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LOOKING JEWISH / JEWISH LOOKING Jewish Identity through Modern Art, with Dana Peleg

4 Sundays in August (7th, 14th, 21th, 28th), 7:00 pmat TBE, 3055 Porter Gulch Road They say that wherever there are two Jews, you'll find three synagogues. So, if you have one Jewish artist - how many identities, stories and artistic styles will you find? In a series of four lectures, we'll look at works by some of the most influential modern Jewish artists. From the 19th Century Reform Mauritz Oppenheim via 20th-Century Socialist Ben Shahn to our contemporary Mizrahi Feminist Shula Keshet, and many more in between, we'll track the events that shaped their lives - and ours, as well... Dana G. Peleg (danagpeleg@gmail.com) holds an MA in Art History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Slideshow on Hungary and Moldavia

Marigold Fine and Jim Stanford invite you to their home for a slide show and discussion of their journey to Hungary & Moldova (Bessarabia) in search of Marigold's roots. Wednesday, March 16th, 7:30 pm. While RSVP is not necessary, it would be helpful for us to plan.... For the address and to RSVP, please contact Rabbi Eli at rebeli@sbcglobal.net. #event

Pie For The People In Support of The Beach Flats Community Garden

When: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2—4 pm Where: Nueva Vista Community Resources (formerly Beach Flats Community Center) 133 Leibrandt Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 What: A community pie potluck extravaganza to raise money for Beach Flats Community Garden… an organic urban garden that nourishes the neighborhood with healthy food and cultivates and preserves culture. What will the donations be used for? Money raised at the Pie for the People event will be used to directly support the 2016 growing season including new tools, irrigation hoses, seeds/plants, and construction materials as necessary to help gardeners maximize the space in the newly reduced garden. (The Seaside Company has reclaimed u

Purim Checklist

PURIM CHECK-LIST 1) Listen to the Megillah - To relive the miraculous events of Purim, listen to the reading of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther). At certain points in the reading where Haman's name is mentioned, it is customary to twirl groggers (Purim noisemakers) and stamp one's feet to drown out his name. Tell the children that on Purim it's a mitzvah to make noise! [MEGILLAH READING & COSTUME CONTEST, Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:00 pm. This year at Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos] 2) Give to the Needy (Matanot La'evyonim) Concern for the needy is a year-round responsibility; but on Purim it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor. Give charity to at least two (but pre

Chadeish Yameinu Passover Seder

CELEBRATING FREEDOM! RSVP for CHADEISH YAMEINU COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER On Saturday, April 23 (6:00-8:00 pm), we will joyfully hold our ANNUAL COMMUNITY PESACH SEDER The potluck meal will be vegetarian. (See details below). Here's how we can help: • RSVP NO LATER THAN APRIL16th to: Rose Lobel at roselobel@gmail.com. Indicate how many people will be coming with you. [$6 per member; $12 per non-member]. • Send in your check, made out to "Chadeish Yameinu," notate that it is for the seder and send to: Rose Lobel, 890 38th Avenue #105, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. • HELP! Contact Akiva at: akindele_bankole@yahoo.com or at 831-331-7867 to help with: set up [we need 8 people], clean up [we need

Annual Interfaith Seder

Join in the 15th Annual Interfaith Seder at Resurrection Catholic Church 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Most of those Seders have been led by Fr. Ron Shirley and Rabbi Richard Litvak. This will be their last co-lead Seder as they both retire June 30, 2016. So please attend! The date for this Seder is April 14 at 6:00 PM. Please bring macaroons or fruit for dessert. This is a wonderful community event. We hope you can join us for this last Seder as next year we don't know what will happen! To RSVP, contact Wilma Gold at wilmagold@gmail.com or Rose Ashford at rose@ashfields.net . #event

Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Join us for a Shabbat Evening Service Friday, June 3, 7:30 pm, The Garden Sanctuary, 3070 Prather Lane, Santa Cruz. All are welcome. (An oneg (refreshments) follows-please consider bringing something to share. #event

Special Shabbat Evening Celebration

CY will join with TBE at a special Shabbat service and program honoring Rabbi Rick Litvak's 40 years of service at Temple Beth El. An oneg (reception) follows. Speakers: Amy Asin, Union for Reform Judaism Deacon Patrick Conway, Resurrection Catholic Community, Aptos John Leopold, Santa Cruz County Supervisor Rachel Martin, Student at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo Leon E. Panetta, former Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, Monterey May 20. Service begins at 7:30. Arrive around 7:00 pm in order to find parking.

Omer Class

Omer Class Offering ... outdoors in the secret hideaways of Santa Cruz. Sunday 10-11:30 am Cost: $10 Batya is offering to teach the kabbalistic approach to the omer while we walk in the beauty of the world. We will explore the connection between nature and our own spiritual and environmental practices, learn about medicinal and edible plants and even have fun in the process. Sunday, May 22. Location to be determined. Please RSVP: Lchaim@jps.net #event

LAG BA-OMER

The 33rd day of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot. A time to prepare for revelation. A time to look more deeply at the world around us. And a time for... BOWS & ARROWS!! Come join us for an Archery Lag Ba-Omer celebration Thursday, May 26th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Archery Santa Cruz, 175 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz Cost: $15 per person Maximum: 20 persons You must RSVP to Rabbi Eli at: rebeli@sbcglobal.net

The Omer.........Outdoors!

