Jewish Community Chronicle September/October 2022

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2 | CHRONICLE | SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2022 INSIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 Teens are more than Tomorrow’s Leaders Youth Leadership Committee 5 UNISON Coming Together to Make a Difference 6 Alpert JCC Center for Life Open House, Pickleball and many more programs! 9 Women’s Philanthropy Sipping Under the Sukkah 12 Holiday Greetings 14 Community News 15 Tributes/In Memoriam PUBLISHED SINCE 1947 THE VOICE OF JEWISH LONG BEACH Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Long Beach Campus One Sommer Way 3801 E. Willow Street Long Beach, CA 90815-1791 Phone: 562.426.7601 | FAX: 562.424.3915 Editorial and advertising queries, please call 562.426.7601 x1314 or 2022 issue: October 4, 2022 ISSN# 1525- 6847 Jewish Long Beach is a 501(c)3 with tax I.D. 95-1647830 Edie Brodsky/Dr. Barry Zamost Co-Presidents, Board of Directors Zach Benjamin Chief Executive Officer Kevin Giser Chief Operating and Development Officer Susan Paletz Director of Fund & Community Development Rachel Roberts Manager of Marketing & Leadership Engagement Yolanda Placencio Development Administrator The appearance of product or establishment advertising in the Jewish Community Chronicle does not constitute an endorsement of kashruth. Opinions printed in the Jewish Community Chronicle do not necessarily reflect those of Jewish Long Beach. The publication of a paid political advertisement does not constitute endorsement of any candidate, political party or political position by Jewish Long Beach or any /jewishlongbeachemployee. @jewishlongbeach Sept 2 6:59 pm Sept 9 6:49 pm Sept 16 6:40 pm Sept 23 6:30 pm Sept 30 6:20 pm SHABBAT CANDLELIGHTING October 7 6:11 pm October 14 6:02 pm October 21 5:54 pm October 28 5:46 pm Photo credits and copyrights Cover - ©Rachel Roberts Chronicle ©2022 Jewish Long Beach All Rights Reserved. Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Member

Zach Benjamin We often equate this time of renewal with self-improvement and a recommitment to serving as a light unto our environment.


In June of 2021, I wrote in this space about the sense of relief that accompanied what we hoped at the time would be the permanent ebb of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the euphoria was short-lived as, early that fall, the pandemic plunged us back into an indefinite state of isolation that would ultimately rob us of another full year of healthy human engagement and interaction.

Many of us refer to the pandemic as “lost years.” We do so as a nod to the concept of time and the central role it plays in our perception that our world is either in order or in chaos. COVID interrupted our routines and uprooted the signposts upon which we so heavily rely to reassure us that we are safe in our cycles. Thus, our civilization experienced a perhaps unprecedented loss of our sense of place in time. The early uncertainty, and perhaps even excitement, that characterized COVID’s rapid and dramatic redirection of our day-to-day routines gave way to a prevailing sense of distress, dread, and imprisonment. Days and then months began to bleed together as milestones that typically invited significant fanfare passed unmarked. Time and routine began to lose their definition as science and civic leadership remained short answers to the question of just how long humanity would endure this Experimentsdisruption.conducted at universities in both the United States and the United Kingdom have demonstrated that losing one’s sense of time results in almost inevitable, catastrophic cognitive breakdown. Predictably, perhaps, the pandemic’s robbery of our routines appears to have caused a concerning recalibration of humanity’s social-emotional faculties that has taxed the limits of our capacity to manage life’s layered challenges, all of which were amplified against the backdrop of COVID-19. As we reflect not only on the past year, but on the first quarter of this decade, we might now be able to do so with the benefit true hindsight, as the world appears to have finally learned how to live with COVID rather than to hide from it. While the lessons of the pandemic will continue to reveal themselves for years to come, we have learned much about our own nature, our vulnerabilities, and our remarkable ability to adapt. We have also gained valuable insight regarding the boundaries that we must set in order to prevent ourselves from being singed by the proverbial candle that we tend to burn from every conceivable wick.

