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January 2013 | 5773 | Tevet-shevat | Vol.65-No.5

FEATURE article

It’s Easy to Invest in Your Community’s Future Deborah K. Goldfarb Executive Director, Jewish Federation Jewish Community Foundation


ecent sad events around the country make it all too clear as to why we need community. In the Greater Long Beach area, we are blessed with an array of wonderful social service and educational organizations that work along with our religious organizations to provide quality of life and community, in both good and bad times. Our unique consortium of Jewish Community Partnership Agencies keeps our local community strong and provides an infrastructure to connect people on a daily basis, and whenever a crisis may occur.

Defining the Fund for Our Future Over the past two years, the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation have led the Partnership through a process of carefully identifying needs and prioritizing programs which need special funding in order to ensure the future of these programs. We are now officially joining together with the Alpert Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, the Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach, and Long Beach Hillel to launch a unique collaborative endowment, capital, and program-building effort, the Fund for Our Future Campaign. Many of you have heard about this effort, but have not yet been asked to participate. We hope that you will consider doing so after the campaign is formally announced at the Legacy of Leadership Event on January 27, 2013. The Fund for Our Future is designed to secure the sustainability of our partners, programs and services so vital to this community.

Newly refurbished women’s locker room

Why Do We Need an Additional Campaign? Over the past ten years Federation’s net assets have grown modestly each year, and the Foundation’s assets and permanent endowments have more than doubled. You are part of a Federation that is fiscally sound and socially responsible. The Federation Annual Campaign has helped fund immediate, urgent operating needs each year. Over the past ten years the Federation Annual Campaign has distributed over $9.5 million to agencies and programs, and has raised $1.3 million for capital needs. Each year the Foundation distributes over $125,000 to partner agencies and an average of $100,000 for capital needs. We live in difficult economic times, several major donors have passed on, annual fundraising is not able to meet long-term infrastructure needs, and our Partnership agencies continue to expand the scope of services. The need for the Foundation to build long-term endowments has become more critical than ever. Our beautiful Weinberg Federation Campus, owned and developed by the Jewish Federation, is a tremendous hub of community activity. The campus serves a vast array of community organizations, as well as housing the Alpert Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation & Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and the off-site activities of Long Beach Hillel. It’s hard to believe that the building is nearly 15 years old and is beginning to age. Refurbishment is needed, some of which was recently completed. Reserves need to be built in order to replace major items over the next ten years, such as the roof and heating and

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air conditioning systems, above and beyond the approximately $150,000 in annual long-term maintenance which is currently funded through Foundation and Federation funds each year. We have set a goal of raising at least $3 million for long-term capital needs over the next 3 years. Having assessed future needs we have also set a goal of increasing endowments in the Jewish Community Foundation to $60 million over the next 10 years. The Foundation currently holds over $14 million in assets which benefit all of the Partnership Agencies, and we estimate that generous donors will leave the community over $23 million from their estates over the next 25 years. Together, we have set a goal of raising an additional $10 million in current and future endowments over the next five years, along with $3 million to fund priority programs. How Can You Help? By leaving a planned gift through your estate, or funding a program or capital initiative in your lifetime, you’re helping preserve Jewish life while ensuring the needs of the entire community will continue to be met over many decades to come. A variety of giving opportunities are available, and no gift is too small. Many exciting programs need funding, and many naming opportunities are also available. YOU can make a tremendous difference by investing in the future of our Partnership. Our community is a vibrant one. Help us keep it that way. Now is the time to get involved and join us in making sure the Jewish Community Partnership is always here for you, your children, and for generations to follow. Please call me at 562-426-7601 EXT 1009, if you have questions, or would like more information on any of these initiatives. We look forward to seeing you on January 27th!

Shilo McGrew utilizing the newly constructed stretch room

Chronicle Contents Published since 1947 by the Jewish Federation of Long Beach and West Orange County



Women of VISION Speaker Chosen for Annual Women’s Philanthropy Event


Jim Breslauer President

Deborah Goldfarb Executive Director

Danny Levy


Everyone Can…Create a Jewish Legacy

Director of Development

Linda & Sanford: A Community Love Story

Khatera Zubin chronicle coordinator


Erin Bellinghausen graphic artist


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Women of VISION

Speaker Chosen for Annual Women’s Philanthropy Event

Jeannie Smith

(L-R) VISIONS Co-Chairs Emily Sukman & Leslie Kern at the 2012 VISIONS event

Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy is pleased to announce Jeannie Smith as the speaker for this year’s Arlene Solomon VISIONS dinner on Thursday, March 7. This year’s dinner co-chairs are Dr. Leslie Kern and Emily Sukman. Jeannie Smith is the daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut OpDyke who passed away on May 18, 2003. Irene received international recognition for her actions during the Holocaust while working for a high ranking German official. Irene’s life story was recently told each night on Broadway in the nationally acclaimed play Irena’s Vow starring Tovah Feldshuh. Irene’s book, In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer from Random House, relays the detailed account of her life during the years of WWII and is used in classrooms around the country. The Israeli Holocaust Commission named Irene one of the Righteous among the Nations, a title given to those who risked their lives by aiding and saving Jews during the Holocaust. She was presented with the Israel Medal of Honor, Israel’s highest tribute in a

