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December 15, 2017 Edition
‘Village Movement’ Allows Elderly to Age in Their Homes
Did you catch “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio (NPR) this past Tuesday? Ina Jaffe, NPR correspondent who reports on aging, has created a three part series on the Village movement. You can listen to the first piece and read the transcript here .

Be sure to visit https://www.npr.org/sections/aging/ to hear/read the rest of the series!
Our Members Reflect on Hanukkah
From as far back as I can remember, Chanukah was the winter holiday that brought our whole family together. There were nights filled with candle lighting and dreidel playing with our aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. A dairy meal and latkes were the foods of the day. Today, Terry and I continue the tradition with our own children, grandchild, our siblings and our extended family. The candles on our old and new Menorahs all sparkle with light. We enjoy the latkes and the traditional food, and we value the love that brings us together. We feel grateful that we are close enough in distance and heart to continue this tradition. - Andrea Pullan
I found myself tiring of Chanukah as my daughters were entering high school. Although they always looked forward to lighting candles and opening a gift each night, I needed something to make the night more fun. A dear friend told me of a family tradition of hiding gifts and writing little verses giving clues where the gifts were hidden. So every day when the girls left for school, I would hide the gift and write the poem. The girls loved it and often said they enjoyed the poems and the guessing more than the gifts. To this day, they still talk about it. I have no doubt they will continue the tradition when their children are older. - Rosalie Roder
Back when my daughter was little, we use to do a big family Chanukah party. We only brought “real” presents for the younger children, but we did have a grab-bag gift exchange for the adults Everyone brought a wrapped present (with an upper price limit of $5.00), and then each person got to pick a gift. There was always the usual array of chocolates and hand lotion and lottery tickets, but one memorable year, 85 year-old Auntie Rae wrapped up a can of red salmon for the grab bag. And Auntie Rae on her turn picked a beautifully wrapped little gift that contained a box of condoms! - Barbara Marom-Pollack
Singing Chanukah songs with the HaSharim Singing Group is what Ben and I love most about Chanukah. Some songs are joyful and others are funny! Our participation in the singing makes Chanukah meaningful and fun. - Bobbie and Ben Allen  
Contributions to our Builders Fund help us put on many of our wonderful programs and events. It is not too late for you to become a Builder too.
ChaiVillageLA thanks the many members who have gone above and beyond by contributing to the ChaiVillageLA Builders Fund with a contribution of at least $180.
Jean & Jay Abarbanel
Lucienne & Jerry Aroesty
Irene Baril
Lorna & Michael Belman
Sue & Barry Brucker
Renee Cronenwalt
Iris & Gordon Cutler
Bella Desser
Sylvia Fox
Rabbi Laura Geller & Richard Siegel
Kim & Victor Gold
Myrna & Bill Hant
Janet & Farrell Hirsch
Ellen Isaacs & Lary Rappaport
Barbara & Dale Joyner
Sally Karbelnig
Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles & Scott Miles
Susan & Rabbi Joel Levine
Eileen Lewis
Andrea & Terry Pullan
Susan & David Rosenblum
Phyllis Shlecter
Sandra Sternig-Babcock & Ralph Allen
Hope Stevens & Peter Siegel
Diane Vanette & Sander Schwartz
Madeline & Ken Wolf
Marcie & Howard Zelikow
Our December calendar is full of exciting village events!

  • New Member Potluck Brunch - Sunday, Dec. 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Walk with the Rabbi – Tuesday, Dec. 19, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Belly Dancing - Thursday, Dec. 21, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
  • 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, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Author’s Night with Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles - Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Strive Classes: Strive Not to Gossip with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron - Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:00 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

*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 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 Ben Pomerantz , MSW, We’ll answer these questions and more as well as learn simple, effective ways to supplant self-criticism with self-kindness. 
iEngage - Part 1 of 5
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location TBD
iEngage creates a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life; it is a unique and compelling series created by the world-renowned Hartman Institute of Jerusalem. Following each lecture or guest speaker, there will be ample time for 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.
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.
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.
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.
Israel Series: The Collapse of the Kotel Agreement
with Special Guest Rabbi Uri Regev

Jay Abarbanel, Rabbi Uri Regev, Jean Abarbanel
Rabbi Uri Regev and Trisha Roth
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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