Open houses and celebrations highlight November
By Ilene Schneider
As the Jewish calendar heads toward an early Hanukkah (still the 25th of Kislev, but early in December), local synagogues and organizations are celebrating milestones and showing the community what they have to offer. Get dressed up for a gala, have a fun evening, support a great cause, learn something new or find out about some great schools in the area. Tell people you read about the event in Jlife Extra.
Diamonds Are Forever
Temple Beth Sholom, Orange County’s first Jewish congregation, will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a host of events from November 2 to 4. Beginning with Shabbat Services on Friday, November 2, at 6:30, the congregation will take a walk through the past 75 years. The service will celebrate the community and this exciting milestone with special readings and TBS memories throughout the years with a special appearance from the TBS choir. Following services, there will be an oneg in which people bring their favorite dishes to share.
“Diamonds Are Forever,” a fundraising event, will be held at Temple Beth Sholom on Saturday, November 3, at 6 pm. The joyful party will provide an opportunity to celebrate the big milestone with family and friends. The elegant evening will feature both a silent and a live auction, as well as great food and drinks, live music, dancing and door prizes.
The Czech Torah Scroll returns to TBS, and a special event on Sunday, November 4, at 11 am will welcome it home. Starting with a special ceremony as the scribe completes the final letter, congregants and friends will then escort the Torah from the Social Hall to the Ark in the Sanctuary, with music and dancing. After the ceremony, there will be a celebratory BBQ for the culmination of the 75th anniversary celebration. For more information on the weekend-long celebration, contact Temple Beth Sholom, 2625 N. Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92715; (714) 628-4600; www.tsboc.com.
Shabbat with Lots of Song
Everyone is invited to “come, sing your heart out and celebrate Shabbat” at Hal’lu Unplugged at CBI Coastal on Saturday, November 3, at 9:30 am, at University Community Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612. The musical service is “traditional like you’ve never heard before,” said the organizers. Rabbi Adam Greenwald will join Baalat Tefillah Amy Robinson, along with Carl Cedar and Leeav Sofer and the CBI Davening Team. Sign up for the vegetarian/dairy potluck at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0849aea72ea0fa7-coastal.
Bid N Buy at Beth Emet
The Temple Beth Emet Men’s Club is holding a Bid N Buy Auction on Sunday, November 4. Lunch of hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, starts at 1 pm, and the auction bidding on restaurants, attractions, theaters, hotels, vacation resorts and many other items starts at 2 pm. There will be both a Chinese auction and a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting the congregation. Admission is free and open to members and friends. To make a reservation, contact Temple Beth Emet, 1770 W. Cerritos Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92804; www.tbe-oc.org; email@example.com; (714) 772-4720.
A Bissel Yiddish?
Prof. Justin Cammy, a literary and cultural historian, will be the speaker at a two-part series, “Yiddish: Past and Present.” The first session, “When Yiddish Was Young: Vilna’s Last Generation,” will take participants to “a time and place when Yiddish was the language of both the Jewish street and of its poets and dreamers,” organizers said . In this talk, Prof. Cammy will explore the ways in which Yiddish writers of the 1930s in Vilna, the unofficial capital of Yiddishland, negotiated the political anxieties and cultural possibilities of what some now refer to as “the last generation.” This session will be held on Sunday, November 4, at 3 pm, at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2111 Bryan Ave, Tustin, CA 92782: (714) 730-9693.
The second session, “Yiddish Matters, or The Meaning of Yiddish,” will answer questions, such as: What are the landscapes of Yiddish today, both in the United States and around the world? What meanings are ascribed to Yiddish and, in turn, how does Yiddish provide us with a cultural vocabulary for our times? In this discussion, Professor Justin Cammy will explore examples from recent fiction and popular culture. The brown-bag-lunch session will be on Monday November 5, at 12:15 pm, at the Jewish Federation Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603. The cost is $36 per person for the 2-part series, $18 per person for each individual event or free to CSP 5779 and CBI members with reservations by November 2. For details, contact CSP at (949) 682-4040 or www.occsp.org.
The Women of Temple Bat Yahm offer a ladies’ night out with Boozy Bingo, an evening with actress Fran Drescher, on Monday, November 5, at the temple, 1011 Camelback Street, Newport Beach, CA 92660. The VIP reception is at 6 pm, and the event starts at 7. General admission tickets, at $45, include a pack of Bingo cards, open bar and nosh. VIP admission tickets, at $118, include access to the VIP meet & greet reception, photo opportunity with Fran, copy of her latest book, pack of Bingo cards, open bar and nosh. To make reservations, visit www.wtby.payquiq.com.
Olam Open House
Olam Jewish Montessori Early Childhood Education Center, 3900 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612, invites members of the community to come play in the dirt. Students, teachers, parents and friends will be harvesting vegetables and herbs from the school’s Bracha Garden on Wednesday, November 7, at 10 am. To experience Olam for the day, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover the power of Jewish women at the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) info night House at Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine, 3900 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. Slated for Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 pm, the info night will offer details about a trip “that empowers women to transform themselves, their families and their community,” organizers said. To be eligible for the trip, women need to have at least one child under 18 at home. RSVP on Facebook, call the synagogue at (949) 786-5230 or visit www.bethjacobirvine.org.
To honor veterans in the congregation, Temple Beth David is planning a special Veterans Synaplex on Friday, November 9. Dinner will be at 6 pm, the Shabbat service at 7:30 pm and other activities following the service. The cost is $10 per person or $25 for a family of four. Veterans will be admitted free. For more information, contact Temple Beth David, 6100 Hefley Street, Westminster, CA 92683; (714) 892-6623; www.templebethdavid.org.
Who Will Lead Us?
The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (CSP) will present a brown-bag lunch event, “The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America,” with Prof. Samuel Heilman, Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York, on Monday, November 12, at 12:15 pm, at the Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603. The program will explore the remarkable resurrection of Hasidism in America and its capacity for maintaining the charismatic authority of its dynastic leadership, often via struggle and gripping family dynamics, by looking at five Hasidic dynasties.
According to program organizers, “These are chronicles of the making and unmaking of men, a search for charisma, leadership, and struggles for power. They tell of families united and divided, of death and resurrection , and of hopes raised and dashed. They give substance to the eternal question of Hasidism: Who will lead us?” Cost is $10 per person (if registered before November 10), FREE for CSP Members and educators who register early and $18 at the door. For details, contact CSP at (949) 682-4040 or www.occsp.org.
Come See TVT
Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School (TVT) will hold an open house at its campus at 5 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603, on Thursday, November 15, at 9:30 am. The school, which runs from transitional kindergarten through grade 12, prepares students for life and academic success in a college preparatory environment rooted in Jewish values. TVT graduates are accepted at top universities at three times national rates. Learn how the school helps students to succeed in high-level education programs while developing character. To RSVP, visit www.TARBUT.com/OpenHouse or call (949) 509-9500.
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