Zooming as Usual
Jewish organizations wrap up year
By Ilene Schneider
The last month of 2020 will continue with an assortment of remote programs for the Jewish community, from lectures to concerts to a portable pancake breakfast. We wish you a happy Chanukah with real candles and real promise of a way to celebrate in person in the coming year.
Bashert Hadassah will have a Zoom meeting on December 1 for a discussion of the movie-SHALOM BOLLYWOOD and the Jews of India. The Jews of India have a very old and rich culture, which will be interesting to learn about, and the Jewish women of Bollywood are amazing! This movie is being shown on Amazon, so if you order items on Amazon prime, you should have access for free, to Amazon movies. The organization is asking for an $18 donation to go toward our $10,000 commitment to the 360 degree of healing project. Anyone who wants to participate, Hadassah members or friends of Hadassah members, are welcome. Please send a check for $18 to Audrey Tomovich (26111 Avenida Deseo, Mission Viejo, California 92691). Please include your email address, with the check, so Audrey can provide you with the Zoom link.
Merage Jewish Community Center
Professor Don Schwartz presents “U.S. Constitution: What the Framers Got Right and Wrong” on Wednesdays, December 2-23, at 1:30 PM. Join an online presentation of this timely topic. Register here: https://www.jccoc.org/events/2020/12/02/primetime-lifelong-learning/the-u-s.-constitution-what-the-framers-got-right-and-wrong-presented-by-professor-don-schwartz-online/.
Jewish Collaborative of Orange County
Join JCoOC on Saturday, December 5 at 5 PM for a staged reading of Hard Love, a new play by Israeli writer, Motti Lerner. Click here (https://jewishcollaborativeoc.org/2019/12/05/bimah-presents-hard-love/) for details about the performance. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Please register here: https://jewishcollaborativeoc.shulcloud.com/form/BIMAH. The performance is presented in partnership with ARTWOW / Bare Bones Theater.
Join ATID Hadassah for a virtual evening of celebration, inspiration and music at this year’s virtual Latkes & Vodka event on Sunday, December 6, at 4 PM. Proceeds benefit Hadassah’s 360° of Healing, The Full Circle Campaign – a campaign to renovate and expand the iconic Hadassah Hospital Round Building in Ein Kerem to help keep Israel at the forefront of medicine and to secure Hadassah’s legacy of healing for the next 100 years. Please register online for this not-to-be-missed event: www.hadassah.org/events/2020latkesvodka. The event is open to everyone – women, men, family and friends. All are welcome to participate.
Museum of Tolerance
In conjunction with the Merage Jewish Community Center’s News & Views, the Museum of Tolerance presents “Digital Terrorism & Hate.” Learn how to protect yourself and your family on Monday, December 7 at 10 AM. The FREE Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/956751980?pwd=WW54WGVVQkdrVnZHR0lUdWlsQU0xQT09.
Community Scholar Program
CSP’s award-winning writer program will featureng Esther D. Kustanowitz, live from Los Angeles in “TVGoneJewy: TV’s Jewish Renaissance” on Thursday, December 10, at 12:30 PM. Today’s Jewish writers are reclaiming and reshaping Jewish identity on-screen, and audiences are reacting to the increased Jewish representation with enthusiasm and worry, alternating between celebration and condemnation. So, what do we look for in Jewish representation on TV? We’ll look at clips from TV shows (and maybe a movie or two) and talk about how Jewish identity is currently being portrayed on TV and in the world. Esther D. Kustanowitz is an award-winning writer, editor, consultant and speaker.
Congregation B’nai Israel/ Community Scholar Program
On Friday, December 11, at 12:30 PM, the Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP) presents “Playlist Chanukah: A Journey into the Musical Imagination of Yale Strom,” a candle lighting and a Hanukkah concert with the 6-piece Klezmer band Hot Pstromi. Yale Strom of the Klezmer group Hot Pstromi talks about his music and his Hanukkah playlist for the Sunday concert at CBI. Click here to register: https://mailchi.mp/25e33544441c/csp-zoom-programs-week-of-april-5-4555400?utm_source=Congregation+B%27nai+Israel+-+Email+News+%26+Events&utm_campaign=f7437aab15-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_25_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a3d29b9892-f7437aab15-41610713.
Congregation B’nai Israel/ Community Scholar Program
Join CBI for a Hanukkah Celebration with the 6-piece Klezmer Band Hot Pstromi on YouTube for Hanukkah songs, Candle Lighting and a Klezmer Concert on Sunday, December 13, at 6:30 PM. Offering a fusion of traditional Klezmer, Gypsy, Chassidic, world beat, Balkan and new Jewish music, with generous jaw-dropping roller coasters of improvisational breaks, Hot Pstromi is a unique klezmer/Roma ensemble featuring Elizabeth Schwartz on vocals, David Licht on percussion, Norbert Stachel on reeds, Peter Stan on accordion, Sprocket on contrabass, and Yale Strom on violin. There is no cost to attend, plus, the first 200 CBI and CSP members to RSVP can pick up a Hanukkah Gift Bag at CBI!
This program, which is co-sponsored by the Orange County Community Scholar Program, is partially funded by a grant from the Albert and Rhoda Weissman Arts Endowment Fund, a joint program of the Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County. Click here for more information and to sign up: https://cbi18.ejoinme.org/Hanukkah2020?utm_source=Congregation+B%27nai+Israel+-+Email+News+%26+Events&utm_campaign=f7437aab15-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_25_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a3d29b9892-f7437aab15-41610713.
Temple Beth Sholom
TBS Brotherhood will present its Annual Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday, December 25, from 9 to 11 AM with “all the tradition … Covid 19 protocols in place.” There will be blueberry, chocolate chip and plain pancakes, turkey sausages, fruit and chocolate chip cookies. There also will be raffle prizes, including event tickets, food and merchandise. The grand prize is a 50-inch Samsung Smart TV. Breakfast orders and raffle tickets can be purchased through Shulcloud by December 20; there will be no purchases or payment at the door. Breakfasts are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for children under 12; raffle tickets: are $18 for a book of 10 or $2 each. Pick up breakfasts at the TBS Kitchen between 9 and 11 am. The raffle will be conducted on Zoom, Friday, December 25, at 11 AM.