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Planning to Ensure the Continuity of our Jewish Community’s Future


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lies to work together, to make a difference in the community. But what exactly does “planning” mean, and how can this help the community and your family? Many of us are in the process of deciding how to retire and whether we will have enough funds to do so in a time when people are living longer and longer. It may be surprising to know that if we plan carefully with the help of our professional advisors, we can retire, eventually leave an inheritance for our children, and a legacy gift for the organizations and causes that we care most about in our lifetimes. One is never too young to begin this planning process, and there are many ways to begin to set aside funds for charity. The Jewish Community Foundation recently hosted a seminar on this issue, with helpful hints on how to prepare for the future, and the Foundation’s professionals are available to help you begin to think through these issues. The Fund for our Future is one way in which we are encouraging donors to begin this planning process. Chief Executive Director, Jewish Federation Jewish Community Foundation

Defining the Fund for our Future Over recent years, the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation have led the Jewish Community Partnership agencies 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,

Planned giving in the past helped to sustain programs today; your planned giving today will help to continue these programs for our future generations

capital, and program building effort, the Fund for our Future Campaign, through which we will raise funds over the next 3 years to sustain our community. In order to meet the future needs of the Partnership Agencies, we have set three major goals for the Fund for our Future, and are well on our way to meeting these goals. We are currently nearly 20% towards our goal of raising $3M for capital needs on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus, which houses the Alpert Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and Long Beach Hillel. The campus also serves as a central location for the activities of many other community organizations, and serves as a community focal point for community members seeking to get involved. We are also 15% of our way towards our goal of raising $3M for special projects. The Partnership Agencies have identified a series of priorities which they need additional funding, in areas such as programs for Senior Adults, Children, Families, and College Age Students. While our agencies have strong operations, these are programs which do not support themselves,

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and which play critical roles in ensuring the future nature of our Jewish community. Most importantly, we have set a goal of raising $10M in future endowments. These endowment funds can grow if each community member makes a promise to provide a deferred planned gift through their estate. To date, the Jewish Community Foundation has identified over 80 families who have done so, and we are 25% of our way towards our current goal. How Can You Plan for the Future of our Community? As you work on your retirement planning, there are a number of vehicles which can be used to ensure that you are secure in your retirement and that will allow you to leave an inheritance to those people and causes you cherish. Many options can help you save taxes on your estate, and some can even give you a stream of income during your lifetime. Younger donors can also often make a future contribution through a low cost insurance policy. If you would like to participate in this important effort to ensure the future of our Jewish Community, and would like to explore ways to plan for your family’s future, please call me at 562-426-7601 x1009. YOU can make a tremendous difference by investing in the future of our Partnership and your community.

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Remembering the Past & Looking to the Future


Around the “J” December Events at the Alpert Jewish Community Center


Deborah Goldfarb CEO



Danny Levy

The Bob Baldwin Memorial Fund



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The Jewish Community

Remembering the Past & Looking to the Future By Deborah K. Goldfarb, Chief Executive Officer

Yehudis & Yitsy Geisinsky were recognized at the GA on receiving the Neuburger Young Leadership Award

Just two weeks ago, approaching the culmination of both the Jewish Federation’s annual General Assembly and a 12-day journey through Poland and Israel, a Long Beach delegation of 12 stood with more than 1,000 Jewish leaders in front of Jerusalem’s City Hall. After speeches about the need for the diversity of world Jewry to learn to live, pray, and co-exist together, we proceeded to walk through the streets of Jerusalem to the Kotel, the Western Wall, led by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Israel’s Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett, and the Jewish agency for Israel’s Chair Natan Sharansky. This was an historic moment as we marched with Sharansky in solidarity for Jewish unity, just as so many of us did for Soviet Jewry.

