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Temple Beth Am Selects Senior Rabbi
After an exhaustive search conducted during Meanwhile, the Los Angeles community ex-
half-time of the Super Bowl, Temple Beth Am pressed support for the choice. Stacey Datnow,
announced its selection of His Holiness, the 14th Vice President of Adult and Family Programming,
Dalai Lama of Tibet, as Senior Rabbi, with an ini- told this reporter that several local Orthodox
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tial five year term to begin July 2, 2010. congregations have contacted Temple Beth Am
Vivian Alberts, President of Temple Beth Am, to arrange for outreach and joint programs, since
hailed the choice: “Temple Beth Am is proud to they no longer have to interact with a Conservative
be on the cutting edge of Conservative Judaism. Rabbi. Conservative and Reform congregations
We are committed to bridging the gap between the have been less enthusiastic, but, according to Dat-
Jewish Community and the community at large, now “they’re just jealous we thought of it first.”
and fractures within the Jewish community itself. Temple Beth Am officers were universally en-
His Holiness displays the modesty, leadership and thusiastic. Bill Seligman, Vice President of Ritual,
world-view we have been seeking in a new spiri- was unable to comment at length, only saying that
tual leader. We are also delighted with his fearless “I’m moving back to New York,” while Steve Davis,
love of bright colors, and will be redecorating in Vice President of Personnel, said “I conducted all
bright yellows and oranges by summer.” Diane contract negotiations in English. I’m sure he has
Shapiro, Executive Vice President, said “I can’t believe the Rab- no idea what he agreed to.” Larry Miller, Vice President of Budget
binical Assembly agreed to this. They must have thought this was and Finance, lauded The Dalai Lama’s vow of poverty, saying “I
another one of our jokes. I’m just glad I won’t be President.” don’t think we have to pay him at all!”
Added Joel Rembaum, current Senior Rabbi, “What is going The Dalai Lama did not grant an interview for this article, but
on here? I go away for one lousy weekend and they choose a guy was quoted as saying “the broad masses of the Tibetans in Tibet
in a dress for Senior Rabbi?” are the real masters of the Tibetan destiny.”
eXeCuTIVe DIReCToR THRoWS IN THe ToWel
Upon hearing the announcement of the appointment of the 4. Special Events Coordination. Genaro will take over this func-
Dalai Lama as the new Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am, long-time tion. He has been at more TBA events than anyone - from set-up
Executive Director Sheryl Goldman announced her resignation, through to the final clean-up. Who knows better about how to
effective at the end of the month. “I cannot, in good conscience, plan a party?
remain the administrator for a congregation that has made such an 5. Administration. We are delighted that Orlando is stepping up to
outrageous choice,” stated Goldman. “Besides, yellow and orange the plate for this significant promotion. He knows the name of
just do not work with my complexion.” everyone who comes to shul, as well as the names of their chil-
Goldman’s loyal staff on the 3rd floor have also turned in their dren, their pets, the nannies. He can speak to people in English,
badges and will be leaving at the end of the month as well. Goldman Spanish and Hebrew. He has a great smile and is always ready to
is finalizing a transition plan, which will be formally announced help. The Dalia Lama is lucky to have him aboard.
next week. The following appointments are already in the works: After a brief hiatus in Cabo to recharge her batteries, Goldman
1. Reception. We will be outsourcing this function to India. Their will be assuming the executive directorship of Lichtenstein (see
training is superb, and we will engage top-level operators, 24/7, letter on page 4. Asked about her plans for governing the Central
at a fraction of the current rate. A crash course in Judaism 101 is European principality, Ms. Goldman commented, “I have no plans
being developed for them. at this time. After years of revising Temple By Laws, updating the
2. Accounting. The Middle School Advanced Math Students will Employee Handbook, the Board Manual and establishing formal
assume responsibility for maintaining the Temple books, as part procedures, I intend on running a totally laissez-faire administra-
of the Life Skills program. Extra credit will be given if they are tion. Let them eat matzah.” If that doesn’t work out? “We’ll see
able to close the year with a surplus of funds. what happens with my husband’s job at Countrywide. Maybe
3. Mail. We are discontinuing all Temple mailings. No one reads we’ll just make aliyah and let the Israeli government support us
the stuff anyway. for a while.”
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TemPle BeTH Am lAuNCHeS CABle TV CHANNel
Once again Temple Beth Am breaks new ground in Con- There will be a strong shul component to Channel 613 in-
servative Judaism. In a joint announcement with Time-Warner cluding live broadcasts of Temple Board meetings and replays
Cable, our shul will be starting its own cable television chan- of the Synagogue’s two softball games from prior Sundays dur-
nel. “We’re calling it ‘Channel 613’ for spiritual reasons and ing the season. A move toward “pay per view” broadcasts of
so people can easily find us on channel 613” noted Executive Executive Committee meetings was quickly nixed by President,
Director, Sheryl Goldman. Vivian Alberts.
The first orders of business will be content, facilities, and In-kind donations of three video cameras, two VCRs and
advertising. “We are hoping to start programming just after the a tri-pod left over from the last silent auction have been re-
Counting of the Omer and have four to six hours daily” said ceived. The probable studio will be the Lainer Library during
Outreach & Membership Services Vice President, Bobby Ring. non-school hours. “We’re initiating a class elective in Television
This will include Rabbi Netter’s video Shabbat drashot currently Production for eighth graders” said Rabbi Mitch Malkus, Head
seen on YouTube®. They will be broadcast at :20, :40 and :60 of School at Jacob Pressman Academy. “This will also give #613
past each hour on erev Shabbat. Also broadcast will be films the staffing it needs to get off the ground”.
with significant Jewish content such as the second Jazz Singer, In order to fund this project a strong push for advertising
starring Danny Thomas and the Hank Greenberg Story. will take place. “We’ll leave no door unknocked” said Budget VP ,
Larry Miller. Current advertisers in the Kol H’am and Temple
Directory will be contacted as well as other community enter-
Survivor: Temple Beth Am to Air this Fall prises. “Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles has already signed up”
Looking to broaden the types of locations featured, the added Miller.
Survivor television franchise has chosen Temple Beth Am as If you’re interested in participating in this innovative com-
the site of next season’s challenge. munity outreach project, please contact Bobby Ring or Sheryl
“We realized we had overlooked a venue that provides many Goldman. Recycled VHS cassettes, a volunteer Dolly Grip,
tests of skill, perseverance and will,” said senior producer Boom Operator and softball play-by-play person are currently
Luke N. Fortsuris. “Synagogues can be extremely demanding needed.
