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March 17, 2017 Edition
  Backyard Gardening Interest Group Visit to Descanso Gardens
By Richard Siegel

Last weekend, four of us visited this garden gem, thanks to Chuck Hurewitz, who managed to wrangle tickets during their sold-out Cherry Blossom Festival. June Wynbrandt summed up the experience beautifully: “What a lovely day strolling through the gardens from flower to flower. The tall cherry blossom tree in the Japanese Garden was truly exquisite. And the beautiful camellias, magnolias, tulips, anemones, daffodils, and the fragrant lilacs . . . I could go on and on. What a feast for the eyes." 

We're not yet decided on the details, but it looks like the next outing will be to The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants. Join us!
  Need a Ride?
We now have a bunch of member volunteers ready, willing, and able to drive YOU to your next appointment or event. Do you want a ride? We’d love to set it up for you. Request a service from the Member Services tab on our website or call Devorah at 310-592-0321. We can’t wait to get you where you want to be!
ChaiVillageLA Volunteer Survey
Thanks to those of you who participated in our Social Action & Social Justice survey.  We have such amazing people in ChaiVillageLA!  There’s still time to share your volunteer experience by completing this short survey. It will help us get a sense of your experience, groups you’re involved in, and ways we can come together to repair the world.
Current Openings
CicLAvia Event Coordinator for Sunday, March 26th
Dining Out Interest Group Coordinator
Wine Tasting Interest Group Co-Coordinator

If you are interested in being considered for any of these positions, contact Devorah at (310) 592-0321 or Devorah@ChaiVillageLA.org

ChaiVillageLA is in the process of soliciting businesses to be Community Sponsors. We plan to approach Wells Fargo and are curious how many Village members bank with them. If you currently bank with Wells Fargo and haven’t let us know yet, please contact Devorah at Devorah@ChaiVillageLA.org. 
  Save the Dates

Monday, March 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Temple Isaiah Call to Action Featuring Joseph J. Levin, Jr. from the Southern Poverty Law Center (see details below)
Monday, April 17, 6:00 PM - ChaiVillageLA Community Wisdom Seder (see details below)
Sunday, May 21, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Emergency Preparedness (bring prospective members)
Sunday, June 25, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - ChaiVillageLA Anniversary Celebration

The March 18th event for Social Justice & Social action has been postponed. Stay tuned for more information regarding the launch of the Social Action & Social Justice Interest Groups.  
Bridge for Intermediate and Advanced Players
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Home of Gloria Boraz - 136 S. Wetherly Drive, Beverly Hills


Monday, March 20, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Home of Phyllis Shlecter -- Watermark
220 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills

Join fellow ChaiVillageLA bridge players in a weekly game on Saturday and Mondays. These games are intended for intermediate to advanced players. Please contact the game coordinator of the day(s) you would like to play if you need to cancel.  

Saturdays: Gloria Boraz at 310-271-2228
Mondays: Phyllis Shlecter at 310-278-0750 or pshlecter@gmail.com

Walk with the Rabbi
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Meet at the corner of Cushdon Avenue and Patricia Avenue
Cushdon Ave and Patricia Ave
Click here to register!
Every Tuesday at 8:15 AM a group from our Village walks around Rancho Park with one of our clergy. It’s an easy walk and a great time for some conversation with the rabbi or cantor and other Village friends. We meet at the corner of Patricia and Cushdon. There is ample free parking. The easy walk takes 45-60 minutes. 
Temple  Isaiah  Call to Action
Featured Speaker: Joseph J. Levin, Jr.
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Temple  Isaiah  -  Sanctuary
10345 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90064
Click here  to register!

The SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. 

Mr. Levin will begin with a brief history of the work of SPLC and then devote time to the current landscape of hate crimes, anti-Semitism, and the ongoing pursuit of justice on behalf of vulnerable communities. A Q&A will follow.

7:00 p.m. - Wine and Cheese in the Social Hall
7:30 p.m. - Event begins in Sanctuary 

For more information, contact Jen Shabani at jennifer@templeisaiah.com.

Intergenerational Day at the LA Zoo
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 10:30 AM
LA Zoo -- 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles
Click here to register!
Village Members have expressed interest in having intergenerational programming -- here’s our first one! Join us for this wonderful day at the zoo with your (great) grandchildren, nieces, nephews, mentees or just yourselves!  

Marcia Jindal, a ChaiVillageLA member and Zoo docent for over 30 years, will lead us on a tour through the LA Zoo. The tour will cover at least three types of animals on a 2+ hour walking journey throughout the zoo. Families are free to continue their visit after the tour concludes. There will be a lot of walking, mostly uphill, so plan accordingly. Families are free to bring their own lunches to the event.   

IMPORTANT PAYMENT INFORMATION: There is a group discount rate: $17 per adult; $14 for children 2 years and older. For the discount, we must have at least 15 people (otherwise, general admission is $20 per adult 13 years or older; $17 per senior 62 years or older; $15 per child 2-12 years; and children under 2 are free).   

We will gather at the front admissions gate and enter as a group at 9:45 AM.

First Annual Community Wisdom Seder
Monday, April 17, 2017, 6:00 PM
Temple Isaiah -- Social Hall
Click here to register!
All are welcome (TI and TEBH adults, ChaiVillageLA members and guests!) to attend an end-of-Passover Seder. It will be a wonderfully interactive evening, featuring music from Cantor Tifani Coyot and Cantor Lizzie Weiss. $20 covers your meal and a chance to make new friends while celebrating the traditions of Passover. But this is not your grandpa’s Seder. Get excited as we unveil a member-written Haggadah based on the Jewish value of wisdom. The holiday ends just as we close the event, so we'll then enjoy some dessert chametz treats!
Calling All Cooks!
Are you proud of your chicken soup? Do your grandchildren love it? Is it your Bubbe’s recipe? We want YOU to enter a pot of your favorite chicken soup in the ChaiVillageLA Chicken Soup Cook-Off! Presented by the ChaiVillageLA Culinary Interest Group, this is a great way to meet other chicken soup lovers AND to EARN YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS!  

Save the date for this event: June 11, 2017, time TBD. For more details, contact Lucienne at 310-699-2911 or at jfocusla@gmail.com


We are so appreciative to all our generous February Program Facilitators and home hosts.   - Sandi Sternig-Babcock & Barbara Joyner, Program Co-Chairs 

Home Hosts:
Connie Bennett
Renee Cronenwalt
Dean Schenker & Margaret Fairlie
Michael & Sheri Hirschfeld
Barbara & Dale Joyner
Shirley Kern
Susan & Joel Levine
Andrea & Terry Pullan
Phyllis Shlecter & The Beverly Hills Watermark 

Event Facilitators:
Lorna Belman
Myrna Hant
Susan Levine
Barbara Joyner
Sandi Sternig-Babcock
Gloria Boraz & Stanley Goldblatt
Terry Pullan
Dean Schenker
Michael Hirschfeld
Susan Tamir
Dr. Kremen, UCLA
Dr. Ruth Weisberg


Refuah Shleimah, a Full and Complete Healing:

Ben Pomerantz
Norma Glickman
Sylvia Fox

 Feel better!

  Mazel Tov  

To Geri and Gary Rosenberg, and their grandson, Gabriel Hunter Weiss, who will be called to the Torah on Saturday, March 18th at University Synagogue in Irvine in honor of his Bar Mitzvah.  The Rosenbergs are very excited and pleased.

Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries Foundation
Aaron & Sylvia Rothenberg Family Foundation
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
Kobor Family Foundation  
Supported by
ChaiVillageLA is a proud recipient of a Cutting Edge Grant from 
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles