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ETZETERA T H E O F F I C I A L N E WS L E T T E R O F T E MPLE E T Z CHA I M
Rabbi Rabbi Rabbi Rabbi
Ari Averbach Intern Rachel Simmons Emeritus Richard Spiegel Emeritus Shimon Paskow
Executive Director Gideon Manzur ECE Director Debbie Blumenthal Religious School Director Joyce Bronstein Experiential Ed & Youth Director Shannon Tepfer ECE Asst. Director Kathy Sharp Program/Events Coordinator Shane Silverstein Accounts Receivable Jessica Jacoby Marketing Assistant Alex Steinhauer
President Shari Mark Executive Vice President Eric Feigenbaum Treasurer David Yodkovik Corresponding Secretary Elissa Lazarus Financial Secretary Wendy Margolis* Recording Secretary Beth Meyer VP, Building and Grounds Larry Slomowitz VP, Communications Dan Lubetkin VP, Early Childhood Education Joe Zwicker VP, Membership Jennifer Elson VP, Personnel/Legal Tom Milhaupt VP, Religion & Worship Benny Sommerfeld VP, Religious School Education Felicia Toporoff VP, Social Action Judy Gindi VP, Youth Ilana Sweet Trustee, Adult Education Sherri Finn-Werber* Trustee, Bingo Marshall Scherr* Trustee, Outreach Mark Goldstein Trustee, Strategic Planning Terri Zwicker President, Mens Club Colin Pullan President, Women of TEC Cindy Scherr Past President, Board Member Gary Katz Past President, Board Member Myles Simpson *Past President
TH'S SPOTLIG N O M S HT I H T LOOK BACK A
T A A D I Y L S O @ H TEC H G I H
RABBI ARI AVERBACH firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARI MARK PRESIDENT
They can watch the same one over and over, crying again, laughing again, feeling all the emotions with these familiar people who they have grown to love. So it is with our Torah.
RABBI RACHEL SIMMONS email@example.com
Write “Dear (Your Name),” at the top. Then write anything and everything you, personally, think that God would say in response to your first letter. Again, there are no rules. Only honesty and vulnerability. Which part of this challenge is more difficult might vary from person to person, day to day, or year to year. No matter what, though, writing these letters can help bring us closer to ourselves and our Creator. Welcome to 5782!
TAILGATE SHABBAT AUGUST 6, 2021
We had an amazing time during the Tailgate Shabbat! There was delicious food from Pizza Nosh, music and fun. Attendees of all ages came to the Warren Lawn to celebrate one of the last Shabbat Under the Stars of the year, just before many of the kids returned to school. It was a great way to say goodbye to Summer 2021 and get ready for the New Year.
HIKE & HAVDALAH SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
Our annual Hike & Havdalah was a great success. The well-attended event drew many hikers to Rancho Sierra Vista as we hiked through the mountains and enjoyed a beautiful Havdalah service with Rabbi Averbach. TEC Community Outreach organized the event and it was a wonderful experience to be outside in nature as the sun set during the hike.
BACK TO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 12, 2021
Our Religious School students came back to campus on Sunday, September 12. Even though the Religious School was back and inperson in April 2021, this was the first "start of the school year" since 2019 due to COVID. Students were socially-distanced and dropped off at their respective grades and Joyce Bronstein welcomed parents back to campus.
MENS CLUB BUILT THE SUKKAH SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
Volunteers continued our annual tradition and put our Sukkah together. Our Sukkah grew this year to well over 2,000 sq. ft!
MENS CLUB STEAK, SCOTCH, STAR TREK & TORAH SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 Captain's Log 09212021: Mens Club chose to boldly go where no shul had gone before: to the TEC Sukkah. Rabbi Rachel was Captain on the Bridge while Gary Katz handled the BBQ. Folks sought out new life and new civilizations on a star-filled evening.
FAMILY SHABBAT & SUKKOT DINNER SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 TEC celebrated its annual Family Shabbat & Sukkot Dinner on the 24th. There was delicious food, wonderful treats and a Shabbat Dinner under the Stars with our special guest, Jared Stein. It was a fun-filled evening in the Sukkah with family and friends, and a great time was had by all.
TEC'S T EC'S O OCTOBER CTOBER 2 2021 021
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2021 / 5782 LEADING UP TO HIGH HOLIDAYS... On August 26, an article by Rabbi Averbach was published in The Acorn. The article was shared with the whole congregation and announced this year's special guest, Cantor Kenny Ellis... On August 29, we celebrated TEC Schmooze-a-Palooza, a time to meet in person, schmooze and pick up our High Holidays Gift Bags. Multiple departments and auxiliaries were stationed at tents around the parking lot. Members went from tent to tent to fill their Gift Bags with Challah, a Mahzor, Arts & Crafts for the kids and special gifts. There were also bagels, snow cones and yoga on the Warren Lawn! The event was a lot of fun and it got all the attendees ready to celebrate the new year with fun and surprises...