ceremony at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. The Vatican has given Irene a special commendation and her story is part of a permanent exhibit in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Jeannie was proud to accept two prestigious awards given posthumously to her mother, the Commanders Cross (the Polish medal of honor) and the Courage to Care Award by the Anti-Defamation League. Jeannie is part of a new generation of Holocaust Speakers, called 2nd Generation, who share the life stories from their parents firsthand experiences. She is a member and speaker for the Oregon & Washington Holocaust Speakers Bureau, a regular speaker for the Anti-Defamation League’s Bearing Witness Program, Jewish Federation groups, Lion of Judah events, and Hadassah groups. She travels to schools, churches, camps, organizations, fund raising groups and clubs throughout the United States. The story she tells, although filled with the horrors and hate that the Holocaust holds, also brings a message of faith, love and hope that good can triumph over evil. It proclaims the con-

viction that one-by-one we can say no to hatred, persecution and prejudice. The story speaks of the power of love and encourages the fact that “One person can make a difference!” Love is the greatest weapon we have. Hate is easy, but it takes real courage to love. The Arlene Solomon VISIONS Dinner is hosted by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation. It brings women from across the community together to enjoy each other’s company, hear from an exciting guest speaker, and to honor Women of VISION from local Jewish Women’s organizations. The Women of VISION honorees make a huge difference in their various organizations. Their hard work and dedication shapes our community for the better. Each woman will be honored for that dedication at the dinner on March 7th. “VISIONS is a fabulous event every year, so please save the date and join us. There are so many women in the room supporting The Jewish Community Partnership and it is an amazing feeling to be a part of that,” explains Leslie Kern, VISIONS 2013 Co-Chair. “The feel in the room is unbeatable; to join with 240 other women for a great cause makes everyone involved feel like they are truly making a difference in our community,” describes Emily Sukman, VISIONS 2013 Co-Chair. For more information, or if you have never attended VISIONS and would like to be on our mailing list, please call Megan Donaldson at 562-426-7601 EXT 1021.

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Preparing for 2012 Year-End Planning By MikeVan Dyke, Certified Financial Planner

Linda & Sanford: A Community Love Story Once upon a time at the JCC pool (in the old building) two young people met, dated, married, raised a family, and have continued for the last 45 years to be an integral part of the Jewish community. “Linda & I met in the pre J-date days,” remarked Sanford, “I met her at the pool and there were dances at the JCC. I want these types of programs to be there for my grandkids.” Linda, a Long Beach native, was involved in teen groups at the JCC. She shared many Jewish holidays and activities with her JCC friends. Her parents, Irv & Blanche Switzky, were charter members of the original Willow Street JCC. Sanford moved to Long Beach from the Midwest when he was 7. His family was involved in the community and helped fund the construction of the JCC building in 1960. His parents, Joseph & Ruth Simmons, were active at Temple Sinai which was then at 7th and Molino. When their three children, Julie, Aaron & Matt came along, the Simmons’ were dedicated to providing their children with Jewish experiences through Temple Israel, Hebrew Academy, and the Jewish Community Center. Always devoted to Israel, the family lived on a Moshav in Israel for a month when the kids were 12, 11 & 6.

(L-R) Melissa, Sophie, Matt & Joe Simmons

Linda and Sanford Simmons

Linda & Sanford always believed in giving and Linda remembers when she received her first Super Sunday call and gave $25. Since that time Linda has been involved with Women’s Philanthropy, was a past President of Sharon Hadassah, past Annual Campaign chair and now Major Gifts chair for the Federation. Sanford was involved on the board of the Federation, with Super Sunday and also helped with Cash Collections. However, it was when she went to the Former Soviet Union in the 1980’s to visit “refuseniks” that she became hooked on the global work of the Federation. “The work of

Your legacy lives on


Joseph & Aaron Simmons

rescue and relief provided by the Federation system all over the world is so important” states Linda. Sanford also feels it is important that as we “travel all over the world, we make it a point to see all the Jewish sites. There are so many places that once had vibrant communities and now there are only remnants.” It is no wonder that with their passion for the Jewish people, Linda and Sanford chaired the 2011 Mission to Israel and that they, along with Nicole & Daniel Honigman, are chairing the 2013 Poland/ Israel Trip sponsored by the Alpert JCC and the Jewish Federation (see page 11). In fact, Linda has been to Israel 11 times, 6 of them on Federation trips.

The importance of the AJCC and this community to the Simmons family continues on to the next generation. The AJCC is Sanford’s home away from home. He loves that he can work out here and sees his sons bringing his grandson Joe to camp and his granddaughter Sophie to preschool. He also loves that his grandchildren see “grandpa” here and learn the value of staying fit and also that the Jewish community provides a place where everyone can come and be comfortable and learn, laugh, interact with each other and have a true sense of belonging. Linda states “We have been lucky, and what we have worked for, we want to leave for our children, to

make their life easier; but what if we left them money and there was not a Jewish community for them to be a part of, that would be such a loss.” Sanford adds, “It is up to our generation to each leave something so that the Jewish community will always be here for all.” The Simmons’ chose to leave their legacy by gifting a Life Insurance Policy. Gifts of Life Insurance can be made by transferring an existing policy or by establishing a new policy and naming the Jewish Community Foundation as the beneficiary. The premium payments are not taxed and the donors are able to determine during their lifetime the agencies and programs they would like to see funded with the proceeds after they are gone. In the Jewish text Pirke Avot (The Ethics of the Fathers) it states, “Do not separate yourself from the community. Do not believe solely in yourself.” Linda and Sanford Simmons have led a personal and communal life that embodies these values. Everyone Can... Leave a Jewish Legacy. For more information about creating your own Jewish Legacy, please call Sharon Kenigsberg at the Jewish Community Foundation, 562-426-7601 EXT 1008 or e-mail sharonk@

