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December 22, 2017 Edition
Film Screening of Enemies, A Love Story
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Temple Emanuel - Weinberg Auditorium
8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Movie Night is Back! Please join us for a screening of Enemies, A Love Story . The film is based on an Isaac Bashevis Singer story and is directed by Paul Mazursky. The cast includes Ron Silver, Anjelica Huston and Lena Olin.

Refreshments will be served from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The movie will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

Start the New Year with the Tush Push and the Boot Scoot Boogie!
Great news for those of you with an interest in Line Dancing. You know, those Country Western dances that include the Tush Push, Boot Scoot Boogie, Electric Slide and Honky Tonk Attitude, and many more.

We have found a Line Dancing instructor who not only teaches the dances, but has also created many of them.

Before we go further, we need to know how many members would be interested in an ongoing Line Dancing class. It could be weekly, semi-weekly or monthly. The cost of each class would be determined by the number of members and the frequency of the lessons.
The dance space is waiting for us at Temple Emanuel! Please contact me soon so that we can take next steps.

Barbara Meltzer , Coordinator
Line Dancing Interest Group
(323) 964-9555
ChaiVillageLA Wise Aging 4-Part Series
Are you willing to explore living with joy, resilience and spirit by doing mindfulness and spiritual practices such as meditation, journaling, movement and blessings from Judaism and other traditions?

Are you looking for an intimate discussion group to explore important aging topics?

ChaiVillageLA Director, Devorah Servi, will facilitate a class starting in February or March for ChaiVillageLA members. Space is limited .

If you are interested and want to be considered for the group, please email her (at devorah@ChaiVillageLA.org) with your preferred times (Sundays or weekdays; morning, afternoon or evening) to meet. We will be using Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal’s book as our guidebook.

Join the LA Jewish Film Festival for the LA Premiere of
Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
Monday, December 25, 2017, 12:00 PM
Laemmle Town Center
17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino
Want something fun to do on Christmas Day? Come to the movies with ChaiVillageLA! 

Marge Chirchick offered to set aside some seats together for village members. If you are interested, you must email her at margechirchick@gmail.com or text her at (310) 927-1049 by Sunday at noon. You must buy your own ticket in advance.

From director Larry Weinstein ( Inside Hana's Suitcase), this is an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture's mainstream - a generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world, and for at least one day a year, make us believe in it.

Q&A with special guest speaker Michael Schlesinger, classic film and music expert. Michael is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony.
Our winter months are full of exciting village events!

  • Walk with the Rabbi – Tuesday, Dec. 26, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Belly Dancing - Thursday, Dec. 28, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
  • Film Screening - Wednesday, Jan. 3, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
  • Understanding the World’s News - Tuesday, Jan. 9, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
  • Matter of Balance Class (1 of 8) - Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Wisdom Circle - Wednesday, Jan. 10, 10:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • A Short Course in Self-Kindness (1 of 3) - Thurs., Jan. 11, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
  • iEngage (1 of 5) - Sunday, Jan. 14, 4:30 - 6:15 PM
  • Author’s Night with Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles - Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • World Shmooze - Sunday, Jan. 21, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Strive Classes: Strive Not to Gossip with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron - Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:00 PM
  • USC’s Age-Friendly LA GeoDesign Finale - Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 6:00 PM
  • A Taste of Mussar (1 of 4) - Thursday, Feb. 1, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Stars of David Musical with Cantors Coyot and Weiss - Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 PM
  • Author’s Night with Maggie Anton - Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

*January Spine Tingles Book Group Meeting has been RESCHEDULED*
The book originally scheduled, The Extra , will be discussed at the following month's meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.
Understanding the World’s News
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Temple Isaiah - Library
10345 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
This discussion group focuses on the news of the week. Participants share articles and opinions that pertain to what's happening both in the United States and internationally, and particularly to introduce diverse views.
Matter of Balance Class - Part 1 of 8
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Temple Emanuel - Belle Chapel
330 N Clark Dr., Beverly Hills
Get past your fear of falling and enjoy life again! If you're not living life to the fullest because you're afraid of falling, then this award-winning workshop is for you! After 8 weeks of two-hour classes, you'll be active again, with more strength and confidence.

Additional classes will be held on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 20, 27. Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up soon or call Devorah at (310) 592-0321.

Sponsored by:
Wisdom Circle with with Dr. Neil Weinstock Netanel
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Temple Emanuel - Belle Chapel
300 N Clark Dr., Beverly Hills
The Wisdom Circle is a monthly intellectual and social get-together for mature adults. We are pleased to announce that our speaker will be Dr. Neil Weinstock Netanel, UCLA law professor, author of From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print . As many of you know, Neil is the son of Barbara Weinstock, one of our Wisdom Circle co-chairs.

