June offers diverse activities in Jewish OC
By Ilene Schneider
Counting 50 days from the second seder, Shavuot commemorates the receiving of the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai. Marking the occasion are religious services, Torah study and dairy delicacies. There will be lectures, concerts, hands-on mitzvah projects and many other activities.
Sunday, June 2
Rabbi Asa Memorial Lecture 2019
Rabbi Uri Regev will be the guest speaker at the Fifth Annual Rabbi Haim Asa Memorial Lecture. Rabbi Regev is an internationally renowned leader and advocate of religious liberty and the liberal movements of Judaism in his native Israel and around the world. Currently, he serves as the president and CEO of a new educational and advocacy Israel-Diaspora partnership, “Freedom Of Religion for Israel” and of its Israeli counterpart, “Hiddush – for Freedom of Religion and Equality.”
The event is open to the community. Donations, which will help to support adult education programs such as this, can be made by going to the TBT website, www.tbtoc.org.
Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 4
18th Annual OCCSP Summer Scholar Institute
The Orange County Community Scholar Program (OCCSP) presents Prof. Deborah Dash Moore at the , 18th Annual Summer Scholar Institute, in memory of Murray Palitz. Prof. Moore, Frederick C. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, specializes in twentieth century American Jewish history. She is the author of a trilogy. Her first book, At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (1981), explores how the children of immigrants created an ethnic world that blended elements of Jewish and American culture into a vibrant urban society. In GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (2004), she charts the lives of fifteen young Jewish men as they faced military service and tried to make sense of its demands, simultaneously wrestling with what it meant to be an American and a Jew. To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L. A. (1994) follows those Jews who chose to move to new homes after World War II and examines the type of communities and politics that flourished in these rapidly growing centers.
The program is a trilogy too:
Monday June 3, 12:15 PM: City of Promises: A History of New York Jews, brown bag lunch at the Las Lomas Community Center, 10 Federation Way, Irvine
Monday June 3, 2019, 7:15 PM: GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation, at the Las Lomas Community Center, 10 Federation Way, Irvine
Tuesday June 4, 2019, 12:15 PM: Jewish Identity Politics, brown bag lunch at the Las Lomas Community Center, 10 Federation Way, Irvine
Saturday, June 8
Shavuot begins on Saturday night, June 8, and continues through Monday night, June 10. At the Community Yom Tov meal, June 8 at night, the Beth Jacob Daf Yomi group will be making a Siyum on the conclusion of Shas, the entire Babylonian Talmud, all 2,711 double sided folios. It took more than 9 years to complete. That will be followed by Shavuot All Night Learning, in which people will be studying the Mishna in Avot, Chapter 6 Mishna 6, which lists the 48 qualities or ways through which Torah is acquired. Individuals can sign up for one (or more) of these 48 Ways and prepare a 5-minute explanation of that quality. It will be an interactive, stimulating and meaningful experience.
For more information, contact Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine at (949) 786-5230.
Saturday, June 8
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Congregation B’nai Israel will begin with Erev Shavuot Services and then have Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an evening of preparation for the receiving of Torah. The evening study sessions (from 9 PM to midnight) will be presented by congregants in an 18-minute Ted-Talk-format.
Speakers are Dr. Shira Klein, history professor at Chapman University: “Things You Wish You Knew about the Jews of Italy”; Rabbi Bob Kirzner, former congregational rabbi and current instructor at Tarbut v’Torah: “From Beginnings to Retirement: How One Rabbi Led a Life of Commitment, Service, and Transformation”; Dr. Fred Reiss, retired teacher and author: “Is the Jewish Calendar Wrong?”; Rochelle Ambersound, retired social worker: Poetry readings, “The Tallitot of Auschwitz,” “Kaddish for a Daughter,” “The Black Hats’ Women,” and “My Sister”; Dalia Taft, archivist of the Orange County Jewish Historical Society and author of “Jewish Pioneers of Orange County: The Jewish Community of Orange County, California from the 1850s – 1970s.”: “How Do I Put Together My Family Tree?”; Rabbi Shalom Podwol, former pulpit rabbi: “Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Voice Still Speaks”; Dr. Ahuva Ho, author and scholar about Sephardi Jews: “Alfonso de Zamora – a Crypto-Jew”; Amy Katz, musician and cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion: “Songs for Our Wedding Night” – Five Melodies As We Prepare to Meet our Beloved”; and Rabbi Elie Spitz, rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel: “Moses’ Private Revelation: A Reading from the Zohar.”
