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TBS Passover Resources

March 24, 2015


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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An Evening with a Good Book, July 1, 6:30pm

May 22, 2014

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Rabbi Donnell & Soni Sanberg are back for
An Evening with a Good Book!

Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 p.m., TBS Library
(bring your dinner)

dancing_arabs_book“A story born out of the tensions between Jewish and Arab Israelis, the debut novel by Arab-Israeli Sayed Kashua has been praised around the world for its
honesty, irony, humor, and its uniquely human portrayal of a young man who
moves between two societies, becoming a stranger to both. Kashua’s nameless
antihero has big shoes to fill, having grown up with the myth of a grandfather who died fighting the Zionists in 1948, and with a father who was jailed for blowing up a school cafeteria in the name of freedom. When he is granted a scholarship to an elite Jewish boarding school, his family rejoices, dreaming that he will grow up to be the first Arab to build an atom bomb. But to their dismay, he turns out to be a coward devoid of any national pride; his only ambition is to fit in with his Jewish peers who reject him. He changes his clothes, his accent, his eating habits, and becomes an expert at faking identities, sliding between different cultures, different schools, different languages, and eventually a Jewish lover and an Arab wife.”

Sayed_KashuaSayed Kashua is one of Israel’s premier Arab writers in Hebrew. A novelist and columnist for the prestigious Haaretz newspaper, Kashua is acclaimed for his humorous tongue-in-cheek literary style. Among his many awards and honors he won the Prime Minister’s prize for literature in 2004.

Dancing Arabs is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and on Kindle Books, and Nook Books.

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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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Book Discussion – January 6

November 13, 2013

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MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. (LIBRARY)

Israeli novelist Govrin juxtaposes one women’s difficult search for personal and professional fulfillment against modern Israel’s quagmire of political and social issues. lana Tsuriel’s accidental death at the book’s opening quashes her vision for a revolutionary architecture project in Jerusalem. The project borrows concepts about land and property ownership from biblical texts and is intended to promote peace in a city perpetually in turmoil. Left behind are her journal notes, photographs and sketches. As the title suggests, Ilana’s work and private life unfold, often in dialogue with her deceased Zionist father, in a patchwork of musings justifying her personal and professional choices. AVAILABLE ON KINDLE AND NOOK.


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