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Together WE Do Extraordinary Things By Danny Levy, Director of Development


In times of crisis we respond We believe we have a responsibility to one another and to all mankind. And we believe in our powers to make a difference. During natural disasters and humanitarian crises, we’re often the first on the ground providing aid, comfort and support. Haiti Earthquake: $4.8 million/2010. Donations from Federation donors were sent to Haiti through JDC, American Jewish World Service, and IsraAid, and used to fund critical supplies used by the Israeli army field hospital. Japan Earthquake: $1 million/2011. Donors turned to Federation as soon as they heard about the devastation. Our overseas partner JDC joined forces with the Israeli army to open a field hospital. And we continue to provide counseling to victims. Hurricanes & Tornadoes: 2011/2012. We helped get medical care to victims and are providing ongoing recovery assistance.

s one of America’s most trusted names in charitable giving, the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign is an incredible grassroots effort dedicated to strengthening and supporting our Jewish community from the ground up. It’s a powerful story. Even during difficult economic times, when our highest priority is helping people in financial crisis feed their families, pay their rents, and get back on their feet, the Annual Campaign continues to ensure, through the Jewish Community Partnership, that programs and institutions that enrich Jewish life here in Greater Long Beach, in Israel and overseas, remain vibrant and strong. WE Do Extraordinary Things as a Community What is a community? A community is more than a physical location. It’s the connection between people – across borders and boundaries – who share the responsibility to take care of one an-

other. The Jewish Community Partnership is dedicated to strengthening this connection. Every day, the Alpert Jewish Community Center brightens the lives of nearly 300 students in the Early Childhood Education program. Every day, Jewish Family and Children’s Service supports clients as they struggle through life’s challenges. Every day, Long Beach Hillel strengthens the Jewish identity of college students across southern California. And every day, the Hebrew Academy brightens the lives of students through Judaic and secular studies. The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign funds community Purim and Chanukah celebrations at the Alpert JCC as well as Sukkot and Lag B’Omer Celebrations at the Hebrew Academy. The Annual Campaign also helps fund scholarships for the Talit Program, training the next generation of Jewish leaders, at the Bureau of Jewish Education. Caring for the needy Every day, the Federation supports programs that feed, clothe, shelter, counsel and rescue thousands of people here in the Greater Long Beach area, in Israel and around the world. It’s our responsibility. It’s our privilege. It’s who we are. The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign supports Senior Adult Nutrition programs at the Alpert JCC, Young Adult programs through Gesher City and helps JFCS support those economically and emotionally vulnerable.


Every GIFT Makes a Difference eeeA donation to the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign is a promise that Jewish social services and vibrant community organizations will remain strong and active for all of us, for you, and for your family. It’s an opportunity to be a part of a caring community that gives back. It’s an opportunity to foster and celebrate Jewish identity for future generations. Together we have the power to make an impact. If you need help, we can help you. If you can help, please do. THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY. Get Involved. Donate. Volunteer. The 2013 Jewish Federation Annual Campaign is well underway. There are several ways that you can make a difference if you have not already: 1) Answer the letter that will soon arrive in your home, 2) Answer the call on Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign Phone-a-thon on Sunday April 21, 2013, 3) Volunteer to make calls at the Phone-a-thon. The Jewish Federation is your center for philanthropy. Each donor is unique and we are here to help you make a difference in whatever way you can. For more information, visit our website at or call Danny Levy at 562-426-7601 EXT. 1007 for customized donations or payment plans.


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Walk to End Genocide By Rabbi Nancy Myers

We are just concluding the holiday of Passover where we celebrate the liberation of our people out of bondage. As Jews, our memory as slaves impels us to care for others. In Deuteronomy 16, we are told to rejoice before God with the stranger, orphan, and widow because “You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt; and you shall observe and do these statutes.” It is because we remember the brutality of Pharaoh’s taskmasters and what it’s like to suffer, that we are eth-

ically compelled to speak out and help save others from violence. As we recall the strong leadership of Moses, Miriam, and Aaron, I ask you to consider the importance of Jewish voices in not only helping our people, but also, of those half-aworld away. Even though news coverage can be sporadic, there is still so much suffering in Sudan, Congo, and other parts of Africa. Too many innocent men, women, and children face innumerable challenges. Women are still being raped, children’s edu-

cation is languishing, and people are suffering long lasting physical and psychological trauma. Jewish World Watch, through its annual Walk to End Genocide, is raising funds to provide safe protected places, medical treatment, education, and job opportunities for the survivors of war. This year the Orange County/Greater Long Beach walk will be on Sunday, April 21, 2013 beginning at 9:00 am at Fountain Valley Park, Great Lawn at 16400 Brookhurst in Fountain Valley.