Perhaps the most important lesson of the past two-plus years is that we are best served extracting ourselves from our obsession with the construct of time. Rather, we may be well advised to live each moment as uniquely as possible rather than viewing every experience within the context of a cycle or routine. While we must always plan for the future, we handicap ourselves when we become so fixated on the next milestone that we lose our focus on theThispresent.High Holy Days, I hope that we resist the temptation to remain hostage to time, and rather that we allow ourselves to breathe, to be fully present in moments with those we care about most, and to give ourselves fully to our introspective meditations and reflections.

All of us at Jewish Long Beach and the Alpert JCC wish you and yours shana tovah u’metukah: a sweet, healthy, and joyful New Year.

L’Shana Tovah U’metukah Freeing Ourselves from the Burden of Time Zach Benjamin | Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Long Beach As we approach the High Holy Days, we find ourselves entering our annual season of reflection and introspection. Each year, we are called to earnestly examine our flaws and how they have impacted both our own lives and those of the people with whom we surround ourselves. During this month of celebration and solemnity, we also fulfill an imperative to make note, and perhaps some sense, of how the spaces and communities in which we live our lives have evolved over the course of the preceding year, as well as how we have contributed – for both good and ill – to that evolution.Weoften equate this time of renewal with selfimprovement and a recommitment to serving as a light unto our environment. However, we often tend to overlook the underlying concept that drives the principles and rituals of these most profound days on the Hebrew calendar: the passage of time. While Rosh Hashanah marks the transition to a new year, which itself is a measure of time, we might interpret Yom Kippur as an opportunity to take inventory of our own emotional development over the timespan of our lives. Even Sukkot and Simchat Torah— signifying the harvest and the completion of the annual reading of the Torah, respectively— commemorate milestones of the calendar that remind us of where we stand in the annual cycle of Jewish life and learning. Indeed, time is a purely human construct, created by our forebears as a means to explain that which is unexplainable. Creation, life, growth, aging, decline, and death form the very core of the human experience, and yet, depending on one’s religious orientation, we can turn only to G-d or humanity’s limited scientific capabilities to explain why and how these inevitable processes take place. As humans, we seek order and take comfort in the predictable. We have created vast, complex mathematical and temporal systems by which we attempt to paint gridlines around nature’s unpredictability. We have attempted to wedge life’s amorphousness into a series of cycles, replete with milestones and signposts to help us keep track of our position within each. Remove this imagined security blanket, and we are reminded of the fact that we live not in a predictable matrix of overlapping repetitive cycles, but rather in a persistent state of chaos. It is this aversion to the unexpected that lies at the heart of our collective distress during the twoand-a-half years of the pandemic.

Teens are more than tomorrow’s leaders

Rachel Roberts | Manager of Marketing & Leadership Engagement

We are now accepting nominations for our inaugural Committee. Any middle schooler looking to make their presence known is welcome to participate, at no cost. You can refer emerging leaders to the program and learn more by visiting I personally look forward to getting to know each young leader, sharing in their passions, and helping them each realize their fullest potential.

Jewish Long Beach reinstates Youth Leadership Committee for Grades 6 -

Susan Paletz | Director of Fund & Community Development

In the wake of Team Long Beach’s success at the 40th JCC Maccabi games, we are reminded that teens are strongest when they work together. Teamwork and collaboration uncover a new and special meaning to friendship. When people work together to achieve a common goal, it fuels a competitive spark that inspires creativity, confidence, and communication. Teamwork is hardly limited to sports, in fact, our teens constantly demonstrate how teamwork is integral to leadership. When Ruby Mayo, who currently serves as Miss Teen Long Beach, committed to acting against food insecurity, she relied on the teamwork of her club, Action Against Hunger, to organize swiftly and bring her ideas to life. (You can read more about Ruby’s experience in the Jan/Feb 2022 Chronicle). And while winning pageants and sports matches is thrilling, an equal reward lies in the shared experience of pushing your limits and helping others.