To RSVP, please contact Lynn Franklin at Lynn@tebh.org. 
A Short Course in Self-Kindness - Part 1 of 3
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Temple Emanuel - Beyt Midrash
8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Have you ever really listened to how you speak to yourself? Ever wonder what would happen if you spoke to others the same way? In this short course, taught by village member Ben Pomerantz, MSW, We’ll answer these questions and more as well as learn simple, effective ways to supplant self-criticism with self-kindness. The other sessions will be on 1/18 and 1/25.
iEngage - Part 1 of 5
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 4:30 - 6:15 PM
Watermark of Beverly Hills (pending confirmation)
220 N Clark Dr
Multipurpose Room
The Shalom Hartman Institute iEngage Series Presents
Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Video Lecture Series, featuring Rabbi Donniel Hartman, explores one of the most divisive issues affecting the Jewish people today. This program, entitled Compromise , examines the ways in which our tradition views the idea of compromise, its relationship toward justice, the way it interacts with self-preservation, and how it shapes political and moral perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Described by critics as a thinker whose thoughts, observations, and analysis of Israeli society are radical and refreshing, Rabbi Donniel Hartman’s observations are especially relevant to the current debate on the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Following the video lecture, Rabbi Joel Levine will moderate a lively discussion.
Author’s Night with Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location TBA
Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles has served the Temple Isaiah congregation since 2000. She is the author of multiple novels including, Drawing in the Dust and The Scroll of Anatiya , which were published by Simon and Schuster. Rabbi Klein Miles gives numerous presentations and is a keynote speaker as well as panel participant at various assemblies all over the country.
World Shmooze
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Temple Emanuel - Greer Social Hall
300 N Clark Dr., Beverly Hills
For those of you politics and news junkies, a new monthly discussion group will be starting. By executive fiat, the last 15 minutes will be devoted to optimistic news, whether there is any or not. The sessions will be led by village member Marnie Glass. This is open to all Temple Emanuel congregants, so bring your friends!

If you have any questions, please contact Marnie at (310) 409-3405.
Strive Classes: Strive Not to Gossip with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 PM
Temple Emanuel - Davidson Sheffer Hall
8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
When is it permissible to speak about someone who isn't there? When is it forbidden to spread information about another person - whether it is true or not? Incorporating the teachings of the Chafetz Chaim ( the Jewish "Bible" about gossip), Rabbi Aaron will explore the subtleties of what is considered in Jewish tradition to be one of the most dangerous of human behaviors, "Lashon Hara" (the evil tongue).

Additional dates are: Tuesday, January 30 & Tuesday, February 6.
USC’s Age-Friendly LA GeoDesign Finale
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 PM
University of Southern California
Exact location TBD
Back in late September, Lorna Belman, Kelsey Fong, Ellen Isaacs, Devorah Servi and Martha Sklar of ChaiVillageLA participated in a one-day Geodesign Charrette at USC that involved graduate students from four USC masters programs in: Gerontology, Public Health, Public Policy, and Spatial Sciences (GIS mapping).

This final event is open to anyone and is aimed towards educating the public about redesigning LA to be more age-friendly. Please check the registrants list for carpooling.
A Taste of Mussar - Part 1 of 4
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Temple Emanuel - Conference Room
8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills

Mussar is a Jewish spiritual tradition and practice that helps us look at our lives in terms of the inner world of the soul. The ultimate goal of Mussar is to help each of us become a more whole, deeply good and decent human being.

The fee for the course materials is $36 which covers all four sessions. Please bring your check to the first meeting (February 1st), payable to the Mussar Institute. Additional sessions will take place on February 8, 15, and 22.

If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Pastor at bonniepastor@gmail.com.
This ChaiVillageLA sponsored class is open to Temple Emanuel congregants. Congregants may register by contacting Devorah Servi at (310) 592-0321.
Stars of David Musical with Cantor Tifani Coyot and Cantor Lizzie Weiss
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:30 PM
Temple Isaiah - Sanctuary
10345 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
This new musical adaptation is based on the best-selling book by Abigail Pogrebin and celebrates the identity of some of the most well-known Jewish personalities, including: Leonard Nimoy, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, Fran Drescher, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tony Kushner, Aaron Sorkin, and Gloria Steinem with songs by some of Broadway’s best composers including: Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick, Tom Kitt, Duncan Sheik, and many more!

This musical mixes comic, rueful and ruminative songs about how Jewish celebrities approach Judaism.

Tickets will be available online at www.templeisaiah.com . $25 for advance tickets and $30 at the door.
Author’s Night with Maggie Anton
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location TBA
Maggie Anton is a Talmud scholar and award-winning author of the historical fiction trilogy Rashi's Daughters and new series Rav Hisda's Daughter. Her latest novel, Enchantress, focuses on the rabbis and sorceresses who populate the Talmud and the surprising importance of Jewish magic in 4th-century Babylonia.
New Member Potluck Brunch
Thank you to Ellen Isaacs for hosting this wonderful brunch! 
Irene Baril, Marge Chirchick, Ruth Abney, Nadine Duke, Debbie Frimmer, Ellen Isaacs

Ruth Abney and Irene Baril
Big Thanks to Kelsey...
As 2017 ends, we are also saying goodbye and thank you to Kelsey for her many contributions to ChaiVillageLA. Kelsey worked closely with Lorna Belman and Allen Kwawer weekly to create our beautiful newsletters. She also helped with background checks, program promotions, keeping our database updated and so much more.
We wish Kelsey well as she begins a para-legal training program in 2018 and hope to remain in touch.
Refuah Shleimah -
a Full and Complete Healing:

Paul Altura
Gloria Boraz
Marge Chirchick
Pearl Councelbaum
Esther Elfenbaum
Sylvia Fox
Carol Hartmann
Marcia Oshman
Sylvia Price
Diane Ring
Sandi Sternig-Babcock
Madeline Wolf
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
In Collaboration With ...
ChaiVillageLA is a proud recipient of a Cutting Edge Grant from 
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
   and Our Sponsors
Angell Foundation
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries Foundation
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
Sylvia Price