ROSH HASHANAH... From September 6-8, Rabbi Averbach, Rabbi Rachel and Cantor Kenny Ellis presided over Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah services. We were live and in-person in the Sanctuary, while also live-streaming for those watching from home. On Day 2 of Rosh Hashanah, we were treated to a stirring sermon by our Rabbi Emeritus Richard Spiegel.
2021 / 5782 THE HIGH HOLIDAYS CONTINUED...
September 7 was our Tashlich Walk to Conejo Creek Park where USY organized a thoughtprovoking walk around the park, culminating with Executive Director Gideon Manzur blowing the shofar.
YOM KIPPUR... The High Holidays continued on September 15-16 for Yom Kippur. President Shari Mark delivered a call to action with her Kol Nidre Appeal and Cantor Kenny Ellis shared the bimah with a full choir, a cello and his son!
...THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS A WONDERFUL HIGH HOLIDAYS!
MAZEL TOV M
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DIRECTOR
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DIRECTOR
The Religious School’s contribution is backpacks, which we fill with new school supplies for children in need
Our weekly Shabbat services for the Preschool are broadcast live on our TEC Preschool Facebook page every Friday morning at 11:00am
EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION & YOUTH DIRECTOR firstname.lastname@example.org
Kadima (3rd-6th Grade) Jr/Sr USY (7th-12th Grade)
October Dates and Events
Machar (K-2nd Grade)
TE T EC C COMMUNITY OMMUNITY
WOMEN OF TEC
Our annual Paid-up Membership Luncheon is Sunday, October 10th
On Sunday, October 10th, we will host Watch Football with the Rabbis
On Sunday, October 31, we will have a Sunday brunch with a to-be-determined speaker
Cindy Scherr - President of WOTEC She can be reached at: email@example.com
Colin Pullan - President of Mens Club He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
RELIGION & WORSHIP
Benny Sommerfeld - VP, Religion & Worship He can be reached at: email@example.com
Jennifer Elson - VP, Membership She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
TE T EC T TRIBUTES RIBUTES Conejo/West Valley Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning In Honor of Gail & Myles Simpson Patty Kaye Dunaier Music Fund In Memory of Babe Dunaier Dayna Lemmo In Memory of Julia Deutsch Frances Deutsch In Memory of Babe Dunaier Howard Dunaier In Memory of Herbie Brand Stan & Lynne Rosen Early Childhood Education Fund In Memory of Regina Munowitch In Honor of David & Michelle Yodkovik In Honor of Buzz & Carol Schoenkerman David Munowitch & Emily Habib In Memory of Evelyn Levin Joyce Goldberg In Memory of Mary Yaffa In Memory of Jean Cohn In Memory of Moshe Cohen In Memory of Michael Tobin Rosemary Tobin In Honor of Thelma Feller In Honor of Martin & Tami Cohen's Parents Tami Cohen Elisa Feldman Memorial Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Sophie Schein Bonnie Goldenberg In Memory of Annie Rebecca Dubinsky Jeff Schoenwald In Memory of Sarah Lederich Judy Mayer In Memory of Bernard Axelrad Kevin Axelrad In Honor of Buzz & Carol Schoenkerman In Honor of Debbie & Jerry Cohen In Honor of Jessica Jacoby In Honor of Michelle Orkin & David Yodkovik In Honor of Dan & Susan Kane Les & Debbie Feldman In Memory of Thelma Smith Lynne Rosen
Elisa Feldman Memorial Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Lori Karp Marshall Scherr In Memory of Eugene Feldman Morris Brill In Honor of Marshall Rosen Nomi Freed In Honor of Larry Slomowitz In Honor of Phyllis Dankberg In Honor of Julie & Ken Saul In Honor of Lori & Jonathan Hops In Honor of Anna & Marvin Friedman In Honor of Emily Habib & David Munowitch Patty Kaye In Honor of Micah Smith & Alexander Gaspard In Honor of David Sachs In Honor of Jerome Ratzan In Honor of Linda & Harvey Moscowitz In Honor of Elisha & Gideon Manzur Patty Kaye In Honor of Buzz & Carol Schoenkerman Rick & Barbara Rosenberg In Memory of Sender Orlin Sarah Orlin In Memory of Susan & Dan Kane In Honor of David Yodkovik & Michelle Orkin Wendy & Peter Margolis Feeding the Hungry for Harbor House In Honor of Feeding the Hungry Doina & David Borla Jeannine Blakefield Lisa Tollman Robin Kahn Shari Forsythe In Honor of Benny Sommerfeld In Honor of Emily Habib In Honor of Tess & Bruce Wilkoff In Honor of Bruce & Alana Shecter In Honor of Beau Mann In Honor of Hattie Wolf Patty Kaye Inbar Israel Travel & Education Fund In Memory of Penny Meth Merrill Goldenberg