The Youth Leadership Committee will equip participants to create positive change in our communities through Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam. Participants can expect to plan meaningful events that blend socialization with community service guided by universal Jewish values. By meeting throughout the school year both virtually and in person, the Committee will give teens an opportunity to work together to pursue projects they are passionate about, explore and develop their unique interests, and hone their ability to turn dreams into action. By preparing teens to have an immediate influence, the Youth Leadership Committee will prepare tomorrow’s leaders to start making their impact today.

Top: Long Beach Delegation

Teens in grades 6 10 Tikkun Olam Identity Tzedakah Community building

Those interested in ensuring the future of teen programming are invited to sponsor this empowering initiative by contacting Kevin Giser at kgiser@ or visiting

Bottom Right: Michelle Alpern (left), Dancer of Long Beach Delegation, Bronze Medal lyouth ceadership ommittee

By preparing teens to have an immediate influence, the Youth Leadership Committee will prepare tomorrow’s leaders to start making their impact today.


Bottom Left: Opening Ceremony at Del Mar, San Diego



The JCC Maccabi Games® this past August marked its 40th year. The Games drew 1,600 Jewish teen athletes from 57 delegations and 67 JCCs across Canada and the U.S., as well as delegations from Bulgaria, Mexico, and Israel to San Diego for a week of competition and much more at what can reasonably be called the Olympics for North American Jewish teens. “With the 2020 and 2021 Games lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, these Games were a particularly long time coming, making the return to action all the sweeter,” remarked Doron Krakow, President and CEO, JCC Association. Team Long Beach’s delegation of 12 athletes performed admirably on and off the field earning a total of 20 medals. Among the awards earned were 11 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze. A big thank you to Howard Weiss who coached the baseball team and Marc Newman, Long Beach Delegation Head.

Left in awe of what our teens are capable of, Jewish Long Beach has renewed its commitment to kindling the youth leadership flame. We are proud to announce the reinstatement of the Youth Leadership Committee and are actively seeking outstanding teens in grades 6 – 10 who are ready to make a difference in our community.

Triumph at JCC Maccabi Games

SPOTLIGHT JEWISH LONG BEACH & ALPERT JCC 3RDYEAR• 2020 • 202 NIS N COMING TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Early Giving Begins September 15 Give from the heart! Funds raised through Long Beach Gives benefit the Jewish Long Beach & Alpert JCC Senior Meal Delivery Program. $8 is all it takes to provide a hot, healthy meal to a senior in our community. Make a Difference: Donations accepted online, by mail and over the phone. Contact Susan Paletz at or (562) 426-7601 x1012 A Progressive Culinary Experience At the Alpert Jewish Community Center On the Weinberg Jewish Long Beach Campus Special Honorees: Jessie Butler & Gordon Lentzner SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2022 SHARPENING OUR VISION FOR TODAY, TOMORROW, AND THE FUTURE DELIVERING 8,000 FREE, HEALTHY MEALS TO SENIORS IN 2022

6 | CHRONICLE | SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2022 ALPERT JEWISH COMMUN ITY CENTER YOUR C ENTE R FOR LIFE ENJOY A FREE DAY @ THE J! THE GATOV GALLERY PRESENTS Perspectives in Photography by the Photographic Society of OC Exhibition: Sept 2 - 29 | Reception: Sept 11 # Y o u r C e n t e #r Y o u r C e n t e r OPEN HOUSE | SUNDAY | OCTOBER 2 | 9 AM - 3 PM START THE YEAR WITH A MITZVAH! CELEBRATE SUKKOT Family Dinner in the Sukkah Tuesday | October 11 | 5 PM Wine & Dessert with Women's Philanthropy Wednesday | October 12 | 6:30 PM Visit the Sukkah From Oct 10-17! NEW PARENTS Become a member for just $20/month! J Baby | Parent & Me Classes Coming Up: Positive Discipline 4 Part series with Jamare Harris Begins Sept 14 Volunteers Needed for Rosh HaShana Outreach Baking: Monday, Sept 19, 1 - 5 PM | Packing & Delivery: Tuesday, Sept 20