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Where The Holy Tree Grows By Rabbi Steven Moskowitz

A few weeks ago I went with our tenth grade Torah Center students on a guided meditation walk through the El Dorado Nature Center. This 105-acre natural habitat is a precious oasis of plants and wildlife nestled in the center of Long Beach’s dynamic urban setting. On our two mile loop around two lakes we encountered egrets, ducks, turtles, butterflies, flowers in profusion, trees, and a soothing, restorative silence. We were led on our walk by Rabbi Mike Comins, founder of The TorahTrek Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality. The mission of TorahTrek is to disclose Judaism’s roots in wilderness, help us encounter God in nature and to promote Judaism as a spiritual practice which facilitates our internal growth and the healing of the world. Along our hike, Rabbi Comins asked us to walk in silence and take note of

what we became keenly aware of, those things that perhaps no one else in our group might see. Disengaged from conversation, the colors, shapes and sounds around us emerged in highlighted form. A spider’s web. Bubbles in the stream. A woodpecker’s tap tap. After several minutes, Rabbi Comins asked each of us to share what we had seen or heard. While several things were on my list, one stood out: a tree shaped in the form of a human being, head high, trunk straight and tall, arms upraised in praise. A verse from Torah came immediately to mind: A human is like a tree of the field (Deuteronomy 20:19). This month we celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of Trees. It marks the time in the land of Israel when the majority of the winter rains have passed and new sap begins to ascend from the earth into the trunk and branches of

trees. This date has a practical application. It defines which fruit is subject to taxing in a given year according to the system of tithing as described in the Torah. Yet, as the verse from Deuteronomy hints, a tree exists not only as an object outside of ourselves to be used by us. There is also a degree of identity, of integration between us and trees. There is an organic connection that reminds us that we are of a unified ecosystem, that harm to one involves harm to the other. In Kabbalah this degree of identity is taken even deeper. This tradition of Jewish mysticism describes the presence of God in our world as articulated through ten qualities known as sefirot. The integrated system of these sefirot is known as the Tree of Life. This Tree of Life exists in each human being. The wisdom of Kabbalah is designed to help us

achieve a healthy cultivation of this Tree within us so Steven that we may Rabbi Moskowitz become balanced and dynamic human beings who treat one another and all of creation accordingly. Tu B’Shevat gives us the opportunity to be aware that both the environment that exists outside of us and the source of life that dwells within us require tending and nurturing care, for the sake of them both. Beloved, gaze in thine own heart, The holy tree is growing there; From joy the holy branches start, And all the trembling flowers they bear. ~ William Butler Yeats

Rabbi Steven Moskowitz is Rabbi at Temple Israel in Long Beach.

Upcoming Events at Our Area Synagogues Below you will find events happening at our local synagogues. Please contact them directly if you have any questions using the Synagogue Directory on this page.

Congregation Sholom On Sunday, January 27 at 11:15 am, join CSC for a special Tu B’Shevat Seder which will celebrate the many natural foods found in Israel, while reminding us of our responsibility to care for the environment. The Seder will be followed by games and snacks for the whole family. Please call the temple office to RSVP. Temple Beth David On Thursday, January 24 from 7:00–8:00 pm, Scholarin-Residence Marc Michael Epstein will be speaking on “Harry Potter and the Jewish Menagerie.” Call the temple

office for more information.

ing, reading, munching and merriment! A lovely HavdalTemple Beth Shalom lah service will end the eve On Saturday, January ning. Contact TBS for more 12 at 12:30 pm Rabbi David information and to RSVP. Klatzker will continue his Living the Jewish Way program; Temple Israel his Mussar Study Group con- On Friday, January 25 tinues on Sundays, January at 7:00 pm, join TI for their 6, 13 & 20 at 11:00 am. special, joyful, and musical On Wednesday, January Got Shabbat Service, led by 16 at 10:00 am, The TBS Rabbi Steven Moskowitz and Sisterhood will again host Kendra Cogert and the Shabthe quarterly Pan Tourna- batones. ment. Those interested in attending should contact If your synagogue would like to Clara Asch at 562-594-8817. be a part of this listing, please On Saturday, January submit your events to chronicle@ 26 at 4:30 pm, join TBS for their annual Tu B’Shevat Seder. There will be sing-

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

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: 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: 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 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: Temple Ner Tamid of Downey (R) 10629 Lakewood Boulevard Downey, CA 90241 Contact: Rabbi Dany Mehlman Phone: 562-861-9276 Email: Website: (R)=Reform (O)=Orthodox

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Early Childhood Education . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Youth & Adult Jiu Jitsu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Youth Basketball League . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Gottlieb Youth Art Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Women’s Shabbat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Jewish Women in Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Science & Religion - 92Y Lecture . . . . . 3 College Prep Workshops. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Senior Adult New Year’s Day Party. . . . . 4

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

AJCC Fitness Center Open House is Jan. 13

Youth & Adult Jiu Jitsu

Our Fitness Center is all shiny and new and we’re showing it off. Be sure to join us for a special Fitness Open House on Sunday, January 13, between 12:00 and 3:00pm. We’ll be offering tours of our Fitness Center facilities, including our new TRX Room, Personal Training Room, brand new first floor locker rooms and our exclusive second floor Club J locker rooms.

with Sensei Mac Ages 6-12: Thur, 5:30-6:30pm Adults: Thur, 6:30-7:30pm This monthly ongoing class is designed to give students a solid understanding of the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, with a focus on conditioning and self-defense. Join Anytime! $45; $35/MVP (per 4 weeks)

Come ready to workout because you’ll be able to sample a variety of our FREE group fitness classes, talk with our Certified Personal Trainers about how best to achieve your fitness goals for the new year, enjoy healthy snacks and maybe even win one of the prizes we’re giving away.