Jotkowitz Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund In Memory of Sarah Kern Harvey Kern Lipnick Religious School Fund In Memory of Meyer Levin Barbara Shannon In Memory of William Edelstein Judi Gill In Memory of Geraldine Altenberg Myrna Stelman In Memory of Harry Stein Sybil Goldstein Men's Club Scholar in Residence In Memory of Herman Shrater Harriet Shrater Men's Club Silverstein Humanitarian Fund In Memory of Neil Levitt Richard & Gari Saly Rabbi Averbach Discretionary Fund In Honor of Buzz & Carol Schoenkerman Alan Flaschner In Memory of Kenneth Sachs David Sachs In Memory of Isaac Edelman David Wank In Honor of Marshall Rosen Elissa Lazarus In Memory of Alfred Morris Elizabeth Groden In Honor of Amiram Manzur Gideon Manzur In Memory of Florence Axelrod Ilana Sweet In Memory of Irving Matzner Judy Sneed In Memory of Alexander Warner Kenneth Warner In Memory of Irving Garvin In Memory of John Weiss In Memory of Dr. Glenn Bradley Garvin Lauren Warner
TE T EC T TRIBUTES RIBUTES Rabbi Averbach's Discretionary Fund In Memory of Harold Greenberg Lauri Arons In Memory of Leonard Burk Lynne Rosen In Memory of Ernest Solomon Marie Rubens In Memory of Leon Sturman Martin Sturman
Rabbi Averbach Discretionary Fund In Appreciation of Rabbi Ari Averbach The Forman Family In Appreciation of Rabbi Ari Averbach Toni & Paul Friedman Religious School Fund In Honor of Debbie & Jerry Cohen Debbie Friedlander
In Memory of Irving Garvin In Memory of Glenn Garvin Michael & Meredith Druyen
In Memory of Gladys Ratzan In Memory of Benjamin Ratzan In Memory of Rae Carlin Dr. Jerome Ratzan
In Memory of Rachel Perelson Michael Druyen
In Memory of Arlene Levenson Ellen Zucker
In Honor of Rabbi Ari Averbach Michael Raileanu In Honor of Melvin H. Simon In Honor of Jean Belzer In Honor of Melvin H. Cohen In Honor of Simon Cohen In Honor of Mary Yaffa Neal & Carolyn Bordofsky In Memory of Jerry Kaye Patty Kaye In Honor of Rabbi Ari Averbach Patty Kaye In Memory of Yaakov Moscovitch Rivka Moscovitch In Memory of Hilda Stein Ron Stein In Memory of Shirley Arons Steven Arons In Memory of Ida Goldstein In Memory of Sylvia Ballek Susan Cohen In Honor of Charles Shalov In Honor of Virginia Cook Susan Pierce
In Memory of David Novogrodsky Jessica Dennis In Memory of Earl Greinetz Lynne Zuckerman Religious School Fund In Honor of Julie & Ken Saul The Morgenstern Family In Appreciation of Joyce Bronstein Toni Friedman Ritual Fund In Honor of Buzz & Carol Schoenkerman Nomi Freed Temple General Fund In Honor of Micah Smith & Alexander Gaspard Andy Smith
Temple General Fund In Memory of Harry Waters Hattie Wolf In Honor of the Temple General Fund Mark Kappico In Memory of Esther Natkowitz Marvin Natlin In Memory of Blanche Raye In Memory of Sam Katz Pamela Katz In Honor of the Temple General Fund Robin Goldfinger In Memory of Abraham Levy Rosalie Fromberg In Honor of the Temple General Fund Sheena Gelfound In Memory of Israel Weinstein In Memory of Sara Zimmerman Weinstein Sofia Kobrin In Honor of the Temple General Fund Steve & Ann Lessman Tzedakah Fund In Memory of Lillian Kramer Linda Natlin In Memory of Harriet Wise Oberman Robin Oberman
In Memory of Frances Portnoy Ed Portnoy
USY Youth & Scholarship Fund In Memory of Sender Orlin Lorne Label
In Honor of David Yodkovik & Michelle Orkin Eric Feigenbaum
In Memory of Robert "Robbie" Natlin Marvin Natlin
In Honor of the Temple General Fund Gary Futterman
Women of TEC Torah Fund In Memory of Frieda Honigman Stuart Hockman
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