We gathered at the new temporary space that has been provided for egalitarian prayer in demonstration of the diversity of North American Jewry - we chanted the afternoon prayers (mincha) as the sun set, and sang HaTikvah. This powerful moment recognized that while we may approach God, Torah, and obligation differently, we share both history and destiny. The walk to the Kotel was an emotional close to this phase of our trip that included our confrontation, along with 29 Long Beach Community members, of the past horrors the Holocaust had imposed on our people in Poland. Our trip to Poland, and then Israel, helped us realize, all the more, the importance of working together to transcend the issues that divide us. Following the march, a small group of us from Long Beach, representing the religious spectrum from Orthodox to “just Jewish”, talked deeply about the importance of

plurality. It is in moments like these that I know just how important the work we do is. The General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the Jewish Federations of North America. Convened every fifth year in Israel, the conference is the largest gathering of the Jewish philanthropic community. Two major themes dominated the event: the ongoing negotiations with Iran and the implications of the recently released Pew report. It’s clear, that in Israel, the conversation about the role of religion and state has returned to center stage due several events, including a growing awareness that hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews cannot marry in Israel; that women are required to sit in the back of public buses in some areas; the campaign of “Women of the Wall”; and the Israeli rabbinate’s recent refusal to recognize a prominent American Orthodox rabbi (after decades of refusing to recognize Reform and Conservative rabbis).


It is difficult to capture the intensity of 12 days of intense travel, education, planning sessions, dialogues, and sessions with prime ministers past and present and other government officials. But, the experience crystallized the opportunities of change and challenge that stand be-

fore us as a community. By remembering those who are no more, through our time in Poland, and by celebrating the future of Israel, we gave strength to our work on a local level. We confirmed that we are eternally linked together, a world-wide people, a Klal Yisrael.

Solomon Society on Board the USS Iowa

(L-R) Jim Breslauer, Jewish Federation Immediate Past President,Yitzy Geisinsky, Solomon Society Co-Chair, Zvi Shapiro, & speaker Matthew Levitt, senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, at the Solomon Society event held on November 6 on board the USS Iowa.

Lion of Judah & Pomegranate Dinner

(L-R) Frieda Caplan, Elaine Davis, Leslie Kern, Lion of Judah Chair, & Ann Pava, National Women’s Philanthropy Chair, enjoying the Lion of Judah & Pomegranate donor appreciation event held on October 15 at the home of Melissa Carr, as part of the Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy in support of the Annual Community Campaign.

The Bob Baldwin Memorial Fund

Grant Applications Now Available for Teen/Young Adult Israel Programs

Bob Baldwin , in blessed memory

The Bob Baldwin Memorial Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation was established to promote Jewish continuity by connecting our teens to Israel through organized peer trips, community trips and educational programs. According to Bob’s stepson, Dr. Jim Linden, “Bob felt that encouraging young people to experience Israel first hand would increase their commitment and love

for our homeland, program may also and would be our apply. The applicant’s parents must best investment in reside in the Greater the Jewish people’s Long Beach & West future. Therefore, at Orange County area. his death, my mother Evy Baldwin The deadline to apply for the 2014 proworked with the gram is February Foundation to provide a legacy gift 15, 2014. to our community “The Foundation from Bob’s estate was proud that that would support, Past Bob Baldwin Memorial Fund grant recipients enjoying their trip last year we were in perpetuity, send- to Israel able to assist 10 ing our community’s young people in youth on mission and study and our homeland in his their quest to connect to trips to Israel. He felt deep- memory.” our people through a trip to ly about the importance of Grant applications are Israel,” states Larry Nemirow, a strong and healthy Jewish now available for teens Foundation Grants Committee state, and always spoke out (ages 13-19) planning to go Chair. “The Bob Baldwin passionately for sharing our on a mission/trip to Israel Memorial Fund, through the community’s resources with in 2014, sponsored by an vision of the Baldwin and our fellow Jews in Israel. It is approved non-profit organi- Linden families, provides a a tribute to his generosity and zation. Young adults (ages way for our youth to connect to his vision that we are able to 20-30) who plan to go to Israel and the local commuprovide support for our youth Israel for a volunteer or study nity. We are pleased that we

are able to offer these grants but know that there is a greater need for more scholarship funds. We hope that others in the community will contribute to these funds. The youth that benefit from this wonderful gift are the guarantors of our future. Each generation, continuing to provide for the next, is one way that the Jewish Community Foundation helps to ensure our future.” The Jewish Community Foundation has many other funds that support the Jewish Community. To receive a grant application, or for information about Foundation Funds, contact Sharon Kenigsberg at 562-426-7601 x1008 or

