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Inside This Issue PAGE 4 PAGE 10 PAGE 16 Letters from Our Leaders Meet Our Bat Mitzvah High Holiday Schedule THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF TEMPLE ETZ CHAIM SEPTEMBER 2023 ISSUE 7


Rabbi Ari Averbach

Interim Cantor Kenny Ellis

Associate Chaplain Benny Sommerfeld

Rabbi Emeritus Richard Spiegel

Rabbi Emeritus Shimon Paskow


Executive Director Gideon Manzur

Early Childhood Education Director Debbie Blumenthal

Religious School Director Joyce Bronstein

Early Childhood Education Asst. Director Keri Loventhal

Programming & Youth Director Cindy Goldberg

Office Manager Shane Silverstein

ECE Administrative Assistant Linda Starr

RS Administrative Assistant Sarah Karamas

Membership Services Jessica Jacoby

Clergy Assistant Jill Rosenberg

Musical Director Mariano Dugatkin

Board of Directors

President Eric Feigenbaum

Executive Vice President Felicia Toporoff

Immediate Past President Shari Mark

Treasurer Shira Soria

Recording Secretary Rachael Pugh

VP, Building & Grounds Dan Wachs

VP, Early Childhood Education Chad Hampton

VP, Personnel & Legal Josh Hopstone

VP, Project Funding Wendy Margolis*

VP, Religion & Worship Cheryl Wolf

VP, Religious School Education Adya Riss

VP, Social Action Pam Friedman

VP, Youth Ilana Sweet

Trustee, Bingo Arnie Blitstein

Trustee, Governance Steve Plotkin

Trustee, Programming Dan Lubetkin

Trustee, Sustainability Ely Jacobsohn

President, Men’s Club Irwin Barney

President, Women of TEC Linda Hutchings

Past President, Board Member Sherri Finn-Werber

Past President, Board Member Gary Katz

Past President, Board Member Myles Simpson

Past President, Board Member Marshall Scherr

*Past President

Contents 4 Letters From Our Leaders 6 TEC Education 8 TEC Community 10 B’nai Mitzvah 11 Simchas 12 September Calendar 13 Birthdays & Anniversaries 14 TEC Tributes 16 High Holiday Schedule 18 Upcoming Events 26 Kids’ Corner Join TEC on Social Media! Stay up-to-date with community events, news and happenings. Follow us on your favorite social platform. Search for @templeetzchaim across all platforms. On Facebook search for Temple Etz Chaim as well as Temple Etz Chaim Preschool. SPACE IS AVAILABLE IN OUR ETZETERA. If you are interested in placing an ad, please send an email to: WANT TO ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS?



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Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17 9:30 am Morning Service


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Sunday, September 24 7:30 pm Kol Nidrei Service


Monday, September 25 9:30 am Morning Service 5:00 pm Concluding Service

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by Grammy Award winner, Mariano Dugatkin

Letters from Our Leaders

Rabbi Ari Averbach

Maybe you’ve heard – you cannot study Kabbalah until you are forty. I broke the rules. When still in my 30s – perhaps even my 20s (eek!) – I opened the central text of Jewish mysticism, The Zohar, and began to study. I read and I read, and I understood nothing. Not the Hebrew, not the English, not the Aramaic. So, I opened books about Kabbalah, and once again, very little penetrated my thick skull. Surely if Madonna and Ashton Kutcher could do it, then so could I?

I studied with two of the greatest living kabbalists – one in Jerusalem and one in Los Angeles – and it started to make a dent. Barely. And then I studied with some of our congregants, and it helped a little more. Kabbalah, one branch of Jewish mysticism, is

supposed to be studied after age forty for two main reasons. One is that the practitioner should have studied the rest of the Jewish texts (Bible and Talmud) to have a solid base knowledge. Second is that its central questions are about the greatest mysteries of life, which young folks might not yet be ready to spelunk. Judaism believes strongly in the democratization of knowledge – anyone can learn any part of our sacred texts. Even if something seems esoteric or beyond your knowledge, you have millennia of teachers willing to explore with you. And even if I don’t understand a text, I am excited to keep diving into the sea of knowledge with you. May this coming Jewish year bring one of seeking new meaning in our sacred history.

Until three years ago, I never fully appreciated what makes the High Holidays at Temple Etz Chaim work. The experience we all enjoy walking into Shul is the result of hard work by numerous people over many months. While navigating 2020 and how to deliver an effective High Holidays was perhaps the most challenging thing, every year is unique with its own needs and opportunities to create a meaningful and spiritual experience.