Contestants will be challenged to spend the year perform-
ing daring feats, some of them tied to specific Jewish holidays. Disney Imagineers Address Beth Am
Among the challenges:
• Get through an entire Shabbat without taking a nap. The dedicated Imagineers at Walt Disney Corp. announced this
• Consume half-a-gallon of cholent in one sitting. Bonus week that the same state-of-art technology that brought Great
points for forgoing restroom usage for 24 hours. Moments with Mr. Lincoln to the New York World’s Fair in 1964,
• Be the first to arrive for the day school carpool line five days and then to Disneyland, will be available to Beth Am upon the
in a row. retirement of our current Senior Rabbi, Joel Rembaum. Disney
• On Purim, do ten push-ups at each mention of Haman’s technicians first created a mold of Rabbi Rembaum’s face and
name. body, and then, using highly technical science stuff, they have
• In honor of Passover, recreate the parting of the Red Sea by created an identical robot duplicate to preach on Shabbat
trying to enter the sanctuary when it’s letting out for a Bar (see artist’s rendering). Like the animatronic Mr. Lincoln,
Mitzvah Kiddush. the animatronic Rembaum will be capable of 22 different
• For the High Holidays, attend every fundraising appeal at f a c i a l e x p re s s i o n s ,
each minyan. On Yom Kippur, stand for the entire service. which is actually seven
• For Sukkot, construct a sukkah replicating the huts featured more than Rembaum
on Gilligan’s Island. Bonus points for using coconuts. (Good himself. Unfortunately,
the robotic version will
luck, Little Buddy.)
be unable to visit the
• Convince a non-Jew to eat a piece of gefilte fish. Extra points
sick, as no extension
for persuading them to try chopped liver.
cord could be find that
• Respond to every synagogue request for money – includ-
would reach all the way
ing Pressman Academy, Sisterhood, Men’s Club and Youth
to Cedars-Sinai. The
Club programs -- without taking out a second mortgage or
mechanical rabbi will
declaring bankruptcy. be able to speak, lift
“We’re very excited about Survivor: TBA,” said Fortsuris. the Torah, and crush
“Anyone who could endure this would have no trouble in the a coconut between
jungles of Tanzania.” it’s thighs, should this
To apply as a contestant, visit www.oygevalt.com become necessary.
The following letter, which will be sent to all congregants next week, was
leaked to Kold Ham by a senior Beth Am official. No one at the synagogue
could be reached for comment. No one.
T EM PLE B ET H A M T EM PL E B ET H A M
March 12, 2008
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or Sheryl Goldma scale back her
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SuRVeY ReSulTS SPuR CHANGeS
As you may recall, part of Temple Beth Am’s Stra- Solution: Eliminate handicapped parking. Give Concern: Qualifications for Board membership
tegic Planning Process involved member surveys. priority to the largest, gas-guzzling SUV’s. not clear.
Many congregants addressed common themes, Concern: Services need to be “livened up” Solution: Institute swimsuit and talent com-
and this input has been used to create the follow- Solution: Install video screens on the back of petitions.
ing new temple policies, effective immediately: pews. Have a stand-up comic deliver sermons. Concern: Shabbat morning Kiddush refresh-
Concern: Length of Services. Use a play-by-play announcer during the Torah ments are always the same.
Solutions: Don’t stop with just one repetition of Service (Now coming up for Aliyah Shleeshit . . . ) Solution: Vary Kiddush by introducing themed
the Amidah. Do at least three or four. Have at Concern: Weekly Video Discussing the Torah meals, such as Korean BBQ, Mexican Fiesta and
least two sermons at each service. Portion needs “more oomph” Octoberfest
Concern: Services contain too much Hebrew. Solutions: Add special effects and animation Concern: Temple Missions only go to Israel
Solution: Recite prayers in Latin. to keep viewers’ attention. Consider corporate Solution: Organize synagogue trips to
Concern: Parking situation needs improve- sponsorship. (This D’Var Torah brought to you Disneyworld, the Bahamas or the Missions of
ment. by Hormel Ham . . . ) California
The FIRST (and last) KolD HAm ANNuAl PuRIm meGGIlAH QuIz
Created by the Admor Chief Rabbi of La Cienega Here are the questions:
between olympic and Whitworth, Shlita a. What was the first foiled
Please match the answers with the correct questions. When KGB overseas operation in
you finish, you may consult the key to the quiz noted below
(don’t cheat!). If you answer 0-2 questions correctly, you are b. Where do we learn in Meg-
a genius; if you get 3-6 right you clearly are a college gradu- gilat Esther that one should
ate; if you get 7-10 right, you should consider going to night not poke around the cushions of the royal couch in search
school; if you get 11-13 answers right, you should go see the of loose change when the queen is sitting on it?
Admor’s shrink. c. How do we know that Cori Drasin lived in Shushan before
Here are the answers: she moved to Beverly Hills?
d. What did Ahashverosh get when his shus were dirty?
1. I did – up yours.
e. What did the guys in the Shushan bar say about Esther
2. Zippodeedoodah. when she suddenly became queen?
3. 127. f. What did Harbonah the eunuch say to Haman when he
4. Shaashgaz, Aspatha, Parmashta, Vaizatha, Bizzeta, Har- noticed that Haman’s doodah was down?
bona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Carcas. g. What was the first successful CIA overseas sting operation
5. Shushan. in all of recorded history?
h. How do we know that Ambien was first invented in ancient
6. Esther’s fast.
7. “That night, the king could not sleep.”
i. What did Mordechai say to Haman when Haman asked him
8. “And many of the people of the land became Jews…” to up his UJA pledge that was the real reason why Haman
9. “They were to observe them…as an occasion for sending decided to hang Mordechai?
gifts to one another and presents to the poor.” j. How do we know that Rabbi Neil Weinberg has been at his
job for 2500 years?
10. “So the king and Haman came to feast with Queen
Esther.” k. What did the Italian ambassador to the Persian royal court
say when he woke up to find Shushan shrouded in fog on
11. “Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs…plotted to
the day before Purim?
do away with the King Ahashverosh. Mordechai learned of
it….” l. List ten male names you would never give your children.
m. When Zeresh, Haman’s wife, got angry at her husband and
cursed him, what was the number of provinces that she hoped
13. Chapter 7, verse8: “When the king returned from the palace he would rule so that he could be found dead in each one?
garden to the banquet room, Haman was lying prostrate on Here is the key:
11 – a; 12 – k; 13 – b.
the couch on which Esther reclined. ‘Does he mean,’ cried 1 – i; 2 – f; 3 – m; 4 – l; 5 – d; 6 – e; 7 – h; 8 – j; 9 – c; 10 – g;
the king, ‘to ravish the queen in my own palace?’”
DouBle YouR PleASuRe, DouBle YouR PARKING!!!
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP for our parking problems at TBA!
The architectural firm of Dewey, Cheatham and Howe pre-
sented a unique solution to the limited parking at our syna-
gogue. Starting April 1st, cars will be parked vertically as well
as horizontally. The intricate arrangement of lifts and towers
will allow an increase of 900 cars in our main lot. Because of
the geometry and mechanics of the platforms, congregants
will need to arrive at least 4 hours prior to each event. The
architects recommend keeping the current efficient widths
of parking spaces. Therefore, all drivers are asked to begin
losing weight immediately so that when April arrives, they
will be able to exit the doors of their vehicles. If this method
works for our parking, we will institute a similar solution for
Artists’s rendering High Holyday seating.
Temple Beth Am
Old Fashioned & Affordable
Celebrations and Silent Auction (until 3 p.m.)
*No entry fee. Games,rides, and food for nominal fees.
Parking is available at the Beverly Hills Tennis Courts.
Temple Beth Am & the Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy
Thursday night Invite You to Celebrate Purim with Us!
March 20th at 8:30 p.m. EREV PURIM
Thursday, March 20, 2008
6:00 p.m – 6:45 p.m.
