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The Jewish Community Partnership Open Your Heart, and Open Their Minds By Anna Shabtay, Donor Relations Director sion, community, learning and philanthropy, we enhance, enrich and connect the Jewish Community while providing people of all faiths, cultures, and ages convenient access to comprehensive services and lifechanging programs. The Jewish Community Partnership has changed Dawn and Justin’s lives for the better and continues to make an impact on them through their every day experiences at the Hebrew Academy. In order for The Jewish Community Partnership to thrive and help more people like Dawn and Justin, the agencies involved have embarked on a joint fundraising campaign called the Fund for Our Future. The Fund for Our Future has been established to provide immediate funds and future funds to the Greater Long Beach Jewish community for the purposes of agency capacity building aimed at sustaining vibrant Jewish life and service to the community over the next 60 years and beyond.

y son thrives here. He is proud to be learning secular studies and his Judaic studies. It would have never happened without the scholarship that we receive,” explains Dawn DenHamer, parent of entering third grader, Justin at The Hebrew Academy in Huntington Beach.


THEIR STORY Growing up, Dawn DenHamer’s father told her stories of how when he was a kid, he was beat up for being Jewish. Dawn was not very proud of being Jewish growing up but since her son has been a student at The Hebrew Academy, all of that has changed. The pursuit of knowledge is an unbroken Jewish tradition reaching back thousands of years. At the Hebrew Academy, they are committed to preserving that tradition, supporting continuity of Jewish life, and strengthening our Dawn and Justin’s lives have been changed for the better by The Hebrew Academy and the Jewish community. Jewish Community Partnership. Dawn’s son Justin is learning about Judaism in a way that Dawn _______________________________________________________________________ could only have dreamed. Justin is coming home would have been possible without the scholarship and teaching his parents about Jewish tradition and that they are given. A major portion of the Hebrew “My son is learning Jewish values Jewish identity. “My son is learning Jewish values Academy’s budget each year is dedicated to scholand teaching them to me as well. Without this schol- arships for deserving students. and teaching them to me as well. Dawn gives back to the school by serving as an arship, we never would have reconnected to this important part of our lives,” explains Dawn. Dawn on-call nurse when she isn’t working as a nurse for Without this scholarship, we could not be prouder of the time that Justin spends Kaiser Permanente. Dawn and Justin feel like they learning at The Hebrew Academy and none of this are part of a community that is bigger than themselves and the connection that the Hebrew never would have reconnected to Academy has given them to Judaism and to the community is priceless. this important part of our lives.” THE JEWISH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP The Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach is a member of the Jewish Community Partnership (JCP) which is convened by the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County, and also includes The Jewish Community Foundation, Alpert Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and Long Beach Hillel. The JCP is a vital community resource serving Greater Long Beach and West Orange County. Our partnership works collectively to strengthen individuals and families in our community and beyond. Modeling core Jewish values of compas-


–Dawn DenHamer _______________________________________________________________________

If you are interested in learning more about the specific programs and services that need funding and about how you can be a part of the Fund for Our Future, contact Sharon Kenigsberg at the Jewish Community Foundation at or 562-426-7601 EXT 1008. Dawn and Justin’s story is just one of the many stories about people whose lives’ have been changed for the better by those who are a part of the Jewish Community Partnership. You can make a difference in the lives of others by joining the community in support of the partnership.



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4 2011 Annual Campaign Comes to a Close Thank you to those who contributed

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Donate a Vehicle to The Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach

If you have a vehicle, truck, trailer, boat or RV that you are thinking of trading in or selling, consider donating it to Donate a Car Program. Making a CAR DONATION is quicker & more convenient than selling it & more rewarding than trading it in.

Call 1-800-237-5714 seven days a week to get the wheels in motion. Your donation will support The Jewish Community Partnership, an innovative and historic collaboration committed to helping those in need, enriching lives, and strengthening people’s connection to Jewish life and to each other.

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The Jewish Community

OTZMA- The Ultimate Real Life Israel Experience

Donors like you... ensure that The Jewish Community Partnership can help those in need, enrich the lives of thousands, and strengthen people’s connect to Jewish life and to each other. THANK YOU!

Save The Date Opening Night Starring the Jewish Community Partnership October 16, 2011 At the Alpert JCC 6:00 p.m. Featuring Broadway Comes to Long Beach with Cantorial Soloist Nancy Linder and Guest Speaker Ralph Nurnberger


OTZMA has been referred to as one of the Federation Movement’s jewels, and best kept secret. Conducted in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel's Department for Jewish Zionist Education, OTZMA (Hebrew for "strength”) gives young Jews the opportunity to play integral roles in Israeli society for 10 months. OTZMA, is a 10-month volunteer program for Jewish young adults, ages 20-30. Participants spend three months learning Hebrew, three months volunteering in small communities based on their interests and the needs of the communities, and three months participating in a professional internship or kibbutz volunteer experience. For three months, OTZMAniks live, volunteer and study Hebrew in an absorption center in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Then they volunteer in Partnership 2000 communities, working in Federationfunded programs that meet critical social needs. Partnership 2000 is the program that partners Federations with specific local communities in Israel to bring the communities together. Finally, OTZMAniks intern in non-profit organizations or volunteer on kibbutzim. For those especially interested in supporting English education, OTZMA’s Israel Teaching Fellows Track allow participants the opportunity to volunteer in the Israeli school system teaching English. The Israel Teacher Corp has been compared to Teach for

OTZMA participant working with an Israeli student in his community’s partnership region