For more info. contact the AJCC P.E. Courtesy desk staff at ext. 1051

Bring the family and take advantage of free babysitting available while you tour our Fitness Center facilities and take in a mini-workout class. Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors who may be curious about our facilities at the Alpert JCC. We’ll be offering special membership incentives, like our $29, 6-week fitness passes and more.

Youth Basketball League Starts January 13th The AJCC/Pete Davis Youth Basketball League kicks off its new season Sunday, January 13, with a player evaluation & placement day. This evaluation day is a requirement for all new and returning league players.

Be sure to circle January 13 on your calendar now, for an afternoon of fun, friends, family and fitness.

The league is open to boys and girls who will be between the ages of 6 and 13 on January 13, 2013. The popular league is led by former Michigan State and NBA star, Pete Davis and his team of coaches. Beyond counting wins and losses, the league emphasizes sound fundamentals, skill development, sportsmanship, and partnership with families.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Linda Keiles, (562)426-7601, ext. 1092

Registration Now Open for ECE, Spring Semester

When Pre-School’s Out, ECE PlayDays are in

Classes start January 21

In Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr

Come see what we’ve got to offer!

Mon, January 21

Parent Participation Classes From the Beginning Ages birth-9 months (FREE CLASS)

Yad b’Yad (Hand in Hand) Ages 9-23 months

Moving On Transition Class Ages 18-28 months

Chugim & Chaverim Connection Afternoon Enrichment classes Ages 2-5 yrs Classes include, art, science, sports, oceanography, Judaics, gardening, literature, cooking, material arts, zoology, Hebrew, theater arts, music, & much more. For more info. contact the ECE dept. or visit


Ages 2-5 9am-2:30pm Arts & crafts, music, stories, cooking and play. $58; $48/MVP, includes sandwich bar lunch Reservations required. Child care available: 7-9am & 2:30-6pm at $6.50/hr.

All games are played on Sunday afternoons between 12pm and 6pm at the best indoor basketball facility in Long Beach, the Alpert JCC gym! In addition, one weekly practice is held on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. For more information, please visit us on the web at or contact Sascha Bryan-Zwick at 562-426-7601 ext. 1035 or

Private Basketball Lessons for all levels 60 minute sessions are available to purchase in packs of 6 through 36. Pick up a brochure at the Alpert JCC or call (562)426-7601, ext 1051 for more info.

Kids’ Night Out Parents’ Night Off! Saturday, January 12, 5-9pm For children 12 months & older Enjoy dinner, a movie, or a walk on the beach while we take care of the kids. Cost includes, dinner, games, stories, play, staff supervision. Cost per child (must be siblings) $25-1st, $20-2nd, $10-3rd

Program closes when full Call Danielle Putnam at ext. 1090 or email at

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.

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Rosh Chodesh at the JCC

Eve Lunt, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1067

6 Mondays, January 7-February 11

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 Shevat. FREE

The Zena and Pauline Gatov Gallery is proud to present:

The 29th Annual Norman Gottlieb Youth Art Exhibition & Awards January 7-February 12 Awards Reception: Tue, Feb. 12, 6:30-8pm Each year the Gatov Gallery, in conjunction with L.B. Unified School District, brings together a sampling of the best middle & high School art. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the awards reception, the highlight of the event. Gift awards are presented to the top three participants from the middle & high school level. The Gottlieb show was established by past AJCC President, Norman Gottlieb and is currently funded by a generous donation from Dr. Daniel & Nicole Honigman.

Exhibition & reception are FREE & open to the community

FREE Crash Course in Hebrew Reading, Level 2

Have fun while learning the basic steps and applying them in easy to learn popular line dances. Taught slowly step by step so everyone will be dancing right away. You’ll have a good time exercising and burning calories. No partner needed. Learn the Electric Slide, Black Velvet, Cowboy Hustle, Tush Push, Slappin' Leather, Power Jam, and more. Taught by AJCC Fitness Manager Cindi Massengale. $65; $50/MVP RSVP to Eve Lunt

Kabbalah Class Wednesdays, 12pm Rabbi Abba Perelmuter teaches the class with a keen sense of wit and great knowledge of Judaism and its teachings. FREE

Tue, January 15, 7pm

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.

AJCC Poker Club Tue, January 15, 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)

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

6 Tuesdays, January 15-February 19, 7pm FREE Level 1 Review: Tue, January 8, 7pm The National Jewish Outreach Program’s Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II is designed to improve students’ reading skills and fluency by introducing them to pronunciation rules and basic Hebrew grammar. Students will begin to recognize verbs and nouns, learn how to dissect words, and identify new words and phrases that will enable them to better understand the prayer book. Over 101,000 people have participated in this program.

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

Pre-registration is mandatory. (participation in the Crash Course in Hebrew Reading, Level 1 required) RSVP to Eve Lunt at

Jewish Women In Film An Examination of the Portrayal of Jewish Women in Hollywood Movies

Thur, January 17, 7pm How are Jewish women portrayed in films? What stereotypes are often used? Where did these stereotypes come from? How does the Jewish community react to the “Jewish Mother” stereotype? Can a non-Jewish woman accurately depict a Jewish woman? Do we see reality within the fiction? Jewish women have been a subject of Hollywood filmmakers throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Played by both Jewish women and non-Jewish women, these fictional characters allow us to explore how Jewish women are seen by Hollywood, and perhaps the general American population. Join us as we view clips of popular films and discuss the ways Jewish women are depicted and how these depictions of Jewish women affect the Jewish community. Facilitated by AJCC Program Coordinator Rachel Gordon: FREE to the community

Science, Religion & the Search for Meaning Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with Ira Flatow

Thur, January 3, 7pm There have been ages when religion tried to dominate science. And there have been ages when science tried to dominate religion. Take a fascinating look at the interdependence of religion and science with former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and host of NPR’s popular “Science Friday” Ira Flatow.

