ETZETERA - August 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE...

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WELCOME TO THE NEW PRESIDENT & BOARD OF DIRECTORS PAGE 4 HIGH HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER PAGE 9 GET TO KNOW MEMBERS OF TEC'S STAFF PAGE 15


TABLE OF CONTENTS

THIS MONTH'S

SPOTLIGHT

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Letters From Our Leaders Deja View August Birthdays & Anniversaries Simchas SPOTLIGHT: SAVE THE DATE HIGH HOLIDAYS TEC Education TEC Community TEC Tributes MYSTERY PHOTO GET TO KNOW ME: TEC STAFF Kids Corner ETZ-ITING EVENTS

CLERGY Rabbi Ari Averbach Rabbi Emeritus Richard Spiegel Rabbi Emeritus Shimon Paskow

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STAFF Executive Director Gideon Manzur ECE Director Debbie Blumenthal Religious School Director Joyce Bronstein Programming & Youth Director Cindy Goldberg Program/Events Coordinator Shane Silverstein Accounts Receivable Jessica Jacoby Marketing Assistant Alex Steinhauer Clergy Assistant Jill Rosenberg Musical Director Mariano Dugatkin

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Eric Feigenbaum Executive Vice President Felicia Toporoff Immediate Past President Shari Mark Treasurer David Yodkovik Corresponding Secretary Elissa Lazarus Recording Secretary Rachael Pugh VP, Building & Grounds Dan Wachs VP, Communications Dan Lubetkin VP, Early Childhood Education Chad Hampton VP, Membership Jennifer Elson VP, Personnel & Legal Josh Hopstone VP, Project Funding Wendy Margolis* VP, Religion & Worship Benny Sommerfeld VP, Religious School Education Adya Riss VP, Social Action Pam Friedman VP, Youth Ilana Sweet Trustee, Bingo Marshall Scherr* Trustee, Community Outreach Mark Goldstein Trustee, Governance Steve Plotkin Trustee, Sustainability Ely Jacobsohn President, Mens 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


LETTERS FROM OUR LEADERS RABBI ARI AVERBACH rabbiaverbach@templeetzchaim.org

ERIC FEIGENBAUM, PRESIDENT eric@templeetzchaim.org

This month, in addition to a number of weddings, funerals and B'nai Mitzvah, I was lucky to usher nearly a dozen people through the conversion process. Each conversion candidate studied, asked questions, met before a beit din (a panel of three rabbis) and immersed in the mikveh (ritual bath). Each of these candidates came with a different backstory – some were doing it alone, some were encouraged by their family or companions. Some adults and some children. Some came from another religion; others had no religion at all. I know how stressful the beit din portion can be – to sit before a tribunal and answer a litany of questions. We prepare each candidate and remind them that it is not a quiz. We don’t ask tricky questions – we only want to ascertain that they really want to join the Jewish people. At the most recent beit din, one candidate talked about her childhood theology – the idea that, if God were everywhere, then God is in the trees as well as the mountains and the ocean and every person. In her decades of learning, she found that Jewish theology can overlay with her personal idea of a God of the world, sometimes called panentheism. In fact, we sing those words every Friday night with poetry purportedly written by King David 3,000 years ago. How wonderful that she, and so many others, find a home in Judaism. How beautiful that, despite rising anti-Semitism, despite so many rules and holidays, people still want to be Jewish. How beautiful that each of us is choosing to be Jewish as well. Hoping that this month brings a lot more moments of sacred celebration in our community.