Ages 2-1st Grade- Led by Francine Farkas and Rabbi Joel Rembaum
7:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Pressman Academy Middle School and Religious School read Megillah
Led by Rabbi Perry Netter in the Sanctuary
The Library Minyan:
a full traditional reading of the Megillah
Refreshments following the Reading of the Megillah
TempleB eTh A m
T emple Beth
Affiliated with the
Affiliated with the
United Synagogue of
United Synagogue of
ogv kue Voice of the People
Voice of the People
The Israel Committee of Temple Beth Am
Is pleased to invite the entire community to a special
Lecture and Discussion with
ADAR I – ADAR II 5768 / Volume 8, No. 7 – MARCH, 2008
of The Jerusalem Post
Israel: The Threats Without and Within
Israel faces danger today from Hamas, Hizbullah, and Iran, as well
as from internal divisions over negotiations with Palestinians. Still,
at its 60th birthday, Israel can be rightly proud of revived Jewish
nationhood and a flourishing economy – well aware that resilience
and wisdom are required to overcome continuing challenges.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Donation: $10 at the door
A private reception with David Horvitz will be at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Am;
Admission: $50 per person. RSVP 818-762-4473
Presented by CAMERA – Committee for Accuracy in Middle East in America
Temple Beth Am
march 6 –Ruth’s Circle - not for women only! TemPle BeTH Am HAPPY SeNIoRS
facilitated by Rabbi Susan Leider and Dr. Karen Kass Our lunch on February 14th was well attended. Our topic
was “Healthy Heart.” We installed our officers and board mem-
Please join us for the next meeting of Ruth’s Circle at 7:30
bers for the upcoming year.
in the Lainer Library. Ruth’s Circle offers a safe space to learn
together and to discuss issues related At our March 13 Pre Purim luncheon, our medical lecture
to Judaism by Choice. This group will be “Medication News” by Lew Weiss, Pharm D Outpatient
will also help facilitate participants’ Pharmacy, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. After our delicious
integration into life at Temple Beth kosher lunch, we will have a fabulous entertainer.
Am and is open to men and women. Membership Drive.....Our membership drive was post-
For information, contact Desiree Gaines at poned. Please come and find out about our wonderful program.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-652-7354 x 230 We are hoping that we will be able to expand our program with
some very exciting activities. Bring a guest, who has never been
Shabbat morning learner’s minyan with to our luncheon program, they will be amazed.
Rabbi Susan leider – march 22 at 10:30 A.m. As you know we all feel the great loss of our dear friend
Charlene Janis z’l. In honor of her memory we will be dedicat-
We will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Dorff-Nelson Chapel to
ing a plaque in “The Hall of Memories.” The plaque will be a
pray the Torah service in the Library Minyan and then con-
beautiful way to honor Charlene’s memory.
vene to the Lainer Library to study this section of the service
together. Our luncheons are usually on the second Thursday of month
and include a speaker, lunch and entertainment for $10. You
If you would like to receive a monthly email reminder with
don’t have to be a member of the Happy Seniors to attend our
location, start time and topic, please email email@example.com
lunches, but we do invite your membership at $15 ($25 per
to be added to our Learner’s Minyan email list. For any ques-
couple) for one year.
tions about this service, please contact Rabbi Susan Leider at
For further information on our group, please leave a voice-
mail message for Miriam at 310-652-7354 x 521.
Thank you for your continued support of our group.
Neshama minyan – Change in Friday night Wishing our Temple family a Chag Purim Sameach,
start time Miriam Kavis, Coordinator
As of March 14, Neshama minyan begins with Mincha at
6:15 p.m., followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv. Services
will conclude by 7:30 p.m. and will be led by Rabbi Susan Leider CeleBRATe PeSACH AT TBA!
or Rabbi Daniel Greyber. It’s not yet Purim – and yet, not too early to start making
The Neshama Minyan is committed to every participant plans for Pesach! Please watch your mail for information on
having Shabbat dinner plans! If you can make room for a few selling your chametz, koshering for Pesach, the Siyyum for the
extra davenners at your Shabbat table, please contact Desiree First Born and the following special TBA Pesach happenings:
Gaines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday morning, April 6
Pesach B’Yachad – for families with young kids
BlooD DRIVe Nosh ‘n Drash with the Rabbis, and enjoy a special holiday
Calling all life-savers! YABA (Young Adults @ Beth Am) is performance by The Shirettes
hosting a blood drive on Sunday 9 March 2008 from 10.30 to
3.30 at TBA. Please schedule your appointment by signing up Pre-Pesach Shabbat Dinner – Friday, April 18 - following all
online phone at 310.652.7354 x268, or e-mail dgaines@tbala. Friday Night Services
org -- and participate in a truly life-saving mitzvah! Your home will be ready for Pesach, now you need not worry
about cooking for Shabbat!
Plan to join your TBA family and friends for a delicious
dinner, catered by Balebosta
ouR WRITeR’S STRIKe AGAIN!
Special thanks to those twisted souls who contributed 2nd Night Community Seder with Rabbi Joel Rembaum
and Hazzan Jeremy Lipton – Sunday, April 20
to our Kold Ham section in this month’s KHA:
Couples and Singles, Young and Senior, are all invited to
Larry Braman q Bob Braun q Sandra Braun share in this TBA tradition..
Sheryl Goldman q Joel Pressman
Check the website for the latest information: www.tbala.org
Rabbi Joel Rembaum q Nancy Steiner q Stuart Weiss
Chag Pesach Sameach!
ouR B’NAI mITzVAH Bris and Baby Namings Dear TBA family,
A big hug to the whole TBA community.
Micah Shir Jussim, son of Andrea and
Eden Jablon Happy New Year and happy birthday to me
Noah Jussim. Born January 14, 2008
Daughter of and my Dad – January is a big month and
Given the name Micha Shir
Dr. Sharon Jablon I was well enough to attend the Pressman
March 1, 2008 Mark Ami Nunez, son of Cinthya and Gala and it was terrific! I went without a hat
Mark Nunez, Born January 20, 2008, or wig and felt liberated. I was able to re-
given the name Ami connect with all of my friends and yet again
Rachel Douek, Daughter of Ilan and marvel at the generosity, understanding,
Ethan Porjes Revital Douek, Born January 31, Given support, love and warm that has embraced
Son of Michelle the name Rachel Lili my family and me since my diagnosis of
Porjes breast cancer right before Pesach last year.
Daniel Ari Elbaz, Son of Gilad and
March 22, 2008 The hardest call I ever made was asking
Elyssa Elbaz, Born February 1, 2008,
Cori to set up assistance with meals for my
Given the name Daniel Ari Elbaz
family during chemotherapy and radiation.
Ziv Benjamin Bard, Son of David and Generous, creative, loving busy members
tamar Willis Shlomit Bard, Born February 5, 2008, delivered a hot meal each week. I am so
Daughter of Given the name Ziv Benyamin Bard grateful to you all. The Parent Association
Natalie Weiss and Ariella tamar Bunin Benor, Daughter sent some toys and art projects for Alexan-
Dr. Aaron Willis of Sarah and Mark Bunin Benor, Sister dra Kaliray, and so many friends took her af-
March 29, 2008 of Aliza and Dalia Benor, Born January ter school and camp for playdates because
23, 2008, Given the name Ariella Tamar I was unable to take care of her. I don’t
know how to begin to thank you all for your
phone calls, e-mails, flowers, gifts, prayers
Celebrate the Women of Beth Am – Saturday, March 15, 2008
Be inspired by a wonderful morning of and support. The Rabbis, the staff at TBA,
Shir Hadash in the Sanctuary davenning for men and women my parents friends, my pre-and post natal
led by the women of tBA Join the entire community for Kiddush students, the ECC teachers, – especially
for the entire community following the service Kitty and Mina for their on the ground care
with Rabbi Susan Leider of Kaliray. Thank you Karla for all your
We look forward to seeing you! - sponsored by Sisterhood phone therapy. Thank you to everyone who
took the time to call- to encourage me, my
husband, my parents to keep going during
I N M E M O R I A M the dark times. I don’t think of myself as a
survivor, I think of myself as a thriver. This
We extend our condolences to the bereaved families and record the passing of: next year will still be a time of healing, but I
Jack Birns, beloved husband of Harriet, father of Abby (Larry) Harris, Mike z”l, am delighted to have the strength to teach
Jeff (Debbie), Rebecca, Eli (Jacki) Bar-Hai, Debby (Dave) Anderson, and Eric yoga again in the ECC – thanks to Angie
for her understanding and waiting for me.