This year too is different. Like life itself there is bitter and sweet to it. This will be our first year with metal detectors, which to me feels very sad. Temple Etz Chaim makes safety its highest priority – spending more money each year on security than anything else in our budget. With more than 220 children under the age of 5 on our campus Monday through Friday and myriad programs and services, security is an area we don’t skimp – and which is such an unfortunate necessity. Please know that while we regret the inconvenience of the metal detector and increased security, we also want everyone to feel safe in shul and unabashedly live a Jewish life.

On the sweeter side, we’re taking steps to make your experience inside the building a little softer, calmer and more reflective. Once you get past security and check-in, we invite you to leave the outside work behind and be present for the holidays.

Our many services and programs throughout the High Holidays are a work of love of so many people including staff, clergy, board members and volunteers. I want to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart – with some extra special thanks to Rabbi Ari Averbach, Executive Director Gideon Manzur, Religious School Director Joyce Bronstein, Early Childhood Education Director Debbie Blumenthal and Vice President of Religion and Worship Cheryl Wolf. These people bring passion and give of themselves beyond anything anyone could reasonably expect or imagine.

I hope this year is a sweet, healthy and happy one for you and that perhaps in coming years, we won’t feel the need for metal detectors and guards. But until then, I’m so grateful we have them.

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As the shofar calls us to awaken our spirits this Rosh Hashanah, let us reflect on the significance of the High Holidays. This sacred time invites us to step back, take stock, and set our intentions for the year 5784. It is a season of renewal, introspection, and hope.

Our community will spend this High Holidays in our newly renovated Beit Midrash. The spirit of the remodel resonates with a sense of functional enhancement and collective well-being. It goes beyond aesthetics and practicality, serving as a testament to what thoughtful design and responsible planning can achieve for the community at large. The updates include communal spaces that encourage social interaction - fostering a stronger sense of community.

The High Holidays remind us that every ending marks a new beginning. Let this New Year be a year of renewal—not just a return to the conventional, but a leap towards extraordinary. Let’s explore new avenues of spirituality, engage in social justice like never before, and strengthen our bonds as a community.

We’re excited to announce a host of new initiatives aimed at enriching our collective spiritual life. From our continued Speaker Series with Lori Gottlieb to our new Inclusion Committee’s events planned to

make everyone feel more welcomed and engaged, we’re committed to providing avenues for growth and involvement for all ages.

Our heartfelt thanks go to all our volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to TEC. You are the backbone of our community, and we couldn’t do it without you.

As we stand before the open ark this Yom Kippur, may we find the courage to confront our shortcomings and the inspiration to become the best versions of ourselves. The High Holidays are a profound reminder that change is possible, forgiveness is attainable, and renewal is within reach.

We invite each of you to be an active participant in our community’s future. Whether it’s by attending High Holiday services, joining a committee, or volunteering for an upcoming event, your presence makes us stronger.

As we enter 5784, let us strive to be a community that embodies the values of loving-kindness, justice, and humility. May this New Year bring health, happiness, and harmony to you and your loved ones. September 2023 | Elul 5783 - Tishrei 5784 5 Global Thought Leader Series: A Conversation with Lori Gottlieb, November 12

September is always a month of new beginnings - the start of a new school year, new children, families, and teachers, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), and for Temple Etz Chaim ECE Center - we have a new toddler classroom, Room R!

We have a wonderful and supportive Parents of Temple Etz Chaim (PTEC) group who have been organizing regular family events every month. At the start of each month, there is a Coffee and Chat scheduled for everyone. Stop by and talk to other parents and members of the PTEC committee to find out what they have planned in upcoming months and how you can get involved. There are also playdates in the park, Parents’ Night Out and much more. On your brightwheel app is the school calendar so you won’t miss anything.

We are looking forward to the start of our 2023-24 Parent and Me Program in September. This is a great way to meet other parents with young children and to get to know our Temple Etz Chaim community.

In September our middah (Jewish value of the month) is Selichah. Selichah means forgiveness or I am sorry. With the Jewish New

Year approaching, we will be talking about how to be good friends and talking about saying I’m sorry. During the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will be reading stories and singing songs about the New Year and talking about all the things we want to do better in the new year.

We are looking forward to seeing Temple Etz Chaim families at the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur family services on September 16th and September 28th starting at 8:30 a.m.

These services are perfect for families with young children to get a High Holiday experience with songs, blessings, stories, and more. The services are interactive, and we touch on all the important parts of the holiday service.