Although July was my first month as President of Temple Etz Chaim, this August issue is my first Etzetera article. I am very proud to be the first President to have grown up at TEC and who had his Bar Mitzvah on our very bimah. I can remember back to when the Etzetera came monthly by mail, printed on color stock, filled with clip art and the likes of Linda Zweig and Harvey Moskowitz wrote the President’s column. I never would have imagined doing it myself. Returning to TEC as an adult with a family and children has been a joy for me. I have loved watching my children enjoy our amazing preschool, religious school and youth programs as I did and to see these offerings are richer and more rewarding than ever. I also enjoy how my children have learned all the same hiding spots and fun places to play in and around our shul – just as my friends and I did. My kids feel as much or more at home at TEC than I did – and that is what makes it such a special place. For so many of us, it is home. While I can nostalgically think back to the days when Rabbi Paskow liberally handed out stale Bazooka bubble gum as he crossed the campus, I also look excitedly to our future. As we emerge from the past two years of COVID restrictions, financially stronger than we have been in more than a decade, our congregation and community have the privilege and ability to undertake new initiatives. Who do we want to be? How will we change to make ourselves relevant and vital to younger generations? In a time when religious affiliation is at a low nationally and globally, how do we continue to grow and thrive? These are the conversations we need to have. TEC has the resources and creativity to try new things. We’re going to experiment and learn. We’re going to listen to young families and the unaffiliated Jews of the area and do more to meet their needs and interests. We have a fantastic young Rabbi and we’re looking forward to inviting a new clergy partner to join him. We can make TEC an even more vital center of Jewish life in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas. As the youngest President in memory, I want to keep us looking ahead and open to change. As someone who has called TEC my Jewish home for 37 years, I also appreciate the value of our traditions and culture that have built and defined us such as our incredible volunteerism, the joy we bring to our holiday celebrations and the immense value we place on education. I am living testimony to the fact that TEC has always been dedicated to helping our children become Jewish adults. We have the opportunity to bring forward the best we have to offer - the qualities that have always made TEC wonderful - and do it in new engaging ways. You are an important part of this. Your thoughts and ideas are important and valuable – so please come to our Board of Directors’ meetings get involved in a committee and contact me anytime. I’m excited for the journey ahead and I look forward to embarking upon it with you.

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' MUCH'MERRIMENT IN MARCH!

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A LOOK BACK AT TEMPLE EVENTS & PROGRAMMING SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS &

2022-2023 BOARD INSTALLATION DINNER

JUNE 17, 2022

SCAN HERE TO VOLUNTEER

ORDER YOUR TICKETS, HAMANTASHEN, & KNISH OR FOR SPONSORSHIPS, DONATE HERE:

https://tinyurl.com/tecpurim22 SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE:

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' MUCH'MERRIMENT IN MARCH!

D E J A

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A LOOK BACK AT TEMPLE EVENTS & PROGRAMMING WOTEC’S

2022-2024 BOARD

INSTALLATION DINNER

JUNE 7, 2022 TEC SUNDAYS IN THE PARK

JUNE 26, 2022

MENS' CLUB ARNOLD STERN POKER TOURNAMENT

JULY 24, 2022

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ORDER YOUR TICKETS, HAMANTASHEN, & KNISH OR FOR SPONSORSHIPS, DONATE HERE:

https://tinyurl.com/tecpurim22 SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE:

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SUN

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TEC'S SUNDAYS IN THE PARK

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31 MONTHLY MITZVAH WEDNESDAY BOARD MEETING

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

SUN MON TUE WED FRI FRI SAT SAT

8:30 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Varies

Morning Minyan Service Evening Minyan Service Tuesdays with Rabbi Spiegel Evening Minyan Service Shabbos Schmooze Kabbalat Shabbat Shabbat Morning Services Community Havdalah

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO A ROBUST AUGUST JOIN US AT TEC DETAILS ON PAGE 17

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Whether you have a B'nai Mitzvah or a little bundle of joy on the way, please let us know so our entire community can share in the celebration. Send all simcha information to communications@templeetzchaim.org www.templeetzchaim.org

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Selichot

7:00 PM

All Ages

Sat., Sept. 17

Erev Rosh Hashanah

7:30 PM

All Ages

Sun., Sept. 25

Family Service - 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah

8:30 AM

All Ages

Mon., Sept. 26

1st Day of Rosh Hashanah

9:30 AM

All Ages

Mon., Sept. 26

Child Care - 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah

9:30 AM

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High Holiday Experience - 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah An interactive morning of experiencing the High Holidays! Singing, Creative Service, Israeli Dance, Crafts, Snacks, and Fun for All!

