January 2013 Menorah Message

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Text of January 2013 Menorah Message

  • from the RABBI

    Steven L. Silver, Rabbi

    J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 3 T E V E T / S H E V A T 5 7 7 3 V O L . 7 0 N O 1 W W W . T E M P L E M E N O R A H . O R G

    the Klein Chaplaincy Service in parternship with the Rosenberg Cultural Center.

    Registration for these speakers must be made online at www.OurLeadersInAction.com. Sponsorships, both corporate and personal are, of course, welcome (see attached form).

    The Klein Chaplaincy was founded in 2000 and is directed by Rabbi Gila Katz. Rabbi Gila says, The mission of the Chaplaincy Service is to reach out with an open hand and a warm heart to members of our community who are ill, alone, isolated, or advanced in age and let them know that we are here and that we care. Our energies and work are committed to enhancing the Mitzvah of Tikkun Olam to repair the world by making our community a better place to live in.

    I know that you will want to become a supporter of this very exciting Leaders in Action program as we together discover, understand and engage with the cutting edge issues of our time.

    Dear Friends,

    We are very pleased to share with you some exciting news. Three outstanding thinkers and leaders in the area of technology and personal ethics will be visiting our synagogue this winter as part of a new initiative: Leaders in Action. They will challenge their listeners to discover, understand and engage with the latest thinking in their areas of expertise. Leaders in Action, is a collaboration of Temple Menorah and


    RABBI ELLIOT N. DORFF - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:30 pm

    The impact of technology and medicine in the 21st Century. Matters of life and death; a moral choice.

    Rabbi Dr. Elliot Dorff, Rector of the American Jewish University will address Matters of Life and Death; A Moral Choice His talk will explore the impact of technology on medicine in the 21st century.

    RABBI ARTHUR GROSS-SCHAEFER - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:30 pm

    Ethical decision making in the 21st Century in our public lives, in our work place and in our personal lives.

    Professor Arthur Gross Schafer, of Loyola Marymount University will address, Ethical Decision Making In The 21st Century In Our Public, Work And Personal Lives. Professor Schaefer is an ordained rabbi, popular speaker and consultant in the areas of

    DEAN ERWIN CHEMERINSKY - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:30 pm

    The new technology and the Constitution first Amendment rights concerning texting, facebook, social media and our rights to privacy.

    Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of UC Irvine Law School will address New Technology and the Constitution. Dean Chemerinsky will explore first amendment rights with respect to texting, Facebook, social media and our right to privacy.



    2 menorah message January 2013


    erev shabbat (weekly) 6:00 pm Nosh & Social 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat

    shabbat morning (weekly) 10:00 am Shacharit Service Kiddush Lunch follows service

    family tot shabbat Friday, January 11 - 6:30 pm

    camp reunion shabbat Friday, January 18 - 6:30 pm

    Candle lighting times are located in the enclosed calendar

    parashat ha shavuah January 5 Shemot January 12 Vaera January 19 Bo January 26 Beshalah

    saturday morning torah study January 5 ....Rabbi Deborah Goldmann January 12 ................ Rabbi Steven Silver January 19 .......................Rabbi Gila Katz January 26 .............. Rebeccah Yussman

    nosh & social Friday evenings at 6:00 pm

    family tot shabbat dinner Friday, January 11 at 5:30 pm

    community shabbat dinner Friday, January 18 at 7:30 pm

    Zach Barsuk January 26 | Beshalach

    Son of Melanie and Peter Barsuk

    BAR MITZVAH PROJECT Hi my name is Zach, and my Bar Mitzvah is on January 26, 2013. For my Bar Mitzvah project, I would like to take donations for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (SPCALA). SPCALA has shelters in Hawthorne and Long Beach, and is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals through education, law enforcement, intervention and advocacy.

    As part of my project, I will be setting up boxes at the Temple for the donation of the following items: Unopened boxes or bags of animal food, dog biscuits or cat treats Animal toys for the shelter pets to play with Slightly used blankets or towels for pet beds

    I will locate my boxes in lobby of the social hall. Please leave any items that you donate in the boxes for me to bring to the Shelter at the end of every week. For more information about SPCALA, you can visit their website at www.spcala.com.

    Thank you.


    It is my pleasure to share some very exciting news with you! Temple Menorah was selected to receive two brand new grants from the LA Jewish Federation for additional programming for Jewish high-schoolers and middle-schoolers for the entire South Bay Jewish community. Our reputation with grants is very positive as a number of our programs began with a grant and were absorbed into the Temples core curriculum at the conclusion of the grant. Programs such as Kochavim (our dramatic arts) and EZRA (special needs) are wonderful examples of how grant funds can be leveraged to generate a legacy.

    We have been awarded a grant for South Bay wide Jewish high school programming and another for a continuation of our Club Noar summer camp program into the school year. Both grants run from January to December of 2013 and were funded at $50,000 each, providing us with a substantial base from which to operate these programs. This funding allows us to hire a staff person to coordinate, launch and run these new programs as well as to subsidize the some of the costs for families.

    The high school program will bring Jewish students from throughout the area together for educational, social and leadership training opportunities. We will have classes that can earn high school and/or college credits as well as classes that are recreational. The Arachim and Maamad programs from a few years ago will return and we will establish a South Bay hub to participate in the Weinberg Israel Fellows program which is a Federation program operating in the city and valley. There will be a retreat at Camp JCA Shalom as well as a winter trip for juniors and seniors (both subsidized by our grant). This first year the trip will be in the U.S. and next year we plan to go to Israel!

    The Club Noar program is open to all Jewish middle school students in the South Bay. Through this program we will offer many different opportunities for our Bnai Mitzvah age students as they are transitioning out of our Religious School and into the next stage of their Jewish education and experiences. There will be social, recreational and learning opportunities available. Students will learn how to work with others, plan programs and events, and to advocate for issues that they believe in. There will be a board with meetings and responsibilities as well as overnights and a retreat at Camp JCA Shalom (subsidized by our grant). We are in the process of forming Advisory Committees for each of these new grants. If you would like to be a member of either committee please let me know at Randi@Templemenorah.org, your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks to the generosity of the Spiwak family and the BJE, our EZRA and Shlemut Network programs provide specialized resources for Jewish students with special needs. The first grant in the amount of $5,000 allows us to continue the Shlemut Network to provide monthly events for Jewish young adults 18-25. Rabbi Deborah Goldmann coordinates

    Randi Sher

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    Nancey Eason

    CONDOLENCES Temple Menorah and its members extend

    heartfelt condolences to the families of:

    Gerard Wolff, Alejandro & Alexandra Wolff, Claudio & Sarah Wolff, Rick & Susan Wolff,

    Philip, Michael, Michelle, Allison, Camilla, Carina, Cameron, Chiara & Connor Wolff

    on the loss of their wife, mother and grandmother Toni Wolff

    Ronnie & Alan Goldstein, Stephanie, Scott & Melissa Gawith

    on the loss of their father and grandfather, Alan Martin

    Joel & Brittany Schwartz, Yolanta Schwartz, Aaron Schwartz,

    Madison Irvin & Nick Caner on the loss of their husband, father & grandfather,

    Dr. Arthur Schwartz

    Judi Hayward, Chuck & Sandy Shupps, Jill & Marc Evensen, Scott & Margie Hayward ,

    Todd Hayward, Stacey & Roger Brobst and Bradley & Louise Shupps,

    on the loss of their father and grandfather, (Allen) Burt Shupps

    MISHEBEIRACH Temple Menorah wishes a speedy recovery to the following people:

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