America in that the participants spend the whole year in the same school teaching the students. This makes this track slightly different from the other OTZMA tracks. More than 1,400 young adults from Jewish communities in North America have become OTZMAniks since the program’s inception in 1986, working in afterschool programs with Israeli students, teaching English, helping the disabled and much more. “As one of the first Jewish Service Learning programs, OTZMA has had great success in developing committed Jews, Zionists, and future leaders of the North American Jewish community,” said OTZMA’s North American Director, Tali Ruderman Strom. OTZMA is an experience of a lifetime; participants of the program develop leadership qualities, travel the country, and gain a deep understanding of Israel. “I think OTZMA is a great way to grow as a person and to learn more about my people, our religion, heritage, culture, and community," said Alex Kadis, a participant from Cleveland, Ohio. If you are looking for information, or know of someone you think would enjoy this program, please be in touch at or go to the website at

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 3801 E. Willow Street Long Beach, CA 90815 WEB: PHONE: 562-426-7601

Are You A Secret Member of the Living Legacy Society? Here are some examples of how you might create a charitable bequest in your will or trust: Help the Jewish community address its most pressing current needs by making a general bequest: I bequeath $________ (or _______% of my residuary estate) to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County. Support a specific agency or cause of interest to you every year, in perpetuity, with a designated bequest to establish an endowment fund: I bequeath $_________ (or_______% of my residuary estate) to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County, to establish an endowment fund to support (named program(s) or organization(s) of your choice).

Jewish Community Foundation says thank you, thank you, thank you….We can never say “thank you” enough to all of our community members who make Jewish life possible through their continued support of our Jewish agencies, schools and synagogues. However, we need to ask you another question. Have you protected your lifelong investment in our Jewish community by including a gift to the Jewish community in your will? If you have, then you are already a member of the Living Legacy Society and your name can be inscribed on the Foundation Donor Wall with others who have taken the steps to Create a Jewish Legacy. Including a gift in your will through the Jewish Community Foundation is an easy and effective way to provide for the next generation and ensure that our Jewish community remains vibrant. To become a member of the Legacy Society and be inscribed on the Foundation Donor Wall you need to sign a “Letter of Intent” that you intend to leave a legacy through the Jewish Community Foundation. There are several ways to

leave a bequest: 1) You can leave a charitable bequest in your will 2) You can establish a permanent fund in your name through a bequest or as part of your estate plan 3) You can create a life income plan for a loved one with the remainder left to your Fund. An outright bequest in a will can be made with cash, securities or other property. Your taxable estate will be reduced by the amount of your contribution. Everyone regardless of their income level can participate by leaving a percentage of their estate to an Endowment Fund When you choose to leave a bequest of a specific amount of cash, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate through the Jewish Community Foundation for the

benefit of a cause or organization of your choice, you create a permanent legacy that will benefit the community for generations to come. There’s no limit to the amount you may set aside from your estate. If you have already drafted your will of trust, your attorney can arrange a bequest with a simple amendment or codicil. By making a legacy gift through the Jewish Community Foundation during your lifetime or through your will, you will strengthen the vitality of present and future generations of Jews here at home and overseas. Please let us know if you are already a member of the Legacy Society or if you want more information about how to Create a Jewish Legacy by calling Sharon at 562-426-7601 EXT. 1008.

These examples are meant as suggestions. The staff of the Jewish Community Foundation would be happy to speak with you or your financial/legal advisor to develop language that reflects your specific objectives. | AUGUST 2011 | 5

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Alpert JCC Annual Meeting Sunday, September 25th

Alpert JCC Program Guide


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inside Women’s Weekend Experience . . . . . 2 Skirball Center Field Trip . . . . . . . . . 2 JCC Personal Trainers . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 New ECE Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Mad Science Camps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Kids University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Digital Filmmaking Camp . . . . . . . . . 4

The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center


Alpert JCC Program Guide

The Women’s Weekend Experience When it came time for my first Women’s Weekend experience, I must admit that I was really hesitant and excited at the same time. I did not know what to expect. I knew that a bunch of women of all different ages were going to be coming together to celebrate being Jewish. I had to stop and think, what exactly did that mean for me? I honestly did not have an answer, but I hoped to have one at the end of the weekend though. When I got there, I could not believe my eyes. All these women were together, just hanging out, talking, it was a beautiful sight. I was still a little nervous because I did not know what to expect, but I went over and joined in. My experience that weekend changed my outlook on Judaism and my spirituality. I spent the entire weekend surrounded by a wonderful group of women who did not judge your level of Judaism or spirituality, in fact they just embraced the fact that you were there. The relationships and bonds that form from the weekend are ones that are only strengthened every time there is another weekend. Being in nature and being able to be in tune with who you are is just another added benefit of the Women’s Weekend. I love the fact that even though I was not the most religious person there, I was still able to enjoy and participate in the religious aspects of the weekend. I felt in touch with everything that was going on. While I still did not find out the answer to my question, it only left me hungry for the answer, so every time there is a Women’s Weekend, I come back for more. Alexis Erlbaum

Rosh Chodesh at the “JCC”

Eve Lunt, (562)426-7601, ext. 1067

Tue, August 30, 7pm

Evening Mah Jongg Group for Social Players Wed, Aug, 3, 17, 31 7:30pm Join us at our ongoing bi-monthly game for intermediate & advanced players. The “J” will provide the room & hot java; you bring your 2011 card & set if you have one. Feel free to bring snacks to share with the group. Please no beginners, this is not a class. FREE/AJCC Member; $5/Public Contact Eve Lunt for more info. ext. 1067

Join other women for this wonderful ongoing program at the AJCC. This month we’ll usher in the Jewish month of Elul, during which Jews begin to repent in earnest in anticipation of the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Starting on Rosh Chodesh Elul, and continuing through the rest of the month, the shofar is blown daily in the synagogue. FREE Program supported by donations. Each month is led by a different woman in our community; we welcome volunteers who want to lead an evening.

Kaballah Class

Pauline & Zena Gatov Gallery Presents:

Wednesdays, 12pm


Rabbi Abba Perelmuter teaches the class with a keen sense of wit and great knowledge of Judaism and its teachings. You'll add a new dimension to your life, renew your spirituality and gain some knowledge. FREE

Art from Camp Komaroff Campers Exhibition Dates: Aug 17-Sept 2 Every year, the extraordinarily talented campers in our Camp Komaroff summer program create marvelous works of art. See what they come up with for this year’s theme: Friendship.

JCC READS: The Jump Artist

Call for Artists Entries: Artists, Photographers & Poets wanted for our “Jewish Long Beach” exhibition this fall Exhibition Dates: Sept 7-Oct 24 What is Judaism in Long Beach to you? Is it the children celebrating Havdalah in our auditorium? Is it our seniors eating lunch every Wednesday? Is it your synagogue, or the beauty of Tikkun Olam in El Dorado Park? Please submit your work to Eve Lunt by Thursday, August 25th for this juried exhibition. Please note: not all entries are guaranteed inclusion; all prints, poetry, photography, etc., must be matted or framed and wired for hanging in the gallery.

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

Contact Eve Lunt for more info. ext. 1067

AJCC Poker Club

World Famous Comedian & Harmonica Player

Tue, August 16 6:30pm: Doors open

Sun, August 14, 1-3pm Come listen to Henry Samuels, he’s played with stars Judy Garland, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray & Lawrence Welk. Includes wine, soda & snacks. $5



Field trip to the Skirball Tue, September 6 9am-5:30pm

Made possible by an Archstone Foundation grant from JFCS

Cost includes transportation,Kosher lunch, tour, lecture & film. You must be 55 years or older. $10

You must RSVP to Susan Mathieu to attend (562)426-7601, ext. 1721

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

Chicago/New York Club

Ongoing Senior Activities

Come join the club where past Chicago & New York residents can get together and enjoy great events.

Lunch Program: Wed, 12pm Knit Wits: Mon, 1pm Mah Jongg Group: Thur, 12pm Book Club: 1st Thur of month, 1pm

To join please call Susan Mathieu at (562)426-7601, ext. 1721

for registration 7-10:30pm: Game Time A $10 late fee will be charged to players arriving after 7:10pm & are not guaranteed an RSVP seat. Join our friendly Texas Hold’Em Poker Club. Poker will be played, snacks and beverages will be served, and cash prizes will be won. RSVP’s suggested. $20/AJCC Member; $25/Public Cash only entry fee Includes initial buy-In of $300 in chips. Re-Buys and Add-Ons are available through the first hour in $10 & $20 increments . RSVP to Eve Lunt, (562)426-7601, ext. 1067

by Austin Ratner Tue, Sept 13 7-9pm Join other JCC members Philippe Halsman & Marilyn Monroe across the continent in reading the same books throughout the year, uniting JCC readers into one large reading group. The August book is called The Jump Artist, it is written by Austin Ratner. The book is based on the true story of Philippe Halsman, a man who Adolf Hitler knew by name, who Sigmund Freud wrote about in 1930, and who put Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Life magazine. The novel traces the arc of Halsman’s personal life from fear, distortion, and despair to courage, truth, and joy. Read the book in August, and discuss it at the Sept. meeting. JCC Reads is a new signature program from JCC Association. Contact Eve Lunt at ext. 1067 or for more info.

GESHERCITY YOUNG ADULTS Susanne Katz, (562)426-7601, ext. 1625

GesherCity Shabbat Fri, September 2 Join us in September as we celebrate Shabbat with great food & friends. Contact Susanne Katz for more info.



Dianna Villegas, (562)426-7601, ext. 1056, 1051

Oh My Aching Joint Thur, August 18 9-11am At this FREE workshop you will be able to talk with an Orthopedic Doctor about how to manage joint pain in your hands and feet. Sign up at the PE Desk or email Dianna Villegas at or (562)426-7601, ext. 1051

Core On The Ball with Linda Tuesday & Thursday 9-10am The focus of this class is to challenge your balance, stability and overall coordination, making this the perfect multi-purpose workout. Weights and stability are combined to strengthen the muscles in your abs and back. The moves range from beginner to advance and with Linda’s assistance you will succeed at each exercise.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Lori Davidson, (562)426-7601, ext. 1092

SPORTS & RECREATION Linda Keiles, (562)426-7601, ext. 1047

NEW PROGRAM! Yad b’ Yad Mondays & Wednesdays Sept 7-Jan 18, 1-2:30pm For toddlers 17–24 months (with an adult) Hand in Hand exploration and discovery for toddlers with their parent or an adult. Entertaining learning activities that involve the whole child on an experiential level will be pursued each day. Information for parents on new research-based methods and time-proven techniques of raising children will be discussed and disseminated among the group. Fancy words aside, the children, with their parent or an adult, will get messy with paint, glue, playdough, water and sand. They will sing, learn finger plays, celebrate Jewish holidays, listen to stories, build tall towers with blocks, and meet new friends. $400/AJCC Member; $616/Public

Mixed Martial Arts Classes with Sensei Mac Great workout for mind, body & soul • Parent & Me Mixed Martial Arts • Cardio Kick-Boxing • Pee Wee Mixed Martial Arts (ages 3-5) • Youth Mixed Martial Arts (ages 6-13) • Youth Sparring (ages 6-13) • Adult MMA /Self-Defense • Private Martial Arts Lessons For schedule & price visit

If you have any questions please contact Dianna Villegas at ext. 1056 or

NEW!! AJCC Youth Volleyball Club Continues through August 15 Mondays, 6-7:15pm

Enrichment Classes for Preschoolers! Selected classes are still available beginning Tuesday, September 6

Reach Your Fitness Goals with an Alpert JCC Trainer Whether you are preparing for a race, recovering from injury or counting down to your wedding, AJCC certified personal trainers use cutting-edge techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to help you achieve your fitness goals. Pick the personal training package that's best for you at

Massage Therapy A massage isn't just a much needed pampering; it's therapy for your whole body! Consider massage appointments an essential part of your personal wellness plan and work with our certified massage therapists to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs! Please contact our P.E. Courtesy Desk at (562) 426-7601, ext. 1051 to schedule your massage

Preschool Tzedakah

All classes meet 1–2:30pm

Mrs. Weinberg’s Pre-Kindergarten children, at the Alpert JCC, believe in helping others. They learned this from Pirkei Avot chapter 2, mishna 5, where Hillel says: “Do not separate yourself from the community”. To them community meant their family, their neighbors where they live, their JCC friends, and the entire world.

Chaverim Connection

Last fall they brought tzedakah to support all the families involved in Heifer International, a world hunger org, and the Alpert JCC scholarship fund. For their spring tzedakah the children decided to bring it closer to home. A classmate had been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. They chose to raise money to find a cure for this disease that commonly affects young children. They deserve a rousing ‘Todah Rabah’.

Girls & Boys entering 5th-9th grade Whether you are a beginner or you have volleyball experience, this great program is just right for you. Our experienced coaches will focus on skill development, rules of the game, strategy, and sportsmanship.

Alpert JCC Program Guide


For schedule & price visit

Themes for children 2-3 ½ •Hands–On Science •Kitchen Wizards •Once Upon a Story •Crafty Kids •Team Time

Chugim Themes for children 3 ½-Pre K •Loco-Motion •Wild About Animals •Ha’Mo Robyn w/ Peer K explorer •Picasso’s Paintbrush •Young Music Co. •Kids Can Quilt •Aleph Bet •Gardening •Kids in ihe Kitchen •Spin Me a Tale •My Memories •Dinosaur Dig •Ooey-Gooey Fun •Eat the Alphabet •Math Magic •3-D Art •Bookworms •Mudpies to Magnets •Imagination Station To find more information on this or any ECE program, to visit, or register call (562)426-7601, ext. 1092 or email

The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center

Webby Dance Try Webby Dance, a combination of tap, ballet, jazz, creative movement especially designed to develop motor skills, concentration, self-esteem, brain development & creativity. For schedule & price visit

Coming this fall: •Martial Arts with Sensei Mac •Webby Dance •Webby Hip Hop Dance •Pee Wee Sports •AJCC/Pete Davis Youth Basketball League Returns


Alpert JCC Program Guide


Martial Arts Camps


Linda Keiles,, (562)426-7601, ext. 1047

with Sensei Mac July 25-29 / August 1-5 Choose one week or both! Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, 9am-Noon

For kids entering grades 6 & up

Camp Komaroff Kids Entering Grades 1-6 Youth Programs through August 31st!

3-5 days per week 9am-4pm

Ages 3-12 Two weeks of martial arts instruction led by the JCC’s own Sensei Mac. All levels of skill are welcome.

Week of July 25: Mixed Martial Arts & Self Defense (extended hours from 7am-6pm) Sports, swimming, crafts, music, Week of August 1: Jiu Jit Su, Jewish Culture, field trips & more: Grappling, & Ground Sparring Week of August 1: Wed. Field Trip to Redondo Beach Seaside Lagoon

Week of August 8:

Let’s Get Physical: Fit Camp for Kids

Wed. Field Trip to Taco Bell Discovery Science Center.

August 8-12 Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, 9am-Noon

Mad Science Camps

Ages 6-12 Getting fit and staying fit can be a BLAST! Our new Fit Camp for kids combines circuit training, games, art, and nutrition education. Circuit training components may include Skillastics, yoga, Zumba, X-Box Kinect, Wii, light weights, and much, more!

Aug 15-19 Mon-Fri The World, Science, & You! 9am-12pm (ages 6-12) Learn about the environment, explore how Newton's laws are at work in your favorite sport & become a young astronaut for a day.

AJCC/Webby Beginner Cheer Camp

Linda Keiles, (562)426-7601, ext. 1047

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

Camp J Crew Summer keeps heating up for teens, as the J Crew heads more great spots this Summer. Four Field trips per week, days at the J, swimming, Jewish Culture, & more! August 1-5: Park, Sky High Sports, Medieval Times, Beach August 8-13: Park, Kayaking, iFly Indoor Skydiving, Beach August 15-19: Park, Putting Edge Mini Golf, California Adventure, Beach

Summer Group Swim Lessons

See our schedule at

August 15-25 (2 wks) Ages 3-8 • 1 instructor to 4 Kids (1:4 ratio) • Gets kid water safe • Tiny Tots • Beginner • Adv. Beginner • Get Swim Team & Water Polo ready $37.50/AJCC Mem; $45/Public (2 wks)

Private Swim Lessons Digital Filmmaking August 22-26 Mon-Fri, 1-4 pm

One-on-one instruction for all ages with a Swim University instructor. Spots available, call today! Visit website for more info.

Red-Hot Robots 1-4pm (ages 8-12)

August 22-26 Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, 9am-Noon

Learn and use the science of circuits and robotic technology to build your very own working robot to take home with you at the end of camp!

Ages 6-12 Learn basic cheer skills, including splits, bridges, kicks, jumps, formations and hip hop/cheer routines to age-appropriate music. Perfect for kids with lots of team spirit!

(morning camp can be added) Teens will love this hands-on immersive experience in digital filmmaking. They’ll work with experienced instructors in small groups to plan, shoot, score and edit their films. Camp will culminate with a private screening on Friday afternoon for family and friends.

Summer Fun Days


Mon & Wed, 4pm

Summer Fun Days

Ages 5-8 & 9-12 Includes two weekend tournaments & scrimmage games.

Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGOs® August 22-26 Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri, 1pm-4pm

Aug 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Aug 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Ages 8-12 Design & build motorized machines, Aug 29, 30, 31

August 29, 30, 31 houses, pyramids, bridges, catapults, Summer Fun Days are just like camp, Mon-Wed & other creations while exploring but now you can pick only the days 9am-4pm or 7am-6pm physics, engineering and architecture.

you want!

Register today! Pre-Engineering with LEGOs® for ages 5-7 is full

For info & registration forms, visit

These days are just like camp for that last week of Summer fun. You can choose only the days you want!

Water Polo

FREE tryout the 1st week of class $65/AJCC Member; $75/Public Must be USA H20 POLO Member ($25-55 per yr)

Continuing enrollment – join anytime!

Masters Swim Mon & Wed, 6:30-8pm Ages 14+

Kids University

A structured aqua workout with other adults. Prerequisite:Must be able to swim 200 yrds without stopping. $102/AJCC Member; $136/Public (per session)

Now Registering for Fall Afterschool Program for students K-Middle School Our afterschool program fees include pick-up, snack, homework assistance, and one enrichment class per day, at no extra charge.

Pick-Up from Long Beach area schools including: Longfellow • Twain • Newcomb • Naples • Kettering • Fremont • Bancroft • Gant • Emerson •Carver • Tincher • Stanford•Hughes Schools subject to change.

Ask about our NEW Kinder pricing.


Contact Natalie Chernik for more info.

Thursday Night is Teen Night at the Pool… All Summer Long!

Year-Round Youth Swim Team with Coach Rafe Montes Mon, Wed, Thur, 5:15-6:30pm Ages 6-14

Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm

Visit website for more info.

Drop by the AJCC for dinner, dessert & beverages. Bring your friends and chillax with us for only $7.

Year-Round Prep Swim Team

For more info. contact Dept. Dir. Linda Keiles at

Ages 5-12 $50.75/AJCC Member; 61.50/Public

Tue, Thur, Fri, 4:30-5:15pm



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The Power of Giving – A Life Well Lived

Sally and Eugene Chernoy

What makes a life welllived? For some of us, it is achieving success in business, for others it is having a rich and fulfilling family life and knowing true love, for still others it is leaving the world a better place than you found it by giving back to others. For Eugene Chernoy it has been all of these things and more.

Eugene Chernoy has been a successful business man, a loving husband and recently a man who has chosen to make a significant difference in the lives of others. He has taken steps to ensure that thousands of residents from his community will receive compassionate, affordable and life-changing social services through a

planned gift to JFCS Long Beach. Mr. Chernoy recently announced that he intends to bequeath the building that he and his loving wife and business partner Sally ran their business out of for over 40 years. Mr. Chernoy’s generosity is inspiring but you do not need to own a building to make a powerful difference in your community. How do you plan to make a difference? Some of us feel like we have nothing much to offer but the reality is each of us has something to give. Whether you give through a small donation, donate your time in service to the community, or leave behind a powerful legacy such as Mr. Chernoy’s, we all feel better about ourselves when we take care of one another. Maimonides, a preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher, says that the highest form of

tzedakah is to give a gift, loan, or partnership that will result in the recipient supporting himself instead of living upon others. With this gift, Mr. Chernoy has ensured that people in his community will receive not just charity or a hand-out, but the skilled services, information and support that allow JFCS clients to truly take charge of their own lives and move towards greater happiness and self-sufficiency. It is with great honor and pride that JFCS salutes Eugene Chernoy and his wife Sally for lives well-lived. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the powerful legacy of love they leave for us all. We hope their generosity inspires you too to make a difference. For information on how you too can make a planned gift to JFCS, please feel free to contact us at 562-427-7916, EXT. 235.

lects his own inner personal needs for support Let’s face it, caring and honest support is necessary when men are experiencing changes, stress, grief and other issues in their lives. What men need to meet these challenges is a support system that is strong and loving. They also need to learn to give up the notion of “going it alone.” Most men report they are much happier and more successful when they are better connected to themselves, their bodies, their lovers and friends, their children and each other. In joining JFCS’s Group Therapy for Men, members

Renee Simon receives Hall of Fame honors from the Long Beach Soroptomists.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Every Tuesday 7:00 to 8:30 pm

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Every Wednesday 7:30 to 9:00 pm

BIPOLAR SUPPORT GIVER GROUP Every Thursday 6:00 to 7:30 pm

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Every 1st and 3rd monday of each month 6:30 to 8:00 pm


Real Men Do Therapy No one seems to doubt the pressures modern man is under from all sides, from a terrible economy unseen in our lifetime, fewer and fewer jobs, less and less time to balance work and family life. In addition, there is a constant barrage of messages to be a “winner” in a world that defines winning in narrower and narrower terms. More and more men are realizing that the messages they were given about a man handling things on their own are outmoded, unrealistic and frankly unhealthy. While a man is often quick to join a gym and get a physical workout, he often neg-

Congratulations Renee!

work to develop the skills, resources and capacity to thrive within a support network of peers. JFCS’s Group Therapy for Men meets every Wednesday evening from 7:30 – 9:00 pm and is now open to new members. The group aims to help men develop the power and resources to meet and make life changes, find support to voice their thoughts and feelings, and gain the purpose and passion they might be longing for in their lives. The topics of the group include masculinity, relationships, family, sex, work, creativity, spirituality, identity development, and

existential issues, among other topics. For more information contact Michael or Meredith at JFCS to see if the group might be a good fit. The cost is $15.

Every 2nd Friday of each month 11:00 am to 12:30 pm



OUR MISSION: Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Long Beach/West Orange County is a nonprofit agency that provides a wide range of professional counseling and support services to assist all individuals regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation in facing life’s challenges. | AUGUST 2011 | 7


R A B B I N I C Is 50 years old?


Congregation Shir Chadash (I) 6440 Del Amo Blvd. Lakewood, CA 90713 Contact Rabbi Howard Laibson Phone: 562-429-0715 Website:

Rabbi Nancy Myers

Is fifty years old? Well, I imagine the answer to that question depends on who we are asking. For those who have reached five decades, most would say that even though their bodies remind them they are no longer thirty, they do not feel old. They feel that they have a lot to look forward to. There are always new adventures, kids are growing up, and new challenges lay ahead. However, if we were to ask a thirteen year old, is fifty old, we would likely get a different answer. For children and teenagers, old begins, well, rather young. For a teen eagerly awaiting driving and moving out on their own, turning twenty might indeed seem old. Whether fifty is old certainly is subjective to one’s own age and stage of life. If fifty is significant age for an individual, how about for an

institution? Is fifty years old for a synagogue? Now on the east coast where synagogues have been around for hundreds of years, perhaps not. But on the west coast where the Jewish community settled in more recent history, it is indeed a different story. I am pondering this because my synagogue, Temple Beth David in Westminster, is now celebrating its fifty years of services, life cycles, friendships, holidays, and more. Five decades of Jewish living feels like an accomplishment especially in Orange County. I marvel at the Jews who came together and willingly mortgaged their homes to build and create Temple Beth David. Looking back 50 years is rather amazing. Whether one believes that fifty years is old for a synagogue, it certainly is worthy of commemorating. In the Torah, fifty is signifi-

cant number. In Leviticus, chapter 25, we read how the horn was sounded after forty nine years proclaiming the Jubilee on our Day of Atonement. We are told to kidashtem, to sanctify, the fiftieth year and proclaim a release throughout the land. In the days of our Torah, land returned to its original tribal holdings, the land was left untilled, and Israelite slaves were freed. The fiftieth year was proclaimed and celebrated by the people throughout the land of Israel. It reminded the Israelites that people and land ultimately belong to God. So the number fifty in our Torah is a reminder of holiness, sanctity, freedom, rest, and God. For us as individuals, five decades is old enough to appreciate the sanctity of life, i.e., we don’t take it for granted any longer, we can dream of the freedom of future retirement,

and we can focus on the relationships Rabbi Nancy Myers in our lives that are most important. For a synagogue such as Temple Beth David, fifty years gives us perspective. We have lived and survived over half a century but we have created decades of friendships, a place of prayer and study, and a community that can support one another and celebrate the great joys of our lives. Fifty years for us is an opportunity of connecting with history and creating more moments of holiness. Perhaps we should sound the horn as we acknowledge that fifty years perhaps isn’t so old because we have much more to look forward to. Here’s to the next fifty! Rabbi Nancy Myers is rabbi at Temple Beth David in Westminster.

Upcoming Events at Our Area Synagogues Below you will find many of the exciting events happening at our local synagogues. Be sure to contact them directly if you have any questions. Their contact information is available in the Synagogue Directory on the right sidebar of this page.

Temple Beth David Friday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m., join TBD for Summer Time Synaplex Fun. Beginning with Shabbat services led by Rabbi Myers, Cantor Linder, and the upbeat rhythms of the South Coast Simcha Band, we will continue with a Kumzitz campfire jam session sing-a-long. There are active games planned for kids of all ages. Following Kabbalat Shabbat services, the evening will conclude with a delicious Oneg dessert. Baby sitting is available during Shabbat services; please RSVP by Wednesday, August 17. For reservations call the temple office. Sunday, August 7, 14, 28 and Sept. 11, 18 TBD will offer FREE Hebrew Classes. The classes will be taught by Karen Fiske. For more information contact TBD Adult Education Trustee, Garry

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Plotkin at 562-343-4425 or Temple Beth Shalom TBS welcomes Rabbi David Klatzker as our interim Rabbi, beginning August 1. His wife, Ms. Randy Katz, begins her position as our Education Director on August 1 as well. Rabbi Klatzker and Ms. Katz are coming to us from Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, Massachusetts. Rabbi Klatzker will be leading his first service at TBS on Friday evening, August 5, at 7:45pm. Look for further announcements on a special welcoming event planned for Friday evening, August 26. Please join us in welcoming Rabbi Klatzker and Ms. Katz to the Long Beach community. P’Nai Or P'nai Or, entering its 10th year in the Long Beach community,

Cantor Steven Puzarne

warmly welcomes their new spiritual leader, Cantor Steven Puzarne. Cantor Puzarne has been a prominent leader in progressive Judaism since he received his Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Hebrew Union College in 1982. He also received an Honorary Doctorate degree from his alma mater in 2009. Having served as a Cantor, and also an Educator, in both northern California (Rodef Shalom in Marin County and Sinai Temple in Oakland) and southern Califor-


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: Temple Beth David (R) 6100 Hefley St. Westminster, CA 92683 Contact: Rabbi Nancy Myers Phone: 714-892-6623 Email: Website: Temple Beth Shalom (C) 3635 Elm Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 Contact: Rabbi Dov Gartenberg 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: Temple Ner Tamid of Downey (R) 10629 Lakewood Boulevard Downey, CA 90241 Contact: President David Salzman Phone: 562-861-9276 Website: P’nai Or (I) Long Beach, CA Contact: Cantor Steven Puzarne Spiritual Director Email: Website: Phone 562-364-5154 Congregation Lubavitch (O) 3981 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 Contact: Rabbi Newman Phone: 562-426-5480 Email: Chabad of Cypress (O) 4454 Cerritos Ave. Los Alamitos, CA 90720 Contact: Rabbi Shmuel Marcus Phone: 714-828-1851 Email: Website:

nia (Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades and Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica), Cantor Puzarne has had a long history of enhancing Jewish life through music and spirituality. In addition, Cantor Puzarne is currently the Creator and Executive Director of “Vision of Wholeness,” a spiritually rooted therapeutic program for children with autism and other developmental challenges. P'nai Or, welcomes all interested people to come and meet Cantor Puzarne at open-house services prior to High Holy Days on Shabbat morning August 27, at 10 am and Shabbat evening September 9, at 7:30 pm, both at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.For more information including a list of upcoming events please visit our website.

Temple Beth Ohr (R) 15721 Rosecrans Ave. La Mirada, CA 90638 Contact: Rabbi Mark Goldfarb Phone: 562-691-2551 Website:

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Congregation Sholom Leisure World, Seal Beach (C) P. O. Box 2901 Seal Beach, CA 90740 Contact: Rabbi Manny Goldstein Phone: 562-431-0113

Chabad of West Orange County/ Congregation Adat Israel (O) 5052 Warner Ave. Huntington Beach Contact: Rabbi Aron David Berkowitz Phone: 714-846-2285 Email: Website: Surf City Synagogue (C) Services held at the HB Central Library 7111 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach Phone: 714-596-2220 E-Mail: (C)=Conservative (I)=Independent

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What’s new at the Hebrew Academy Middle School?

Art Masters for the year 2011/2012

By Megan M. Carlson, Ed.D. It is with great pride and pleasure that I share with you the good news of a strong Hebrew Academy program focused on the needs and interests of our middle school students. We strive to offer an academic program that challenges every young mind to stretch and analyze his/her world using the strong foundation of learning strategies and knowledge he and she gain at the H.A. We have hired great teachers who are focused on middle school. We scheduled classes in a way that gives opportunities for integration and application of concepts. By virtue of hiring middle school teachers who will be teaching two subjects, we have made it a priority to integrate humanities (English and social studies) and math/science because we know that adolescents learn best if they have more subjects integrated and connected. We planned and implemented fun and educational co-curricular activities, including Middle School student council this year. We hope that many students will run for office, or get involved in some manner or another. Student Council will be responsible for Town Hall meetings, community interactions, the Spelling/Geography Bees, and much more. We are in the planning stages of running girls’ and boys’ basketball leagues here at the H. A. The Judaic and General Studies programs are well-integrated and supportive of each other. We are working on enhanced integration of our amazing technology into the middle school curriculum and instruction. The H. A. is advanced in the technology that we have available to our students and teachers. All classrooms have SmartBoards, through which teachers can bring in online, interactive lessons and streaming video. There is no limit to the possibilities set forth with this technol-

ogy. We scheduled exciting electives and fun Judaic activities for the middle school students (and their families). The H. A. middle schoolers will get to have art classes, PE, and debate. All these classes take place during the school day and enhance the middle school students’ education and well-prepare them for their upper school experiences. Attending the Shabbat dinners and community-wide Shabbatons are truly some of the best ways for your family to enjoy the H. A. together. These events provide a great opportunity for you to socialize with your middle school child, who, by virtue of his/her stage in life, often, will try to avoid being with his/her parents. We are enhancing the physical environment of the H. A. The new Value Circle will be a community gathering spot for all. Town Hall meetings, conducted by our middle school students, will occur in this beautiful spot. They will gain a ton of leadership opportunities through setting up and using the space. We are working hard this summer to enhance the classrooms for the middle/upper school boys and girls. This is still a work in progress. As I hope you gather, our middle school program is gaining tremendous amounts of thought, attention and resources its way. We are sure that all this energy will bring programs and instruction to the H. A. that will, in turn, give your middle schooler the education of a lifetime, one that will prepare him or her for whatever secondary and life-long choices he/she makes in his/her future. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to educate your child. We look forward to many exciting experiences with you and your children. For more information, contact the office of visit our web site.

Mashie Marcus

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What is Art Masters? Art Masters is a PTA-funded program designed to introduce various works by such masters as Monet, Picasso, and O'Keeffe to kids from kindergarten through 8th grade. PTA volunteers assist in administering a professionally designed interactive curriculum to teach the children about different artistic styles and concepts.

and famous works of the Master Artists. Interactive questions and eye-catching props will keep the students' attention while walking through a virtual museum (available on slides or CD-Rom) filled with interesting stories and facts.

"Working with the Masters" art projects :After learning the inspira-

How is this done? "Introducing the Masters" assemblies: The ‘Meet the Masters’ ex-

perience begins with a multi-media assembly (slides, artist voices, music, etc.) where the students learn about the fascinating lives

"Learning from the Masters" technique packets: Now that the

children have a true connection to the artist, it is time to introduce the techniques which made the art revolutionary. Back in the classroom they will work on a mostly selfguided follow-up packet which will be the pencil-on-paper means for your student to "Learn from the Masters.”

tion and techniques of each Master the children are ready for the real fun. The classroom transforms into an art studio as the wellequipped teacher leads the protégés on a step-by-step journey through the art project. Often using the same medium as the Master, the students discover their creativity while developing confidence in their own unique abilities. To find out more about this program, please visit our website or call the school office.

Camp Silver Gan Rocks

At Silver Gan Israel kids are rock’in and roll’in all summer long. “Camp Silver Gan Israel really rocks while nurturing each child and helping them grow. We are constantly creating new fun expe-

riences for our campers so that each one will have a blast,” said Rabbi Sender Engel, the camp director. “Every child comes home daily with new songs, lasting friendships, projects and even more importantly an indelible bond with their counselors who are positive role models.” “While going on trips is always exciting, our 11 acre safe and secure facility boasts 2 exclusive use pools (1 covered), game rooms,

an enclosed hockey rink, a cyber lab, and a laser tag arena. Kids will enjoy archery, arts & crafts, karate, Lego MINDSTORMS, gaming, science, hamster balling, rock climbing, laser tag, swimming and so much more while they are infused with a sense of Jewish pride and excitement for their heritage. Being Jewish should be fun!” the Rabbi said. Located in Huntington Beach and fully accredited by the American Camp Association for 4 decades, SGI has made thousands of children smile over the years. Contact Rabbi Sender Engel at, EXT. 221 or, or by visiting HEBREW ACADEMY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Visit our website or call Alex Greenberg for a private tour. | AUGUST 2011 | 9




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CSULB-Teacher Workshop on the Holocaust The Teacher Workshop on the Holocaust returns for its second visit to the Karl Anatol Center on the CSULB campus in August 2011, with the goal of training teachers in the local school systems in ways to teach about the Nazi genocide. “This workshop will bring high school teachers on campus for curriculum development workshops that will enable them to teach students about the Holocaust in an age-appropriate way,” explained History’s Jeffrey Blutinger, the inaugural Barbara and Ray Alpert Endowed Chair for Jewish Studies and a member of the university since 2004. “Holocaust education is a state standard usually taught at the 10th and 11th grades. Part of the instruction comes in history and part in language arts. But those who instruct the Holocaust may not have taken a class in the subject. Their knowledge may be limited to whatever movies they’ve seen

or whatever world history textbook they read at the university. What we are doing is providing them information about the subject including a general overview accompanied by binder material prepared by the Anti-Defamation League titled Echoes and Reflections. We are currently raising endowment funds that will make the workshops a permanent fixture on campus.” The Jewish Studies program was approached in 2009 by Holocaust survivor Gerda Seifer and her husband Harold with the seed gift that created the Teacher Workshop, Blutinger explained. “There’s nothing like it available in Southern California,” he said. “It was a chance to fill a major need. I thought it was a terrific idea. It gives Jewish Studies at CSULB a chance to increase our visibility and help us to make a name for ourselves in Los Angeles and Orange County.” The workshop will begin

with a CSULB faculty-led review of the genocide and an introduction to the program’s theme, Art and the Holocaust. “This year, the topic will be explored in two perspectives,” said Blutinger. “We will examine art as perpetrator of the Holocaust and art as resistance. We will study the theory of art and propaganda within a totalitarian system. We will look at film as a tool in the killing process and the creation of Nazi films that advocated genocide. Then we will switch gears to look at art created by victims as a way of resisting Nazis.” The workshop will include a visit to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Blutinger feels the workshop fits into the mission of Jewish Studies at CSULB by moving the program more and more into the field of teacher preparation and education. “This workshop works well with one of CSULB’s core missions, to prepare teachers,” he said.

ceiving the 2011 Dorsey Award, from Karen & Tim Strelitz and family •To Amy & Rich Lipeles & family, in celebration of your granddaughter, from Karen & Tim Strelitz and family

the birth of your granddaughter, Miriam Andrea Sterling, from Justin Eiser


•To Arthur Miller, in honor of receiving the Robert Baldwin Award, from Renee Simon & Jack Blecher •To Gary Jackson, wishing you a speedy recovery, from Jean Blakey •To Jay & Cheryl Eiser, Mazel Tov on the birth of your granddaughter, Miriam, from Sandy & Jerry Horwitz •To Loren Brindze, Mazel Tov on your graduation, from Sandy & Jerry Horwitz •To Ron Guest, just thinking of you, from Sandy & Jerry Horwitz •To The Karp family, in memory of Charles, from Dr. & Mrs. Myron Bloom

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•To Toby Rothschild, in honor of receiving the 2011 Dorsey Award, from Binnie & Jack Berro •To Diane Karp, in memory of your beloved husband Charles, from Linda & Sanford Simmons •To Don & Andrea Kaiser, in memory of your sister & sister in-law, Susie, from Linda & Sanford Simmons •To Rosecarrie Brooks, in honor of your special birthday, from Sary Melles For tributes to the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation please call 562-426-7601 EXT 1314


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TEMPLE BETH DAVID Julia Gurfinkel J u l i a Gurfinkel will be called to the Torah on August 6. Julia is entering 8th grade as a GATE student at Stanford Middle School. For her Mitzvah project, Julia collects books and dance costumes for charities. Tamar Rubin Tamar Rubin will called to the Torah on August 13. Tamar is entering 8th grade at OCHSA. She has raised enough money to sponsor a child in Mali, Africa for the past 3 years.

Jacob Mandel Jacob Mandel will be called to the Torah on August 20. Jacob is in the GATE program at Stanford Middle School. His passion is music (jazz & classic rock) and will help teach younger kids to play music for his Mitzvah project. Gabriel Abrams Gabriel Abrams will be called to the Torah on August 27. He is a 7th grade GATE student at Mesa View Middle School. Gabe’s mitzvah projects are working with special needs children through The Friendship Circle programs, donating bake sale money to Autism

Speaks and Marina High School's and an emphasis in Jewish Studies. He is currently working at Habonim Connections Club. Dror’s Camp Gilboa. Adam & Zak grew up in Long Mazel Tov Beach. Both were students and then Rabbi Adam & Zak Greenwald David & Julia Greenwald proudly teachers at Adat Chaverim Synaannounce that their son, Rabbi Adam gogue of Los Alamitos, where they Greenwald, 26, was ordained May both became B’nai Mitzvah. In addi16, 2011 by the Ziegler Rabbinical tion, Adam attended the JCC preSchool of the American Jewish Uni- school & was a Camp Komaroff Rabbi Adam (L) and Zak Greenwald (R) versity in Los Angeles. He will be the counselor for many years. Revson Fellow at IKAR Congregation in West Los Angeles. Additional Chronicle Subscribers David & Julia Greenwald also Thank you to: proudly announce that their son, Zak, Subscriber 23 has graduated with honors from Nancy & Ron Frank UC Santa Cruz, with a BA in History | AUGUST 2011 | 11


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