10:00 AM

TK-Grade 4 Mon., Sept. 26

Jr. Congregation - 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah

10:30 AM

Grades 5-7 Mon., Sept. 26

2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah

9:30 AM

All Ages

Tues., Sept. 27

Child Care - 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah

9:30 AM

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Tues., Sept. 27

Tashlich at the beach followed by Havdalah

5:30 PM

All Ages

Sat., Oct. 1

Kol Nidre

7:00 PM

All Ages

Tues., Oct. 4

Family Service - Yom Kippur

8:30 AM

All Ages

Wed., Oct. 5

Yom Kippur

9:30 AM

All Ages

Wed., Oct. 5

Child Care - Yom Kippur

9:30 AM

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Wed., Oct. 5

An interactive morning of experiencing the High Holidays! Singing, Creative Service, Israeli Dance, Crafts, Snacks, and Fun for All!

10:00 AM

TK-Grade 4

Wed., Oct. 5

Jr. Congregation - Yom Kippur

10:30 AM

Grades 5-7

Wed., Oct. 5

Community Forum on Jewish Current Events

2:15 PM

All Ages

Wed., Oct. 5

Yizkor Memorial Service followed by Mincha

4:15 PM

All Ages

Wed., Oct. 5

Ne’ilah

6:00 PM

All Ages

Wed., Oct. 5

Yom Kippur - Sicha

TBD

All Ages

TBD

High Holiday Experience - Yom Kippur

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DEBBIE BLUMENTHAL Looking out my window today, I can see that the kids are enjoying the California summer. It's 95 degrees outside, and the kids are coming in through the gate with their bathing suits, towels and sunscreen. Even our Infant Center has been enjoying a little water play on hot days! The children are ready for another exciting day at Temple Etz Chaim ECE Center! Our theme this week is Rainforest and Reptiles! Our preschool and infant classrooms and outdoor play yards will include water play, and sensory and art activities based on this

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DIRECTOR

popular theme. During the month of July and this August, we are enjoying weekly summer themes to enrich our learning experiences. July was our second month of the 2022-23 school year and already the children are settling into their classrooms and comfortable with the daily routines at school. Everyone looks forward to the end of the week when they can dress up in the week’s spirit day theme and Shabbat! We love celebrating Shabbat together in the sanctuary or outside on the Warren Lawn. We love the singing and dancing, reciting blessings and celebrating the birthdays of the week.

JOYCE BRONSTEIN

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DIRECTOR

As we move toward the end of the summer, our annual “Tailgate Shabbat” will be held on Friday, August 26th at 5:30pm on the Warren Lawn.

Being a member of TEC and giving your children a Religious School education is pouring the cement for a strong Jewish foundation that will sustain them for the rest of their lives.

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by popsicles and our final “Shabbat Under the Stars” service. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome to attend. Please bring your friends to experience a wonderful Shabbat evening with us. I would love to meet them!

A Jewish education is truly a gift that you are giving your children. If you know of a family who may be interested in joining Temple Etz Chaim, please let me know.

Please RSVP so we will know how much food to order. I look forward to seeing all of you on Friday, August 26th.

Some families need a little extra encouragement to take this step, and I would love to give them a personal tour so they can learn about our Religious School, meet our fabulous Clergy and staff and tour our beautiful campus.

CINDY GOLDBERG What a summer we are having! We had a wonderful time meeting old and new friends at the “Mostly Kosher“ concert in the park, sponsored by the City of Thousand Oaks, TO Arts, and CRPD. Thanks to our friends in the Cultural Affairs Office for including klezmer music in their popup arts’ summer series! Last month's Sundays in the Park event at the Thousand Oaks Community Center was a blast! Thank you to all the families who came, schmoozed, enjoyed the splash pad, popsicles, and each other’s company! We are looking forward to this month’s event August 21 at the Oak Park Splash Pad (Oak Canyon Community Park – Pavilion B) from 10am12pm.

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PROGRAMMING & YOUTH DIRECTOR

Maj Jongg is back by popular demand – grab a group or make new friends Tuesdays at 1pm in the Chapel foyer. Space is limited, so sign up via the shul website. Join us for our inaugural Bim Bam Shabbat on Saturday, August 6 at 10:30am (First Saturdays of every month). Geared for families with young children, we will meet in the preschool yard. The morning of play and prayer will end with a trip to the bimah in the main sanctuary to help with Adon Olam! Mark your calendars for Tisha B’Av on Saturday, August 6th & Sunday, August 7th. Erev Tisha B’Av (Aug 6) will start with a light meal followed by a discussion with Rabbi Averbach. Sunday morning services will begin at 9:30am.