JEWISHLONGBEACH.ORG | 5783 ELUL – TISHRI – CHESHVAN | 7 YOUR CENTER FOR LIFE ALPERT JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER @ALPERT_JCC /ALPERTJCC PEOPLE LOVE US ON YELPGETCHAI ONLIFE! WorkshopsWellness For All ForLife ForLife ALPERTJCC.ORG (562) 426-7601 SUMMER HOURS: MON - THURS 6 AM - 9 PM | FRI 6 AM - 6 PM | SAT - SUN 7 AM - 6 PM STAY CONNECTED NEW! MONTHLY WELLNESS WORKSHOPS PICKLEBALLPICKLEBALLINDOORS|5DAYSAWEEK|MEMBERSONLY Free and open to all! Covering a variety of health and wellness topics for adults, seniors, and caregivers. Light lunch will be provided. RSVP online at Healthier You: Nutrition with Optum Health Monday | Sept 12 | 12 PM Aging Preparedness Kit with Helping Elders Live Productively (H.E.L.P.) Monday | Oct 24 | 12 PM CALLING YOUTH LEADERS It's time to make your voice heard! Youth Leadership Committee 2022-23 Now accepting nominations of leaders in grades 6 - 10. Read more on Page 4! SET YOUR INTENTIONS FOR 5783 Visions & Vino with Lauren Friedman Tuesday | Sept 13 | 6 PM Discover the art of vision boarding. You'll need: pictures and magazine clippings that inspire you! Wine and light refreshments included.

Maybe if we are willing to keep our own personal desires in check and strive to hear the views of the other, we may be able to get everyone on the same boat. And then together, we can enjoy a strengthened Jewish community. Shanah Tovah.

8 | CHRONICLE | SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2022 COMMUNI T Y REFLECTIONS Community versus the Individual Rabbi Nancy Rita Myers | Beth David Beit HaLev P.O. Box 2279 Seal Beach, CA 90740 Rabbi Galit www.galityomtov.comduets@icloud.com562.493.2680Levy-Slater Beth David 6100 Hefley Westminster,St.CA 92683 Rabbi Nancy Myers www.templebethdavid.orgtbdavid@templebethdavid.org714.892.6623 Chabad of Los Alamitos & Cypress 12340 Seal Beach Blvd. Suite B-219 Seal Beach, CA 90740 Rabbi Shmuel Marcus www.chabadlosal.comsmarcus@jewishcypress.com714.828.1851 Chabad of West Orange County/ Congregation Adat Israel 5052 Warner Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Rabbi Aron David Berkowitz www.chabadhb.cominfo@chabadhb.com714.846.2285 Congregation Lubavitch 3981 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 Rabbi Yitzchok Newman yitzyg@aol.com562.596.1681 Congregation Shir Chadash 6440 Del Amo Blvd. Lakewood, CA 90713 Rabbi Karen www.csclakewood.orgcsclakewood@dslextreme.com562.429.0715Isenberg Congregation Sholom of Leisure World, Seal Beach Mail to: PO Box 2901 Seal Beach, CA 90740 1421 Northwood Road Seal Beach, CA 90740 President Carol A. Stern Levine Phone: Direct 562.505.3622 Phone: Membership congsholomlwsb@gmail.com562.430.7040 P’nai Or 3955 N. Studebaker Road Long Beach, CA 90808 Email: Shul By The Shore 3801 E. Willow Street Long Beach, California 90815 Rabbi Abba www.shulbytheshore.orgrabbi@shulbytheshore.org562.621.9828Perelmuter Temple Beth Ohr 15721 E. Rosecrans Ave. La Mirada, CA 90638 Rabbi Dr. Mark Goldfarb Phone: www.tbolm.orgoffice@tbolm.org714.521.6765 Temple Beth Shalom 3635 Elm Avenue Long Beach, CA 90807 www.tbslb.orgoffice@tbslb.org562.426.6413 Temple Israel 269 Loma Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803 Rabbi Scott www.tilb.orginfo@tilb.org562.434.0996Fox Temple Ner Tamid of Downey 10629 Lakewood Boulevard Downey, CA 90241 Rabbi Daniel Mehlman 562.861.9276 DirectorySynagogueReformOrthodoxIndependentConservative  R  R  R  O  O  I  I  I  C  C  C  R  I  I  O  O  O