God is One: Moses, Jesus, Muhammad Bruce Feiler, Karen King and Reza Aslan

Thur, January 10, 7pm

In partnership with Temple Israel Sisterhood and Temple Israel Joys of Jewish Learning

Women’s Weekend Shabbat and Reunion Fri, January 25, 5:30-8pm Women’s Weekend is just a year away in January 2014. And whether you’re a regular Women’s Weekender or just curious about our most popular program for women, this is a great chance to meet, mingle and mangia. We’ll have a kosher Shabbat dinner with all the fixings, and you’ll have the opportunity to find out about all our great women’s programming for the year ahead. Bring your daughters 12 and up, your moms, grandmas and BFF’s – all are welcome. $20; $15/MVP

Are prophets inventors of religion, or are they social reformers who as mouthpieces of the gods, strive to amend and reinterpret the existing beliefs and practices of their communities? Dr. Reza Aslan is an acclaimed scholar of religions and author of the best sellers No God but God and How to Win a Cosmic War. He is the founder of Bruce Feiler is the best-selling author of Walking the Bible and The Council of Dads. Karen King is Hollis Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School. Rabbi David Klatzker from Temple Beth Shalom will lead a discussion after the program 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

RSVP to Eve Lunt at

The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center

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


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

Youth or Teen Winter Break Camp Grades K-5 or Grades 6 & Up

Wed-Fri, January 2-4, 2013 9am-4pm: $55; $45/MVP, per day 7am-6pm: $65; $55/MVP, per day Register for all 6 days & save $5 per day For more info contact Natalie Chernik or visit

Kids’ Night Out, Parents’ Night Off Grades K-8

Sat, January 12, 5-9pm 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, January 11. Drop-ins will not be admitted For more info contact Natalie Chernik

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

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

GesherCity Shabbat Fri, January 4, 7:30pm Experience Shabbat with great music, food and friends.

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

Ongoing Alpert JCC Senior Activities J Crew Night at the Movies Sat, January 19 (Call for time) Grades 6th & Up Enjoy dinner with your friends at one of the many dining options at the Long Beach Towne Center food court. After dinner we will walk over to the theater to enjoy a movie on the big screen. Please bring money for dinner and the movie, and don’t forget money for popcorn. Contact Rachel Gordon for time & movie

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

Weekly Senior Adult Lunch Wed, January 16, 12pm: Geri Entertainer & Singer Wed, January 30, 12pm: Cali Rose, Singer, Comedian $6; $5/MVP

MLK Jr Day Camp Grades K-8

Mon, January 21 9am-4pm: $55; $45/MVP • 7am-6pm:$65; $55/MVP In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, spend the day exploring the concept of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world.” We’ll learn that everyone can make a difference and no action is too small. Weather permitting, we’ll swim in the AJCC heated pool. For more info contact Natalie Chernik or visit

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

College Preparatory Workshops with Nicole Gracie from UniVarsity For high school students and parents

College Match: Finding the right fit for you January 15, 7-8:30pm Figure out your "college personality" to find the best match for you! Learn how to evaluate colleges to find a great fit. Topics will include: a "college personality quiz," how to begin your search, resources available and how to use them, and the importance of college visits.

Upcoming Tuesday Workshops: • Feb 12: Hidden Gems: Beyond UC & Cal State • Mar 12: The College-Bound Athlete: Are you on your game? • April 23: Paying for College: Financial aid resources & affordable college

Family price per workshop: $25; $20/MVP


For more info. contact Rachel Gordon at (562) 426-7601, ext. 1023

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.

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Violin Lessons at the Hebrew Academy By Dafna Smith

There was a time when almost all Jewish boys learned to play the violin. Certainly no one can dispute the fact that all of the greatest violinists of the 20th century were Jews; Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Nathan Milstein, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, to name only a few. Albert Einstein began his violin training at the age of five and played throughout his life. It is said that the two things he was never without was his briefcase and his violin case. Jews were not only expected to be book smart but highly cultured as well. Growing up, it was not uncommon for my Jewish

friends and I to regularly attend classical concerts, visit art museums and learn about great Jewish and non-Jewish artists as well. As far as I was concerned, it was just what we did. As an adult and a music teacher, I am saddened to say that this no longer seems to be the case. Though concert halls and museums are still attended by many of our people, they are our older people, not our younger ones. For whatever reason, many of our children and young adults do not even know who Chagall was, let alone Heifetz, Bruch or Mendelssohn. I have been teaching the violin in Los Angeles for more than thirty years now and during those years I have taught children from all cultures, races and religions and I can honestly say that no one group is any more or less ca-

pable than another. Talent is not passed down by blood, it is developed through environment and training. When my son began attending The Hebrew Academy, I began talking to the staff about starting up a violin program there. The response from the parents, students and staff has been so overwhelmingly positive that I am now wondering if the seeming lack of interest has been nothing more than just a lack of opportunity; let’s hope so. The violin is the hardest instrument to learn. Playing the violin has been proved to be the hardest thing for the human brain to do. It raises the IQ. It broadens the mind and softens the soul. All these things, I tell my students. From the excitement on their faces, I know that they believe me. Isn’t that what we want for all our children?

