Synagogues and organizations kick off 5759’s new programs
By Ilene Schneider
Now that the High Holy Days are over, new programs are in full swing at Orange County congregations and organizations. From speakers to scouts, from performances to presentations, the community has something for everyone, mostly free or at nominal fees to attend.
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Special Shabbat Speaker
Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center since 2002 and a founding member of Women of the Wall, will speak at Shabbat services at Temple Beth Sholom on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. Hoffman’s topic, “If It Ain’t Broke – Break It,” is described as a chronology of Jewish social activism that will follow the great Jewish tradition of breaking the tablets: Jew by birth, rebel by choice. Hoffman served as a Jerusalem city councilwoman for 14 years, carving out a niche for herself as an untiring warrior for justice and equality. She has dedicated her adult life to the Jewish principle of tikkun olam, which means repairing the world. This commitment to social action and justice has formed her career. She served on the boards of the Israel Women’s Network, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and many other Israeli organizations for social change. To RSVP for this free event, contact Temple Beth Sholom, 2625 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705; (714) 628-4600; www.tbsoc.com.
Shout Out for the Scouts
Scout Troop 613 will be meeting on Sunday, October 7, at 10:45 a.m. at Beth Jacob Congregation, 3900 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612. According to Warren Morten, who created the group, “As a child I always wanted to be in the Scouts but couldn’t due to Shabbat and other observance issues. So, I have started a Scouts pack, that will be kosher and Shomer Shabbat. We are co-ed and affiliated with the Scouts, BSA and will be known as Scout Pack 613, and have just begun the fun.” Scout Pack 613 will be meeting on the first Sunday of each month at 10:45 a.m. at Beth Jacob in Irvine. For more information please e-mail Warren Morten @ Warren@MorFairLaw.com.
Beautiful Is Back
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is returning to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one week only, October 9 to 14, in Segerstrom Hall. From Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. According to promoters, “Along the way, she made more than beautiful music; she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.” In the role of Barry Mann, theater and TV actor Jacob Heimer appears as the legendary song writer, who was also Jewish and a close friend of Carole’s as a rising songwriter in New York. Tickets, which start at $26, are available online at www.SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the box office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
Feminists and Films
University Synagogue Women’s Connection will present San Diego State University Professor Lawrence Baron, who will speak on “American Jewish Women Film Directors: From Joan Micklin-Silver to Jill Soloway” on Wednesday, October 10, at 4 p.m. According to organizers, in the 1970s, several notable Jewish female directors emerged to bring both a Jewish and feminist perspective to their films. Several noted directors have pushed the boundaries in the depiction of Jewish women in film. The program, which is open to men and women from the broader community, will offer wine and appetizers. The cost is $18 for Women’s Connection members and $24 for non-members. For more information, contact University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612; (949) 553-3535; www.universitysynagogue.org.
Knowledge for College
What do you need to know to prepare your Jewish teen for college? Parents can find out at a free kickoff event for Knowledge for College on Sunday, October 14, at 6 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2111 Bryan Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782; (714) 730-9693. A dynamic panel of speakers will address the rewards and challenges Jewish students are facing today on college campuses. There will be representatives from Hillel, CAMERA on Campus and current Jewish college students who will share their stories and insights to educate, empower and prepare parents to help their teens for college. K4C, which is beginning its fourth year of programming, is made possible by the financial support of the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County and Congregation B’nai Israel. To RSVP and obtain more information, visit www.know4college.org.
Dealing with Dementia
An adult education program at University Synagogue is designed to help participants to take on the challenge of assisting people diagnosed with dementia. A virtual dementia tour, led by Silverado Professional Staff, will provide participants with an experiential simulation to help understand what their loved ones who have dementia might be experiencing. They will experience day to day living from the perspective of someone suffering with dementia. By the end of the tour, participants will know what dementia feels like, develop a better understanding of it and be able to integrate this experience into the day-to-day management of dementia and interaction with people who deal with this situation. The free program will be held on Wednesday, October 17. There are two sessions — Session 1: 4 to 6 p.m.; Session 2: 6 to 8 p.m., with a maximum of 30 people each. For details, contact University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612; (949) 553-3535; www.universitysynagogue.org.
Chabad Jewish Center of Mission Viejo will present “8th Day Unplugged” live in concert on Sunday, October 14 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the completion of its Phase 2 renovation. 8th Day, the Jewish rock group co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, has now released seven studio albums that get air play regularly on the radio, and have been top sellers on the World Music, Alternative Rock and Jewish Music charts. General seating by advance purchase is $20 adult, $15 child/teen, Cteen member, no charge; general seating at the door is $25 Adult, $20 child/teen. Other ticket options are $45 donor — includes preferred seating; $90 host — includes signed CD or T-shirt, recognition and preferred seating; and $500 event sponsor – includes signed CD and T-shirt, recognition and front row seating for four. For more information, contact Chabad Jewish Center of Mission Viejo, 24041 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692; (949) 770-1270; www.chabadofmv.com.
Water in the Well
On Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m., the Sisterhood Social Action committee of Temple Beth David will have a presentation by Water Underground, a small non-profit organization started by a young Temple Israel (Long Beach) member. This organization assists in building underwater wells with clean safe water in Mozambique. According to the event organizers, access to safe and reliable water is not a reality for many people. Access to reliable, clean water not only sustains life, but it is the key that opens the door to health, education, income, agriculture, empowerment and dignity. For more information, contact Temple Beth David, 6100 Hefley Street, Westminster, CA 92683; (714) 892-6623; www.templebethdavid.org.
Reception with a Rabbi
Jewish National Fund and Alexander Muss High School in Israel will hold a reception with Rabbi Leor Sinai on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. As Co-CEO of the Alexander Muss High School, Rabbi Leor Sinai is the driving force behind the only non-denominational, English language, semester abroad and academic experience in Israel for high school students. He builds lifelong bonds between youth and Israel by immersing them in — and enamoring them with — Israel’s history and culture. The event will be held at Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine, 3900 Michelson Dr., Irvine, California 92612. For more information, contact Lisa Grier, JNF director, Orange County, at email@example.com or (949) 260.0400 x986.
Time for Tea
BE Sisters, the sisterhood of Temple Beth El South Orange County will hold its annual membership tea on Sunday, October 28, at 2 p.m. Organizers call it a warm and welcoming afternoon and another way to meet more TBE women and learn a little more about what BE Sisters has planned for the coming year. Guest speaker will be Rabbi Heather Miller. This event is free to all BE Sisters members. A non-member charge of $18 can be used towards joining BE Sisters. For more information, contact Temple Beth El,
2A Liberty, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; (949) 362-3999 x 316; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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