Want to learn more about our early childhood programs, feel free to reach out to Keri Loventhal, Assistant ECE Director or myself. We love to give tours and share information about our programs.

Shanah Tovah!

Debbie Blumenthal

From Tailgate Shabbat, Raiders of the Lost Ark, a special screening of Golda, and our Sunday Schmooze, August let us know that summer is almost over and the High Holidays are almost upon us. A huge thank you to all who joined us in the fun, and a special thank you to Dan Lubetkin, Carol Schoenkerman, Buzz Schoenkerman, Wendy Margolis, Evan Robichaud, Joyce Bronstein, Sarah Karamis, Gideon Manzur, Shane Silverstein, Dave Abramovicz, Tova Lubetkin, Elijah Lubetkin, Ayla Lubetkin, Eliana Manzur, Ariella Manzur, Sennen Feigenbaum, Aylin Feigenbaum, Elisha Manzur, Lori Lubetkin, Ricardo Delgado, and Tati Rodriguez for their help making these events happen for our community!

To set the stage for the holidays, young families (and those with a creative spirit) are encouraged to join us on September 8th. We will have Agoura Hills based Create Studios here at TEC to help us Create Shabbat, followed by pizza dinner and then services to follow. Please RSVP via the link:

Later that weekend, on the evening of Sunday, September 10th, we will hold a Chai Challah Day Bake. Advanced RSVPs are required. Sign up via this link:

For a full schedule of High Holiday activities, see the TEC website:

Friday, September 29th will be our annual Family Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah. Look for the upcoming flyers and registration links coming to your inbox. It is always a joyous evening, and it takes a village to make it happen. Please contact me (cindy@templeetzchaim. org) if you would like to join the A-Team Serving Crew and help us that night. If you are unable to make it that night, don’t fret. And even if you can, double your fun with another opportunity to be together for Simchat Torah on October 7th. Stay tuned!

Beginning Wednesday, October 4th is a 4-week class we’re calling Wellness Wednesday. Tools to promote connection, inner-peace, and combat loneliness, this program is made possible in part due to a grant from the USCJ. Look for registration information coming soon!

Our ticket link for the upcoming “A Conversation with Lori Gottlieb” on Sunday November 12th at 7 PM will be available soon. Mark your calendars!

Cindy Goldberg, Programming & Youth Director
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Religious School

On Sunday, September 10, 2023, Religious School is back in session. The staff and I are eager to begin classes!

As you know, Religious School is a busy place. We offer an informative educational curriculum for students in grades TK-12. Each class has many on-going activities. Children learn about our Jewish traditions, heritage, prayers, holidays, and values. It is important for our children to feel pride in being Jewish and to feel their Judaism in their heart.

We offer many age-appropriate programs for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year High Holidays will take place on September 26th and October 5th and the following programs are available:

A High Holiday Experience For Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, And Fourth Graders.

This program is for students who are too old for childcare but not yet ready for Junior Congregation. There is a creative service and many different activities and workshops. Please bring a pareve or dairy lunch and write your child’s name and grade level on it. Snacks will be provided. Join us beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please register your child as soon as possible as space is limited.

High Holiday Junior Congregation

This will be held in the Chapel. This service will give students the opportunity to participate and learn more about these holidays. This service is especially geared for students in grades five, six and seven.

Family Friendly High Holiday Services

This will be held from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the tent located on the Plaza. These creative services are geared towards families with younger children. Tickets are not necessary. All families are welcome.

Neila Service

This service will take place as the sun begins to set on Yom Kippur. We invite your children to be part of this concluding service. Children will hold a blue light stick as we begin the Havdalah Service. This moment signifies the closing of the gates of heaven, the time at which we ask G-d to “Seal us in the Book of Life.”

At this time of year, we reflect on the past year and on our lives. We strive to take responsibility for ourselves, for our words, and for our deeds. We think about our past and try to be better in the coming year

I am looking forward to greeting our new and returning students and their families to Temple Etz Chaim. May you find our synagogue a special place of sincere friendships, comfort, and growth.

I, along with my husband Leo, wish everyone a New Year filled with health, happiness, and peace! September 2023 | Elul 5783 - Tishrei 5784 7

TEC Community

Linda Hutchings, President, Women of TEC

We are looking forward to an exciting year and hope you can join us at our upcoming events. We also hope to have some additional events like a Mahjong Tournament and game day. Please make sure to have set as a safe sender so you can receive our Constant Contact updates. Please note that Membership Dues are free to all first year temple members. All Membership Dues for returning members are anticipated to be paid in full by end of September: $43 for regular members and $30 for Seniors (age 62 and up). If you are not receiving our Constant Contact updates, please email me directly to be added to the email list. Also, if you have any changes you want noted in our membership booklet, please let me know.