Kindergarten Preview Day Kindergarten Preview Day, held on December 6th, went fantastically! The HA Pre-K kids came over and spent time with the Kindergarten teachers to get a feel of what it was like to be a kindergartener. They got to make mini prayer books, bake Chanukah cookies, and learn one of Teacher Rochelle’s favorite songs. If you are interested in having your child become a kindergartener at The Hebrew Academy, contact Alex Greenberg, our Admissions Director, at 714-8980051 EXT 284 or for more information and a tour of our campus.

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Visionary Dinner the Date! Save On Sunday, March 3 the Hebrew Academy will host its Visionary Dinner, a major fundraising event and the signature evening of the year. All are welcome to join as Jewish education and continuity is celebrated. This evening supports the scholarship fund, ensuring that children of all backgrounds and socioeconomic levels have access to the superior Judaic

and general education that Hebrew Academy offers. We welcome everyone to socialize, meet the leading supporters of the school, make important connections, and demonstrate commitment to Jewish education. If you are interested in attending this event and/ or want more information, please email eventshahb@

Purim Gifts

To emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship on Purim, we send gifts of food to friends. You will enjoy unveiling Hebrew Academy’s Purim delights to reveal fabulous hidden delectable’s as they proudly offer exquisite and unique Mishloach Manot. Visit to place your order today!

Upcoming Events

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY n Rosh Chodesh Assembly Monday, February 11 8:30 am n Grand Purim Celebration Sunday, February 24

Holly Tripp P h o t o g r a p h y

n Visionary Dinner Lifestyle Photographer Sunday, March 3 Specializing in maternity & newborn photography

n Jewish Knowledge Bee Finale Thursday, March 7 310.795.3210

Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff •To Barbara & Ray Alpert, in your honor from, Joyce & Jerry Stroffolino •To Donna Hallwerck, in memory of your beloved husband Don, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff

Jewish Federation

federation’s Weinberg Campus Fund •To Josh Kaplan, in memory of your father, from Judi & Gordon Lentzner •To Evan Braude, in memory of your mother Lee Anderson, from Judi & Gordon Lentzner •To Gary, Lindsey Fields & family, in memory of your mother Lillian, from Judi & Gordon Lentzner

from Jessie Butler •To Myron Bloom, in memory of your beloved wife Paula, from Jessie Butler •To Shirley & Earl Feiwel, happy birthday & happy anniversary, from Jessie Butler •To Phyllis Wallis, best wishes on your birthday, from Jessie Butler •To Mika Azaren, best wishes for a speedy recovery, from Jessie Butler

Israel Relief Fund •To the Kelman family, in memory of Jack Kelman, from Linda Palitz •To the Walter family, in memory of Jack Kelman, from Linda Palitz For tributes to the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation please call 562-426-7601 EXT 1314

Paula Blum Senior Adult Fund •To Myron Bloom & family, in memory of Paula Bloom, from Linda & Stephen Gordon •To Gary Fields & family, in memory of Lillian LiebermanFields, from Linda & Stephen Gordon General Fund •To Linda Sunshine Keiles, •To Edith Stern, in memory of AJCC in memory of your mother your beloved husband Ernest, Michael Segal Charlotte Sunshine, with love, from the Jewish Federation Maimonides Fund the Kass family Board, Leadership & Staff •To Gary Fields & family, in •In loving memory of Jerry •To Silvia & David Kahn, in memory of Lillian Lieberman(Jerome) Saltzer, a dear, dear memory of your beloved sister Fields, from Jessie Butler man, from Dolly Rosen & sister-in-law Alicia, from the •To Judy Green & family, in • To Gail & Andy Pieter, in Jewish Federation Board, memory of Lottie Newman, memory of Clara Pieter, from Leadership & Staff from Jessie Butler Laurie & Brian Garabedian •To Barbara Wolfe, in •To Barbara Wolfe & family, For tributes to AJCC please call memory of your beloved husband Harry, from the in memory of Harry Wolfe, 562-426-7601 ext 1414 PAULA BLUM SENIOR ADULT FUND

Tributes in Honor of the Milestone Birthday of Dr. Susan Mathieu, Debi Felsenthal, Larry Rubin, Penny Bayless & Vicki Rockoff Ester Aguilar Sanford & Nadine Allcorn Barbara & Ray Alpert Helen Barrad Penny & Kurt Bayless Ray & Gail Berns Sue Bernstien Lily Black Marianne Bobick Barry Borkin Margaret Brewer Nate Brightman Ed Burchman Linda Calderon Julie & Alex Calvo Beverly & Robert Carr Diamond Family Barbara Leifer & James Douglas Rita & Jerry Ellner Exelbert/Mintzer Family Federation Towers Board of Directors Dan & Deb Felsenthal Marel F. Fields M. Inga Freshman

Myra Gerson Sylvia Goldstein Georgena Gonsen Maddy Gordon Irwin Greenfield Ronald & Diane Guest Mary J. Guzzeta Greg & Leilani Haley Raul & Ted Hallowell Louise Hensel Benita Jacobs Rita Keller Dorothy Kimmel Ron & Pat Knights Gerta Kolonsky Jeanette Kroll Pam Krug Maria & Rogelio Lara Millie Linnetz Judy Lorber Miriam Malasky Amir & Miriam Mashadi Cynthia Massengale Cheryl, Karen & Mackie Mathieu