(Olive); grandfather of 20 including Naftali, Naomi, Shifrah and Tirtzah; great-
If I have forgotten to mention anyone its
grandfather of 3.
because there were so much assistance
Cantor Samuel (Shmulik) Kelemer, husband of Linda, father of Dov. and help sent our way. I want to thank the
Rita Nemeth, mother of Cipra Nemeth (Scott Shulman) and Yvonne Green (Ian whole community for their deep powerful
Green) ; grandmother to Ilana and Rachel Shulman, Simon and Lauren Green. energy and prayers. It’s hard to feel weak
and needy but it’s revelatory to find oneself
in a community like TBA where nourish-
ment, care, and healing is given freely and
CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE!! abundantly. Thank you all for helping me
come out of the abyss and start the next
Please visit www.tbala.org and half of my life.
www.pressmanacademy.org to see what’s new! Make secure Jo Ann Colker Arison
donations online, sign up for events, browse our upcoming Proud Mama to Asfala and Alexandra
activities, visit the past events photo gallery, and much, much more!
Wife to Joseph Teralis Arison
And extremely proud daughter of
Jack & Dvorah Colker
Love to my sibs: the Sauls, Colkers,
Temple Beth Am
An Enchanted Evening Temple Beth Am was turned into an enchanted garden
on Saturday night, January 19, 2008, when we celebrated
at the Rabbi Jacob Pressman with the Etz Chaim Education Award Recipients and the
Teacher Recognition Award honoree,Tami Rosenfeld.The
Academy Annual Gala Etz Chaim Education Awards were given to Dr. David Ack-
erman,Tamar Andrews, Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, Dr. Michael
Berenbaum, Rabbi Rick Brody, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Dr.Aryeh Cohen, Dr. Coordinator, and Sandra Braun, Graphic Artist, for their fabulous work.
Shai Cherry, Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Marlynn Dorff, Lisa Feldman, Rabbi Shawn Kol ha Kavod to Chaim Singer-Frankes for his special tribute film, and to
Fields-Meyer, Dr. Reuven Firestone, Rabbi Avraham Havivi,Andrea Hodos, Development Coordinator Stephanie Levi for all of her work.
Rabbi Carla Howard, Rabbi Gail Labovitz, Rabbi Naomi Levy, Dr. David Photographs from the Gala are available for sale through the link at press-
Myers, Dr. Jody Myers, and Rabbi Ruth Sohn. Yasher koach to Gala Chairs manacademy.org. For every photo purchased, Lee Salem will make a donation
Mandy Lande and Mallory Lee.Thank you to Ronna Sundy, Special Events to Pressman Academy. Enjoy the photos!
Temple Beth Am
DS Faculty Profile: Beth Alpert Dror
(Since I’ve been teacher profile chair for two years, I asked to say how much I loved and valued all my years in LAUSD, the
for special permission to write my own profile. And so it is with last 10 at Carpenter Avenue School in Studio City.
much joy that I write about myself as a teacher.) Each day at Pressman, I hear children singing, talking, and
I decided to become a teacher my 3rd year at UCLA. I was praying in Hebrew. It fills my heart. Each day, I work with a
a Philosophy major and enjoyed all subjects. I classroom of 1st graders who are filled with
knew I wanted to make a significant contribu- excitement for learning and creating. Each day,
tion to society. I also knew I wanted to give back I read over the lessons in the Units of Study (our
to the world what my parents had worked so writing program out of Columbia University)
hard to give me: a love of learning, resourceful- and Everyday Math (out of the University of
ness, the chance to discover my gifts and reach Chicago) and think how lucky I am to have the
my potential, an exposure to the wonders of the opportunity to use these outstanding cutting-
world. It occurred to me that these things would edge programs. To teach in a Jewish day school
best be given back to children. And it was when is a special honor for me. I feel great love for my
I did an internship in an elementary classroom students. I am thrilled to bring my passion for
that I knew without a doubt that teaching would teaching to them and help them discover their
not only be my career path, but my calling. I gifts and the joy in all subjects.
felt an immediate connection to the children, Besides being a teacher, I have a wonderful
a great interest in the nature of the learning activities, a sense family - my husband, Oz, our three children, Moriel, Keren, and
that I was “home.” I was accepted to UCLA’s Masters/Credential Oren, and our cat, Bo-Bo. I love biking, hiking, and movies. Re-
program and began what was one of the most exciting years cent favorites are Walk the Line and Must Love Dogs. I’m a huge
of my life, discovering a field and subject area that would hold Johnny Cash fan - I love his music and admire his genuineness.
endless interest for me, namely, education. I enjoy reading poetry, especially E.E. Cummings and Pablo
This is my 16th year in the classroom and my 1st at Press- Neruda. I’ve played violin and piano since childhood. But my
man Academy. The expression, “best for last” comes to mind as passion and life’s work remain teaching and I am delighted to
I share my first impressions as a Pressman teacher. First I want be a teacher at Pressman Academy.
LAINER LIBRARY BOOK SHARE RelIGIouS SCHool FACulTY memBeR
The Annual Book Share will be held during regular Library hours GARNeRS AWARD
during the week of March 24. All congregants are welcome.
Mazal Tov to 2nd Grade Teacher Alisa Fisher on receiving the
Bring your clean, gently-used, unwanted books for dona-
tion to the Library by March 14. Jewish and general, fiction and Lainer Distinguished Educator Award at the Bureau of Jewish
non-fiction, for children and adults, are all welcome. This is a Education Religious School Educators Conference on January
good way to start cleaning for Pesach! 6. Alisa is shown here (top row, center)with her second grade
If anyone has questions or would like to volunteer to help Religious School students.
sort books before the Book Share, e-mail Amy Goldenberg,
Librarian, at email@example.com
TBA/Pressman Academy wishes MiNA RuSH, ECC Admin-
istrative Assistant, success and fulfillment as she leaves our
community to pursue new opportunities. Mina has dedicated
11 years to our Early Childhood Center. Thank you Mina for
helping make our school such an incredible place. We will miss
you. Yishar Koach and Good Luck!
RemINDeR: Shir Shabbat - Saturday, march 8
11:00am in the Sanctuary. Join Rabbi Susan Leider and ECC
teacher for Francine Farkas for this musical family Service.
