January 8, 2021
In This Issue
Are Villages Just a Good Idea?
Zooming Around the Village
Free Tech Help
New Events
Synagogue Village Network Event
Village Events
Jew It At Home
Are Villages Just a Good Idea...
...Or Are They Vital?
As the year 2021 dawns, the Board of ChaiVillageLA is embarking on a modest strategic planning process focused on our objectives for 2021-2022...But just for one moment, we'd like to take a quick look with you at a really big question:
Are Villages like ours simply a wonderful idea for those, like us, lucky enough to be part of one, or will they become absolutely vital to many Americans in the coming years?

Zooming Around the Village
The 80's± Group discussed the powerful words of Reb Nachman, "Even if you can't sing well, sing."
We Zoomed our way to the Ozarks for a tour of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Free Tech Help
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New Events
Film Discussion: Two Documentaries
Take part in a film discussion about two powerful documentaries: The Way I See It and My Octopus Teacher. Please watch the films in advance.

Monday, January 25 - 7:30-9:00 PM
THRIVE: Health & Wellness Panel Hosted by LA City Attorney Mike Feuer
Topics will include health and longevity, how to avoid getting scammed, and music's role in maintaining wellbeing and happiness. Special panelists include James Darren of screen and song plus others.

Tuesday, January 26 - 3:00-4:15 PM
Educators Meet-Up
Calling all educators! Stuart Goldurs will moderate a group discussion among current and former teachers. Share teaching observations, including during the pandemic. Discuss changes in education over the years.

Thursday, January 28 - 1:15-2:15 PM
Synagogue Village Network Event
Post-Election, The Path Ahead with Dr. Raphe Sonenshein (TJ Village Invitation)
Dr. Sonenshein, expert on politics and government, will discuss the aftermath of our recent election season and reasons to stay optimistic as we move forward. TJ Village (a new synagogue village from Temple Judea) has invited us to join them. Deadline to register: Jan. 26.

Thursday, January 28 - 3:00-4:15
Village Events
Short Story Discussion Group
Don't have time to read a book? The Short Story discussion could be your answer! We will be discussing three short stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa.

Friday, January 8 - 10:30-11:30 AM
Calm & Creative Workshop
Villager Julie Grass is excited to play with you! Join her to create artwork that will help keep you calm.

Friday, January 8 - 1:30-2:30 PM
We Explore the Jewish Balkans: Croatia
Tour Jewish Croatia with Dr. Joseph Benatov. Learn about the contributions of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities and enjoy the beauty of the area. $6 per Zoom for each part. Parts II & III: Jan 25 & Feb 25.

Monday, January 11 - 3:00-4:15 PM
Film Discussion: August Wilson Adaptations
Join a discussion of 2 movies adapted from Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's plays: Fences and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Please watch the films in advance.

Monday, January 11 - 7:30-9:00 PM
Explore! Colorful Street Art of Rio
Take a tour of the street art of Rio De Janeiro--colorful murals, surrealistic stencils and incoherent scribbles. Learn the history and unique stories of Rio's street artists. Fee: $8 per Zoom screen.

Tuesday, January 12 - 10:00-11:00 AM
80's± Groups with Chaplain Intern Judy Weintraub
Sharing Our Stories

We will come together as a group to share the stories of our lives. Guest facilitator: Susan Fisher.

Wed. January 13 - 1:00-2:15 PM
Visiting Our Great Sages

Visit and learn from the great sages of our rich tradition. Guest facilitator: Devorah Servi.

Tues. January 19 - 1:00-2:15 PM
Discussion Without Dessert - Almost a Year Coping with COVID-19
The Director of Acute Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Division of the LA County Dept. of Public Health will answer our questions about COVID-19.

Wednesday, January 13 - 7:00-8:00 PM
Museum of Latin American Art
What is "Oaxacalifornia?" Take a tour of the fabulous Oaxacan mural collection of artist duo Dario Canul and Cosijoesa Cernas at the Museum of Latin American Art.

Thursday, January 14 - 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Understanding World News
Join ChaiVillageLA member Myrna Hant for a timely discussion of news around the country and the world.

Tuesday, January 19 - 10:00-11:30 AM
I Love LA Part VII
Village member Stuart Goldurs will take us on a tour of "long-established establishments" such as the oldest car dealership, school, market, theater and more.

Wednesday, January 20 - 2:30-3:30 PM
Tea with the Levines
Join Village members Susan and Joel Levine for virtual afternoon tea and friendly conversation.

Thursday, January 21 - 4:00-5:00 PM
Israel Amid Conflict in the Middle East
The Middle East is beset by conflict and chaos. Rand Policy Analyst Jordan Reimer will explore the causes of destabilization and discuss the "Abraham Accords." Part I of a 3-part series. Part II & III: February 4 and 18.

Thursday, January 21 - 7:00-8:15 PM
Men's Torah Study
Join Victor Gold and Joel Levine for virtual Men's Torah Study. This session will focus on Parashat Beshalach.

Friday, January 29 - 10:30-11:30 AM
Jew It At Home
JewItAtHome.com is a free resource for connecting with the greater Jewish community.
We are saddened by the loss of...

Pearl White, beloved aunt of Bob White.

Italo (Al) Servi, beloved father of Devorah Servi.
You are welcome to attend a Zoom Shiva at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 12; click here to register.

Zecher tzadik livracha. May the memory of the righteous be a blessing and may their memory continue to bless us all.
Refuah Shleimah
A Full and Complete Healing To:
Sandy Bernstein
Gloria Boraz
Bella Desser
Lulu Fairman
Roberta Gillerman
Norma Glickman
Carol Hartmann
David Hirsch
Leonor Kletzky
Barry Korn
Fay Lentin
Bertha Schneider
Sandy Trost
David Zarider
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