I would love your assistance, involvement, and participation.

­­­ Chabad of Cypress (O) 10433 Los Alamitos Blvd. Los Alamitos, CA 90720 Contact: Rabbi Shmuel Marcus Phone: 714-828-1851 Email: Website:

Rabbi Nancy Myers

Register your synagogue or institution team on the JWW Walk website: www.walktoendgenocide. org. Thank you for your support. B’shalom.

Rabbi Nancy Myers is Rabbi at Temple Beth David, Westminster.

Congregation Shir Chadash A four week mini-course on Israel’s emerging foreign affairs agenda with the nations surrounding her will be held Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, on April 10, 17, 24 & May 1. Rabbi Howard Laibson will facilitate the class. Torat Nashim, CSC’s monthly women’s Shabbat service and study circle, will be held on April 27 at 9:45 am. Open to all women in the greater Jewish community. Coordinated by Ellen Goldsmith & Linda Waltzman. An Oneg will follow. Contact the temple for

more information on either Nancy Myers, Cantor Nancy event. Linder, the temple’s choir, and pianist Ruth Kramer. P’nai Or Erev Shabbat services Temple Beth Shalom on April 12 at 7:30 pm. (He)Brew School is in Shabbat morning services session! On Sunday, April on April 27 at 10 am. De- 14 at 1pm, a beer tasting of biblical proportions will intails at clude an afternoon of exotic Temple Beth David beers guided by an indus In memory of all who per- try expert, wonderful food, ished during the Holocaust, outstanding company, and there will be a Yom Ha’Shoah a bunch of great swag. Ceremony on Sunday, April Cost: $35, proceeds 7 at 10:30 am. Stella Unger, benefit the TBS Playwho resided in Nazi Germany ground Construction Fund. prior to the Holocaust, will RSVP: speak of what it was like liv- If your synagogue would like to ing there as a Jewish child. be a part of this listing, please submit your events to chroniParticipating will be Rabbi

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Congregation Ahavas Yisroel (O) 10433 Los Alamitos Boulevard Los Alamitos, CA 90720 Contact: Rabbi Yitzchok Marcus Website: Under Construction E-mail: Phone: 562-493-4570 Congregation Lubavitch (O) 3981 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 Contact: Rabbi Newman Phone: 562-426-5480 Email: Congregation Shir Chadash (I) 6440 Del Amo Blvd. Lakewood, CA 90713 Contact Rabbi Howard Laibson Phone: 562-429-0715 Website:

P’nai Or (I) Long Beach, CA Contact: Cantor Steven Puzarne Spiritual Director Email: Website: Phone 562-364-5154 Shul By The Shore (O) Seaport Marina Hotel 6400 Pacific Coast Highway Long Beach, California 90803 Contact: Rabbi Abba Perelmuter Phone: 562-621-9828 Email: Website: Surf City Synagogue (C) Services held at the HB Central Library 7111 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach Phone: 714-596-2220 E-Mail: Temple Beth David (R) 6100 Hefley St. Westminster, CA 92683 Contact: Rabbi Nancy Myers Phone: 714-892-6623 Email: Website: Temple Beth Ohr (R) 15721 E. Rosecrans Ave. La Mirada, CA 90638 Contact: Rabbi Mark Goldfarb Phone: 714-521-6765 Email: Website: Temple Beth Shalom (C) 3635 Elm Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 Contact: Rabbi David Klatzker Phone: 562-426-6413 Email: Website: Temple Israel (R) 269 Loma Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803 Contact: Rabbi Steven Moskowitz Phone: 562-434-0996 Email: Website:

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Congregation Sholom Leisure World, Seal Beach (C) P. O. Box 2901 Seal Beach, CA 90740 Contact: Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater Spiritual Leader 562-493-2680

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Fiddler on the Roof - Casting Call . . . . . 2a Yom Ha’Shoah Observance. . . . . . . . . . . 2a Joy Behar - 92Y Lecture Series. . . . . . . . 2a

Book Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2a Ballroom Dance Lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . 3a AJCC Summer Camps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3a

Spin-a-Thon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4a Martial Arts Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . 4a Shuffle Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4a

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OPEN CASTING CALL! “Fiddler on the Roof” An Alpert JCC Community Theater Production - Directed by Sean McMullen

Tuesday, April 2, 7pm Please come prepared to perform a 1 minute (32 bar) selection and bring musical accompaniment on CD. Open to adults and students in high school. Call Backs will be held Wed, April 3 at 7pm.

