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Adult Education Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah 1829 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What Does Our Faith Say About “CALLING” AND “COMMANDED-NESS”? Wednesday, November 7 7 - 8:30 p.m. at MBCC What Does Our Faith Say About IMMIGRATION? Wednesday, November 14 7 - 8:30 p.m. at CTJ What Does Our Faith Say About THE AFTERLIFE? Wednesday, November 28 7 - 8:30 p.m. at MBCC What Does Our Faith Say About VIOLENCE AND WAR? Wednesday, December 5 7 - 8:30 p.m. at CTJ

Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah (CTJ) 1829 North Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Manhattan Beach Community Church (MBCC) 303 S Peck Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Adult Education - Series

Getting Comfortable in Your Jewish Skin with Rabbi Shelby Tuesday evenings from 7 - 8 p.m. at CTJ Beginning November 6 for 5 weeks $5 per class Registration is required by calling the office. Are you relatively new to Jewish practice and want to understand what is going on? Are you struggling to fit in when it comes to Jewish rituals and holidays? Does everyone else seem “more Jewish” than you are? This class is designed for people who are relatively recent converts to Judaism and those born Jewish who want to understand more about our tradition. Facilitated by Rabbi Arinna Shelby, we will have hands-on demonstrations, answer your questions, and delve into discussions on any area of Jewish practice about which you are curious. Participants will largely set the direction of the class.

Rooftop Torah One Saturday morning a month at 9 a.m. Beginning September 29 CTJ’s Rooftop deck (dress appropriately) What could be a better way to wake up? Rooftop Torah with Rabbi Kalev before services (service attendance not required). A spirited discussion of the Torah portion of the week with coffee to help. September 29 November 3 December 1 January 12

G-Word: An Adult Ed Series with Rabbi Kalev Beginning October 14 Fee: free for members, $72 for nonmembers See calendar for following dates The “G” Word The hardest word in our tradition for people to connect with is “God.” What is God anyway and what does God want from us? And, can I be Jewish if I don’t believe in God… is there more than one way to perceive God? Using the beautiful book, Finding God: Selected Responses, we will examine some of Judaism’s best philosophers, from ancient to modern, and their approach to a higher power. Even if your last name is not Buber or Spinoza, you will be able to understand and gain great meaning from the various Jewish approaches to the possibilities of God. Adult Ed #1 Sunday, October 14, 9 a.m. or Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m. Adult Ed #2 Sunday, October 21, 9 a.m. or Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m. Adult Ed #3 Sunday, October 28, 9 a.m. or Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m.

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CTJ Book Club We Are the People of the Book! Our book club meets every other month to discuss a “Jewish” book — Jewish content, author, topic, etc. For more information and to get on our reminder list contact October 22nd, 7:30 p.m. We are reading The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India by Rodger Kamenetz December 17, 7:30 p.m. Discussion of A Zionist Among Palestinians by Hillel Bardin

Yoga at CTJ Tuesday and Thursday mornings Bring peace and balance to your life with yoga at CTJ. All level yoga class taught by Zvia Hempling or Robin Siegelman, long time CTJ members and registered yoga instructors. You can attend on a drop-in basis at $8/class. Students should bring their own yoga mats as well as a towel and water bottle. Please contact Zvia at prior to your first class.

Jewish Women’s Theatre What is Jewish Women’s Theatre? One hour and fifteen-minute play readings for men and women, read by professional actors at CTJ! Don’t miss out! This year with two evening performances. Jan 27 - 1:30 p.m. “Family Secrets” Secret stories of youthful indiscretions, missteps, dishonest acts and outright naughty activities that make for a moving, eye-opening, and funny show exploring events only whispered about, until now! Mar 28, 7:30 p.m. “It’s a Life” Tears may come, but also laughter as we celebrate life while looking at the ironic, mystifying, and often times unbelievably funny events surrounding death. May 16, 7:30 p.m. “True Colors” Humorous, revealing and inspiring stories from Jews of Color exploring identity, community and being a Jew in modern times. Tickets and sponsorships available at http://

Adult Education - One Time Classes

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor Discussion November 29  •  7 p.m.

Jewish Meditation November 3 & December 1 11:30 - 11:50 a.m.

Rabbi Kalev will lead a discussion on this NY Times Bestseller by Yossi Klein Halevi. This important book will paint a difficult but beautiful picture of Israel’s complexity. Free for Members $10 for Non-members

Meditation has a long tradition in the Jewish world. Drop into Cantor Beth’s Office at end of the Shabbat morning service for a brief introduction followed by fifteen minutes of silent meditation. Please arrive on time so as not to disturb fellow meditators!