There’s a great midrash, a rabbinical teaching, about individual desire versus the needs of the group. In Leviticus Rabbah 4:6, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai tells a parable about men on a boat. They are traveling at sea for a little awhile when one of them takes out a tool and starts drilling directly underneath him. The others are shocked and then exclaim, “What are you doing?” The man with the drill flippantly replies, “What do you care? I’m drilling under my area.” The men with him vehemently disagree and declare, “The water will rise and flood all of us on this ship.” The author of this midrashic teaching recognized that when a person only thinks of himself, he can inadvertently cause harm to others. We can, of course, apply this teaching to a whole host of issues that deal with the environment, health and safety of people, and well-being of animals. But maybe at this moment, at least, we should think closer to home and heart. This is the point of our High Holy Days after all. It’s to look at ourselves and how we can be accountable, responsible, and better human beings. You will notice, for example, during Yom Kippur how our confessionals are in the plural and we all recite them. Even though, hopefully, none of us as individuals has committed every transgression, we state them communally. Why is that? It is to remind us that we are responsible not only for ourselves but also for our neighbors as well. We are part of a community and so we need to do our part to strengthen and protect it. Sometimes, even at the expense of our own individual desire or There’sneed.always an inherent tension between our own wishes and those of the community. I personally like to explore winwin situations where the individual can get their needs taken into account while the greater good of the group is served. It’s not always as diametrically opposed as one might think. Often a conversation and an attentive ear to hear what the person needs or wants can go a long way to figuring out a compromise that doesn’t detract from the group. When someone feels cared for, they can often become more flexible as well. They are also less likely to see themselves as solitary individuals but can feel part of the greater community.

It’s not easy to be sure. One who is drilling a hole in the boat of our institutions may indeed be self-centered and require instant correction but then again they just might be unaware. Perhaps careful thought can be given as to what their need is and alternative solutions can be found.

There’s always an inherent tension between our own wishes and those of the community.

October 12, 6:30 pm – Sipping Under the Sukkah, Sukkot event and philanthropic Dignity Project

September 20, 1:00-5:00 pm – Volunteers needed to bake Challah and Honey Cakes for Senior Adult Holiday Outreach

JANUARY 20-22, 2023 Co-Chairs Linda Waltzman and Sara Linden are excited to announce Women’s Weekend 2023. Join us for this very special weekend at Camp Brandeis- Bardin in Simi Valley. Enjoy Shabbat Programming



Women’s Philanthropy Calendar of Events

August 30, 6:30 pm at the Alpert JCC - Women’s Philanthropy Meeting (open to all women who are interested in joining and participating in this wonderful and impactful group)

The event is open to all women in the community and free of charge. Please RSVP to Susan Paletz, Director of Fund & Community Development. 562.426.7601 ext. 1012 or

Susan Paletz | Director of Fund & Community Development

& Services, hiking, yoga, crafts, free time with old & new friends, small group discussions, text study, and much more. Open to all women 18 years of age and older. Spaces are limited, and we are now accepting pre-registration. Standard registration materials will be available in November. For more information contact TEMPLE BETH SHALOM IS EXCITED TO WELCOME BACK RABBI ILANA GRINBLAT PLEASE JOIN US FOR HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES LED BY OUR WONDERFUL CLERGY RABBI GRINBLAT AND CANTOR SOFER 3635 Elm Avenue Long Beach, CA 90807 562 426 6413 FOR COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF SERVICES AND PROGRAMMING PLEASE CALL US OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE. SERVICES WILL BE IN PERSON AND LIVE STREAMED. VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR THE LINK. COME JOIN TEMPLE BETH SHALOM FOR HIGH HOLIDAYS! RABBI ILANA GRINBLAT CANTOR JUDY SOFER Women’s Weekend Returns January 20-22, 2023

