Shabbat, A Firestorm of Controversy. From one verse in this week’s Torah portion a whole medieval controversy erupted that shaped the ritual future of Judaism and gives rise to questions about how we deal with diversity and dissent in Judaism today.


Shabbat Shacharit 10:30 am

            With Rabbi Donnell and  Rabbinic Student Bryan Zive

Shabbat Shekalim introducing the period of Passover preparation. A service filled with song, meditation and joy.


Food for the Soul Program  – RESERVATIONS CLOSED

            With Rabbi Donnell and  Rabbinic Student Bryan Zive

  Food for the Soul” Food plays a starring role in Jewish tradition from Friday night dinner to the Passover Seder, but its significance goes way beyond the fact that we Jews like to eat! Food has spiritual significance in our tradition. Through Se’udat Shlishit, the “Third Meal” of Shabbat, we will explore some insights of our tradition on the “Torah of the kitchen” from the Talmud to the Hasidic masters. To add to our Shabbat delight we will sample wines from Israel, enjoy a cheese tasting and indulge ourselves with rich chocolate. To top things off we will add music to nourish our souls as well as our appetites.

Reservations are now closed. We hope you will enjoy all the other programming with Rabbi Donnell throughout the weekend.


Sunday, March 6 — Adult Ed Program  9:30 am

With Rabbi Donnell

  “What is Your Haggadah?” Do you remember the Seder story of the rabbis at B’nei Berak, the one with the names that no one can ever pronounce? Do you know why they were there? Do you know what they were doing? It was about the time of that story that our Passover Haggadah was born as a contemporary response to an ancient story, making historic lessons meaningful for a new generation. Jews have always done that with our stories and with our teachings. In this workshop we will explore how the Haggadah developed as a revolutionary document and how it evolved over the centuries to speak to new generations in new and meaningful ways. This will help you to make your Seder more personal and significant this year as you answer the question, — What is your Haggadah?


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TBS Adult Education Courses available for RSVP

September 17, 2015

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The first of this fall’s Adult Education courses from our 2015-16 Congregational Programming Brochure are now available for online RSVP.  Please see our Adult Education page for course details and more information.

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TBS Passover Resources

March 24, 2015

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Matzah for PassoverThank you to all of you who joined us for our Passover Adult Education session with our Educator Jodi Kaufman.  We hope you all learned something new for your Seder!

As promised, here are links to the materials that were discussed / passed out this past Sunday.  If you have any further questions about how to ‘change up’ your Seder, please contact Jodi.  If you have other ideas or want to share what you are doing different for your Seder this year, please comment below!

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Shavuot Observance & Programming at TBS

May 8, 2014



All programming at Temple Beth Sholom Facility

Feeding Our Body:

Pot luck Shavuot Dairy Dinner  – bring a dairy dish to share. Please provide enough for a minimum of eight servings.

Feeling creative? Participate in our Chopped Shavuot Challenge!
Create either a sweet or savory dish that must include the following ingredients: Eggs, strawberries and/or cherries, cream cheese, graham crackers. Prizes will be awarded.

RSVP for Potluck & Describe your dish using the form below

Feeding our Mind:

“Covenant, Courage and Commitment”
How do we deal with life’s challenges and disappointments — personally, professionally and communally?  Judaism has much to teach us about living effectively and meaningfully in the face of adversity and in an uncertain world and those teachings are at the heart of the Covenant that we celebrate and renew at this season of Shavuot.  Together we will explore wisdom passed down to us from the TaNaKh, the Talmud, modern Jewish thinkers and Jewish literature about living life fully in a less-than-perfect world.

You will have the opportunity to choose two of the following sessions:

  1. The TaNaKh/The Megillah of Ruth — Strength to meet life on its own terms.  How to deal with personal difficulties in life. Rabbi Heidi Cohen
  2. The Talmud — From destruction to renewal.  Rabbinic responses to the destruction of the Temple. Rabbi Shelton Donnell
  3. Jewish Thought — Out of the darkness.  Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and the response to evil. Wendy Bocarsky
  4. Jewish Literature — Finding meaning in Uncertainty. Soni Sanberg

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Classes with Wendy Bocarsky

March 23, 2014

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Jewish Couch Potato and others

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Stretch & K’Vetch Fitness Class for Adults and Seniors

February 13, 2014

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Join Barry Pearlman, a local NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer, for our adult fitness class right here at TBS.