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This month we will also be celebrating one of our teachers, Aliza Stokelman as she celebrates 30 years at Temple Etz Chaim! Aliza and her family moved from Israel 30 years ago and her two children Tamar and Ori grew up at TEC. Everyone loves Aliza’s warm, loving ways and all the great Judaica and Hebrew she has taught to so many children over the years. Thank you, Aliza, for all you have done for the children of TEC! We love and thank you! Enjoy the rest of the summer; if you are interested in learning more about our early childhood programs, please contact me!

joyce@templeetzchaim.org

If you have not done so, please complete your children’s registration cards on ShulCloud. I am currently planning for the upcoming school year, and completing the Religious School registration will enable me to prepare appropriately. Please let us know if you need help accessing your ShulCloud account, and we will be happy to assist you. If you have any questions or would like to “schmooze,” my door is always open. I love when families stop by to say hello. I wish you and your family a continued happy and safe summer!

cindy@templeetzchaim.org

Save the date for a virtual Taste of Melton Wednesday, August 17. The USY board, Alex and I are excited for the upcoming year and have been gearing up for all of our new and returning TEC USYer’s. The Sr. USY (United Synagogue Youth) Board leadership is meeting Tuesday, August 9 for a fun-filled day of team building and planning for the upcoming elections. Join us at 11:45am on Sunday, September 11 to vote and/or run for an open position on our USY Board. This is your chance to help shape the future of TEC USY. Lounges, chapter activities, and offsite events are in the works, and we are looking forward to building lifelong friendships, Jewish identity, and creating community together here at TEC. Stay tuned!

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PAM FRIEDMAN

VP, SOCIAL ACTION socialaction@templeetzchaim.org

Social Action has just completed our joint summer donation drive, Build A Backpack, with the Woman’s Interfaith Network of the Conejo Valley. Thanks to the generous support of our congregates, we will have a very successful drive. Volunteers from Social Action and the congregation will join a group of fifty volunteers on August 3rd at the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley to stuff 150 backpacks. These backpacks will be distributed to homeless students attending Conejo Unified School District. Our weekly Thursday Crochet group is planning a tour to James Storehouse, a charity organization that places children with foster families. We will be donating 100 baby hats and 20 baby blankets that our group has made for the children. Our current project is crocheting octopuses for neonatal babies staying in the NICU. The octopuses provide a safe place for the babies to grasp instead of the IV tubes. With the support of the congregation, our Feed the Hungry Program continues to provide healthy lunches for the food insecure. Our next date is Aug 23rd. With your help, we will be making 70 lunches. Look for our SignUp Genius email. Monthly Mitzvah Wednesday continues to receive help from the Pre School and congregation. Thank you, Miss Debbie.

LINDA HUTCHINGS

PRESIDENT, WOMEN OF TEC (WOTEC) womenoftec@templeetzchaim.org

I am happy to be the new President of Women of Temple Etz Chaim and I am looking forward to all of the upcoming events in the new year. As we prepare to begin the new year of 5783, we encourage you to become an active member of Women of TEC. We are an organization of women for all ages and at all stages of life. We offer support to our synagogue as well as programming – both social and educational. We have openings for you to be more involved helping on committees and even a board position open. Please contact me via email at LindaH@templeetzchaim.org or 805.844.5624 for more information. Please save the date for our annual WOTEC Membership Luncheon on Sunday, October 9th at 12:30pm. This will be a wonderful event to catch up with everyone and meet new members. Please look for WOTEC Constant Contact updates -- save wotecnews@gmail.com as a safe sender in your email inbox to receive WOTEC Constant Contact updates. We look forward to seeing you at events throughout the year.