Rehearsal Dates: April 16-June 19, Tue. & Wed. evenings Performance Dates: Thur, June 20, Sat, June 22, Sun, June 23. Please contact AJCC Adult Director Eve Lunt with any questions.

Yom Ha’Shoah Observance Day of Remembrance Sunday, April 7, 2-4pm

The Alpert Jewish Community Center is proud to host a community wide commemorative service Rabbi Drew Kaplan from Beach Hillel, will lead community Rabbis and Cantors in the Yom Ha’Shoah memorial service. The event will include a Candle Lighting, and Memorial Service with survivors and families of survivors.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rafael Medoff

This program brings special pre-recorded lectures from NYC’s renowned 92nd Street Y to the Alpert JCC in Long Beach

Inside Israel’s National Security Chuck Freilich in conversation with Reuven Pedatzur

Thursday, April 4, 7pm Freilich, a former Israeli deputy national security advisor, discusses the challenges and strengths of Israel’s national security policy with Reuven Pedatzur, senior military affairs analyst with the newspaper Ha’aretz. Join us as they share unique insights into the history and chronic inadequacies of Israeli national security policy-making, attributing them to Israel’s hostile and volatile regional environment, politicized electoral system, and structural peculiarities of the Israeli government.

Joy Behar with Judy Gold Thursday, April 18, 7pm Enjoy an evening of irreverence and hilarity as Judy Gold sits down with Joy Behar, the award winning talk show host, comedian, writer and actress. Hear anecdotes and highlights from her life and career, as well as behind-the scenes stories from her new TV show, “Joy Behar: Say Anything!”

The Future of God: The Merging of Science & Religion with Andrew Zolli and David Eagleman

Thursday, May 9, 7pm

One Voice with Jason Alexander and Daniel Lubetzky Thursday, May 23, 7pm 92Y Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Alpert JCC, Jewish Federation, and local synagogues Temple Beth David, Temple Beth Ohr, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Israel, Congregation Shir Chadash and Shul by the Shore

Each Lecture $10; FREE to MVP & organization members listed above RSVP to Eve Lunt, (562)426-7601, ext. 1067 or

2a MVP: The MVP price is the "Member Value Price" that gives our members an automatic discount to the fee we charge for our programs and events. Not a member of the Alpert JCC, speak with one of our Membership Services specialists and learn how you can start benefiting from MVP pricing today.

Dr. Medoff is founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and is the author of seven books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and the history of American Jewry. He has taught Jewish history at several colleges throughout the U.S. He has collaborated with comic book artists including Art Spiegelman on political cartoons and graphic novels. In 2010, Medoff and comics creator Neal Adams teamed with Disney to produce They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust, an online educational motion comics series that tells stories of Americans who either protested Nazis or helped rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Dr. Medoff will be speaking about "FDR, the Press, and the Holocaust". You will be able to purchase his new book, FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith, which includes surprising new information about President Roosevelt's private views of Jews, and the issue of the Allies' failure to bomb Auschwitz. The service will conclude with a remembrance of local survivor and philanthropist Eugene Schlesinger.

Event is FREE and open to the public Sponsored by the Gerda Seifer Yom Ha’Shoah Fund, The Community Yom Ha’Shoah committee, The Alpert Jewish Community Center & The Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach & West Orange County.

Rosh Chodesh at the AJCC Tuesday, April 9, 7pm Please join other women for this wonderful ongoing program at the AJCC. Rosh Chodesh, the new moon, has special meaning for Jewish women. This month we’ll usher in the Jewish month of Iyar. FREE Program is supported by donations. Each month is led by a different woman in our community; we welcome volunteers who want to lead an evening.

Bubbeleh’s Book Club Thursday, April 11, 7pm The Salt God’s Daughter by Ilie Ruby Bubbeleh’s Book Club, our new reading group here at the “J”, has chosen The Salt God’s Daughter for its first selection. Set in Long Beach, California, beginning in the 1970s, The Salt God’s Daughter follows three generations of extraordinary women who share something unique—something magical and untamed that makes them unmistakably different from others. Theirs is a world teeming with ancestral stories, exotic folklore, inherited memory, and meteoric myths.

Author Ilie Ruby will join our discussion via Skype to discuss her novel and answer your questions. “This is a story as heartbreaking, gritty, magical and real as a waking dream... To say I loved this book is an understatement.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You Please contact AJCC Adult Director Eve Lunt with any questions.