If you want to get involved, have suggestions for events or ever have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Also, please help us prepare for our Membership Luncheon Raffle -- we need the following types of donations: gift cards (any denominations for things like Starbucks, Nordstroms, manicure, massage, etc.), new wallets, handbags, clothing, home decor (new items that have not been used) that we can use to create the beautiful gift baskets for our membership luncheon raffle.

WOTEC Calendar of Events

Sep. 12 7:30pm Torah Fund Ice Cream Social

Sep. 22 & 23 Men’s Club and WOTEC led Shabbat Services

Nov. 7 Guest Speaker Cheryl Wolf

Dec. 3, 12:00pm Paid Up Membership Luncheon

Jan 20, 5:30pm Havdalah & Wine Tasting & Appetizers

Feb. 27th, 6:30 pm Babke Bake

Mar. 24th, Sun. morning Volunteer @ Purim Carnival

April 14th Beach Sunset & Games Day (Bring your own dinner). Co-Sponsored with Men’s Club

May 5th, 11:30am Friendship Tea (bring a mother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, friend)

Irwin Barney, President, Men’s Club

During the past several months, the Men’s Club has completed its calendar for the 2023 – 2024 year. There are over 20 activities and events planned with something for everyone in our TEC community. We will highlight some of them in the Men’s Club bookmark provided during the upcoming High Holidays.

One activity that I would like to mention is a new one called Adventures in Learning. These will be family friendly outdoor activities for the TEC community providing an opportunity to walk and learn. The activities will be akin to a walkabout with a guide; not a hike, more of a casual stroll. The guide will be a Temple member with an interest and passion for a particular subject, topic, or theme. Sometimes, outside guests with expertise will assist the guide. The walkabout will be accessible to ambulatory members of the congregation, and special care will be made to assist those who have personal mobility or endurance challenges when possible. The first Adventure in Learning will feature Local Birds and take place at the Western Plateau of the Rancho Potrero Open Space on September 10th.

The Men’s Club is undertaking several activities in support of this

season’s Holidays. The first is coordinating services for Shabbat Shuvah on Friday, September 22nd and Shabbat September 23rd. Shabbat Shuvah occurs during Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Yasher Koach to our Religious Chair Jon Hops for leading this meaningful and important effort.

The Men’s Club continues its annual tradition of building the TEC Sukkah on Sunday, September 24th. It is a TEC community effort, and all are welcome to participate; no special skills are required. Bring your family. A light breakfast will be served.

The final activity for the Holidays will be held during Chol HaMoed Sukkot. The Men’s Club is coordinating an evening of Steak, Scotch, and Torah study in the Sukkah on Tuesday evening, October 3rd. Bring your own kosher steak, fish, or parve veggie burger for grilling. The Men’s Club will provide Scotch and other beverages. Rabbi Averbach will guide our Torah study. We invite the entire TEC community to participate.

Last, on behalf of the Men’s Club Officers and Board, we wish everyone shanah tovah umetuka!

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Pam Friedman, VP, Social Action

Our Social Action Committee has joined with Adelante Comunidad Conejo as “Day of Service” volunteers. We are so excited to be working with this amazing organization, that saw a need to help in the community. Adelante started with three families in need of help during the start of the COVID19 pandemic. This number kept growing and soon reached over one hundred families in need of food.

Let me tell you about the families helped by Adelante. Most of the families are hardworking, they work two or three jobs and still can’t feed their families without help. With the support of the good food provided by Adelante, families can save over $ 200 at each trip to the “Market Place”, which they can use towards paying rent, medical and other expenses.

The main concern of Adelante was helping distribute food to these families when many food pantries closed, when the families lost work hours, and store shelves were empty. By working with Food Share Ventura County and Food Forward Los Angeles, Adelente has been able to establish partnerships with markets, farmers markets and local farms to acquire fruit and vegetables for their program.

Individual donations from supporters allow Adelante to purchase chicken, cheese, milk, and tortillas to further supplement each family’s needs.

Twice a month Adelante holds a food prep day to sort and package produce for distribution at their food pantry called “The Market Place” for families in need. This is set up in the neighborhoods where the families live and can easily shop for what they need.