IRWIN BARNEY

PRESIDENT, MEN'S CLUB mensclub@templeetzchaim.org

This is my first article as TEC Men’s Club President and I am taking the opportunity to introduce myself to the TEC community. My wife, Ilene, and I retired in January 2016 and decided to leave the wintry weather in Rockville, MD behind us and move to Southern California. We settled in Thousand Oaks in July 2016. One of our immediate goals was to find a synagogue and within a week or so of arriving we joined TEC; we had also taken the same step and joined a synagogue when we moved from Pittsburgh, PA to Rockville, MD 36 years ago. I also repeated another practice that I had done in our previous move and sought out a TEC Men's Club activity which was a brunch. After the brunch, there was a call to help with clean up. I volunteered and met Gary Katz in the kitchen. I quickly found out he received his Doctorate from Pitt, my undergraduate alma mater, he is a Steelers fan and our wives are from adjacent towns in Pennsylvania. The connection was so great, I had no choice but to join the Men's Club. I continued volunteering at Men’s Club events and took on the responsibility of Treasurer in 2017. Men’s Club allowed me to connect with members and provide support to our community. On a personal level, Ilene and I have three married sons; two live in the New York City area (Larchmont and Brooklyn) and our third son lives “nearby” in Culver City. We also have three grandchildren: one here and two on the east coast. So, travel is common for us. I thank the Men’s Club for honoring me with my new role. I look forward to working with the new Slate of Officers and Board Members in continuing our support of the TEC community.

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Barbara & Harvey Scherr Memorial Fund In Memory of Lazarus Falk Beryl Mann Dr. Ruth Kaplan Religious School Scholarship Fund Barbara Harris Dunaier Music Fund In Memory of Fanny Buchbinder Francis Deutsch In Memory of Jack Saul Ken Saul Early Childhood Education Fund In Memory of Edwin Tollman Brian Lotterman & Lisa Tollman In Memory of Benjamin Brookstein Edward Chadroff In Memory of Shirley Tollman Lisa Tollman In Memory of Emily Safani Michael Safani In Memory of Abe Weinberg Susan Solovy

Inbar Israel Travel and Education Scholarship Fund In Memory of Henia Rutberg Barbara Nemet In Memory of Anne Lutzker John & Sandra Lutzker In Memory of Charles Sneed Judith Sneed In Memory of Edward Garabedian Melinda Garabedian

Rabbi Averbach's Discretionary Fund Alan Horwitz In Memory of David Pfefferman Arthur Pfefferman In Memory of Mertyn and Hilda Mann Baeau Mann In Memory of Howard Grossman Beth Meyer In Memory of Fannie Markowitz Bonnie Garfinkel

Jotkowitz Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund In Memory of Jack Yaskiel Cyndi Mahler

In Memory of Abraham Manzur Brenda Manzur

In Memory of Ezra Levy Daniel Levy

In Memory of Dena Yaskiel Cyndi Mahler

In Memory of Mel Lefko Paul Lefko

In Memory of Seymour Kane Daniel Kane

In Memory of Benjamin Zamkoff Pauline Kaplan

In Memory of Sheila Wallman David Schwartz

In Memory of Solomon Fleishman Sandra Levy

In Memory of Harry B. and Melvin S. Wank David Wank In Memory of Marilyn Grosser Diane Goer

Elisa Feldman Memorial Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Arnold Borgen Eileen Sachs

Lipnick Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Natalee Sharon Gurien and Ben Gurien Harvey Gurien

In Memory of Sol Gleimer Ellen Hustead

In Memory of Dorann Bunkin Michael and Joyce-Ruth Bunkin

In Memory of Gertrude Barney Irwin Barney

In Memory of Paul and Magda Chesnick Myrna Stelman

In Memory of Elisa Feldman In Honor of Stephen & Elinor Fienberg's 60th Wedding Anniversary In Honor of Jeffrey Math and Cheryl Wolf's Daughter's Wedding Les & Debbie Feldman

In Honor of Rabbi Shimon Paskow's 90th Birthday Ron and Sybil Goldstein

In Honor of The Birth of Simone Winter Simpson Nomi Freed

In Memory of Miriam Wexler Alan Lipkin

Jo Ganz

In Memory of Sue Shrater Joel Shrater

In Memory of Edward Zabel John & Sandra Lutzker

Sandra Elson

In Memory of Irving Zwicker Joseph Zwicker

In Memory of Leo Reiser The Estate of Betty Reiser In Memory of Elisa Feldman Zona Pidgeon Feeding the Hungry for Harbor House Benny and Irma Sommerfeld David Munowitch and Emily Habib Israel and Beth Perel Jack and Judy Gindi Ken and Julie Saul Myles and Gail Simpson William and Cynthia Koepcke Fienberg-Lerner Chapel Minyan Fund In Memory of Nathan Levin Joyce Goldberg