Sunday, June 9
A Shavuot Morning of Learning, Food and Community
Temple Beth Sholom offers services, a speaker, brunch and a study session for Shavuot morning. At 9:15 AM, there will be Yizkor for Shavuot in the chapel. At 10 AM Temple Beth Sholom Brotherhood Speaker Series presents Mark Filowitz Ph.D. , associate vice president, academic programs, at California State University Fullerton, on “Free Speech on University Campuses and Other Issues on University Campuses Today,” followed by a diary brunch. At noon there will be Shavuot Study with Rabbi Heidi Cohen: “Our Journey as Jews: How Some of Us Got Here and How to Ask Directions for Where to Go Next.”
RSVP to Temple Beth Sholom at (714) 628-4600.
Sunday, June 9
Journey to Freedom: A Tribute to Bernard Gilmore
The world premiere of Bernard Gilmore’s oratorio, “Journey to Freedom,” a powerful contemporary setting of the Exodus, will be held at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. This work contemplates humankind’s eternal search for freedom, the unforeseen hardships of liberty and the universal message of redemption.
“Journey to Freedom: A Tribute to Bernard Gilmore” will be played by the UCI Symphony Orchestra and University of Kansas Symphonic Chorus, with Dr. Stephen Tucker and Dr. Paul Tucker, conductors. There will be performances by world-class soloists baritone José Rubio, soprano Awet Andemicael, and tenor Genaro Méndez. Also featured is Forrest Pierce’s “Mirror Cantata” with soprano soloist Sarah Tannehill Anderson.
Tickets are available at Soka University Box Office at (949) 480-4278 or online at www.performingarts.soka.edu.
Wednesday, June 12
Cooking for Comfort
Cooking for Comfort is a fun way to get together with a group of Congregation B’nai Israel members is to assemble ready-to-cook kosher meals to have on hand when needed. The meals are used are for congregants during an illness, after the birth of a baby, for the elderly and many other ways that a warm home cooked meal can lift the spirits.
There are many ways to get involved: cook on Wednesday, June 12, at 5:30 PM, deliver a meal occasionally to a fellow congregant or call the CBI office to let the congregation know when a member is in need of a meal, and a member of the Comfort Committee will deliver it.
Wednesday, June 19
Mitzvah Mavens: The Sack Pack
Pack sack lunches to be delivered to the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. Following the event, Mitzvah Mavens will have a social lunch at a location TBD. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen provides a daily nutritious meal to homeless, working poor families, senior citizens, the unemployed or under-employed, those who are mentally or physically challenged and, most important, needy children. The packing will take place at the Karp Boardroom at the Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine.
Sunday, June 23
Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine Comedy Night
Get lots of good laughs at this comedy night with headliner Brad Upton and opening act Francisco Ramos. There will be appetizers, drinks, friends, and laughs. Early registration is $54; regular registration is $72. For more information, call the Beth Jacob office at (949) 786-5230.
Ride for the Living
The annual Ride for The Living takes place in Poland on Friday, June 28. Participants ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to the JCC Krakow. The Merage JCC’s 90-minute Satellite Ride for The Living will project video from the Polish route on the large screen in the Myers Theatre at the Merage JCC, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, while participants cycle on a stationary bike. The event is free, but donations are welcome and benefit the JCC Krakow. The event will begin at 10 AM with a welcome and tour of the Chase Family Memorial Holocaust Garden, the main event: a “ride” in the Myers Theatre at 11 and a reception with refreshments and giveaways at 12:30 PM.
Register to reserve a bike. The event is limited to 40 participants. For more information, contact Raychel Setless at (949) 435-3400 ext. 266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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