The Social Action Committee has joined Adelante by volunteering on the two Food Prep Friday mornings. If you would like to join us, I know Adelante would be so happy to have you. Adelante meets at the United Methodist Church in our shared parking lot next to playground from 9am-1pm on any of these upcoming dates: September 8, September 22, and October 13. I would love to have you join us at one of the upcoming Food Prep Days.

Adam Felsen & Sammy Edgar, Youth Advisors, TECY

What is TECY and why should I join?

TECY is the place where our community’s younger members can interact with one another socially and build friendships and connections to each other and to their Jewish identities in a less formal atmosphere.

Children in grades K-2 can participate in Temple Etz Chaim’s own program Machar, which means “tomorrow”. Children in grades 3-5 participate in Kadima; students in grades 6-12 (largely broken down into MS and HS levels) can participate in TECY events and may have opportunities to join events with other synagogues in the area and region (such as United Synagogue Youth (USY)).

Machar events are held on Sundays 11:30AM - 1:00PM, Kadima events are held on Tuesdays 6:15PM - 7:30PM, TECY events typically occur on Sundays, with the high school aged events generally occurring on Saturday evenings after Shabbat or Sundays. Lunch/Dinner is offered before each activity begins.

Our first events will take place:

• October 10 - Kadima

• October 15 - Machar

• October 22 - TECY grades 6-8

Meet the Team

Hi everyone, my name is Adam Felsen. I am so excited to be one of your youth advisors this year. A little bit about me: I have been part of the Temple Etz Chaim family since I was 5 years old. From preschool to Bar Mitzvah to Confirmation and now working at temple, I have done it all and loved every minute of it. When I am not at temple, I am in my junior year of college at CSUN. My goal is to be a high school history teacher. I can’t wait to meet all of you and have an amazing time at USY! – Adam

Shalom! My name is Sammy Edgar, and I am so excited to be your Youth Advisor this year! Many of my favorite memories were made at Temple Etz Chaim. From Hebrew School to my Bar Mitzvah, and Confirmation to Post-Confirmation, I learned so much while having a spectacular time in the process! Now, I am grateful for this important opportunity to give back to our community. As Youth Advisor, I want to provide future generations of TEC Youth with the same amazing experiences I had! I will use my love of music, art, and the outdoors to help ensure everyone has a fun time at our events. I hope to see you and your families soon— I can’t wait for all the fun we are going to have together! – Sammy September 2023 | Elul 5783 - Tishrei 5784 9

Bat Mitzvah

Makayla Landes September 2

My name is Makayla Landes. I am about to start 8th grade at Sycamore Canyon Middle School. I have been attending Temple Etz Chaim since I was in preschool. I can’t wait to continue my Jewish education and enrich future generations while helping as an aide and starting Confirmation. In my free time, I enjoy baking, playing volleyball, and hanging out with family and friends. I want to thank all my Religious School teachers and staff, Rabbi Ari, Cantor Kenny, and my amazing tutor, Betty Zonshine. A special thanks goes to Religious School Director, Joyce Bronstein also known as “Mimi”. Thank you for all your encouragement. My parents and brothers are my biggest cheerleaders. Thank you for always supporting me in all my adventures. I look forward to standing on the bimah and leading services.

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Congratulations to the Dorner family on the birth of Noah Kai Dorner