Men's Club Scholar-in-Residence Fund Alan Horwitz

In Memory of Jack & Sadie Borgen and Minna Agranoff Eileen Sachs In Memory of Marshall Schwartz Eric Schwartz In Memory of Avremi Manzur and Sylvia Ross Gideon & Elisha Manzur In Memory of Arnold Landau Jay & Debra Levine In Memory of Naomi Aminoff and Alfred Warm Jerome & Dawn Ratzan

Men's Club Silverstein Humanitarian Fund In Memory of Moritz Lewin Frank Lewin & Holly Seery

In Memory of Charles Sneed Judith Sneed

In Memory of Sarah Simpson Myles Simpson

In Memory of Cecyl Silverman Lewis Silverman

Ner Tamid Education and Community Center Fund In Memory of Jack Gorman Sandy Rosenfeld

In Memory of Rose Morris Liz Groden In Memory of Belle Kunin Lorraine Dennis In Memory of Sarah Solomon Marie Rubens In Memory of Irving Zale Mark & Beverly Brutzkus In Memory of Geri Schneider Martin & Donna Lichtman

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Rabbi Averbach's Discretionary Fund (cont.) In Memory of Leon Sturman Martin & Sara Sturman

Religious School Fund (cont.) In Memory of Ruth Wachs Lesley Schneider

Temple General Fund (cont.) In Honor of The Survivors of the Holocaust Judith Sneed

In Memory of Theodore Sturman Martin Sturman

In Memory of Davood Moradian Nasser Moradian

In Memory of Benjamin Woods Leon Woods

In Memory of Doris Ruvman Maureen Levine

In Memory of Belle Kunin Ricky Dennis

In Memory of Harry Kramer Lisa Natlin

In Memory of Helene Wichmann Monika Mendelson

In Memory of Joan Darsa Susan Kane

Matthew Wieczork

Phil Ganz

Ritual Fund In Memory of David Isaac Cohen Susan Cohen

In Memory of Yitzchak Saranga Rivka Moscovitch In Honor of Gil and Lynda Kessler's 60th Wedding Anniversary Robert Kessler In Memory of Eva Minarsky Robert Peisner In Memory of Harry Treisman Robin Oberman In Memory of Nathaniel I. Goodman Roger Lifeset In Memory of William Groden Ronald Groden In Memory of Virginia Moore Sandy Pfefferman In Memory of Jack Arons Steve Arons In Memory of Joan Darsa Susan Kane

In Memory of Mickey Radman Judith Kadosh Sandee Tischler Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Haywood Friedman Greenberg Friedman Heywood Friedman In Memory of Sarah Ratzan Jerome Ratzan Silverstein Humanitarian Fund In Memory of Moritz Lewin Frank Lewin and Holly Seery In Memory of Sarah Simpson Myles Simpson

In Memory of Rouhollah Safani Michael Safani In Memory of Fannie Zamkoff Pauline Kaplan In Memory of Martin Konigsberg Shirley Bressler In Honor of Madison Diefenbach's Baby Naming Steve Pomush In Memory of Louis Miller Susan Kanner In Memory of Jean Kanner Allen Kanner In Memory of David Leichter and Jack Kalinski The Kalinski Family Tzedakah Fund In Memory of Marcus Kluber Lou Kluber

Social Action Fund In Honor of Cheryl Wolf's Birthday Patricia Kaye

In Honor of a recent Minyan service Benny and Irma Sommerfeld

Temple General Fund In Memory of Allen Carl Kanner Alicia Gross

USY Youth & Scholarship Fund In Memory of Evelyn Goldberg Barnett Jane Spitzer

In Honor of Eden Lazarus' Bat Mitzvah Cara Galper

In Memory of Amy Corwin Joel Corwin

In Memory of Kari Munowitch David Munowitch & Emily Habib

In Memory of Rebecca Baker Leonard Spitzer

In Memory of William Bloom Doris Weinberg

In Memory of Mel Lefko Paul Lefko

In Memory of Maurice Benchimol Elaine Scully

In Memory of Richard Siegel Terri Bryant

In Memory of David Presser Francine Finkelstein

Women of TEC In Memory of Rosie Sommerfeld and Sam & Dorothy Essick Benny & Irma Sommerfeld