any size

A gift of will make an impact in our community. Whether you’re adjusting to retirement or starting a family of your own, you can provide a healthy, vibrant future for generations to come. Your legacy gift can help safeguard your values and sustain the organizations and programs that are most meaningful to you and your loved ones. Planning a bequest with the Jewish Community Foundation is easy and may provide tax benefits for your estate. There is no wrong stage in your life to make provisions that will impact the future of our community. Begin planning your Jewish legacy today. We’ll partner with you to turn your dreams into reality. Ask us about:

It’s not you have but what you do with it.


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The Mitzvah of Tzedakah Saving Lives By Rabbi Howard Laibson

As a rabbi, and as a Vice President of Rabbi Howard the Jewish O. Laibson Federation Board of Governors, I find myself deeply engaged in the mitzvah of tzedakah (charitable giving). The Talmud teaches that if we put tzedakah on one side of a scale, and all the remaining mitzvot (commandments) on the other side, the scale would dip on the side of tzedakah. In other words, the mitzvah of tzedakah weighs more heavily than all of the other mitzvot combined. Another important teaching explains rather bluntly why: Tzedakah saves lives. It’s important that we all recognize our inner “tzedakah potential” so that we, too, can help to save lives. How does tzedakah save lives? In the most obvious ways, making donations to organizations that feed the hungry or provide medical care for the ill, enables these organizations to save

lives. But in a less concrete manner, tzedakah can save people from lives of loneliness, illiteracy, poverty and meaninglessness. Let me give just a few examples. When we make a donation to an organization like the Alpert JCC, we protect ourselves and others from social isolation. When we donate to the Jewish Family and Children’s Service, we help lift people out of psychological pain. When we donate to The Hebrew Academy and Hillel, we prevent assimilation. When we donate to a synagogue, we help to “make” Jews. And when we donate to the Jewish Federation, we address all of these human needs and many more. An organization frequently unknown to many of us locally is our Jewish Community Foundation. The Foundation receives funds from many individuals and organizations and, through careful and thoughtful investment, grows those funds so

that more dollars are available for tzedakah purposes. These funds can be used by their donors for tzedakah, or can be made available for a variety of grants. Our synagogue, Congregation Shir Chadash, is one such organization. We have placed a few hundred thousand dollars into the Foundation, with the expectation that interest gained from our investment will help defray costs in our budget. We are in the process of asking and encouraging members of our congregation to name our fund, within the Jewish Community Foundation, in their wills and trusts. In this manner, we are helping our synagogue and helping the broader Jewish community. We like to think of this as a double mitzvah. If you would like to know more about the Jewish Community Foundation, feel free to contact Deborah Goldfarb or Sharon Kenigsberg at the Federation office. There is yet another thing

that we can do to strengthen our tzedakah potential. We can raise our annual contribution to the Federation campaign by a certain percentage. For instance, I have pledged to raise my annual donation by 10% each year. I’m by no means a wealthy person, but I’ve determined that I am able to increase my annual gift by 10%. I would like to encourage you to do the same – or to do more! The Rabbis taught that none of us is expected to complete the task of making the world a better place, but neither are we free from doing all that we can. Can you give 10% more than you’ve given in the past? Whatever that figure is, I’m going to guess you can increase it by 10%. So please, do so. Why? Because tzedakah saves lives. It really does. L’shalom, Rabbi Howard Laibson

Rabbi Howard Laibson is Rabbi at Congregation Shir Chadash in Lakewood.

Area Synagogue Upcoming Events

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.

P’nai Or Sunday, 12/1 @ 4 pm: Lights of Peace: Stories of Hope from the Holy Land, with Eliyahu McLean at Grace First Presbyterian Church. Contact the temple for more info. Temple Beth David Thursday, 12/19 @12 pm: Lunch and Learn provided by Rabbi Myers. Saturday, 12/21@9 am: Torah Study with Rabbi Myers. Contact the temple for more info.

underserved and overlooked high school students to use over the winter break. Please bring donations of non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, or dry cereal, as well as winter wear and toiletries to the temple. Contact the temple for more info.