Sushi Making with Sisterhood

Israel Inside - Short Movie

Rabbi Carrie on Brene Brown November 5  •  7 p.m. With Rabbi Carrie we will explore the works of researcher and teacher Brene Brown who studies vulnerabilty, shame, authenticity and courage. How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy? Free for Members $15 for Non-members

March 13  •  7 p.m.

October 14  •  5 p.m. Enjoy a culinary adventure as we learn to prepare delicious sushi. There will be a fee for cooking supplies. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Gwen Wexler at

Gain an important understanding of the miracle of Israel - what makes it so successful in the face of its many existential threats. This short film is a must for any traveler to Israel Free for Members $10 for Non-members | 5

Adult Education - Hebrew Classes

Hebrew Classes

Important Hebrew to Know in Israel November 8 I 7 p.m. The first of 3 classes with Rabbi Kalev on modern Hebrew phrases every Israeli traveler should know. You will learn the most important words and phrases to get around Israel (continuing 1/17 and 4/11)

Beyond Aleph Bet with Rabbi Shelby Sunday mornings I 9 - 10 a.m. Do you know the aleph bet but not much more? Want to go further? This class will enhance your reading ability, build vocabulary, increase your understanding of prayerbook Hebrew, and give you the fundamentals of Hebrew grammar. The class is taught on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 at a private home. The textbooks are Aleph Isn’t Enough and A Reading and Prayer Primer, which can be purchased online. Taught by Rabbi Arinna Shelby. Preregistration is required by calling the office. $90 per semester for members; $120 for non-members.)

Intermediate Hebrew with Rabbi Shelby Wednesday evening I 7 - 8 p.m. If you have already been exposed to Biblical Hebrew grammar, this class may give you the brush up you are seeking and take you further into understanding the prayers in the siddur. The class meets Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 at the synagogue and has been taught for several years. The textbook is The First Hebrew Primer which can be purchased online. Taught by Rabbi Arinna Shelby. Preregistration is required by calling the office. $90 per semester for members; $120 for non-members.

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Adult Education - Get Involved

What is Hazak 55+ by Ruth Stroud

Adult Bnai Mitzvah

Hazak 55+ offers a wide range of programs for temple members and others who are 55+. “There’s something for everyone,” says Hazak Chair Ileene Morris. Past events have included talks on such topical issues as aging, human trafficking, and Islam; discussions of important medical issues; a playwright who engaged attendees in performing scenes from his play, and movie screenings, complete with popcorn. A kosher lunch follows the program, which usually takes place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, starting at 10:30 a.m. Membership for CTJ members is $18; for nonmembers, it’s $25. Lunch is $5. For more information, contact Ileene at, or call the CTJ office.

Thinking about your next Jewish Journey? Join CTJ’s Adult B’nai Mitzvah Group and choose your own B’nai Mitzvah adventure. The class will include monthly seminars and individualized study plans for learning to chant prayers and read from Torah. Please Contact Cantor Beth at for more information. Members Only. Materials fee $180

Lead an Affinity Group Wanna lead a hike? Host a game night or a movie outing? Then do it — with your friends at CTJ. In our spring survey, you told us that you wanted more opportunities to meet other CTJers with common interests. Now’s your chance to help us kick-start a few new cohorts. Following in the fabulous footsteps of our Imahot baking group and our monthly knitting circle, we’re looking for volunteers to help coordinate one initial gathering for our highest-scoring affinity groups not already addressed through other CTJ programs: • Outdoor enthusiasts (plan a walk/hike, lead a bike ride, etc.)) • Movie-goers (pick and publicize a movie, venue, and time to go see it) • Dining adventures (select a fun restaurant for 1015 folks to meet and try) You don’t have to lead the cohort. You just need to light a spark, pick a time and a place, and work with CTJ to publicize an activity you want to share with others at CTJ. If interested, contact Brandi (

Z’havah Z’havah is a women’s social group for CTJ members in their 20’s - 50’s. Meet the last Friday of every month for a Strand walk. Plan for a fun Family Beach Day, Dinners, Lunches and many more activities and celebrations this year. Please register for Z’havah and come join us if you can! Contact Einav Aviram ( with any questions.

Plan a Pop-up We heard you on the survey and we want to help you plan more events, programs, and affinity groups. Using our pop-up model of one-hour short-form events - fill out an online form and tell us the details and hopefully, you can make it a reality!

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Interfaith Thanksgiving Service South Bay’s Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, November 20th The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 22605 Kent Ave, Torrance, CA 90505

Knitzvot Knitzvot drop in Meet & Knit for A Cause 3rd Monday of every month 2 - 7pm For more information contact | 7

2018/5779 Adult Education  
2018/5779 Adult Education