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May 12, 2017 Edition

There will be two events this spring that are specially designed to let temple members who are not yet members of ChaiVillageLA experience the warmth and energy of our amazing community. The first is The Great ChaiVillageLA Shake-Out and the second is our 1st Anniversary Celebration.   

Come shake up your Sunday afternoon by joining fellow Village members (and friends!) for the Great ChaiVillageLA Shake-Out! We’re very excited to welcome the Community Emergency Response Team to teach us about how to be safe before, during, and after an earthquake. And, of course, this isn’t just about your safety, so bring your temple friends, so we can learn how to be safe together.  

We can’t wait to see you and people who would like to learn more about ChaiVillageLA for the Great ChaiVillageLA Shake-Out on Sunday, May 21 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at the Temple Isaiah Social Hall! 

*** Note that the location has changed from originally being at Temple Emanuel.***

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Upcoming Events

 ●     UCLA Memory Training: 1st of 4-Week Series - Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

 ●     Paul Simon: Words and Music at the Skirball - Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 ●     Journaling: Getting Rid of Clutter and Reaching Your Goals: 1st of 3-Week Series - Thursday, June 1, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

 ●     First Annual Chicken Soup Cook-Off - Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 *** Special Save-the-Date ***

 ●     ChaiVillageLA’s Anniversary Celebration - Sunday, June 25, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Great ChaiVillageLA Shake-Out
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
Temple Isaiah - Social Hall (***new location***)
Click here to register!
Be prepared! This ChaiVillageLA event is both social AND informative, and a great way to introduce your friends to the ChaiVillageLA community 

Come learn how to prepare for; and what to do during and after, an earthquake. Our presenters will teach us how to minimize injuries and damages, how to handle potential dangers due to utilities, where to go after an earthquake, and how to choose a meet-up location with friends and family by planning specific strategies for children and the elderly

How close is your nearest ChaiVillageLA neighbor? Map it! Find out by pinning your location on the ChaiVillageLA neighbor map and you will always know how close your friends live! 

Presented by CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member Valerie Fontain and Chin Thammasaengsri, CERT Battalion Coordinator. 

Abby Stein: A Transgender Woman’s Journey
Out of the Hasidic World

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This is the last session of Rabbi Bassin’s Jewish Women’s History class
Temple Emanuel - Belle Chapel
Click here to register!
ChaiVillageLA has explored the identities, challenges, and feats of Jewish women over the past 3000 years. At this session, we will meet in person with a contemporary trailblazer. Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist. 

She was born and raised in a Hasidic family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is a descendent of Rabbi Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism. In that world Abby attended Yeshiva, and became a rabbi in 2011. She left the Hasidic world the following year, and came out as a trans-woman in 2015. Since then, Abby has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy. 

Her story has been covered in publications such as the New York Times, New York Post, WSJ, New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, The Daily Dot, Haaretz, and Refinery29. She also appeared on NBC, Fox News, CNN, Huffington Post Live, ShowTime, and more. In 2016 Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of their "36 Under 36" emerging Jewish leaders. She is currently studying gender studies and political science at Columbia University. 

BYO Lunch -- dessert will be provided.   

UCLA Memory Training Class, Session 1 of 4
Sponsored by Partners in Care Foundation
Thursday, May 25, 2017,10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Temple Emanuel - Belle Chapel
Click here to register!
Partners in Care Foundation offers evidence-based classes throughout LA County. In collaboration with ChaiVillageLA, they are offering a 2-hour Memory Training workshop once a week for four weeks. 

For people with age-related memory concerns, this creative educational program will teach new skills in a low-stress and fun class. In small groups, participants will engage in quizzes and exercises, and will learn memory improvement techniques through a combination of presentation and group discussions.

The other three sessions will take place from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM on
:●        Thursday, June 1
 ●        Thursday, June 8
 ●        Thursday, June 15

Please be sure you can attend all four classes before registering. Be sure to register for each session separately. 
Paul Simon: Words & Music at The Skirball
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Skirball Center Drive - 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles
Click here  to register!

Join your fellow Villagers at the Skirball Cultural Center for a visit to the museum to see the Paul Simon exhibit. The event will take place Thursday, May 25 at 12:00 PM. We shall gather in the lobby. A Skirball docent, Sue Pollack, will lead us through the exhibit. If enough people wish, we can meet for lunch after the tour (place to be selected later).  

Parking is free, but you are responsible for a tour fee of $9 and admission to the museum. (Dean Schenker has already prepaid for the tour, so please pay him back at the event)

Questions? Payment details? Call Dean Schenker at (310) 839-0622.

Journaling: Getting Rid of Clutter and Reaching your Goals
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location to be sent upon event registration
Click here to register!
This 3-session Journaling class will be presented by Marsha Rosenberg who offers the following: 

Journaling is a powerful tool that is SOOOOO easy to do. And you don’t have to be a writer to do it. All you must do is capture your thoughts in the moment. Learn what journaling is, how to do it, and the many benefits it reaps. This will be a 3-part series with time each week devoted to an element of journaling, time sharing your own process, and time doing your own journaling.  

Everyone is welcome. This is an excellent refresher for those that have started and stopped. Bring your favorite pen or pencil and paper, or laptop or iPad -- whatever works for you. The 3 dates are June 1st, 15th, and 29th. 

There will be an 8-person maximum enrollment in this class, so first come, first served!

Understanding the World’s News
By Terry Pullan 

We had a lively and interesting discussion about the Health Care Act and the recent vote taken by Congress to replace Obamacare. Some of the issues that we discussed were what the government should and should not provide in Health Care. We asked, "to what extent is the government responsible for providing care to every American?” We also discussed the high cost of end of life care and the huge burden that it places on the government. As always, Myrna had done her research and brought articles which she quoted from, as well as recommendations for important books to read like "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood, and television shows like "13 Reasons Why.” I learn something new from every class I attend.

Stories from My Life
By Paulette Benson 

The first session in Roberta Gillerman's class, "Stories from My Life" was surprisingly interesting because of the approach that Roberta took. She gave us an exercise in which she asked us to write something that we remember from our childhood in the voice of a child. That way we were forced to relive the event from the perspective we had when we were children. I thought it was a fascinating lesson and I am looking forward to seeing how she develops different approaches over the other five lessons in the series.


We warmly welcome the following new Village members to our community:

Shirley Block
Esther Krisman
Howard and Marcie Zelikow

  Renew Now for the Upcoming Fiscal Year

80% of our members have already renewed
19 Builders have generously donated at least $180 in addition to renewing 

Thanks so much to all of you! All memberships that began before April 1, 2017, will need to be renewed by July 1, for one year. We are delighted to announce that there is no increase in annual membership dues for 2017-2018. 

To encourage early renewal, we are having a special membership raffle. Prizes will be drawn and announced at our 1st Anniversary Celebration on June 25. Renew in May to receive 10 tickets or in June to receive 5 tickets. You can pick up your raffle tickets at the event itself.

Click here to renew now! If you prefer to renew on the phone, call Devorah at (310) 592-0321  

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In Collaboration With ...
ChaiVillageLA is a proud recipient of a Cutting Edge Grant from 
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
   and Our Foundation Sponsors
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries Foundation 

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
Aaron & Sylvia Rothenberg Family Foundation
Kobor Family Foundation