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  • Yom HaShoa - Holocaust Memorial Day Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.

    Sharon Quirk-Silva & Gil Cisneros Lunch & Learn Saturday, May 4, 12:00 p.m.

    From Memory to Independence-"Zikaron L'atzma-ut” Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m.

    “Lolapalooza”-Celebrating Miriam’s Retirement Saturday, June 1, 12:00 p.m.

    Rabbi Asa Memorial Lecture-Uri Regev, Guest Speaker Sunday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.

    Shavuot Celebration & Quiche/Cheesecake/Blintze Cookoff Saturday, June 8, time TBA

    See flyers in this issue of the Scroll for details Watch your “Tuesday Tidbits” email for additional information/updates

    May 2019

    Nisan-Iyar 5779

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    Important Upcoming Events


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    Message from Rabbi Nico …

    Think about it! The Torah was delivered on Mount Sinai at the time in the midst of our walking in the desert. This means that if you compare it with milk or with the “food for our souls” as our Sages z”l did, this delivery would be closer to the idea of “take out” rather than sitting in your place or even in a restaurant…

    On Shavuot we celebrate the giving of Torah to us. We are so happy with this gift; therefore, it is natural that we ask ourselves - how do we need to keep it!?

    Every day while reciting the Shema we say: … These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road”… (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

    Once I heard Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (on a video) referring to this verse and remarking that there are two different Torahs; one of when you sit at home and another of when you are traveling on the road! I have no doubt that the one which was given to us on Sinai when we were walking on the road is a Torah for walkers. From that perspective it is not a surprise that the Jewish law is called Halacha, a word which derives from the Hebrew word Halicha, walking! So how do we keep the Torah, symbol of our millenary, memory, conversation, search … How!?

    Many of our fellow Jews, if we stay with the metaphor of Torah as food, keep their Torah in a kind of a cultural “freezer,” taking it out when needed. But I believe the contrary. We need to try to receive Torah as a life legacy, warm and dynamic in accordance with the way it was given to us. In receiving Torah we confirm our commitment with the search of deepness and meaning in life. Thus we say: “She is a tree of life to those who hold her fast and blessed are those who look for her”. (Proverbs 3:18)


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    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Lauren Simon, TBT President

    I can’t believe it is already May!! Where has this year gone? I hope you had a good Pesach filled with family, friends and lotsa matzah! At the end of this month, I will have completed my first year as President of TBT. So with that in mind, I spent some time reflecting on my first year and what it meant to me. I went into this position with the intention of pushing an attitude of engagement. I started off asking you to come join me. Over this past year, I believe I have seen an increase in engagement. We had a group of teens go to Washington DC for a social justice weekend and we have an even larger group going to Israel in June! That is engagement! We have had great turn outs at all of our events and there are more and more new faces stepping up to help in our community. I believe this last year has been a great success. With that being said, I think there is still more work to do. Miriam is retiring at the end of the month and there is no way we could ever replace her. She is truly irreplaceable. But much of the work she does still needs to be done. I would love to see our congregants step up and help with some engagement. Miriam has always had a miraculous way of knowing what is going on with every member at any given moment. If you know someone who needs a little extra love, let us know. Or better yet, reach out to them. Let’s end this year with love in our hearts and excitement for what’s to come. And Miriam, as you finish up your last month with us, I know it isn’t really the end. So I will try hard not be sad. I am so excited for you and your next stage of life. You have been such a significant part of so many of our lives! You will be such an amazing Rabbi. I can’t wait to see all the things you will do. Love you so much!! ~Lauren

    Jared Cohen & Shanna Foley

    Children: Julian (December 13, 2015)

    Sophie (October 1, 2018)

    Jonathan & Amanda Silverman Child: Amelia (March 20, 2018)

    Ruthie Honey Children: Christopher (May 6, 1993),

    Naomi (May 11, 2007), Adrian (November 22, 2009),

    James (November 1, 2015),

    Marvin Reid





    Join us on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for

    our annual Commemoration.

    Rabbi Nico and our musical team

    will lead us in moving readings and music

    to mark the day.

    This year’s observance will be in the form

    of a seder (no food though).

    This is a unique way of finding meaning in

    light of this dark period of our history.

    Bring your Men’s Club Yom Hashoa candle

    To be lit during the observance.

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    ECLC PASSOVER RECAP On Friday, April 19th the children of ECLC prepared charoset and matzo balls for their very own Passover lunch!


    From Memory to Independence - "Zikaron L'atzma-ut" Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. at TBT

    We mark Israel's Memorial Day followed by a short "havdalah" (separation) ceremony. Then it's time to C*E*L*E*B*R*A*T*E !!! We will have plentiful Israeli food for dinner. This year's celebration will include a DANCE FESTIVAL, featuring dances by our youth as well as adults. ECLC preschoolers, Chavaya students, and teens are all learning dances for our festival. There is a special "flash mob" dance for our adults ... we want YOU to join us! For a demonstration of the dance and to learn the steps, check your TBT Tuesday Tidbits for the automatic link.

    Please wear A WHITE SHIRT & BLUE JEANS/PANTS showing your pride in Israel's colors!

    Yael Steinfeld, professional folk dance instructor, will be with us to lead dancing throughout the evening. Appreciated Contribution $18/family Become an Event Sponsor for $180 Become a Gold Sponsor for $710 in honor of 71 years of the State of Israel.RSVP no later than May 4 by contacting the TBT office.



    Sunday, May 5, 2019 2 - 4 p.m.

    Temple Beth Tikvah 1600 N Acacia Avenue


    Join JFFS and PJ Our Way kid leader Kyra B. for a fun-filled LEGO-themed event!

    Kids 8 ½ to 12 and their parents are invited to work together through LEGO challenges, design and construct a LEGO community, enjoy a building-themed “snacktivity,” and

    meet new friends!

    Please bring any gently used LEGO bricks that you no longer need to the event, we’ll use them for the activity. Afterwards, we’ll be donating the LEGO bricks to charity. Parents, please

    plan to stay for the event.

    (No younger siblings, please.)

    This is a free event.

    Register at

    PJ Our Way Building Community With LEGO®

    Jillian Katz JFFS PJ Library OC Manager

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, 12:00 p.m. … a family event …

    Miriam is a kid at heart, so bring your kids & grandkids (or just come!)

    Come for services at 10:00 a.m. and stay for an afternoon of friendship & love as Miriam starts her new life chapter

    BBQ Menu provided by CATERING BY GREG

    Hot Dogs * Hamburgers Chicken & all the sides

    Italian Ice Truck Cotton Candy * Popcorn

    Get Ready for the Fun Bounce House Face Painting Photo Booth Balloon Art

    Music … and more!

    Adults $15 … Kids $5 (under 13) Sponsorships available by contacting the TBT office or Netty

    ( or

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    Last month was our annual Texas Hold ‘em tournament. As in the past it was a lot of fun. Good food with good friends and

    of course good poker. Congratulations go to Mitch Shapiro who won 1st place. Ben Eilenberg won 2nd place and

    Meighan Rogers took 3rd place. Since Men’s Club always strives to make events bigger and better, next year we will be

    holding a class for beginners on how to play poker so we can get even more people involved.

    I’d like to thank everyone who participated in our last Men’s Club Shabbat services. Not only was it a lot of fun but we

    learned there are different ways to say and do different prayers. A big shout out goes to our ‘Man of the Year’ Stan Pesner

    for his talk from the heart about some of the real problems Jews are facing around the world.

    We had our annual Angel baseball game on April 30th. The tickets sold quickly by popular demand.