Lunch follows (RSVP required.) Sign up online: www.press-
Teacher Profile: Ilana Geffen –Winter
By Caryn Malkus to Pressman, she is working alongside Morah Debbie and Morah
“Don’t take things too seriously” is Ilana Geffen-Winter’s Caroline, teaching the three year old class. She is the Hebrew
motto for life. Indeed, it is rare not to find her smiling or laughing, specialist in the mornings, and is in charge of the Hebrew immer-
enjoying every moment to the fullest. She sion program in the afternoons. She skillfully
brings this refreshing outlook and attitude combines songs and movement to teach the
to her classroom everyday, gracing the ECC children in a fun, effective way. For her, the
children with her warm and exuberant pres- highlights of teaching this age group are that
ence. Whether you see her in the morning, she gets the opportunity to help her students
leading her students in Hebrew songs during achieve some of their first real milestones,
circle time, or in the afternoon, when she is as well as teaching them manners and social
engaging them in the Hebrew immersion cues. Lastly, she thinks they are incredibly
program, she is undeniably happy. Ilana sweet and full of love!
is also pleased to be a part of the Religious When Ilana is not teaching at Pressman,
School faculty on Tuesdays and Thursdays. you might catch a glimpse of her riding her
Ilana’s happiness is not predicated on where she lives, but bike! One of the many unique things about Ilana is her tendency
rather, what she does with her time. Last year she moved to Los to ride her bike everywhere. Being a nature lover, Ilana enjoys
Angeles, after spending the majority of her life in Israel. It was being outdoors as much as possible, so it is no surprise that she
not an easy task for Ilana, for she had to leave family and friends avoids driving her car, unless it is an imperative. Furthermore, on
behind. However, she made the journey with her husband, Adam, Sundays, she and her husband blaze new hiking paths all over Los
so that he could pursue his chiropractic studies and training in Angeles. A traveler at heart, Ilana has already visited Yosemite,
Los Angeles. It was a new adventure for her, and one that would Zion National Park, and Sequoia, and hopes to see as much of the
lead her directly to Pressman Academy! Her past teaching expe- U.S. as possible before she returns to Israel in five years.
riences in Israel ranged from being a teacher soldier during her Although Ilana is quite happy in Los Angeles, she plans to
tenure in the army, to a tour guide for the Jewish Free School, to move back to Israel once her husband finishes his schooling.
a staff member at Ramah Seminar. She has had the pleasure of It will be an extremely sad day when Ilana says goodbye to her
teaching preschool students as well as teenagers, but her prefer- Pressman family, but thankfully, we still have another five years
ence is for the little ones! Now, having made a smooth transition to appreciate all of her gifts!
Temple Beth Am invites
all Pressman Academy ECC Families, Early
Elementary & Religious School Families, &
Friends to a special Shabbat evening
Please join us for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat where
parents and children join in together followed by a
wonderful Pre-Pesach Shabbat dinner
with the congregation.
Friday, April 18, 2008 at 6:00 pm
Bo’i Kallah Service
& Shabbat dinner
Please RSVP by April 14.
To RSVP by phone, call 310-652-7354 X219 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. or sign up on line at www.tbala.org
Cost for this dinner is
to ECC Teacher Sari Abrams on receiving the Lainer
Adults @ $20 ; Children (5-12 years) @ $10 ;
Distinguished Educator Award from the Bureau of Children (2-4 yrs) @ $5; under 2 are free
Co-chairs Amber Kalt (ECC), Leora Lewis (Religious
School) &Jana Richland (Day School)
Temple Beth Am
Guarding The Garden
E E N TE A M
10 Ways to Go Green at Work phone, PDA, or pager. Place recycling bins in accessible, high-traffic areas
and provide clear information about what can and can not be recycled.
Many of us spend more waking time at an office than we do at home.
Simple changes can save energy and resources at work, and these small 6. Close the loop
steps can be multiplied by persuading the powers-that-be to adopt Purchase office supplies and furniture made from recycled materials.
environmentally friendly (and often cost-effective) policies across the One online source is www.greenearthofficesupply.com.
board. These tips are applicable at home as well. We’re working to green 7. Watch what (and how) you eat
our facilities and practices at Temple Beth Am. As fellow guardians of Bring your own mug and dishware for those meals you eat at the office.
the garden, we strongly encourage you to do the same. Provide reusable dishes, silverware, and glasses. Provide filtered drinking
1. Be bright about light water to reduce bottled-water waste.
Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of the electricity use in office 8. Rethink your travel
buildings. Turn off the lights when you’re leaving any room for 15 minutes Take the train, bus, or subway when feasible instead of a rental car when
or more, and utilize natural light when you can. traveling on business. Some rental agencies now offer hybrids and other
Buy Energy Star-rated light bulbs and fixtures, which use at least two- high-mileage vehicles. Invest in videoconferencing and other technological
thirds less energy than regular lighting, and install timers or motion solutions that can reduce the amount of employee travel.
sensors that automatically shut off lights when they’re not needed.
9. Reconsider your commute
2. Maximize computer efficiency Telecommuting is an appreciated perk and is great for the planet.
Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth Carpool, bike, or take transit to work. Encourage this by subsidizing
of electricity a year. Turn off your computer—and the power strip it’s commuter checks, offering bike parking, or organizing a carpool board.
plugged into—when you leave for the day. (Check with your IT department
to make sure the computer doesn’t need to be on to run backups or 10. Create a healthy office environment
other maintenance.) During the day, setting your computer to “sleep” Make it a habit to use nontoxic cleaning products. Brighten up your
automatically during short breaks can cut energy use by 70 percent. cubicle with plants, which absorb indoor pollution.
Remember, screen savers don’t save energy. (source: Sierra Club’s Sierra magazine, www.sierraclub.org/sierra)
3. Print smarter GREEN CONGREGANT OF THE MONTH
The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy The Green Team congratulates and commends Scott Shulman
paper a year. Print on both sides or use the back side of old documents and Cipra Nemeth. Scott and Cipra drive hybrid vehicles, removed
for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts. Avoid color printing and print in draft most of their lawns and replaced them with desert plants,
mode whenever feasible. recycle everything, have no incandescent bulbs in their home, and
have installed solar panels and thus derive the majority of their
4. Go paperless when possible electricity from the sun. This couple truly walks the walk!
Think before you print: could this be read or stored online instead?
When you receive unwanted catalogs, newsletters, magazines, or junk Send your nominees to green@tbala. Each winner receives a reusable
mail, request to be removed from the mailing list before you recycle the shopping bag full of environmentally-friendly supplies from our friends
item. Post employee manuals and similar materials online, rather than at COEJL (www.coejlsc.org).
distribute print copies. They’re easier to update that way too.
5. Ramp up your recycling The Green Team needs your ideas, your expertise, and your energy (as
Just about any kind of paper you would encounter in an office, including long as it’s zero-emission). Contact us at email@example.com, or call Larry
fax paper, envelopes, and junk mail, can be recycled. So can your old cell Braman at (213) 300-9887. We will make a difference.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
1. Register at jump4darfur.com. Call (310) 652-7353 x219 or email
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2. Set a target fundraising goal.
DO BOTH 3. Collect & record pledges on the pledge sheet. (Any checks should
be made payable to Jewish World Watch.) Bring pledge sheet and
money raised to the event.
4. JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! We provide the ropes, you provide the fun.
Thank you for being part of this
Sunday, March 23 - 9:30 a.
Sunday,March 23, 2008, 9:30 A.M.m.
Temple Beth Am important effort to help those in need!
1039 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
MEMoRY oF REMEMBERED BY MEMoRY oF REMEMBERED BY
RUTH MOED ABELOW Henriette Roth BERTHA KNELL Judith and Cowan
HAIM ABENHAIM Marie Green AARON KOLODNY Shirley Ashkenas
MICHAEL ANGERMAN Alexander Angerman ANNE C. KRAMER Marshall Kramer
GERTRUDE MIRIAM BALES Michele Atias ABRAHAM KREINER Roz Rothstein
WILLIAM BARD Debra Bard SHEILA KROTINGER Nate Krotinger
PHILIP BERKOWITZ Jack Colker EDNA LANDRES Howard Landres
DR. JACK BERNSTEIN Ruth Bernstein SAMUEL LAWRENCE Bonnie Lawrence
JEROME K. BORAK Sandra Borak DINNIE LEVINE Philip Levine
ESTHER BRAUN Steven and Trudy Kallman GEORGE LEVY Martha Levy
SOPHIA BREVERMAN Fradya Rembaum JUDITH LEVY Martha Levy
IDA CAMBER Norman Camber GEORGE N. LEWIS Beatrice Lewis
MAX CAMBER Norman Camber ROBERT MELANSON Lad and Rosalie Rubaum
JETTY CHANANIA Henriette Roth MAURICE MILLER Sherry Steinberg
NETTIE CHELST Dana Chelst HELEN MILMEISTER Michael Milmeister
ABRAHAM COHEN Larry Gould IDA JAWITZ MOED Henriette Roth
JENNY COLKER Jack Colker BEN ALAN MOLLE Dr. William Molle
RONALD JAY COLKER Jack and Dvorah Colker HYMAN MOSESON Philip Levine
REUBEN CORDOVA Lya Cordova Latta SOL MOST Mitzi Glass
BENJAMIN ASHLEY COWAN Judith and Cowan ZLATA NAIDITCH Hilda Houle
NORMAN COYNE Barbara Coyne LULU NAVAH Karen Ashkenazi
MELISSA SUSAN CROSS Madeline Cross BECKIE PESKIN Mildred Silverman
MARTIN DRUTZ Shelley Mamann RUTH PFLUG Dr. Howard Pflug
BATYA EISEN Andrew Eisen CHARLES JACOB POST Ted Post
ELIAS EKAIREB Moses Ekaireb ENRIQUE RATINOFF Liz Harris
HARRY ISAAC ELMAN Anthony Elman MARTIN ROBERTS Sandy Roberts
HERMAN FEIFEL Thelma Post ROSELYN ROBERTS Sandy Roberts
MYRNA FEINBERG Eva Feinberg ARNIE ROSEN Freda Rosen
MORRIS FINEBLUM Rita Brucker ALFRED ROSENBERG Carol Rosenberg
ROSE FRANKLIN Elaine Horowitz OSCAR ROSENBERG Miryam Jannol
ALBERT GOLDMAN Claire Maiman EVELYN BEVERLY ROTHSTEIN Jeremy Rothstein
IDA GOLDSTEIN Sam Gordon CHARLES ROY Robin Roy
MAX MEYER GOLDSTEIN Sam Gordon REUBEN S. RUBAUM Lad Rubaum
ABE GOLDZWEIG Mark Goldzweig VICTOR SAMUEL Mark Samuel
JESSIE GOOTKIN Shirley Cohen WILLIAM SCHECTER Susan Walsmith
FRIEDA GOTTLIEB Joyce Black IRVING SCHNEIDER Alan Schneider
DALE HARRIS GREENBERG Joy Blank MICHAEL SCHNEIDER Alan Schneider
DAVID STANLEY GREENBERG Muriel Greenberg FEIGA SCHOENWETTER Sanford Beim
SOLOMON GREENSTEIN Marvin Greenstein RAYMOND SCHWEIGER Bruce Schweiger
ANN HACKER Marshall Hacker WILLIAM SCHWIMMER Melvin Schwimmer
SARAH COHEN HALPERN Edith Bartnof JACOB SEGEL Gilbert Segel
CARRIE HORNER Howard and Ellen Horner JAY SHALMONI Roz Rothstein
GUSSIE HOROWITZ Abbey Klein NATHAN SHAPELL David Shapell
FRIMA ISAACS Jerome Isaacs NATHAN SHAPIRO Sandra Borak
FRIMA ISAACS Deborah Weinberg HENRY SHERSHOW Dianne Shershow
JACK JACOBS Dr. Morton and Shelby Jacobs GERTRUDE SOSKIN Shirley Kegel
ABRAHAM KAISER Renee Kumetz ELIZABETH SZAKALL Judy Martin
BORIS KAMISHER Myron Kamisher DAVID TENENBAUM Adeline Tenenbaum
FANNIE BUNNY KAPLAN Rosalie Braun JOSEPH VOGEL Sylvia Vogel
IDA KAPLAN Peter Kaplan HAROLD WALDSTEIN Alan Waldstein
LOUIS KAPLAN Adele Kichaven REBECCA WHITE William Molle
CHARNA ESTHER KICHAVEN Adele Kichaven CLARA WIDISS Martin Widiss
MARY BAILE KICHAVEN Adele Kichaven HARRY WILK Beth and Cary Libowsky
ANNE KLEINMAN Roger Kleinman MAISIE ZAGNOEV Essia Cartoon Fredman
Temple Beth Am
TemPle BeTH Am GRATeFullY ACKNoWleDGeS TRIBuTeS mADe THRouGH FeBRuARY 11, 2008
DAiLY MiNYAN DoNAtioNS RABBi JoEL REMBAuM’S DiSCREtioNARY FuND
Martin & Regine Jaffee, Paula Pearlman IN THANKS FOR
GENERAL FuND Your participation at Masorti Dinner Rose Pilch
Your participation at our 50th anniversary Harvey and Thelma Shaps
IN MEMORY OF Thank you, Rabbi Rembaum Louis Colen
Sandy Cohn Pamela Cysner, Mallory & Gregory Lee Honoring Ralph Rachmil Hakman
HELPiNG HAND FuND HONOR OF
IN MEMORY OF Harvey and Thelma Shaps’ 50th anniversary Joanne and Alan Vidinsky
Jack Birns Rosanne Keynan & Jonthan Flier Yoni and Israel’s wedding Gabriela and Eli Litov
Norman Freeman Marnie Friedman YoutH DEPARtMENt FuND
Charlene Janis Marlene Glaser, Beverly Mintz, IN MEMORY OF
Batya & David Ordin, Angel & Alan Schneider Sandy Cohn Angel & Alan Schneider
IN HONOR OF MARCY CoLKER KLEiN MEMoRiAL FuND
Birth of grandchild to WELL WISHES
Luis & Lee Lainer Rosanne Keynan and Jonathan Flier Son of Mr. & Mrs. B. Roth Natalie & David Roberts
Shoshi & Izydor Wilchfort Natalie & David Roberts Paul Klein Barbara & Jerry Rabin
PRESSMAN ACADEMY IN MEMORY OF
IN MEMORY OF Jack Birns Barbara & Jerry Rabin
Jack Birns Caryn & Rabbi Mitch Malkus Charlene Janis Barbara & Jerry Rabin
Herb Howard Mr & Mrs Bunder; Joy & Alan Malkus Cantor Samuel Kelemer Dvorah & Jack Colker, Barbara & Jerry Rabin
Sandy Cohn Bella & Howard Kapp, IN HONOR OF
Allen & Eden Ostravich; Bernie & Rita Ostravich Mama Ruth White Barbara & Jerry Rabin
MAZAL TOV TO DVoRAK CHESED FuND
Tamar Rosenfeld The Levine Family
IN HONOR OF
HONOR OF Sandra Braun Renne & Efraim Bainvoll
Rabbi Mitchel Malkus Joy & Alan Malkus Angel Schneider, Torah Fund Honoree Renne & Efraim Bainvoll
PiLCH SCHoLARSHiP FuND IN MEMORY OF
IN MEMORY OF Jack Birns Renne & Efraim Bainvoll
Julian Berk Alan Lefkowitz Cantor Samuel Kelemer Renne & Efraim Bainvoll
TemPle BeTH Am GRATeFullY ACKNoWleDGeS SISTeRHooD DoNATIoNS mADe THRouGH JANuARY 31, 2008
MAZAL toV: MIRIAM BAUM Harvey & Marlene Glaser; Leona & Stan Sperling
Loss of Mother Helga Angress
RABBI JACOB & MARGIE PRESSMAN Anne Miller; Rose Pilch;
Mazal tov on Granddaughters marriage Kathe & Howard Pilch; FRIEDA BELL & FAMILY David Resnik & Joyce Volk
Jessica, Mark & Chason Samuel Loss of uncle Jerry
RABBI JOEL & FREDI REMBAUM MIKE COHN & FAMILY Jessica & Mark Samuel
Mazal tov daughter Nomi Zehava’s Minnie Bennett; Nisenbaum Family; Loss of mother
marriage to Israel Evelyn Rasky; Miriam Wagman
ANTONIA COLKER Helen & Leo Pearlstein
DAVID ACKERMAN Shoshi & Izydor Wilchfort Loss of Mother Joan Ellis
Outstanding Service to education
JACK FRIDER & FAMILY Edie & Earl Schuman
in L.A. community
Loss of Jerry
LEAH BETTELMAN Leona & Stan Sperling
RACHEL GLASSER & FAMILY Marlene & Harvey Glaser
Happy ”90”th Birthday
Loss of grandfather & great-grandfather Baruch
ANN MILLER Minnie Bennett
SHARON GLINCHER & FAMILY Evelyn Rasky
Loss of Erwin
RON PRICE Leona & Stan Sperling
DAWNA JANIS Shirley & Irving Ashkenas; Minnie Bennett;
Induction So.CA Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Loss of mother Marlene & Harvey Glaser; Richard & Elaine Gross;
SPECiAL tRiButES: Charlene Miriam & Deb Kavis; Helen & Leo Pearlstein; Betty Snitser
MAER P FRANKS
. Faye Gelb DR. JIM LICHT & FAMILY Marshall & Ricki Kulkin
Mazal tov on birth of your great grandchild, Charles Harold Franks. Loss of wife Ann & mother
MR. & MRS. WILLIAM J FRANKS Faye Gelb
THE MARTIN FAMILY Marlene & Harvey Glaser
Mazal tov on birth of new grandchild, Charles Harold Franks.