Sipping Under the Sukkah

Inviting all women to join JLB Women’s Philanthropy to enjoy a glass or two of wine, a tasty dessert, and the company of amazing women. Enjoy the beautiful holiday of Sukkot in our lovely Sukkah. Hear about the latest projects and programs of Women’s Philanthropy and help us pack Dignity Bags for our Dignity Project. Jewish Long Beach Women’s Philanthropy has started this important project for our community. The Dignity Project provides women in need with hygiene items at no charge. We will distribute the bags to the Long Beach Middle & High Schools, shelters and to homeless women and teens. Please join us and be part of the group that impacts our wonderful community.


October 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm

10 | CHRONICLE | SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2022 COMMUNI T Y HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES Congregation/High Holy Day Services For a complete schedule of services and programming please find Synagogue websites on the Synagogue Directory on page 8. Shul by the Shore Temple Beth David Temple Israel 5783-2022SHULBYTHESHOREWITHRABBI ABBA PERELMUTER @ ALPERT JCC, 3801 E. WILLOW STREET LONG BEACH, CA 90815 YOMOCT.KIPPUR4-5ROSHSEPT.HASHANAH25-27 • Hebrew/English prayer books • Stories and humor filled anecdotes • Uplifting Cantor • Inspiring words to take you through the days of Awe • Great Children’s Programs throughout • Great Toddler, Childrens, & Teen Programs • 562-621-9828

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12 | CHRONICLE | SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2022 COMMUNI T Y HOLIDAY GREETINGS Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Jeffrey, Lauren, Ellie, Joshua & Jacob Rips Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year NCJW - Greater Long Beach & West CountyOrange Best Wishes for a New Year of Joy & Laughter Sandy & Daryl Phillips, Rich, Sara, Max & Isla Brown; Jamie, Joshua & Thea Holzmann Wishing you a year of health, joy and laughter Rosecarrie & Alan Brooks Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Don & Andrea Kaiser & Family Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Shirley Ross Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Emma Rees & Kevin Giser Happy New Year Joyce & Mike Greenspan Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Jann Kronick-Gath and Chance Gath Best Wishes for a New Year of Joy & Laughter Laurie & Robert Raykoff & Family Happy New Year Yolanda and PlacencioVictor Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Renee B. Simon & Family Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Shirlee, Joel, Jessie & Kate Sappell, Mona Gable Sappell Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Jewish Long Beach & Alpert JCC Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Arlene & Rick Freeman Shanah Tovah Susan & Mark Paletz Shanah Tovah Marilyn & Bob Yassin Shanah Tovah The Kenigsberg Family Shanah Tovah Aaron & Leslie Kern Happy New Year Jessie Butler & Family; Ellen Ruimy & Family, Sara Bulter & Family; Carla Hoffman & Family, Heidy Hardy & Family

JEWISHLONGBEACH.ORG | 5783 ELUL – TISHRI – CHESHVAN | 13 HOLIDAY GREETINGS COMMUNITY Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year The Linden FamilyNancy, Jim, Sara, Seth, Ezra & Pax Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Linda Temkin Waltzman Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Judi & Arthur Gelb & Family Shanah Tovah Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year The Danziger Family, Cecelia, Danny, Daniel & Donna Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Long Beach & West Orange County Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year Cookie & Lance Sieger Shanah Tovah

Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society (OCJGS) The Orange County Genealogical Society was formed in 1971 with a great deal of assistance from then Orange County Historian, Donald Clark. We have evolved from a handful of dedicated people to a membership well over 500.

Charcuterie Demonstration sponsored by Women of Beth David. $25 if paid for by October 8, $35 if paid between October 8-14. No tickets at the door. Register at Contact Sister for more information and reservations.

Tuesday, September 27,10:00 am Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service At Huntington Central Park behind the main library in Your Community

Thursday, September 22, Monthly 4th Thursday Movie Discussion Review Night: Operation Mincemeat, During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops. Available on Netflix. Program is via Zoom.