Daniel Mathieu Joseph Mathieu Mamie Mcgee Katie F. Miller Seymour Moreno Louis & Charlotte Moskowitz Beatrice B. Pachman Kathie Palmer Elaine L. Porzucki Janet Rubin Rob & Pam Rubin Ofelia Sarthou Bernard Sayone Arlene Schaefer Ellen Geffner Schwartz Nurit Sharon Katie Shovers Carol Spoden Shirley Sullivan Michelle Sztraicher Marlene & Harry Weed Doreen Wendell Morris Wickman


General Fund •To Wendy Puzarne, for your contributions to JFCS & the community, from Gerda Seifer, Judy Green, Leon & Barbara Shoag, Larry & Shari Nemirow, Aaron & Leslie Kern, Barbara & Ray Alpert, Nancy Linden, Lisa Rakusin, Dale Strok, Debbie & Rob Feldman, Sandy Horwitz, Johanna Valencia, Julie A. Neilson, Barbara Wolfe, Marion Solovei, and Stell Loeb Ungar •To the entire Balin family - Marianne & Prudence, Susan & Tad, Jane & Sarah and Robert & Elizabeth, in loving memory of Doris Balin, from Dr. Karen Zoller & Dr. David Tillman, Caren Osten Gerszberg , Jayne Lipman, Scott Berlin, Anthony Harris, Mary Diffley, Daniel Brotman & family, Sandy & Jerry Horwitz, Anita & Fred Hotchkiss, and JFCS Staff & Board •To Alfred Strum, in memory of Sylvia Strum, from Margaret & Loring Wintrhop •To Barbara Wolfe, in loving memory of Harry, from JFCS

Staff & Board •To Barbara Wolfe, in loving memory of Harry, from Janet & Harold Pottebaum •To Barbara Wolfe, in loving memory of Harry, from Sandy & Jerry Horwitz •To Judy Green, in memory of Lotte Newman, from Jeffrey Seitelman •To Eva Schlesinger & family, in loving memory of Eugene, from JFCS Staff & Board Orloff Fund •To Laura Orloff, in honor of your birthday, from Joyce & Hank Feldman •To Laura Orloff, in honor of your birthday, from Richard & Judy Schanz •To Laura Orloff, in honor of your birthday, from JFCS Staff & Board Weiss Fund •To Tessie Edlen, in memory of your mother Lillian Field, from Gary Fields & family For tributes to JFCS please call 562-426-7601 ext 235 or 562-427-7916


Maxine & Madeline Hardy Maxine & Madeline, 7th graders at Stanford Middle School, will be called to the Torah as B’not Mitzvah on January 26. They enjoy helping their Bubbie serve Senior Lunch at the Alpert JCC and being part of Best Buddies at school, helping students with special needs.

Super Bowl Sunday Lox Box Once again, Sharon-Carmel Hadassah is selling Super Bowl Sunday Lox Boxes to be delivered to your door the morning of Sunday, February 3. Lox Boxes are $25 each and include 6 bagels, 6 oz. Lox, cream cheese, 4 delicious Danish, a tomato and an onion. Nosh boxes – which include all of the above without lox- are also available for $20.

To order please send a check payable to Hadassah c/o Doreen Shuldiner, 3286 Julian Ave., Long Beach, 90808. Lox Boxes make great gifts and Hadassah will enclose a gift card for you. Please include all contact information with your check. Orders need to be received no later than January 24. | January 2013 | 9

Tributes & announcements


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.

community & announcements

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CCEJ Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast zas in January 1995 by Tony Hicks, a 14-year-old gang member. Out of unspeakable grief and despair, Khamisa was inspired to transform his loss through the miraculous power of forgiveness. BelievAzim Khamisa eieiA crowd of over 800 is ex- ing that there were “victims at pected to welcome keynote both ends of the gun,” Azim speaker Mr. Azim Noordin forgave Tony and founded Khamisa, author, activist and the Tariq Khamisa Foundation inspirational speaker, at the to break the cycle of youth 22nd Annual Interfaith/Inter- violence by saving lives, cultural Breakfast on Tuesday, teaching peace and planting February 12 at 7:30 am at seeds of hope in their future. the Long Beach Convention Hosted by The California and Entertainment Center. Conference for Equality and Committing his life to halt- Justice (CCEJ), the breakfast ing the continuing cycle of incorporates the traditions of violence among the youth, several religious and cultural Azim became a social activ- groups that contribute to the ist after his 20-year-old son ethnic and spiritual mosaic Tariq was senselessly mur- of the community. It offers the dered while delivering piz- opportunity for people of all

Annual Shirley Stein Book Review


Karen Codman

Investment Advisor Rep.

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Add your listing to our Professional Directory Call Yolanda 562-426-7601 EXT 1314 for more information

Honors & Simchahs •To Barbara & Arthur Miller, Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff •To Nancy & Mark Speizer, Happy 62nd Wedding Anniversary, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff •To Edie & Joel Brodsky, Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff •To Binnie & Jack Berro, in honor of receiving the Lifetime Service Award, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff, and the

Jewish Community Partnership •To Amy & Rich Lipeles, in honor of receiving the Rodef Tzedek Pursuer of Justice Award, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff, and the Jewish Community Partnership •To Keesal, Young & Logan, in honor of receiving the Making a Difference Award, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff, and the Jewish Community Partnership •To Joel Perler, in honor of your birthday, from the Jewish Federation Board, Leadership & Staff

racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to come together to celebrate the rich diversity of the southern California area as well as share the vision of truly inclusive communities. The event is co-chaired by Mayor Bob Foster, City of Long Beach and Reverend Sunshine Daye, The Revealing Center. Benefactors Gene and Ann Lentzner began their perpetual gift ten years ago helping to underwrite all future CCEJ Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfasts. Please call 562-4358184 or email for more information and to RSVP. Seating is limited and reservations must be made by February 5th.