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ADULTS Eve Lunt, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1067 The Zena and Pauline Gatov Gallery presents:

Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk Continues through April 22 This travelling exhibit of reproductions of Szyk’s works focuses on World War II, America and the Jewish Response. His work often appeared in the New York Times, the Post, Collier’s and Time. This exhibit is made possible by the Gerda Seifer Yom Ha’Shoah Fund

Exhibition is FREE and open to the community The Evva Vale Endowed Art Exhibition & Competition April 29-May 31 Every two years, through a generous gift from the estate of Evva Vale, former art educator and JCC member, the AJCC partners with a local university or college art dept. to present and award the finest art this public institution has to offer. This year, the AJCC has chosen to work with the Visual Arts Dept. at Chapman University. The Awards reception will be Sunday, May 19 from 4-6pm.

Exhibit and Reception Open to Public

AJCC Poker Club Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-10:30pm Game starts promptly at 7pm Join our friendly Texas Hold’Em Poker Club. Poker will be played, snacks & beverages will be served & cash prizes will be won. For more details visit $25; $20/MVP (Cash Only)

YOUTH & TEENS Natalie Chernik, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1205 Rachel Gordon, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1023

Spring Break Camp April 1-5 (Mon-Fri) Grades K-5 or 6 & Up 9am-4pm: $55; $45/MVP, per day • 7am-6pm: $65; $55/MVP, per day For more info contact Natalie Chernik or visit

Ballroom Dance with Mitch Tannen is back!

AJCC/Pete Davis Spring Youth Basketball Camp April 3-5, 9am-12pm

6 Mondays, April 22-June 3 Join us for a fun class where you'll learn the basics of the Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Waltz and Rumba. Learn techniques of leading and following, timing and the latest steps. Classes are taught by professional dancer Mitch Tannen, whose career spans over three decades, encompassing stage, television, choreography and competition. He brings insight from his own training from notables and legends to his teaching. Couples and singles welcome and students are expected to wear appropriate attire & leather soled shoes with backs. $75; $60/MVP

Boys & Girls ages 6-13 years $125; $100/MVP For more info contact Sascha at ext. 1035 or

Kids’ Night Out, Parents’ Night Off Saturday, April 20, 5-9pm Grades K-8 This fun for the kids’ night out is held on the same night as ECE Kids’ Night Out. So bring your little ones to the AJCC preschool and leave your big kids with us. The cost includes dinner, movies, games and snacks. Cost per child: $30-1st, $25-2nd, $15-3rd MVP: $25-1st, $20-2nd, $10-3rd (must be siblings)

Must register by Friday, April 19. Drop-ins will not be admitted.

Kabbalah Class

Everything you want to know about college…but were afraid to ask

Wednesdays, 12pm

College Preparatory Workshops

Rabbi Abba Perelmuter teaches the class with a keen sense of wit and great knowledge of Judaism and its teachings. FREE

For high school students and parents


Paying for College: Financial Aid Resources and Affordable College Options

with Nicole Gracie from UniVarsity

Sponsored by the Alpert JCC & Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach

Tuesday, April 23, 7-8:30pm

Susanne Katz, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1625

GesherCity Shabbat Friday, April 5, 7:30pm Experience Shabbat with great music, food and friends. If you’ve never been to a GesherCity event before, now is the perfect time! Our events are fun and casual. So don’t be shy… give us a try!

This workshop will give you specific solutions to make college more affordable. You will learn how to shape a college list with affordability in mind and walk away with resources you can use to help you with the process. Family price per workshop: $25; $20/MVP For more info. contact Rachel Gordon at (562) 426-7601, ext. 1023

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Early Childhood Education

Sascha Bryan-Zwick, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1035

Linda Keiles, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1092

4th Annual AJCC

Martial Arts Tournament Sunday, April 21, 1-5pm

This tournament will feature some of our best youth, teen, & adult students standing before a panel of judges and audience members to demonstrate their martial arts skills. Refreshments and martial arts supplies will be available. We look forward to seeing all of our students as well as their family & friends. $5 per event for participants. $5 All day spectator pass. Contact the AJCC P.E. Courtesy desk staff, ext. 1051

Cycling for Alisa Beit Issie Shapiro is a very special place for very special kids. Located in Ra’anana, Israel, this non-profit community organization provides a wide range of services for over 30,000 children with developmental disabilities and their families. The Alpert JCC’s Early Childhood Education Department is sponsoring Alisa, a young Israeli girl with special needs, in our Cycle for Smiles fundraiser on April 25. During this event, our children in ECE will ride their tricycles to support their new friend, Alisa, by raising money for Beit Issie Shapiro. In the process, they will be learning about kids with special needs and how each one of us can make a difference in someone’s life. At the same time, many of our adult members will participate in a Spinning for Smiles Spin-A-Thon, also supporting Alisa and Beit Issie Shapiro.

Wellness & Fitness Cindi Massengale, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1056

Spinning for Smiles

Spin-a-thon Thursday, April 25 9:30-10:30am •10:45-11:45am in the AJCC Auditorium Spinning for Smiles raises money in support of the American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro (AFOBIS) organization, helping children and adults with diverse disabilities. Come join the AJCC Fitness Spinning Instructors for a fun ride on the spin bikes in the auditorium while the ECE children circle the room on their tricycles to raise money for their new friend Alisa. This fundraiser is in conjunction with the ECE program’s Cycle for Smiles program. Choose from 2 one-hour rides: Limited to 19 participants per time slot! Minimum donation per rider is Chai ($18), but feel free to get as many pledges and donations as you can. For more info. contact Cindi Massengale



Sascha Bryan-Zwick, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1035

Dr. Susan Mathieu, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1721

Group Swim Lessons

Year Round Youth Swim Team

April 15-May 9 (4 wks) May 13-June 6 (4 wks) Mon & Wed or Tue & Thur

with Coach Rafe Montes Mon-Thur, 5-6:30pm • Fri, 4:30-5:30pm

Ages 3-8 • 30 minute lessons • Tiny Tots (3-5): 1:30pm, 4pm • Beginner (4-6): 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm • Adv. Beginner (5-8): 3:30pm $95; $80/MVP

Private Swim Lessons One-on-one instruction for all ages with a Swim University instructor. Spots fill quickly so call today! Visit website for more info.

Water Polo April 22-May 15 (4 wks) Mon & Wed 4-4:30pm: Ages 5-8 4:30-5:15pm: Ages 8-10 Learn Water Polo fundamentals $60; $50/MVP Must Be USA H2O POLO Member: $25-55 per yr

Continuing enrollment - Join anytime!


Ages 6-14 This is a competitive swim team, so all participants must tryout and be able to swim 25 yards with all 4 swim strokes. Membership in USA Swimming is required to compete in swim meets. Swim meet participation is optional, as swim meets have an added cost.

Prep Swim Team April 2-30 • May 2-30 • June 4-27 Tue & Thur, 4:30-5:15pm Ages 5-12 The goal of this program is to get kids ready for a swim team, Junior Lifeguard programs or water polo. $60; $45/MVP (per month)

Master Swim March 4-April 29 • May 1-June 29 Mon. & Wed. 6:30-7:30pm Sat. 9:30-10:30am

MVP: The MVP price is the "Member Value Price" that gives our members an automatic discount to the fee we charge for our programs and events. Not a member of the Alpert JCC, speak with one of our Membership Services specialists and learn how you can start benefiting from MVP pricing today.

Ongoing Alpert JCC Senior Activities Knit Wits: Mon, 1-3pm • Senior Lunch: Wed, 12-2pm Bridge Lessons: Wed, 1:30pm • Mah Jongg: Thur, 1-3pm

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Building Bridges

Last month, “The taken them to places Laugh in Peace Comethey wouldn’t have dy Tour” visited CSULB. gone without the reWith a grant provided lationship they had by the Universities’ created. Rabbi Alper Multicultural Center, has performed at an Beach Hillel and the opening of a mosque Muslim Student AssociaandeMohammed tion joined together to visited a synagogue bring a cross-cultural with a Hebrew name experience to students (L-R) Caleb Stahl, Shea Silver Hillinger, Rabbi Bob Alper, that means “eat my and staff. Bryon Gillis, & Chelsea Ferguson uncle” in Arabic. _____________________ The comedy show Regardless of their featured two comedians; one “The show was entertaining. It religious differences, they Muslim and one Jewish. focused on showing that Jews have made positives out of Rabbi Bob Alper & Muslim and Muslims can find a common awkward situations and are comedian Mohammed Amer ground and left the politics at able to work and laugh toare a comedic duo who trav- the door,” said student Danielle gether. Rabbi Alper said it el around the United States Protas. best, “if you laugh together, performing at synagogues, _____________________ you can’t hate each other.” colleges, churches, and oth- of religion, through laugh- This was the message of er events. ter, you can find similarities. the show and the partner This odd pair uses their Within Mohammed Amer’s ship between Beach Hillel tour to build bridges through set about his family, he spoke and the Muslim Student Ashumor and to promote about a crazy uncle, over- sociation. This show was an peace and unity. Throughout protective mother, and food amazing stepping stone in the hour and a half show, - things we can all relate to the relationship building bethe comics each took the in one way or another. While tween Beach Hillel and the stage to tell jokes and play growing up, his mother would Muslim Student Association. around with religious and cook a great deal of food _____________________ cultural stereotypes. As Rabbi and try to feed him all the Alper pointed out “they time, just like a Jewish mother. “I thought this was a great way don’t do politics”. The last part of the show to approach a sensitive topic Guests came with the in- was the most impactful where and foster a good relationtention of hearing some com- the comedians shared the ship between students of all edy, while others came out of stage. They told stories about backgrounds” said Beach Hillel curiosity. Many left with the their travels and performanc- student Chelsea Ferguson. knowledge that, regardless es together. This tour had _____________________

Cartoonists Against the Holocaust The CSULB Jewish Studies Program, in partnership with the History/Social Dr. Rafael Medoff Sciences Project and the Eva & Eugene Schlesinger Endowed Teacher Workshop on the Holocaust, is pleased to present a special talk by Dr. Rafael Medoff on Monday, April 8, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Alpert JCC. Dr. Medoff will lead a peda-

gogically oriented workshop entitled “Cartoonists Against the Holocaust: A New Way to Teach About the Nazi Genocide – And America’s Response.” His talk will revolve around his current project, which involves using editorial cartoons printed in the 1930s and ‘40s as a means of teaching the Holocaust. In addition to Dr. Medoff’s talk, there will be an exhibition of the works of Arthur Szyk at

the Alpert JCC. A Polish-born Jewish artist who escaped to the United States, Szyk produced numerous drawings during the war in an effort to raise awareness of the ongoing Holocaust. The lecture series is free & open to the community. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Blutinger, Barbara & Ray Alpert Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies, CSULB at 562-985-2196.


Training Our Future Leaders Building strong student leaders is one of Beach Hillel’s many goals. We want to provide students with the tools and opportunities to become leaders on their campus and in the community. In past years, student leadership was found in the form of a student board where students ran for and held standard positions. This semester, Beach Hillel took a different approach to our student’s leadership program. Six students were selected based on their involvement and potential leadership qualities. They meet weekly for 10 weeks and learn the different aspects of leadership, relationship building, and programming. In each session, students experience a combination of an ice breaker, Jewish content piece, and a core lesson/activity. During this time, they have a chance to interact, learn, and have a hands-on experience. The use of multiple elements keep students engaged and participating. The program itself is split into two different content areas. The first area of focus is what makes a strong leader.

(L-R) Eli Pilowsky, Zach Katona, & Bryon Gillis participating in a Leadership activity

Students will be analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, learning to build relationships, understanding the importance of communication and teamwork. For the second half of the program, students will be learning how to create creative and engaging programs. Students will learn planning, budgeting, marketing, and will then be creating their own program. The goal of our program is to enhance the leadership skills of our students in both engagement and programming work. By the end of the semester, students will have built relationships with those in the group and other students on campus. Beach Hillel believes in investing in our students so they can invest in their community.

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Middle School Scholars Prepare for a Debate

The students review the ‘Tips for Public Speaking’ handout given by Nels Carlson during his presentation

rrrrThis week, the 6th grade middle school students are participating in a mini-debate about the state of the Great Lakes. As part of our unit in Geography, they have been researching the importance of the Great Lakes as a freshwater resource for the United States, and the effect of pollutants, habitat-loss, and invasive species. In addition to needing

the information to back up their opinions, the students have been preparing for public speaking. Nels Carlson, who is a General Contractor and business owner and Tim Mauer, who has a Master’s degree in Communication Studies and teaches public speaking at Cal State Long Beach, came to speak to the class. Both presenters gave great advice to the students

Town Hall Meetings

Town Hall meetings at the Academy are a highlight of the month for students and parents alike. We invite the community and perspective parents to see what all the excitement is about. Every other Wednesday, our whole student body comes together as a school and share happenings in the school and honor scholarly pursuits. Many goals are achieved by this short (15 minutes a meeting), yet impactful gathering. First and foremost, our students gain the experi-

Tim Mauer speaks to the 6th grade students about how to communicate effectively

ence of gathering together as a community in a way that is organized, focused and disciplined. A word that we use a lot to describe the participants’ behavior is, “decorum.” The classes gather together quietly and they are prepared to participate in a grown-up and effective manner. Additionally, our entire community has a chance to hear from our Student Body President about all the important events and achievements that are occurring at the school or by individual students. Finally, we end the meeting with what we call, “Special and Wonderful Awards.” These awards are better than any paper certificate that can be won. They are given from one student or teacher

about how to communicate effectively when speaking in front of a group of people, such as how to build confidence in yourself, know your material, and that the people you are speaking to want you to succeed. The most important piece of advice: practice, practice, practice! The students are on their way to being well prepared for a great debate.

to another student or teacher in recognition of an action that one takes that the other noticed. These actions are described and then correlated with one or more of our core values: respect, gratitude, honesty, kindness and/ or courtesy. It is a beautiful way to encourage everyone to “catch each other” being model citizens. On a whole, the Town Hall meetings have brought our learning community closer together and supported our goal of focusing our efforts and raising the awareness of the high level of scholarship. Should you desire to learn more about these gatherings and their underpinnings, please contact the principal, Dr. Megan Carlson at

SGI – Safe, Fun, Jewish Silver Gan Israel (SGI) Day Camp is proud to announce that your kids will be even safer this summer with the construction of two new sun shielding structures. Both of our swimming pools and our new kids play structure are now covered. “Living in this beautiful climate with over 300 days of sun is amazing, but sometimes we forget what the Southern California sun could do,” said Sender Engel, the camp director. “Couple that with an hour in the pool every day, when even the best sunscreen can get washed off, and we’ve got a safety issue. Installing a tent large enough to house just our Jr. Olympic size pool took a team of 9 with four tractors more than 2 weeks to complete, but the results are well worth it.” The pools and play structures are only the beginning

of the fun your kids can have at SGI. Onsite laser tag, hay maze, human hamster balling, the imagination room, age appropriate field trips, sports and so much more are also in store for them. Parents will be happy to know that their children are in a safe environment and will come home daily with new lessons, friends, skills and spirited camp songs. The summer camp program is for children ages 2-15. Parents can learn more, register or request a private tour by visiting or by contacting Sender at 949-381-5610 or

Playground Grand Opening on Purim The ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished playground equipment was celebrated on Purim this year. Through the generous donations of many attendees at The Hebrew Academy’s 2012 Auction Royale, the school garnered funds to purchase new play equipment and redo the south playground layout. The younger students are the direct beneficiaries of this new play area,

but the entire school community gains more productive and happier students who know how to “play nicely”. If you would like a tour of our school, please contact Alex Greenberg. | APRIL 2013 | 9

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Aaron Fisch aaAaron will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on April 20. A 7th grader at Newcomb Academy, he enjoys spending time with his friends, dancing, and playing basketball. For his mitzvah project, he participated in a 7-week Youth Leadership program through the nonprofit “Love in the Mirror,” designed to help empower young people to give back to their communities.

Mazel Tov

Hope Kathryn Weintraub

Tributes Tribute & memorial contributions are special gifts to honor, memorialize, or congratulate friends & family for all occasions. We will be delighted to send a card on your behalf.

Jewish Federation

General Fund •To Sharon Kenigsberg & family, in memory of you father, from Barbara & Leon Shoag •To Sharon Kenigsberg & family, in memory of your father, from Leslie Shiffman •To Arnie Schulman, in memory of your beloved Birdie, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff •To David Gould & Deborah Chankin, in memory of your beloved mother & mother-inlaw Dorothy, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff •To Sheri Schrier, in memory of your beloved husband Eugene, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff Hillel •To Barbara & Ray Alpert, in honor of your 60th anniversary, from Barbara & Lee Shoag Israel Emergency Fund •To Sandy Rips, in honor of your birthday, from Harriet Danufsky •To Sandy Rips, in honor of your birthday, from Barbara & Manley Cohen •To Sharon Binder, in honor of your birthday, from Barbara & Manley Cohen

of receiving the Women of For tributes to AJCC please call VISION award, from Nancy 562-426-7601 ext 1414 & Ed Last

Jewish Community Foundation

Yom HaShoah Fund •To Judi Lentzner, in honor of receiving the Women of VISION award, from Gerda & Harold Seifer •To Stephany Rosenthal, in honor of receiving the Women of VISION award, from Gerda & Harold Seifer •To Jessie Butler, in honor of receiving the Women of VISION award, from Gerda & Harold Seifer •To Phyllis Wallis, in honor of receiving the Women of VISION award, from Gerda & Harold Seifer Minnie & Clarence Schulman Fund •To Arnie Shulman & family, in memory of your beloved Birdie, from Carol & Ian James For tributes to the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation please call 562-426-7601 EXT 1314