All are welcome! No singing experience necessary. Wednesday, 12 pm Kabbalah with Rabbi Perelmuter Wednesday, 1:00 pm Mah $5/session,Jongg Members play free First Wednesday of the Month, 7:30 pm Alpert Classic Film Society – Meets virtually September Film: A Streetcar Named Desire October Film: The Wizard of Oz First Friday of the Month, 10:30 am Happiness & Humor with Dr. Susan Mathieu

“Preparing for Propositions”: all are welcome to join us at Temple Israel (269 Loma Ave., LB 90804) as the League of Women Voters educates us on what is being proposed, who is proposing it, what outcome is intended, what result is likely and who is funding it. Be prepared when you vote in the upcoming midterm election. For more information call 657.235.2511 or email or go to www. for updated information.

Tuesday, Sept 13, 6:00 pm Visions and Vino with Lauren Friedman

Thursday, Sept 22, 7:00 pm Candidate Forum

Sunday, October 23,10:30 am Brotherhood Brunch co-sponsored by Adult Education NCJW Greater Long Beach & West Orange County L’Shana Tovah from NCJW. May this be a beginning of a Beautiful New Year!


Saturday, Oct 22, 11:00 am Senior Shabbat & Luncheon with Temple Israel Visit for more information on all Alpert JCC programs and events


Thursday, October 27, Monthly virtual 4th Thursday Reviews of Movie Night: Finding Altamira with Antonio Banderas, available on Amazon Prime. Life and events of the man who realized one of the most important discoveries of the 19th century: Altamira’s caves. Program is via Zoom.

The Barbara Alpert Singing Circle meet Wednesday’s at 10:30 am at the Alpert JCC on the Weinberg Jewish Long Beach Campus.

Lisa Cooper: A Forgotten Land: Growing up in the Jewish Pale Based on recorded conversations Lisa Cooper’s father had with his mother, Pearl, about her early life in Ukraine, Lisa’s book A Forgotten Land is the story of one Jewish family in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, set within the wider context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war.

Thursday, October 13, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct 12, 7:00 pm Women’s Philanthropy Wine & Dessert in the Sukkah

Thursday, Sept 8, 9 am – 3 pm American Red Cross Blood Drive & AJCC Health Fair

Thursday, October 13, at noon Lunch and Learn in the sukkah with Rabbi Myers

14 | CHRONICLE | SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2022 Jewish Long Beach and Alpert JCC Every Monday, 1:00 pm Knit Wits Every Wednesday, 10:30 am Barbra Alpert Singers

Saturday, September 17, 6:15 pm Selichot Movie and service outdoor on the patio Movie: Defending Your Life Sunday, September 18, 8:00 am Blood Drive, Contact Cathy Niederman for Reservations

Saturday,DavidSeptember 10, 9:00 am Torah Study with Rabbi Myers

Tuesday, Oct 11, 5:00 pm Family Dinner in the Sukkah

Sunday, Oct 2, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Open House Enjoy a FREE day of swimming, fitness, and more!

Sunday, October 9, 12:30 pm-3:00 pm NCJW is hosting an in person “Welcome Back Membership Gathering”. We welcome all members and those interested in joining NCJW into the Alpert Jewish Community Center Sukkah. We look forward to seeing you then. For further information RSVP to

Sunday, September 18, 10:00 am (PST)

Aaron Ginsburg: Curing the “I can’t find my shtetl” syndrome; Examples and techniques For more information, registration and links please contact or 714.464.7810

Saturday, October 15, at noon Torah Study on Ecclesiastes with Rabbi Myers in the sukkah Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am Tot Shabbat in the sukkah Sunday, October 16, 2:00 - 4:00 pm


Sunday, October 23, 10:00 am (PST)

“Abortion Care in California: Current and Future Challenges and How We Can Help” In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe and almost 50 years of abortion rights, NCJW Greater Long Beach and West Orange County is planning an advocacy-focused virtual speaker program in September. The program will include a briefing on state legislative action, current and future access to full reproductive health care services for in-state and out-of-state patients, and abortion funding for those needing care. Learn how you can help. Contact for specific date and time and for further details. Program is via Zoom.