eeeOn January 15, NCJW will present the annual Shirley Stein Book Review with Sharon-Carmel Hadassah. This year, The Provider, by Evelyn R. Marshall, will be featured. The Provider is based on Ms. Marshall’s perceptions of the life of her parents, Russian immigrants who came to the US in the early 20th century. It has been called a “gold-filigreed treasure in the area of Histori-

cal Fiction.” Ms. Marshall will provide an overview of her book at the event. The program will take place at The Grand at 10:30 am, followed by lunch. To RSVP, send your $36 check to Judy Leff at 3011 Hillrose Dr, Rossmoor by Jan. 5; the price is $41 after that date. Please bring non-perishable food items for Centro Shalom.

Reading Jewish History in Jewish Art Community Scholar, with Dr. Marc Michael Epstein and his talk on “Romancing the Manuscript: Reading Jewish History in Jewish Art,” at the Alpert JCC. Dr. Epstein is Professor of Religion at Vassar College, where he has been teaching since 1992, and was the first Dr. Marc Michael Epstein Director of Jewish Studies. At On Tuesday, January Vassar, he teaches courses on 22 at 7:30 pm, the CSULB medieval Christianity, religion, Jewish Studies Program will arts and politics, and Jewish again host a talk by the texts and sources. He has Orange County One Month written numerous articles and

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three books on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His most recent book, The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (Yale, 2011) was selected by the London Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2011. The lecture is free and open to the community. For more information, please contact Susan Paletz at the Alpert JCC at 562-426-7601 EXT 1012.

May 5, 2013 A Community-Wide Mitzvah Day Help us connect to projects & organizations that could benefit from our help. Call 562-426-7601 EXT 1014 or email with any suggestions. Community Relations Committee

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Turn in your 2013 Annual Campaign Pledge and make a difference in someone’s life today! Jewish Federation Jewish Community Foundation


Contact Danny Levy at 562-426-7601 EXT 1007 or for more information.

We Mourn The Loss Of..... Sydney Benowitz Don Hallwerck Ilean Rabens Harry Wolfe Please contact us at if you know of someone who has passed & would like them to be recognized.

JOIN US FOR OUR SHABBAT SERVICES Friday Evening Services conducted by Rabbi Steven Moskowitz, Cantor Finnley, and pianist, David York. Saturday Morning Services and Torah Study conducted by Rabbi Moskowitz

269 Loma Avenue Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 434-0996

Friday, January 18 Friday, January 4 7:00 p.m. Family Shabbat Service 6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat 7:00 p.m. Shabbat Service Saturday, January 5 Saturday, January 19 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, January 11 Friday, January 25 6:00 p.m. Ruach Shabbat 7:00 p.m. Got Shabbat! Service Saturday, January 12 Saturday, January 26 8:45 a.m. Torah Study 8:45 a.m. Torah Study 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Service 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Service Join us at 5:30 p.m. for our Pre-Service Oneg before our 6:00 p.m. Services | January 2013 | 11



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Temple Israel presents

A Shabbat Morning with mallory lewIs & lamB chop saturday, February 9

Join us for an inter-generational Shabbat morning featuring Mallory Lewis (daughter of Shari Lewis) and Lamb Chop. An engaging Tot Shabbat service, followed by a family-friendly breakfast, topped off with a delightful show with Mallory and Lamb Chop.

ToT shaBBaT 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

FamIly-FrIenDly BreakFasT 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. $5 for adults / $3 for kids

mallory lewIs & lamB chop show 11:00 a.m.

sponsorshIp opporTunITIes avaIlaBle only $50 per FamIly The PJ Libary Community is invited to join us for this very special event.

Temple Israel

A Year of


An Evening with

susannah heschel new Date TBa

Join us for a memorable evening with scholar and professor, Susannah Heschel. She will speak about the remarkable life of her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel – his scholarly accomplishments as well as his political activism.

sunday, april 21

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 Wendy enlightens parents with her engaging combination of warmth and wit and her signature coupling of Jewish teachings and psychological research.

An Evening of Music with the

saturday, march 9

saturday, June 8

Join us as our community welcomes national awardwinning poet Patty Seyburn. She will present a poem commissioned in celebration of our rededication. A poem written collectively by members of Temple Israel will be shared by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC’s Sr. Education Reporter and Temple Israel member.

An Evening with

The consul General oF Israel saturday, april 13

sponsorshIp opporTunITIes avaIlaBle

wenDy moGel

An Evening of

poeTry & celeBraTIon

269 Loma Avenue • Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 434-0996 •

A Sunday Brunch with

Temple Israel welcomes David Siegel, Consul General of Israel to Los Angeles for an evening of insight into the current affairs of Israel and U.S./Israel relations. Join us for dinner preceding this very important discussion for our community.

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los anGeles ZImrIyah chorale Our culminating rededication event, Temple Israel proudly presents the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale (LAZC), a master choir dedicated to performing Jewish music and music of the Jewish experience throughout time.

please rsvp By conTacTInG The Temple oFFIce

(562) 434-0996 or

January 2013 Chronicle  

Check Out the Greater Long Beach Jewish Community Happenings

January 2013 Chronicle  

Check Out the Greater Long Beach Jewish Community Happenings