Born on April 25, 2023

Parents: Sidnie and Scott Dorner

Grandparents: Dorothy and Bob Charnaw

Ian Dorner and Noris Nehrebecki

Congratulations to the Spiegel family on the birth of Sophie Jane Braverman

Born on August 4, 2023

Parents: Katie Hawkins and Joshua Braverman

Grandparents: Linda and Rabbi Richard Spiegel

Michelle and Joe Hawkins

Doug Braverman

Congratulations to the Tepfer family on the birth of

Forrest Ethan & Poppy Michelle Tepfer

Born on August 12, 2023

Parents: Denise and Matthew Tepfer

Grandparents: Debby and Robert Bernstein

Lisa Stollman

Harvey Tepfer

Aunts and Uncles: Shannon and Brian Tepfer Stacie and Yossi Zozot

We extend our congratulation to Temple members

Lynne and Gary Katz on the marriage of their son

Jonathan Katz to Allison Rapundalo

Date: August 5, 2023

Parents of the Bride: Anne and Stephen Rapundalo

Congratulations to the Dugatkin/Hanono family on the birth of

Samuel Hanono Dugatkin

Born on August 28, 2023

Parents: Cecilia Hanono and Mariano Dugatkin

Big Sister: Kayla September 2023 | Elul 5783 - Tishrei 5784 11
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 2 Makayla Landes Bat Mitzvah 3 4 Offices Closed 5 6 7 8 9 Selichot Services and Havdalah 10 Challah Bake 11 12 13 14 15 Erev Rosh Hashanah 16 1st Day Rosh Hashanah 17 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Tashlich @ Zuma Beach 18 19 Book Club via Zoom 20 21 22 23 24 Kol Nidrei 25 Yom Kippur 26 Feed the Hungry 27 28 29 TEC Sukkot Dinner 30 Sukkot Dates
Remember September 12 September 2023 | Elul 5783 - Tishrei 5784
to September 2023 | Elul 5783 - Tishrei 5784 13 1 Zane Averbach Francine Finkelstein Ryan Firestone Sydelle Goodman Paul Sonnenberg Rhim Eric Sterling Cory Stock 2 Kylie Cohan Emily Katz Sydney Miller Elisa Robichaud 3 Elizabeth Goldberg 4 Oliver Bean Abigail Jacobs David Katz Kelly Saul 5 Lauren Finkelstein Otis Pugh Danielle Withrow Madeline Withrow 6 William Goldberg Emily Habib Benny Sommerfeld Alyssa Starr 7 Richard Ortiz 8 Shawn Charnaw Meghan Cohen Dora Oren 9 Dylan Abramovicz Zachary Garelik Pamela Katz David Norick 10 Kevin Sterling 11 Carla Korn Charlie Von Hoffmann 12 Cynthia Koepcke Benji Lazarus Steven Salant Jordan Tepfer Buzz Varley 13 Benjamin Ormond Liam Sabat 14 Hudson Friedman Emma Oren Jeffrey Rinkov Bennett Weiss 15 Andrea Ainley Melanie Gero Andrew Portman Hardy Warren Sean Wilkoff Annie Wynner 16 Sheldon Malchicoff August Riss 17 Jordan Dem Ben Goldblatt Lester Halpert 18 Hannah Rinkov Eric Schwartz Breanna Schwartzbach Nathan Stelman 19 Julie Sarto 21 Adam Ainley Leigh Bayewitch Mia Gerstel Caryl Label Dawson Speer 22 Hannah Crown-Yuro Brooklyn Falkenberg Jordan Friedman Matthew Gollub Noa Zimon 23 Zachary Korn Micah Tischler 24 Layla Marks 25 Susan Kane Samantha Wasserman 26 Lisa Bock Eric Feigenbaum Simon Levin 27 Arielle Bowens Aaron Kitzman Quinn Lelie Paul Lefko 28 Joseph Bayewitch Mandy Borys Alissa Fireman Sara Halpert Bert Schoenkerman Kenneth Warner 29 Adam Felson Ronald Groden Colin Milhaupt Amy Wallack David Zonshine 30 Jake Birnbaum Suzanne Fireman Jeff Longo Cyndi Mahler Ariel Roman David Yodkovik Birthdays & Anniversaries September 2 Justin & Meghan Cohen David & Sandi Israel Paul & Paula Lefko Elliott & Lynne Smith 3 David & Alane Shechter Jeffrey & Christina Raskin 4 Bruce & Tess Wilkoff 5 Samuel & Megan Slomowitz Adam & Amy Gerstel Larry & Kathy Levit 6 Paul & Jenn Sonnenberg Rhim 10 Bruce & Alysa Polkes Larry & Dava Slomowitz 13 Paul & Sarah Sklar Barry & Joann Greenstein 15 Jamie & Jordan Friedman 17 Steven & Suzanne Plotkin 20 Scott & Debbie Jacoby 23 Michael & Brooke Paiva 24 Tom Milhaupt & Melissa Cohen 25 Harold & Lynne Lacy Merrill & Bonnie Goldenberg Kenneth & Julie Saul 26 Joe & Tamara Domingo


Dunaier Music Fund

In Memory of Eleanor Landau

Gina Landau

In Memory of Bertha Brody

Arlene Trotter

Early Childhood Education Fund

In Memory of David Isaac Cohen

In Memory of Beatrice Cohen

Bruce Cohen

In Memory of Regina Hime Koppel

Richard Koppel

In Memory of Hyman Foster

Sylvia Koppel

Elisa Feldman Memorial RSSF

In Honor of The Birth of Clyde Matthew Mesnik

Les & Debbie Feldman

In Memory of Abraham Klapper

In Memory of Sophie Schein

Bonnie Goldenberg

In Honor of the Birth of Sophie Jane Braverman

Nomi Freed

In Memory of Hardy Warren

Patricia Kaye

In Memory of Elisa Feldman

Dori Kremer

Inbar Israel Travel and Education Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Penny Meth