Temple Israel Wednesday, 12/25 @8:30 am – 4 pm: Volunteer to feed the homeless at the Urban Community Outreach Drop-In Center at First Congregational Church. Serve a meal and socialize; sign up for a two hour shift. Call the temple office to volunteer.

Temple Beth Shalom Saturday, 12/7 @2:30 pm: Strictly Social Shabbat Afternoon. A little nosh and drink, great friends to meet and a chance to get to know TBS and our members. RSVP to Temple Beth Ohr the TBS office and get info on Ongoing until 12/18: the location, or email Karen TBO Sisterhood is putting Weinstein at krweinstein@ together care packages for 6 | JEWISH COMMUNITY CHRONICLE | KISLEV-TEVET | 5774

Temple Ner Tamid Friday, 12/13 @6 pm: Traditional Shabbat dinner to introduce new Temple members. $15/Adult; $10/Children (6-12 years old). Contact the temple for more info. If your synagogue would like to be a part of this listing, please submit your events to chronicle@

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 Email: Website: P’nai Or (I) Long Beach, CA Contact: Cantor Steven Puzarne Spiritual Director Email: Website: Phone 562-364-5154 Shul By The Shore (O) Seaport Marina Hotel 6400 Pacific Coast Highway Long Beach, California 90803 Contact: Rabbi Abba Perelmuter Phone: 562-621-9828 Email: Website: Surf City Synagogue (C) Services held at the HB Central Library 7111 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach Phone: 714-596-2220 E-Mail: Temple Beth David (R) 6100 Hefley St. Westminster, CA 92683 Contact: Rabbi Nancy Myers Phone: 714-892-6623 Email: Website: Temple Beth Ohr (R) 15721 E. Rosecrans Ave. La Mirada, CA 90638 Contact: Rabbi Mark Goldfarb Phone: 714-521-6765 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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92Y Lecture Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2a Women’s Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2a 6 Week Fitness Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2a

Volunteer Today! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3a New Year’s Day Bash for Seniors . . . . . . 3a Cycle for Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3a

Massage Special . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3a Youth & Teen Winter Break Camps . . . . 4a Winter Break Basketball Camp . . . . . . . 4a

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AJCC Poker Club


Tue, December 17, 6:30-10:30pm Game starts promptly at 7pm

Eve Lunt, • (562) 426-7601, ext. 1067

Join our friendly Texas Hold’Em Poker Club. Poker will be played, snacks & beverages will be served & cash prizes will be won. Special: Bring a new player and get a $500 chip bonus. (Only one bonus per player per night)

$25; $20/MVP (Cash Only) For more details visit

Ari Shavit with David Remnick

Kabbalah Class

The Tragedy & Triumph of Israel Tue, December 10, 7pm Leading Israeli columnist, writer, and Haaretz Sr. correspondent Ari Shavit joins David Remnick for an incisive analysis of the Jewish state’s fraught history and its prospects for the future. Shavit’s new book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, is the sweeping result of his 30 years in the trenches of Israeli society and politics.

Wednesdays, 12pm Rabbi Abba Perelmuter teaches this ongoing class where you'll add a new dimension to your life, renew your spirituality and learn something new. FREE

After talk discussion led by: Rabbi Howard Laibson, Congregation Shir Chadash

Karen Armstrong & Thomas Cahill

Meeting of the Minds: On Compassion Thur, December 19, 7pm Join two of the most preeminent interfaith scholars and historians in a lively and provocative conversation about compassion and its crucial place in both modern and ancient times. How do we lead compassionate lives? Why should we care? What has happened historically when we allow compassion’s opposite, the ego, to take over?

