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Beneath the Helmet

July 5, 2016


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Join TBS friends for a screening of
“Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front”
followed by a discussion with
Major Jordan Herzberg from the IDF.

“Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front” is a coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are, who they want to be.    Website:

Jordan HerzbergJordan Herzberg has been active in diplomacy, political and security affairs in Israel
for over 20 years. Serving as a track two diplomat for several Israeli Prime Ministers,
Jordan participated in hundreds of hours of back channel negotiations with
neighboring Arab heads of state, and has advised several Israeli government
Volunteering as a lone soldier in the elite Paratrooper Brigade, Jordan served in
several different combat theatres, including extensive military service in Lebanon and
Judea/Samaria. Jordan currently serves as a commander in a combined
paratroop/infantry/armored division, with the rank of Major (Reserves).

Jordan has a BA with Honors in Political Science and Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, including studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Harvard Business School. Jordan is a graduate of the Yad Ben Zvi Institute in Jerusalem and a Ministry of Tourism licensed tour guide. Jordan grew up in Florida. He made Aliyah in 1993, and lives with his family in Jerusalem.
He served as Chairman of Mechinat Lachish Meitarim, one of Israel’s largest pluralistic gap year programs for young men and women, secular and observant. He is on the board of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.
Jordan’s real passion is showing off the Land of Israel. Whether you are a novice to Israel or a frequent traveler, Jordan promises that your time in Israel will be a Chavaya, a unique life changing experience.


$10 suggested donation includes popcorn & a drink.
Those 19 and under are free.

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2016 Shavuot RSVP

May 25, 2016

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Shavuot Dairy Potluck - June 11, 2016

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Let Temple Beth Sholom Brighten June with Shabbatot, Simchas & Shavuot

May 25, 2016

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Friday, June 3 – Shabbat Family Services and Movie Night
Our first summer Shabbat service on the TBS patio
Oneg: 5:30
Service: 6:00 on the TBS patio
Bring a potluck dish and join us for movie and schmoozing.
Movie – The Peanuts Movie

Friday, June 10 – Confirmation and Blessing the High School Graduates
5:30 pm Oneg
6:00 pm Confirmation Shabbat and blessing our HS graduates.

Saturday, June 11 – Shavuot
5:00 pm Yizkor service in the chapel
5:30 Dairy Potluck dinner (let us know if you’re coming, click here)
6:30 Movie and Discussion
We will be showing the movie “Arranged”. The movie centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common – not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages. Click here to watch the trailer.

Friday, June 17 – Open House Shabbat
Bring a friend, heck! bring 10 friends, and introduce them to the TBS family!
5:30 Oneg
6:00 Shabbat service on the patio
BBQ Dinner Click here to RSVP for dinner

Join us for a Shabbat BBQ o Shabbat evening services as we welcome prospective members to our congregation. There is no charge for this event, however an RSVP is required. We will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers with all the fixings and side salads. Dessert is potluck so please bring something sweet to share! And as always feel free to BYOW (bring your own wine). We look forward to seeing you there.

Note: We will not be able to cater to strict dietary restrictions beyond a vegetarian option. Please feel free to bring your own dinner if the above menu does not meet your dietary needs.

Friday, June 24 – Shabbat Evening Service with the Orange County Ecumenical Council on LGBTQ Inclusion and Community.
5:30 Oneg
6:00 Shabbat service on the patio
Join us for a special Shabbat during which we will be joined by faith leaders from throughout Orange County as we prepare to celebrate Orange County Pride with the LGBTQ Community.

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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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