Merrill Goldenberg

In Memory of Maria Sabolch Siegel

Judith Feldman

Jotkowitz Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Beatrice Cohen

In Memory of Bertram Dallek

Susan Cohen

In Memory of Andrew “Bandi” Sabolch

Judith Feldman

In Memory of Hanna Hayman

Ann Hayman

In Memory of Martha Ehrlich

In Memory of Max Jotkowitz

In Memory of Molly Jotkowitz

In Memory of Edward Jotkowitz

Janice Perlman

Lipnick RSSF

In Memory of Louis Rothman

Bonnie Rothman

In Memory of Wally Michelson

Barbara Shannon

In Memory of Dorann Bunkin

In Memory of David Corn

In Memory of Philip Bunkin

In Memory of Julius Lipnick

Michael Bunkin

In Memory of Sam Pickman

Phillip Pickman

Men’s Club

In Honor of The Birth of Sophie Jane Braverman

Leland Shapiro

Men’s Club Scholar-in-Residence

In Memory of Marilyn Zimmerman

Shirley Lipkin

In Memory of Gladys Fishman

Alan Lipkin

In Memory of Herman Strater

Joel Shrater

Men’s Club Silverstein Humanitarian Fund

In Honor of the Birth of Isaac Han Hollander

In Honor of The Marriage of Jonathan and Allison Katz

Myles & Gail Simpson

Rabbi Averbach’s Discretionary Fund

In Memory of Harry N. Smith

In Memory of William Smith

Elliott & Lynne Smith

In Memory of Sandra Miller

In Honor of The Birth of Clyde Matthew Mesnik

Ron & Shari Mark

In Memory of Samuel Levine

Gary Levine

In Memory of Irving Kessler

Gilbert Kessler

In Memory of Elliot Sturman

In Memory of Fannie Sturman

Martin Sturman

In Memory of Irving Zwicker

Joseph Zwicker

In Appreciation of Rabbi Averbach and everything

he has done for our family

Sidney & Sheryl Gutmann

In Memory of Terrill Oberman

Robin Oberman

In Memory of Ralph Raye

Mark and Pamela Katz

In Memory of Zavel Averbach

Zane Averbch

In Memory of Luzer Finkelstein

Reuben Finkelstein

In Memory of Maurice Sachs

David Sachs

In Memory of Eva Winer

Mark Wolfson

In Memory of Maxine Cohn

In Memory of Marvin Cohn

Marc Cohn

In Honor of Rabbi Averbach’s 40th Birthday

In Honor of The Birth of Isaac Han Hollander

William & Cynthia Koepcke

In Memory of Blanche Raye

Pamela Katz

In Honor of The Birth of Clyde Matthew Mesnik

Rhonda Averbach

In Appreciation of Rabbi Averbach for beautifully

officiating Cameron’s Bar Mitzvah

Paul & Toni Friedman

In Memory of Ernest Solomon

Marie Rubens

In Honor of the Birth of Sophie Jane Braverman

Myles & Gail Simpson

In Memory of Pearl Schwager

Nancy Schwager

In Memory of Leon Kaminsky

Ellen Stein

Patricia Kaye

In Honor of Rabbi Averbach’s 40th Birthday

Herb Wexler

In Honor of the Hebrew Names for the Grandchildren

Jack & Judy Gindi

In Memory of Loved Ones

Neil & Carolyn Bordofsky

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In Memory of Nureet Druyen

In Memory of Benjamin Druyen

In Memory of Dorothy Druyen

In Memory of Gelnn Garvin

In Memory of Irving Garvin

In Memory of Eleanor Garvin

In Memory of Zadock Perelson

In Memory of Rachel Perelson

In Memory of Betty Weiss

In Memory of John Weiss

Michael & Meredith Druyen

In Honor of Lee Forman’s Birthday

Ruth Forman

In Memory of Bruce Bluestein

Julie Bluestein

In Honor of Rabbi Averbch welcoming our family to TEC and including my Father, Alexander Cohen, on his Yahrzeit