After talk discussion led by: Rabbi Mark Goldfarb, Temple Beth Ohr

The Pauline and Zena Gatov Gallery Presents

The AJCC 2nd Biannual Member/Staff Art Exhibit December 11-January 21 On display will be a diverse offering of art from our talented members and staff, including painting, photography and mixed media. You will be able to vote for the AJCC Favorite awards. Ballots will be collected in the gallery and presented at the reception. Contact Eve Lunt for submissions, or at (562)426-7601, ext. 1067.

Reception: Thur, January 9, 6:30-8pm

92Y Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Alpert JCC, Jewish Federation, and local synagogues Temple Beth David, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Israel, Congregation Shir Chadash, Shul by the Shore & Temple Beth Ohr

Lectures are FREE to organization members listed above; $10/Public For more info, visit

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

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

2nd Annual Cycle for Good Sun, December 8, 8-11am

We Need Volunteers! Sr. Adult Chanukah Outreach Program Tue, December 3 Help package & deliver holiday treats to community members who are homebound and in nursing homes.

Packing 9:30-11:30am • Deliveries 11:30am-2pm RSVP to Dr. Susan Mathieu

Sr. Adult Chanukah Luncheon

Date changed, originally December 1st Come be a part of JCCs of North America Cycle for Good and raise money to benefit sports and community programs. Participants across North America will be riding at the same time, cycling for a good cause and for their own wellness. Reserve your stationary bike by the hour or get sponsors. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics, the wonderful athletic event for people with developmental disabilities. Space is limited, register at the PE Courtesy desk and reserve your bike today. $10 per hour Ride for 1, 2 or all 3 hours on our indoor Spinning bikes. For more info contact Cindi Massengale

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Wed, December 4, 12pm Enjoy traditional Chanukah food, music and mementos. RSVP to Dr. Susan Mathieu

Ongoing Alpert JCC Senior Activities Knit Wits: Mon, 1-3pm • Senior Lunch: Wed, 12-2pm Bridge Lessons: Wed, 1:30pm • Mah Jongg: Thur, 11:30-3pm

Massage Special With the holidays upon us, now would be a great time to buy someone special a massage gift certificate from the AJCC, they make an easy gift for family or friends. Also, don’t let the holidays stress you out, make time for yourself with a relaxing massage. This month we’re offering a massage special to our members.

SAVE $5 off any one hour massage SAVE $10 off any 90 minute massage SAVE $15 off a 5 pack of 1 hour massages This special offer is good through December 31, 2013. Pricing & massage registration is available at the PE Desk For more info, visit

The AJCC Now Offers Wellness Coaching with Del Leon

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

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

Wellness generally means a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of wellbeing. You can achieve total wellness with the AJCC's vast array of programs designed to strengthen your physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional well-being. One of our newest Wellness programs includes private health and wellness coaching with Del Leon. Del is an author of the forthcoming book, Move Dammit! The Art of Getting Unstuck in Body, Mind, and Spirit. She has helped to educate and inspire others to overcome limitations in body and mind through meaningful education, interaction, and motion. She is a certified yoga instructor, a health & wellness coach, and a certified lymphologist. She has studied Thai Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, and is currently participating in BodyTalk, an energy balancing system that is used in hospitals and clinical practices in 40 countries around the world.

GesherCity Shabbat

Coaching services offered by Del

Fri, December 6, 7:30pm

• PSYCH-K Health & Wellness • Health & Wellness Coaching • Energy Clearing Session • Movement Repatterning • Private Meditation/Breathing Instruction For a full list of wellness coaching services and prices please pick up a brochure from the AJCC PE courtesy desk

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

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

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

ECE Winter Vacation PlayDays December 23, 24, 26, 27 December 30, 31, January 2, 3 Ages: 2-5 years old Each day there’s a different way to have fun: Get fishy, dig for dinos, celebrate the New Year, cheer for your favorite baseball team, and party with the Mad Hatter. 9am-2:30pm: $56; $46/MVP per day Mondays: $59; $49/MVP (lunch served) Morning & Afternoon Childcare available @ $6.50/hr. All programs waitlisted after December 9 Ask about our Members’ Only Specials

Registration is open for ECE Spring Semester Classes start week of January 27 Sign up for: • Parent Participation classes • From the Beginning: Birth to 9 months • Yad b’Yad (Hand in Hand): 9-23 months • Moving On Transition Class: 18-28 months Chugim and Chaverim Connection Afternoon Enrichment classes for kids 2-5 years old, including: Art, science, sports, Judaics, gardening, literature, cooking, zoology, arts, music, and much more!