Loss of grandmother & great grandmother “Oma”
DEBORAH KAVIS Miriam Kavis
THE SILVER FAMILY Marlene & Harvey Glaser
Mazal tov on your 18th birthday
Loss of grandmother & great grandmother “Oma”
RABBI JOEL & FREDI REMBAUM Faye & Marvin Gelb
Mazal tov on Nomi’s marriage to Israel.
SiStERHooD tRiButE CARD SECREtARiES
ROSE MARY COHEN Jessica, Mark & Chason Samuel Listed below are the names and phone numbers that appear
PAUL KLEIN Leona & Stan Sperling next to your name initial. Please keep this as a reference near
A-F SHIRLEY WOLPA (323) 653-2797
ERNEST BALKANY Norma Gross G-R MINNIE LEV (310) 552-1428
Memory of Cele & John Balkany
S MARLENE GLASER (310) 550-1738
ANDREA BAUM Harvey & Marlene Glaser
T-Z RICKI BRESKIN-KULKIN (310) 278-5585
Loss of grandmother “Oma”
library minyan Contacts
For general information about the Library Minyan, membership in- If you would like to learn to lead parts of the service or just
quiries, or any specific question you may have, contact Marizon improve your davening skills and participate in our mentoring
Nimoy, our current Minyan Chairperson, at marizon25@gmail. program, contact Steve Spronz at firstname.lastname@example.org
com Need help in preparing for D’rash, contact Miriyam Glazer at
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If you would like to lead davening, contact a gabbai: Learn more about the Shabbat Services – contact Miriyam Glazer
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If you would like to read Torah, contact Avi Havivi at ahavivi@ If you need a place for Shabbat dinner or Chag lunch or dinner,
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If you would like to give a D’var Torah, contact Alisa Shudofsky
and To co-sponsor the monthly TBA/Library Minyan Kiddush, contact
David Cohen at email@example.com Marizon Nimoy at firstname.lastname@example.org. TBA provides the
If you would like to participate in the Mishnah Study, contact weekly Kiddush except for this once a month enhanced co-spon-
Barbara Breger at email@example.com sored Kiddush or when sponsored by members who are celebrat-
If you would like your child to lead “Ashrei” at services, please ing their Simcha.
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TEMPLE BETH AM & SCHOOLS • MARCH 2008 • ADAR i–ADAR ii 5768
SuNDAY MoNDAY tuESDAY WEDNESDAY tHuRSDAY FRiDAY SAtuRDAY
JANUARY FEBRUARY 24 ADAR I 1
S M T W T F S S M T W T F S
Daily Minyan ScheDule n torah Portion:
Morning Minyan: evening Minyan: VAYAKHEi
1 2 1 2
Monday-Friday: 7:30 A.m. March 2-7 at 5:30 p.m.
34 5 6 7 8 9 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Sundays and legal March 9-14 at 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Dancing Up a
101112 13 14 15 16 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 holidays: 8:00 A.m. March 16-April 4 at 6:45 p.m. Storm
171819 20 21 22 23 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Rosh Hodesh and Saturdays are approx. 8:00 p.m. Parent Association
242526 27 28 29 30 24 25 26 27 28 29 Chol Hamo’ed: 7:15 A.m. 90 minutes before Social Night- OOB
31 the end of Shabbat
25 ADAR I 2 26 ADAR I 3 27 ADAR I 4 28 ADAR I 5 29 ADAR I 6 30 ADAR I 7 1 ADAR II 8
1:15 a.m. Parent Drop-In 8:00 a.m. Day School Parent 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with 9:15 a.m. Beginning Hebrew 7:15 a.m. Rabbi Rembaum’s
Association Meeting Torah with Rabbi Netter n torah Portion:
Center with Sari Abrams with Reut Talmud Class PEKuDEi
7:00 Education Cabinet 8:15 a.m. Int. Hebrew w/ Reut 7:00 p.m. Advanced Hebrew 10:00 a.m. Happy Seniors
Meeting 7:30 p.m. Talmud with Rabbi with Reut Monthly Meeting Sr. USY Kinnus through 11:00 a.m. Shir Shabbat
Aaron Alexander 8:00 p.m. The Constitution of 7:30 p.m. Ruth’s Circle with March 9- OOB
8:00 p.m. Baal Tefillah Inst. the Jewish People with
with Hazzan Lipton Rabbi Leider
Rabbi Rembaum 7 : 3 0 A . m . R a b b i Re m -
8:00 p.m. BAIT Midrash with 4 Shabbat Candlelighting
Rabbi Leider 5:37 p.m. baum’s talmud Class
2 ADAR II 9 3 ADAR II 10 4 ADAR II 11 5 ADAR II 12 6 ADAR II 13 7 ADAR II 14 8 ADAR II 15
9:30 a.m. Wednesday with Torah 9:15 a.m. Beg. Heb. with Reut 7:30 a.m. Rabbi Rembaum’s
10:00 a.m. Lianna Cohen 1:15 a.m. Parent Drop-In 8:15 a.m. Int. Hebrew with with Rabbi Netter 10:30 a.m. Happy Senior’s Talmud Class
n torah Portion:
7:00 p.m. Adv. Heb. w/ Reut Lunch VAYiKRA
Competition Center with Sari Abrams Reut 7:00 p.m Sisterhd Mah Jong
10:30 a.m. YABA Blood Drive 7:30 p.m. Youth Commission 8:30 a.m. RS Marketing 8:00 p.m. Falling in Love with God 7:00 p.m. Israel - Its Place in
7:30 p.m. Rosh Chodesh Meeting Committee Meeting with Rabbi Netter the News, An Evening with
8:00 p.m. TBA Choir w/ Hazzan David Horovitz
Ahotai Get-Together 7:30 p.m. RS Education Lipton 7:30 p.m. Stepping Stones
Committee Meeting 8:00 p.m. The Constitution of the Book Club
Jewish People with Rabbi 4 Shabbat Candlelighting
Rembaum 6:43 p.m.