Julie Fehler

In Memory of Hardy Warren

Jeffrey Math & Cheryl Wofl

Religious School Fund

In Memory of Leopold Sommerfeld

Steven & Kendra Sternberg

In Memory of David Cohen

Fred Cohen

In Memory of Ida Goldstein

Susan Cohen

In Memory of Pearl Schwartz

In Memory of Florence Goldfinger

Robin Goldfinger

In Memory of Bernice Banker

Jodi Greenberg

In Memory of Beatrice Cohen

Fred Cohen

Ritual Fund

In Memory of David Isaac Cohen

Susan Cohen

In Honor of the Birth of Clyde Matthew Mesnik

David and Rebeccah Schwartz

In Honor of the Birth of Clyde Matthew Mesnik

Myles & Gail Simpson

In Honor of the Birth of Clyde Matthew Mesnik

William & Cynthia Koepcke

In Honor of the Birth of Sophie Jane Braverman

Jeffrey Math & Cheryl Wolf

Sandee Tischler RSSF

In Memory of Sarah Ratzan

In Memory of Frieda Bass

Jerome Ratzan

In Memory of Hardy Warren

In Memory of Rae Carlin

In Memory of Alfred Warm

Jerome & Dawne Ratzan

Social Action Fund

In Honor of Feed the Hungry for Harbor House

Myles & Gail Simpson

In Honor of Feed the Hungry for Harbor House

William & Cynthia Koepcke

In Honor of Susan Flaschner’s Birthday

In Honor of Kevin and Maureen Axelrad’s Anniversary

In Honor of Richard and Marion Lessman’s Anniversary

In Honor of Benny & Irma Sommerfeld’s Anniversary

In Honor of Feed the Hungry for Harbor House

Patricia Kaye

In Honor of Feed the Hungry for Harbor House

Mark & Heidi Birnbaum

In Honor of Feed the Hungry for Harbor House

David Munowitch & Emily Habib

In Honor of Feed the Hungry for Harbor House

William & Cynthis Koepcke

In Honor of Feed the Hungry for Harbor House

Perry & Susan Pierce

Temple General Fund

In Memory of Shirley Neustadt

Jay & Debra Levine

In Memory of Tillie Zabel

John & Sandra Lutzker

In Memory of Mary Green

William Green

In Memory of Sonya Gutman

In Memory of Efim Gutman

Zinovy Gutman

In Memory of Max Minarsky

Robert Peisner

In Memory of Carol Elanie Bruce

Gary & Vicky Myers-Kaseff

Marilyn Jorrie

In Memory of Ethel Lieberman

Sheldon Malchicoff

In Memory of Herma Silverstein

Richard Saly

In Honor of The Birth of Sophie Jane Braverman

Herb Wexler

In Memory of Carl Shiff II

Samuel Rivkin

In Memory of Sylvia Dallek

Susan Cohen

In Memory of Hardy Warren

Eric Feigenbaum

Tzedakah Fund

In Memory of Florence Greenberg

Janis Leshnov

In Memory of Michael Wexler

In Memory of Mary Wexler

In Memory of Carol Paskow

In Memory of Moshe Rubinstein

In Memory of Charlotte Levine Hammer

Herb Wexler

In Memory of Sharon Kluber

Barbara Kluber

In Memory of Michael Tobin

Rosemary Tobin

In Memory of Irving Greenfeld

Harry Greenfeld

USY Youth & Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Jean Belzer Simon Cohen

In Memory of Moshe Cohen

In Memory of Melvin Harold Simon

In Memory of Mary Yaffa

Rosemary Tobin

Women of TEC

In Honor of The Birth of Sophie Jane Braverman

In Memory of Hardy Warren

Elissa Lazarus

Women of TEC Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Adolf Tiefentha

Ann Moore-Ross

Women of TEC Torah Fund

In Memory of Perle Gil

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1080 E. Janss Rd. • Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 • (805) 497-6891 • TEMPLE ETZ CHAIM PRESENTS WITH Create Studio from Agoura Hills will be joining us for creative fun under the Patio Tent. All ages welcome! Create an artistic masterpiece with sustainable materials. Pizza will be served at 6pm. $10 per person. CLICK TO RSVP FRIDAY 9 / 8 5-7 PM September 2023 | Elul 5783 - Tishrei 5784 19
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1080 E. Janss Rd. • Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 • (805) 497-6891 • RSVP to Phyllis Dankberg: (805) 795-3342 or HELP US REACH OUR ANNUAL GOAL SPONSORED BY WOMEN OF TEC Kick-Off Ice Cream Social Tuesday, September 12th • 7:30pm in Spiegel Hall Enjoy Kibbutzing, Ice Cream and learning about the 2023-2024 Torah Fund Campaign, Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Ba'Zeh (All the People of Israel are Responsible for One Another). No fee to attend, but must rsvp by Friday, September 8th Dairy-free options available. September 2023 | Elul 5783 - Tishrei 5784 21
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