Learn to Swim & Live Longer There are plenty of Alpert JCC members who regulary enjoy using the Mary Alpert pool for exercise and recent research released suggests that men and women who swim for exercise live longer than those who walk or run. Steven Blair, a professor at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health, evaluated 32 years worth of comprehensive physical exams and behavioral surveys of more than 40,000 participants enrolled in the Aerobics Center Study. During the 13-year follow-up period, which took into account age, body mass index, smoking status, alcohol intake and family history, showed that swimmers had a nearly 50% lower death rate than runners and walkers. Members, who don’t know how to swim and can’t take advantage of this health benefit, should know that the Alpert JCC offers private swim lessons for adults. The AJCC has a perfect pool for those leaning to swim, it’s only 3 to 5 feet deep, heated year-round, and lessons are given by highly qualified AJCC Swim University instructors. If you need more information on swim lessons contact Sascha at (562)426-7601 or visit our website at

Youth Swim Team with Coach Rafe Montes

For more information or a tour contact Alayna Cosores at ext. 1091 or Danielle Putnam at ext. 1090

Mon-Thur, 5-6:30pm• Fri, 4:30-5:30pm Ages 6-14 This is a competitive swim team, so all participants must tryout and be able to swim 25 yards with all 4 swim strokes. Membership in USA Swimming is required to compete in swim meets. Swim meet participation is optional, as they have an added cost. $90; $75/MVP per month

Kids’ Night Out, Parents’ Night Off! Sat, December 14, 5-9pm For children 1 2 months and older Enjoy dinner, a movie, or a walk on the beach while we take care of the kids. Night includes dinner, games, stories, play, and staff supervision.

Alpert JCC Lap/Recreation Swim Pass $50/AJCC Member Friend Pass (10-Pack) $60/Public Pass (10-Pack) Contact the PE Courtesy Desk for restrictions and to purchase pass.

Cost per child: $25-1st, $20-2nd, $10-3rd (must be siblings) Babies under 12 months: $35; $30/MVP Call Danielle Putnam and reserve your spot (562)426-7601, ext. 1090 or email at

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

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

Youth & Teen Winter Break Camp December 23, 24, 26, 27 December 30, 31, January 2, 3 Grades K-5 • Grades 6 & up

9am-4pm: $55; $45/MVP per day • 7am-6pm: $65; $55/MVP per day Register for all 8 days and save $40!

AJCC/Pete Davis Winter Basketball Camp Thur-Fri, December 26 & 27 Thur-Fri, January 2 & 3 Ages 5-13 This two-day camp is a great way to get ready for the upcoming AJCC/Pete Davis Youth Basketball League. $75; $60/MVP

See website for more info. Contact Natalie Chernik at or at ext. 1205.

Kids’ Night Out, Parents’ Night Off! Sat, December 14, 5-10pm Grades K-8


This fun for the kids’ night out is held on the same night as ECE Kids’ Night Out. So bring your little ones to the AJCC preschool and leave your big kids with us. The cost includes dinner, movies, games and snacks. Cost per child: $35-1st, $25-2nd, $15-3rd (must be siblings) MVP: $25-1st, $20-2nd, $10-3rd (must be siblings) Must register by Wednesday, December 11. Drop-ins will not be admitted. For more info, contact Natalie Chernik

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., If your’re not a member of the AJCC speak with one of our Membership Services specialists and learn how you can start benefiting from MVP pricing today.