Wednesday mornings at 10:45am & Sunday afternoons @ 3:00pm
Wed. 3/19 & 3/26 @ 10:45am
Sun. 3/23 & 3/30 @ 3:00pm

Come to any classes!

The goal of the class is to improve balance, increase flexibility and to have more functional strength for everyday activity.
Cost is $5 per session paid directly to Barry.  Please RSVP below.

For the best possible experience, please bring the following equipment:*(all can be purchased at Sports Authority, Dick’s, or Target)

  • Two dumbbells (2, 3, or 5 lbs)
  • One red or green elastic band with handles (whatever color you can comfortably work with)
  • One thick towel or exercise/yoga mat for floor exercises.

Please contact David Cohen with any questions ( / 714-628-4631)

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Sandwich Generation Adult Ed. Class, February 9, 10a.m.

January 25, 2014

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Sandwich Generation

We are blessed, one generation to the next. We are living longer,  our parents and children are getting older and we are in the middle sharing the blessings on both sides.

Join Rabbi Cohen on Sunday, February 9th at 10 a.m. as we ask what it means to be the “Sandwich Generation.” We will explore together Jewish perspectives on aging and care giving while reviewing practical advice for facing difficult questions.  There is no cost for this class but please RSVP below so we can be prepared with supplies for our discussion.

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Speaker Series with Todd Creager: The Long, Hot Jewish Relationship

January 20, 2014

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LongHotRelationshipThe Long, Hot Jewish Relationship!

Creating Passionate, Long-Term relationships – Jewish-Style

Combining concepts from his book, ”The Long Hot Marriage”, and the book by Dr. Ron Wolfson, “Relational Judaism”, Todd Creager promises to deliver a dynamic and useful presentation on how to create passionate and authentic relationships with a spouse, a partner, a friend, and yes – even with your congregation.  He will talk about the connection between depth and passion, the tremendous power of listening and receptivity, and our God-given ability to be interpersonally creative. He will also share some of his secrets of success with the thousands of couples he has helped for over 30 years.

Register for our class with Todd Creager here at TBS on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 pm

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Discussion with AIPAC’s Jason Youdeem

December 31, 2013

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America and Israel: Promoting our Shared Values in a Time of Transition

AIPAC and Temple Beth Sholom cordially invite you for a discussion on the importance of the U.S. – Israel relationship: FEATURING Jason Youdeem, AIPAC Orange County & Long Beach Assistant Area Director

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Services 6:30 p.m.
Discussion 8:00 p.m.

About Jason Youdeem
Jason Youdeem is the Orange County Assistant Area Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. In his current role Jason organizes the political and grassroots efforts of the local pro- Israel community. His portfolio includes increasing community engagement in the political process, fundraising, recruiting and training AIPAC activists, and conducting briefings on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East.

Prior to his career at AIPAC, Jason worked for Relief International, a humanitarian NGO based out of
Los Angeles. Jason is a graduate of the University
of California Los Angeles, where he focused on Globalization and Political Science.


For more than half a century, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has worked to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong. From a small pro-Israel public affairs boutique in the 1950s, AIPAC has grown into a 100,000-member national grassroots movement described by The New York Times as “the most important organization affect- ing America’s relationship with Israel.”

Political advocacy is one of the most effective ways in which AIPAC works to accomplish its mission. Each year, AIPAC is involved in more than 100 legislative and policy initiatives involving Middle East policy or aimed at broadening and deepening the U.S.-Israel bond.

AIPAC works to secure vital U.S. foreign aid for Israel to help ensure Israel remains strong and secure. AIPAC is working to promote strategic cooperation between the two nations, to develop sound U.S. anti-terrorist poli- cies, to share homeland security techniques and tech- nologies, and to stop rogue nations such as Iran from acquiring weapons of mass destruction.


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The Jewish Couch Potato is Here Again!!

December 10, 2013

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January 12, 2014

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Library)

Back by popular demand! Many of us spend our leisure time in front of the television. But not all of that time is wasted as much can be learned from an hour of quality viewing. In this session we will view an episode of a popular program and analyze its Jewish content. Using rabbinic texts we will also discuss the ethical issues presented in the particular story. Of course, we will have what every good couch potato needs, coffee cake, fresh coffee and food for thought! We hope to see you there. The cost of the class is $7.00 per class/members and $14.00 per class/non-members, included for FLC famlies.
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