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December 8, 2017 Edition
Israel Series: The Collapse of the Kotel Agreement
with Special Guest, Rabbi Uri Regev
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Home of Adrienne and Stefan Dahlerbruch
Recreation Room
200 N Swall, Beverly Hills, CA
ChaiVillageLA is honored to welcome Rabbi Uri Regev, President of Hiddush - For Freedom of Religion and Equality in Israel. During this session, Rabbi Regev, a lifelong resident of Israel, will explore the strategy that American Judaism and the Reform Movement should employ in the face of the collapse of the Kotel Agreement.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear one of Israel's leading authorities on religious pluralism.
ChaiVillageLA members, Adrienne and Stefan Dahlerbruch, have generously offered to host this program in their home. Future sessions will be on the second Sunday of each month through June with the exception of May. Each session will feature a recorded session with Rabbi Donniel Hartman of the Shalom Hartman Institute or a live speaker.
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
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.
Thank you!
Our December calendar is full of exciting village events!

  • Screening of An Inconvenient Sequel - Saturday, Dec. 9, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Israel Series - Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Walk with the Rabbi – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Understanding the World’s News - Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
  • Wisdom Circle - Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Belly Dancing - Thursday, Dec. 14, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
  • New Member Potluck Brunch - Sunday, Dec. 17, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Matter of Balance Class (1 of 8) - Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
  • A Short Course in Self-Kindness (1 of 3) - Thursday, 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
  • A Taste of Mussar (1 of 4) - Thursday, Feb. 1, 10:30 AM - 12:00 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.

New Member Potluck Dinner - Saturday, Dec. 16 has been *Postponed*
Screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Temple Isaiah - Social Hall
10345 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
Join Temple Isaiah's Green Team for a screening of widely acclaimed movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power , a 2017 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk about former United States Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change.
Understanding the World’s News
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 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.
Wisdom Circle with Cantor Lizzie Weiss
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 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 Early Childhood Center pre-school students will sing a Hanukkah song (or two) for us, and then Cantor Lizzie Weiss will share the history and melodies of Hanukkah music with us.

To RSVP, please contact Lynn Franklin at Lynn@tebh.org. 
Belly Dancing with LA Dance Academy
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Temple Isaiah - Social Hall
10345 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
Join Temple Isaiah members as we learn the ancient skill of Belly Dancing. No experience necessary! This 11-week series of classes will be held on Thursdays and is open to ages 30 and up. $5 fee per class, payable at the door.
New Member Potluck Brunch
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location will be provided later
At ChaiVillageLA, we love to welcome our new members into the community with food! If you are a new member or haven’t been to a New Member Potluck yet, consider attending ONE of these two meals. These intimate gatherings are hosted at a ChaiVillageLA member’s home and feature delicious food and lively conversation with other new friends. Prepare a dish to share and meet members from both temples!
To RSVP, please contact New Member Potluck Coordinator, Esther Krisman, at
(310) 478-3668 or estherkw4@gmail.com to sign up. No need to register online. 
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!

Sponsored by:
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, 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.
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.
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Temple Emanuel’s Arts in Action Day
by Devorah Servi
What do 100 Religious School students, 21 middle school madrichim (teaching assistants), 7 teachers, a film crew from USC's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and 8 articulate members of ChaiVillageLA have in common?  

We shared stories, artwork and the transmission of life lessons with one another last Sunday. Rabbi Jonathan Aaron kicked off the day in an adult study session by asking, “Do you feel that you have a responsibility to pass on something to the next generation? Meanwhile, in the Religious School classrooms, students watched the video interviews of village members and rendered the lessons they learned through oil pastel drawings. During the break, the film crew and teachers transformed the tefillah room into an art gallery. Students clustered together around the village member whose video they had watched, talked about their artwork and shared life experiences. Before everyone left, students wrote questions they would like to ask their parents and grandparents, while village members reflected their commitment to share more stories with their own family members. There is so much more to say but it is better left for you to ask our participants stories about the day!
Lucienne and Jerry Aroesty
Rabbi Jonathan Aaron
Barry Korn
Michael Hirschfeld
Martha Sklar with her new friend!
Steve Fox
Helene Korn, Dr. George Shannon and Project Coordinator, Bella Desser
Trisha Roth
Gen2Gen Conference
by Barbara Meltzer
Rabbi Laura Geller, Janet Noah and I attended the recent Generation to Generation Conference titled “Bridging Generations to Improve Lives.” Powered by Encore.org , the Gen2Gen campaign “seeks new ways to bring more people over 50 into the lives of young people who need champions.” “It was very exciting to see how much work has already been done by this organization and to think about how to incorporate some of these new ideas in ChaiVillageLA," said Rabbi Geller. 

Encore Founder Marc Freedman gave the keynote address during which he expressed the importance and benefits of engaging older adults with young people, calling it a “win-win.“ “The value provided to both generations has been proven,” said Janet. “I have seen the joy that occurs during the Playworks sessions and I’m eager to move forward with that effort.” 

The Gen to Gen campaign’s goal is to get one million adult volunteers over 50 nationwide to help children thrive. Everyone was encouraged to communicate the importance of this effort and workshops were held to educate participants in how to assist in meeting the goal. One speaker said, “Every child needs one adult who is irrationally crazy about them.” We all laughed, but it is certainly something that would be wonderful to think about and hope for.
Barbara Meltzer, Janet Noah, Encore.org CEO Marc Freedman, Rabbi Laura Geller
Janet Noah, Corita Brown, Rabbi Laura Geller, Barbara Meltzer
Rabbi Laura Geller with Corita Brown, Leadership and Learning Director for Encore.org’s Generation to Generation Campaign
We are Deeply Saddened by the Loss of…

Benjamin Levy Pick, father of Jessica Pick Dabney.

Condolences may be sent to Jessica Dabney at 6520 Maryland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

All of us at ChaiVillageLA join in offering our most sincere condolences to the Pick/Dabney family.

Zecher tzadik livracha - May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing and may their memory continue to bless us all.
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