9 ADAR II 16 10 ADAR II 17 11 ADAR II 18 12 ADAR II 19 13 ADAR II 20 14 ADAR II 21 15 ADAR II 22
n torah Portion:
11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 1:15 a.m. Parent Drop-In 6:30 p.m. USY Shmooze 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays with Erev Purim Purim tZAV
Purim Carnival & Center with Sari Abrams 7:30 p.m. ECC Parent Torah with Rabbi Netter Megillah Readings Morning Megillah Reading
Auction 6:00 p.m. TBA Executive Association Meeting 8:00 p.m. TBA Choir with Purim in the Hood- 7:30 a.m. Rabbi Rembaum’s
3:00 p.m. Live Auction Meeting 8:00 p.m. BAIT Midrash with Hazzan Lipton See Page 6 for details Talmud Class
8:00 p.m. TBA Board Meeting Rabbi Leider 8:00 p.m. Kadima Saturday
4 Shabbat Candlelighting
16 ADAR II 23 17 ADAR II 24 18 ADAR II 25 19 ADAR II 26 20 ADAR II 27 21 ADAR II 28 22 ADAR II 29
9:00 a.m. Jump4Darfur Event 1:15 a.m. Parent Drop-In 7:30 p.m. Talmud with Rabbi 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays with 7:30 p.m. Membership 7:30 a.m. Rabbi Rembaum’s n torah Portion:
Center with Sari Abrams Aaron Alexander Torah with Rabbi Netter Committee Meeting Talmud Class SHMiNi
7:30 p.m. Rafaeinu Service 8:00 p.m. BAIT Midrash with 8:00 p.m. TBA Choir with 7:30 p.m Stepping Stones 6:30 p.m. Neshama Minyan
w/ Rabbi Carla Howard Rabbi Leider Hazzan Lipton Book Club Dinner
23 ADAR II 30 24 ADAR II 31
USY goes to paintball- OOB 1:15 a.m. Parent Drop-In
Center with Sari Abrams
8:00 p.m. B’nai Mitzvah 4 Shabbat Candlelighting
Parent Meeting 6:54 p.m.
Temple Beth Am • 1039 South La Cienega Boulevard • Los Angeles, CA 90035 • Phone: (310) 652-7354 • Check in at our website: www.tbala.org
Legend: DN Dorff-Nelson Chapel
Bidner Bidner Youth Lounge
Pilch Pilch Hall
Kope. Kopelove Hall
Saturday Morning, March 1
Meditation Plus 9:15 a.m. Lainer Library
Led by Rabbi Sohn
9:15 a.m. P’sukei D’Zimrah (Pilch)
9:45 a.m. Shacharit (Sanctuary)
Led by Rabbi Rembaum and Hazzan Lipton
Eden Jablon will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah.
Library Minyan, 9:25 a.m. Mishna Study
9:45 a.m. Services, DN Chapel
BAIT Tefillah, 9:45 a.m. Services, Pilch
Led by Rabbi Netter
Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids
10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102;
2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107
10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106;
4th-6th grade in Room 104
Friday Evening, March 7
Neshama Minyan, 5:30 pm, Pilch Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids Led by Rabbi Leider
Led by Rabbi Greyber 10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102; Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids
Daily Minyan Service 5:30 p.m. DN Chapel 2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107 10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102;
Religious School Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:15 pm, 10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106; 2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107
Sanctuary 4th-6th grade in Room 104 10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106;
Led by Rabbi Leider Shabbat Yeladim Noar Lunch, 12:30 pm, Kope. 4th-6th grade in Room 104
Religious School Dinner, 7:30 pm, Ballroom Koleinu Service, 10:30 a.m. School Room #110
thursday, March 20 Erev Purim Led by Avi taff
Saturday Morning, March 8 Family Services, 6:00 p.m., ages 2-1st grade,
Meditation Plus 9:15 a.m. Lainer Library Sanctuary Friday Evening, March 28
Led by Rabbi Sohn Led by the tBA Clergy and Francine Farkas Neshama Minyan, 6:15 pm, Pilch
Shir Hadash Community Service, 7:15 p.m., Sanctuary Led by Rabbi Greyber
9:15 a.m. P’sukei D’Zimrah (Pilch) Pressman Academy Middle School and Religious Daily Minyan Service 6:45 p.m. DN Chapel
9:45 a.m. Shacharit (Adelson) School students read Megillah Neshama Dinner 7:30 p.m. Adelson Hall
Led by Rabbinic intern Danya Ruttenberg and Library Minyan, 7:00 p.m., DN Chapel Saturday Morning, March 29
Hazzan Lipton Purim in the Hood, 8:30 p.m., Ballroom Meditation Plus 9:15 a.m. Lainer Library
Shir Shabbat Led by Rabbi Sohn
11:00 a.m. Sanctuary Friday, March 21, Purim
Led by Rabbi Leider and Francine Farkas Morning Daily Minyan, 7:30 a.m., Pilch
9:15 a.m. P’sukei D’Zimrah (Pilch)
Library Minyan, 9:15 a.m. Mishna Study Neshama Minyan, 6:15 pm, Pilch 9:45 a.m. Shacharit (Adelson)
9:30 a.m. Services, DN Chapel Led by Rabbi Leider Led by Rabbi Rembaum and Hazzan Lipton
BAIT Tefillah, 9:45 a.m. Services, Pilch Daily Minyan Service – 6:45 p.m. DN Chapel BAIT Tefillah, 9:45 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
Led by Rabbi Rembaum Saturday Morning, March 22 Led by Rabbi Netter
Koleinu Service, 10:30 a.m. School Room #110 Meditation Plus 9:15 am Lainer Library tamar Willis will celebrate becoming a Bat
Led by Avi taff Led by Rabbi Sohn Mitzvah
Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids BAIT Tefillah, 9:45 a.m. Services, Sanctuary Library Minyan, 9:25 a.m. Mishna Study
10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102; Led by Rabbi Netter 9:45 a.m. Services, DN Chapel
2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107 Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids
Ethan Porjes will celebrate becoming a
10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106; 10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102;
4th-6th grade in Room 104 2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107
Library Minyan, 9:25 a.m. Mishna Study
Friday Evening, March 14 9:45 a.m. Services, DN Chapel 10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106;
Neshama Minyan, 6:15 pm, Pilch Learner’s Minyan, 10:30 a.m., Lainer Library 4th-6th grade in Room 104
Led by Rabbi Greyber
Daily Minyan Service – 6:30 p.m. DN Chapel
Saturday Morning, March 15
Meditation Plus 9:15 am Bidner
Dancing Up a Storm
Led by Rabbi Ruth Sohn An Evening of Israeli Food & Dance
Shir Hadash: Women’s Shabbat
9:45 a.m. Sanctuary Separate areas for beginners and advanced dancers–Instruction available
Led by Rabbi Leider Saturday, March 1, 2008 • 7:30 pm • $5 admission (pay at the door)
Library Minyan, 9:25 a.m. Mishna Study
9:45 a.m. Services, DN Chapel RSVP’s appreciated – 310.652-7354 x 219
Temple Beth Am celebrates
BAIT Tefillah, 9:45 a.m. Services, Sanctuary Israeli folk and contemporary music
Led by Rabbi Netter 60 Israeli food available for purchase
Joseph Gilter will speak in Bait Tefillah