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By Pattie Davidson, Director of Development and Communications

During this time of the year, beginning with Thanksgiving and lasting until the new calendar year, all of us are exposed to a virtual smorgasbord of opportunities to donate to charitable causes, both Jewish and otherwise. It is perhaps rare that you have the chance to viscerally understand how your gifts morph into life-changing assistance to those who benefit from them. Currently at JFCS, we have a student from Cal State Dominguez Hills, Burton Hurwitz, who is completing his final courses to obtain his B.A. in Communications and is volunteering with us to fulfill one of his requirements. I would like to share his amazing journey with you in his own words: With the progression of my mother’s schizophrenia, my father could not cope. He walked out on my mother and condemned me, at the age of two, to a childhood of abuse and neglect. She was unpredictable and I lived in constant fear. Not having the encouragement of a stable home, the consequences of not pursuing an education were not emphasized; school was just a

place to go to avoid being beaten. Bearing just a remedial level of education and no tangible job skills, I was predestined to be among the working poor. Unfulfilled and depressed, I thought life could not get much worse; I was wrong. I suffered a permanent debilitating injury, and in a very short time I found myself unemployed and homeless. I remember my first night lying on my cot in that drafty homeless shelter and looking out the window at the stars and saying to myself, ‘There is no place to go from here but up.’ At that moment, I was determined to find a career that developed my talents and was fulfilling. I migrated from shelter to shelter while simultaneously attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College. I struggled to maintain my personal hygiene, and I resorted to begging to pay for meals, books and supplies from anyone who crossed my path, even including faculty. However, the price of humiliation was worth it. Eventually, with sheer determination and resiliency I earned my Associates de-

gree. I have been able to continue my education with the assistance of financial aid and scholarships from several non-profits and foundations. Today, I am a senior at the University Cal State Dominguez Hills majoring in Communications. When the time came to seek out a business for volunteer service in my chosen field, it was natural for me to think of the Jewish community. It would be my way of giving back to all of the people whose names I don’t know, but who made contributions to the many charities and non-profits where I have received, and continue to receive, support and assistance. I am so pleased to be able to fulfill this requirement by volunteering at JFCS. At JFCS, we have the gratifying advantage of seeing the results of your gifts to us, as our clients’ lives are changed for the better. We thank you for your financial support, whether made directly to us or through the Jewish Federation. It helps us to realize our vision of Tikkun Olam – healing the world, one family, one person at a time.

All groups meet at the Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus/Alpert JCC “Keys to Success” Bereavement Support For those who are seeking Group employment or a career change, An open support group for all this group offers advice from who have experienced loss experts on a variety of related and grief. Led by experienced topics. No charge. counselors from JFCS and Mondays, 10:30 am – 11:30 am Haven Hospice. No charge. Call Debbie Freeman at X224 2nd Tuesday of each month, 11 am – 12:30 pm “Heart Prints” Call Chris Goldman at X228 Art therapy program tailored to victims of trauma. Open to women 15 years old and up. No charge. 3rd Saturday of each month, 9 am – 12 pm Call Eva Kuncewicki at X230


RACE WITH A VIEW May 18, 2014 Call Pattie Davidson at X235 for sponsorship information

A grant from Ronald McDonald Charities of Southern California is presented by Richard Ruby, Board President of JFCS and McDonald’s owner/operator, to JFCS staff members Debbie Freeman, far left, Director of Clinical Services, Kathryn Miles, Executive Director, and Eva Kuncewicki, right, Manager of Community-Based Services. Grant funds are dedicated to purchasing expressive therapy materials for school groups and youth counseling.

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.


The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Long Beach, will host Melissa Carr, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9:45 am at the Alpert JCC. The ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad.

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Thanksgiving & Chanukah Celebrations Thanksgiving and Chanukah occurring on the same night is an exciting time – according to one analysis, it won’t occur again for more than 75,000 years. To celebrate the two holidays, our preschoolers will be cooking a Thanksgiving/ Chanukah feast which will include turkey and potato latkes, followed by a performance; our third graders will be out and about singing to the community; and we will be preparing food baskets to help families in need during this holiday season. Also, our preschool director Chanie Perelmuter,

joined by Shalom Baby and the PJ Family, will be reading Chanukah books at the Huntington Beach Central Library on Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm. The event is geared for pre-school aged children and is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Soccer League

Kindergarten Preview Day

As part of our Enrichment Academy, we are offering students (5 to 11 years old) an opportunity to play in a soccer league that only competes on Sundays at the

The Hebrew Academy is offering a chance for you to visit our kindergarten class on Thursday, December 5, from 9 am – 10:15 am. Our current kindergartners and the prospective preschoolers get a chance to work together by moving from center to center and experience different learning activities, to fine motor writing and cutting games to Judaic singing. We will serve a healthy snack and the children will leave with a craft. Please call Alex, Director of Admissions, at Ext. 284 to reserve your spot.

Hebrew Academy. Students will be placed on a team, receive a soccer shirt and earn a trophy. Practice will be held on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:00 pm. The League’s first practice will be on Wednesday, January 8, and the first game will be on Sunday, January 12. To sign up, please contact Dr. Megan Carlson at Signups will go from now until December 20, 2013.

New Music Program

Jewish Federation & Family Services and Zechter Music Center, will be offering Hebrew Academy students (grades 5th – 12th) the opportunity to play instruments, such as the guitar, keyboard or a wind or brass instrument. The students will participate in music appreciation activities that include performances at UCI, Pacific Symphony and other venues.

Scholastic Book Fair

The scholastic book fair is ongoing until Friday, December 6. Please come and support our students and find some new and exciting books. There will be a Jewish section where you will find great Chanukah gifts. Students will be able to purchase books during lunch and after school.



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The highly anticipated Women’s Weekend 2014 is taking place from Jan. 31 – Feb. 2. This biennial event, sponsored by the Alpert JCC, the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach & West Orange County and Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Long Beach, will be held at Camp Hess Kramer in the beautiful Malibu Mountains. The theme of the weekend is “Neshama – Gifts of the Soul.” The weekend brings together women who are interested in delving deeper into Jewish identity and history, spirituality and friendship. Activities include Shabbat services, interactive workshops, and arts and crafts. There are many opportunities to make friends and reconnect with old ones, at yummy kosher style meals and at our Saturday Night Fun program. Women’s Weekend has benefited from its two energetic and creative Co-Chairs, Laurie Garabedian and Joyce Feldman and an en-

Women’s Weekend 2011 participants at Camp Hess Kramer, Malibu

thusiastic and well-rounded committee. This year, we are offering four exciting types of breakout groups to choose from: a creative arts track, a directed small group discussion track, a Torah study track and an active track (new for 2014) focusing on the outdoors, community building and Judaism. The choices

are uplifting and empowering. As Laurie says, “The spiritual high that one gets from spending a weekend with other women in the Jewish Community is one of the most uplifting experiences you can imagine. The creative possibilities are endless, as are the opportunities for personal growth.”

Women’s Weekends have also been known for their inspiring keynote speakers and song leaders. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller of Temple Beth Torah in Ventura; her previous rabbinic experience was at Temple Israel, Long Beach. We are also very excited be be able to bring Long Beach native Dana Schneider as this Weekend’s song leader. Women’s Weekend is a unique experience to spend celebrating Judaism, spirituality, creativity, education and friendship. Newcomers will be warmly welcomed by all; as Co-Chair Joyce Feldman relates, “It’s a great opportunity to expand friendships with women of all ages and from the whole spectrum of the Jewish community.” There’s so much to do, she says, “You can choose your own adventure at the Weekend.” To register for the weekend, please contact Eve Lunt, Adult Director at the AJCC,

at 562-426-7601 x1067. For program information, please contact Susan Paletz, Director of Program Development and Community Engagement, at 562-426-7601 x1012.

Jewish Politics CSULB Jewish Studies Program is proud to bring back Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, to the Dr. Raphael Alpert JCC on Sonenshein Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 pm. In light of the election of the first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles, his talk will explore the state of Jewish politics in Southern California. The lecture series is free and open to the community; there is no need to reserve space. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Blutinger at or 562-985-2196. | DECEMBER 2013 | 9


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Harrison Russell Harrison will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Dec. 7. His mitzvah project involved working with special-needs children as a volunteer soccer coach and volunteering in the Orange County Public Library summer reading program.

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Max will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Dec. 7. For his mitzvah project, Max worked with specialneeds teens and young adults through the Friendship Circle.

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