IN MEMORIAM TRIBUTES COMMUNITY MAY THEIR MEMORY BE A BLESSING Sandy Dr.LeonardAvchenDauerMichaelFalkCesarOlivaReneeAdrienneSolomon We extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who have recently lost a loved one. If you know of someone who has recently passed and would like them recognized in our publication, please send your request chronicle@jewishlongbeach.orgto: Zichrono Livrakha JEWISH LONG BEACH FROM JEWISH LONG BEACH & ALPERT JCC BOARD, LEADERSHIP & STAFF IN MEMORY OF Cesar Oliva Beloved father to Sandra Oliva Sandy Avchen Beloved mother-in-law to Paula Avchen Dr. Michael Falk Beloved INJonathanfatherFalkHONOROF Howard Weiss Happy Birthday Dr. Jack Rabin Happy 99th Birthday GENERAL FUND IN MEMORY OF Mark Hardy to Jessie Butler from Cookie & Lance Sieger IN HONOR OF Evan & Kassie Stein’s marriage to Norma & Jan Stein from Jewish Long Beach For JFCS tributes call: 562.427.7916 GENERAL FUND IN MEMORY OF Bea Webber from Susan Paletz IN HONOR OF Binnie & Jack Berro In recognition of the many things you both have done for Long Beach from Vic & Patty McCarty MAZEL TOV Kreida Family In honor of Matt’s upcoming fromweddingKevin, Emma, Bill & Margaret MACCABI FUND IN HONOR OF Howard Weiss Happy Birthday from Susan Paletz Susan Paletz Happy Anniversary of 31 years at the Alpert JCC ALPERT JCC JFCSMACCABI FUND THANK YOU Amy & Rich Lipeles from Rita & Barry Zamost IN MEMORY OF Newt Paletz With Love from Susan & Mark Paletz 36 HOURS OF JEWISH LONG BEACH IN MEMORY OF Rob Schlesinger from Ken Schlesinger IN HONOR OF Zach Benjamin from Michele Cohen SENIOR LUNCH FUND IN MEMORY OF Cesar Oliva Beloved father to Sandra Oliva from Dr. Susan Mathieu FLEXIBLE TRAVEL 5 HOTELS DELUXE TOUR BUSES Spots still available! delicious food

16 | CHRONICLE | SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2022 Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 129 Long Beach, CA The Jewish Community Chronicle Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Long Beach Campus 3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815 Postperson please deliver by 9/2/22 Change Service Requested 269 LOMA AVENUE • LONG BEACH, CA 90803 • 562.434.0996 • WWW.TILB.ORG WE ARE A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE REFORM CONGREGATION INSPIRING JEWISH LIFE IN LONG BEACH FOR OVER 98 YEARS! TEMPLE ISRAEL LONG BEACH HOMECOMING TEMPLE ISRAEL LONG BEACH Join former members and clergy (and current members!) for a special Homecoming Shabbat on September 9th & 10th Friday, September 9 6:00 pm Snacks and Schmooze 7:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service 8:30 pm Oneg following the service Saturday, September 10 8:45 am Torah Study Saturday, September 10 5:00 pm Picnic at Wardlow Park, followed by Havdalah (drinks and dessert provided) Please join us, and invite and bring any former members you know! Non-members invited too! ForeverWhenever,However,partof the Temple Israel Family WHERE can you go for the HIGH HOLY DAYS if you are not a member of a Synagogue? TEMPLE ISRAEL INVITES YOU TO JOIN US! We cordially invite all those who are unaffiliated to worship with US For ticket information, order forms, and Service times, please call the Temple Office (562) 434-0996 ext. 100 Why just buy tickets when you can become a member of our community? Call the Temple Office for more information! SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 ~ 10:00 AM Family Friendly Rosh HaShanah Service RECREATION PARK Bandshell - 4900 East 7th Street Music • Crafts • Apples & Honey and More! OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY NO CHARGE TO ATTEND - RSVP REQUESTED - SUGGESTED DONATION $20 PRE-ROSH HASHANAH