William Koepcke In Memory of Eleanor "Ma" Landau Jay & Debra Levine In Memory of Nathaniel Rubens Marie Rubens Religious School Fund Alan Horwitz In Memory of Abraham Maultasch, Jack Lipschitz, and Charlotte Lipschitz Barry & Claire Maultasch In Memory of Abraham Berman Cynthia Urbach In Memory of Seymour Kane Daniel Kane In Honor of Nicki Warren's Graduation Ellen Riches In Memory of Maurice Budish Gary & Barbara Budish In Memory of Alenne Mayer Iris Antell In Memory of Gerald Zimmerman Jack Friedman & Frieda Bass Mac Ratzan, Gerald Zimmerman & Samuel Ratzan Jerome & Dawn Ratzan

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In Memory of Fanny Kessler Gilbert Kessler In Memory of Arnold Landau Gina Landau In Memory of Sol Anbinder Iris Woods

In Memory of Charles Loenthal Ann Goldwasser In Memory of Shana Ozark Lisa Warren

In Honor of The Birth of Simone Winter Simpson and the Marriage of Jamie Mark Jay & Debra Levine

Women of TEC Torah Fund In Memory of Ida Loenthal, Harold Goldwasser Aaron Joel Goldwasser, and Albert Loenthal Ann Goldwasser

In Memory of Elsie Bayewitch Joseph Bayewitch

In Memory of Ida Hockman Stuart Hockman

In Memory of Larry Dvorkin Judith Dvorkin

In Memory of Hyman Tenenbaum William Tenenbaum

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MYSTERY

from the TEC vault

Photo

HERE IS AUGUST'S MYSTERY PH TO WE ALL RECOGNIZE OUR AWESOME RABBI EMERITUS PASKOW. BUT DO YOU KNOW THE STORY BEHIND THIS PHOTO?

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GET TO KNOW ME: TEC STAFF EDITION Maureen Axelrad

Cat Lewis

I've worked at TEC since: 1997

I've worked at TEC since: 2018

I'm originally from: The San Fernando Valley

I'm originally from: Canoga Park, CA

My position title at TEC: Religious School Teacher

My position title at TEC: Preschool Teacher

My role: Teaching 4th grade Judaica Studies. Focus is on Genesis through Exodus Bible stories, the leadership of our Biblical ancestors, and the history, customs and traditions of Jewish holidays celebrated through out the year.

My role: This year I had the opportunity to teach In the toddler program.

Here's a little bit about my family: Kevin and I have been married 33 years and we have 3 children, Rachel 31, Hannah 27 and Jacob 22, all of whom attended Preschool and Religious School at Etz Chaim. When I'm not at TEC, you can find me: Going to plays, dining out with family & friends My favorite movie is: Inception/Big Fat Greek Wedding My favorite TV show is: Travel/Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown My favorite musician/band is: The Beatles/Simon and Garfunkel My favorite game: Snorkeling in Hawaii, Clue, Tennis Clash app

Here's a little bit about my family: My husband's name is Joe. We have been married for 5 years. We have two sons a 3 year old Flynn and a 2 month old Felix. When I'm not at TEC, you can find me: Self care, wine tasting, and gardening My favorite movie is: Any Jennifer Lopez or Sandra Bullock romance/comedy movie My favorite TV show is: Some how I always go to the Mindy Project or Schitts Creek My favorite musician/band is: Bad Bunny and Glass Animals My favorite game: Animal Crossing My favorite Jewish holiday: Tu B'Shevat

My favorite Jewish holiday: Passover

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HERE ARE SOME FUN IMAGES FROM OUR PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMP AT TEC!

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS FROM SUMMER 2022

COOL VACATIONS! PICS FROM SLEEPAWAY OR DAY CAMP! WE WILL POST OUR FAVS IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE!

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ETZ-ITING EVENTS THIS MONTH www.templeetzchaim.org

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ETZ-ITING EVENTS THIS MONTH www.templeetzchaim.org

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