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April 21, 2017 Edition

1st Annual ChaiVillageLA Passover Seder 

I thought the seder was wonderful and brilliant. I can't wait to make my reservation for next year!  -- Connie Bennett 

It was a fantastic, upbeat, musical evening. The food was excellent. You could tell it took a lot of planning. I give it an A+.  -- Gloria Boraz 

A wonderful, heartwarming experience that showed the incredible community that ChaiVillageLA has become, and the warm friendships that have been cemented in just one year.  -- Michael Belman

Andrea Pullan, Caroline Kolstad, and Samuel Kolstad pose for a picture before the festivities begin
Bruce Phillips and Betty Wallis are all smiles for the Passover celebration!
Raise a glass for the
1st ChaiVillageLA Seder!
Rich Siegel shows off
some delicious matzah
Seder organizer, Susan Levine, preps some food before the event
Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Josh Goldberg, and Cantor Tifani Coyot (left to right) delighted us in song for the evening
Thanks to all who helped make the
ChaiVillageLA Seder a success
Andrea Pullan
Barbara Joyner
Barbara Meltzer
Barry Levine
Bella Desser
Ben Pomerantz
Bonnie Pastor
Dale Joyner
Devorah Servi
Ellen Isaacs
Hope Stevens
Ilan Tamir
Jerry Aroesty
Joel Levine
June Wynbrandt
Ken Wolf
Lorna Belman
Mike Belman
Stuart Goldurs
Ruth Weisberg
Marsha Rosenberg
Janet Noah
Lucienne Aroesty
Madeline Wolf
Paul Altura
Peter Siegel
Rabbi Laura Geller
Rabbi Zoe Klein
Radell Simon
Richard Siegel
Sherry Altura
Shirley Kern
Sue Rosenblum
Susan Levine
Susan Tamir
Terry Pullan
Tina Fox 
Sandy Silas
Dean Schenker
Iris Cutler
Bill Aron
Lynn Rogo
Mark Rogo
Lora Jerugim
Claire Tucker
 We want to give a special shout out to Cantor Lizzie, Cantor Tifani and Josh Goldberg for making the seder sparkle with spirit!   

After Terry and Devorah delivered seder meals and haggadot to six village members who were too ill to attend, Barbara Joyner donated the remaining food to PATH.

Renew NOW for the Upcoming Fiscal Year

Already 25% of our members have renewed and 13 Builders have generously donated at least $180 in addition to renewing.  Thanks so much to all of you!
All memberships, regardless of the date you joined will renew on 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 25th. Renew in April and receive 15 raffle tickets, in May and receive 10 tickets or in June and receive 5 tickets.

Click here to renew now.  If you prefer to renew on the phone, just call Arielle or Devorah at (310) 592-0321.   
La Cienega Art Gallery Walk - Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM

Historic Tour of Jewish Los Angeles - Sunday, April 30, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Writing your Life Story: 6 Week Series - Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Understanding the World’s News - Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

What to Have and Do Before, During, and After an Earthquake - Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

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

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

Bridge for Intermediate and Advanced Players

 Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Home of Gloria Boraz - 136 S. Wetherly Drive, Beverly Hills 


Monday, April 24, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Home of Phyllis Shlecter--Watermark  - 20 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, April 25, 2017, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Meet at the corner of Cushdon and Patricia Avenues - Los Angeles
Click here to register!

Join your fellow Village members for a moderate paced walk around Rancho Park.

Also Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM

Each circle around the park is 2.2 miles, and should take 45 minutes. Free parking is available on Patricia
La Cienega Art Gallery Walk
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Meet at the parking lot of Blum and Poe, 2721 S. La Cienega
Click here to register! 
Join ChaiVillageLA members, Dean Schenker and Marsha Rosenberg, as they lead a tour of Culver City's hip Arts District. The easy walking gallery tour will include visits to art galleries on La Cienega between Venice and Washington Boulevards.   

Following the tour, those who wish may continue the art conversation over an optional lunch. Location to be determined. Meet in the parking lot of Blum and Poe, located at 2727 S. La Cienega Boulevard.

  Historic Tour of Jewish Los Angeles
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Temple Isaiah - Outside Deck
Click here  to register! 
Join us for a bus tour of Jewish Los Angeles! We’ll depart from Temple Isaiah and take a ride through some of the historic and Jewish sites around town. Our tour will be led by Village member Bruce A. Phillips, professor of sociology and Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College.   

Join us as we visit historic sites such as the Breed Street Shul, Libros Shmibros Bookstore, the site of a former Yiddish school, and so much more. This is sure to be a day of learning and connection to the Jewish past of this city!   

The cost of the tour is dependent on how many people sign up - the cost of the bus is $190, which will be divided equally between the registrants. The tour will focus on historically Jewish sections of Los Angeles and will feature a discussion of gentrification in the city. For more information and the general outline of the tour, click the “Click here to register” link above. 
  Writing your Life Story: 6 Week Series
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Home of Roberta Gillerman - 2816 Butler Avenue, Los Angeles
Click here to register!
Calling all writers! How many of us would love to have known more about the lives of our parents and grandparents? Let's not leave the next generations wanting. 

ChaiVillageLA is offering the opportunity for you to write your own stories for yourself and your family. Village member, Roberta Gillerman, will facilitate these group sessions in a supportive and inviting environment. A series of six classes is scheduled, beginning Wednesday, May 3rd. The classes will meet every other week from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM in a home in West LA. No prior writing experience is necessary. All are invited and welcome.

Understanding the World’s News
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Home of Shirley Kern - 2128 Parnell Ave, Los Angeles
Click here to register! 
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. Many of the "pundits" we analyze write for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. You will also examine such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic and other journals that give in-depth coverage of current topics. This is your chance to listen and be heard on the events of the day.  

Th class is taught by Village member, Myrna Hant. Myrna received her PhD in Higher Education from UCLA. She was a college administrator as well as an instructor in Women's Studies at Chapman University. 

What to Have and Do Before, During, and After an Earthquake
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Temple Isaiah - Social Hall
Click here to register!


We all talk about the importance of preparing for earthquakes, but do we ever do anything about it? Learn how to prepare your home to minimize injuries and damage, what you need in your earthquake preparedness to-go and sheltering-in-place kits, how to choose family meet-up locations and make a communication plan, what to do when the shaking starts, and how to recover once the shaking stops. 

We will also learn how to prevent or handle potential dangers due to utilities and special planning strategies for children and the elderly.   

We invite you to bring a friend from your temple or beyond who may be interested in learning more about ChaiVillageLA.  You are our best resource for spreading the word! 

We will be marking where we each live on a local map so we learn who are our literal village members and there will be a fun village slide show, and of course, time to schmooze!


Refuah Shleimah, a Full and Complete Healing:

Norma Glickman
Sylvia Fox
Marcia Oshman

 Feel better!

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