General Fund •To Nancy & Mark Schneider, in memory of your mother Helen, from Carol Lerner •To Nancy & Mark Schneider, in memory of your mother Helen, from JFCS Board & Staff •To Nancy & Mark Schneider, in memory of your mother Helen, from Debbie & Rob Feldman •To the Lattman family, in memory of David Lattman, from Binnie & Jack Berro •To the Lattman family, in memory of David Lattman, from JFCS Board & Staff •To Sharon Keningsberg, in memory of your father Shep Finklestein, from JFCS Board & Staff blakey Fund •To Arnold Schulman, in memory of Birdie Schulman, from Renee Simon & Jack Blecher Weiss Fund •To the Lattman family, in memory of David Lattman, from Judy & Terry Schultz

general Fund •To Mark & Nancy Schneider, in memory of your beloved Schulman Fund mother Helen, from Linda & •To Arnold Schulman, in Steve Gordon memory of Birdie Schulman, from Marcia & Mervin Stewart Michael Segal Maimonides Fund For tributes to JFCS please •To Sharon Kenigsberg & call 562-426-7601 ext 235 or family, in memory of Shep 562-427-7916 Finklestein, from Jessie Butler •To Boyd Houston, speedy VISIONS •To Phyllis Wallis, in honor recovery, from Jessie Butler


•To Gene Lentzner, Happy Birthday, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff

CCEJ’s 50th Annual Humanitarian of the Year Awards Dinner

Arnie & Sharon Weintraub are pleased to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Hope Kathryn Weintraub, daughter of Hillary & Scott Weintraub, on December 12, 2012. Proud are grandparents Julie & Jack Nadel, AnneMarie Rubin & the late Dr. Herbert Rubin, and great grandmother Goldie Fineman.

The California Conference for Equality & Justice (CCEJ) will proudly present four distinguished honorees, F. King Alexander, Ph.D, Ivy Goolsby, Judy Ross & J. Christopher Lytle, with the 2013 Humanitarian Award at its dinner on May 15 at 5:30 pm at the Renaissance, Long Beach. CCEJ will also recognize the Barbara and Ray Alpert


Foundation with the Building Bridges Award, for their dedication to CCEJ’s mission and programs through significant contributions of time, resources and financial support to the organization. For more information, contact CCEJ at 562-4358184 or

Congratulations Arlene & Rick Freeman, On your efforts to continue the traditions and support of our Jewish heritage. From Jason Freeman

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NCJW Lecture’s for the Community On April 14, Ester Shifren, author of Hiding in a Cave of Trunks, will speak to the Sunday Branch at 9:45 am. Detective Kenneth Turner

will speak about the prevalence of human trafficking in the Long Beach area on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm at the Alpert JCC. Included in

the evening will be NCWJ’s annual election of officers and board of directors. No RSVP necessary.

We Mourn The Loss Of.....

Rosyln Collender Dorothy Gould

Eugene Schrier Birdie Schulman

Please contact us at if you know of someone who has passed and would like them to be recognized.

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Friday, April 19 Friday, April 5 7:00 p.m. Family Shabbat Service 6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat 7:00 p.m. Got Shabbat! Saturday, April 6 Saturday, April 20 8:45 a.m. Torah Study 8:45 a.m. Torah Study 10:30 a.m. Sabbath Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Service Friday, April 12 Friday, April 26 6:00 p.m. Ruach Shabbat 7:00 p.m. Sisterhood Shabbat Saturday, April 13 Choir will perform 8:45 a.m. Torah Study Saturday, April 27 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Service 8:45 a.m. Torah Study Join us for our Pre-Service Oneg 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Service half hour before our 6:00 p.m. Services



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An Evening with

the CoNsul geNeRAl of IsRAel thursday, April 18 ~ 7:30 p.m. Temple Israel welcomes

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Consul General of Israel to Los Angeles for an evening of insight into the current affairs of Israel and U.S./Israel relations. Dessert reception to follow No Cost to AtteNd - RsVP Requested Contact Jackie (562) 434-0996 ext 103 or

A Sunday Morning with

dR. WeNdy Mogel Our Annual Lapid Lectureship

sunday, April 21 ~ 10:00 a.m. An internationally acclaimed clinical psychologist and parenting expert, Wendy Mogel is the NY Times bestselling author of “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee,” and “The Blessing of a B Minus.” Join us, as Dr. Mogel enlightens parents with her engaging combination of warmth and wit and her signature coupling of Jewish teachings and psychological research. Dr. Mogel shows parents how to navigate the rough waters of the teenage years, while adding a measure of joy and humor to the voyage.

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