Omer class offering… outdoors in the secret hideaways of Santa Cruz. Sundays 10-11:30 am Cost: $20 for series of 3 or $10 per class. Next class May 15th at 10 am. PLEASE MEET AT GOLF CLUB DRIVE which is a small street off of Highway 9 just past the Tannery . Go to the end of Golf Club drive where it dead ends. Please RSVP: Lchaim@jps.net Batya is offering to teach the kabbalistic approach to the omer while we walk in the beauty of the world. We will explore the connection between nature and our own spiritual and environmental practices, learn about medicinal and edible plants and even have fun in the process. #event

The Chadeish Yameinu Community Seder

Celebrating Freedom! RSVP for Chadeish Yameinu Annual Community Seder on Saturday, April 23, 6:00-8:00 pm. [NOTE: The seder will be held at a lovely location near the beach on the West Side. Consider coming earlier and enjoying a Shabbat afternoon. We will be starting the seder promptly, so please be on time). The potluck meal will be vegetarian. (See details below). Here's how we can help: RSVP no later than April 16th to: Rose Lobel. Indicate how many people will be coming with you. Send in your check, made out to "Chadeish Yameinu," for yourself and your guests. ($6 per member; $12 per non-member). Notate that it is for the seder and send to: Rose Lobel, 890 38th Avenue #105

The Spirit of Imagination Has No Boundaries

Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal, Temple Beth El and New Music Works invite you to join us for a panel discussion with musical illustrations about the historic and timeless musical connections that link the Middle East and West, following the Shabbat evening service on Friday, April 15. at Temple Beth El in Aptos. Student-led Shabbat service at 7 pm; New Music Works discussion at 8 pm. Celebrated Israeli composer and lecturer Eitan Steinberg and vocalist Etty BenZaken will share their perspectives and artistry as prominent members of Israel's music community. Discussions will also explore the long-echoing resonances and deep spirituality that connect Western and Middle Eastern cultures. New M

Israel with Chadeish Yameinu!

Travel with Rabbi Eli Cohen of CY, Rabbi Shalom Bochner of Beth Shalom in Modesto, and your community and friends! June 15 - 26, 2016 Only $2,950 for the entire land package ($2,250 for children) For More Information Click Here Please contact Rabbi Eli for more info or to donate to a scholarship fund to help students or others #event

Sh'mira -Another Mitzvah Opportunity

The mitzvah of watching over the body of the deceased until burial is said to be one of the very highest mitzvot of all - the deceased cannot thank you. As our congregation grows, the need to perform this mitzvah also grows. And so we need to expand our list of volunteers. Rabbi Eli Cohen and Etiel Herring will explain the dos and don'ts of doing "sh'mira" (guarding) on Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 pm at Etiel's home (714 Fairmount Avenue in Santa Cruz). The program should last about one hour. To RSVP and for further information, call Etiel at 831-426-9432. #event

The Mystery of Hebrew Grammar

Seven Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm April 5, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 24, 31 at a location in Aptos. *** PLEASE OBTAIN A COPY OF "THE FIRST HEBREW PRIMER" BY EKS PUBLISHING. You may also wish to get a copy of the accompanying Answer Key book. (NOTE: you can order directly from EKS Publishing. There may also be used copies available on Amazon. If you would like to take this class, but cannot afford the book at this time, please contact Rabbi Eli, as some limited scholarships may be available). PREREQUISITE: You must be able to read Hebrew. COST FOR THIS SERIES: $60 - $120 $35 - $60 for members of Chadeish Yameinu (though no one is turned away for lack of funds) #event

Recycled Fashion Show

Up-Cycling Red Carpet Fashions "Celebrating Local Thinkers & Businesses who are Reinventing the Use of Resources" Produced by Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal of Santa Cruz Date: May 22nd, 2016 Venue: 900 High Street, Santa Cruz CA. Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Doors open at 4:30pm) Join our Annual Fundraiser Red Carpet Fashion Show Shop The 'Fashion Shuk' and Celebrate Chadeish Yameinu's 21st Birthday The event will feature amazing creative designers like Synergy, IB-Bayo Wearable Art, Natasha Painted Silks, Upcycled guitars by Robbie Schoen, & Uncommon styles by Lauren Junker of Totally Tubular Design, Plus Incredible Arts, Products, and Holistic Services Raffled. All greeted on

Sh'mirah - Another Mitzvah Opportunity

Chèvre, Like some of you, I know what it's like to do sh'mira and now I know what it's like to have it done for my own loved ones. I encourage you to go to this and have the opportunity to do a great mitzvah. Having just gone through the deaths and burials of both my parents, I can attest to how deeply, deeply comforting it is to know that sh'mira is happening for your loved one. In the case of my mother, there weren't very many people available, but those who were available showed up with generosity and kindness. It gave me a profound sense of being held by my community. It inspired me to go to the meeting at Etiel's and be on the volunteer list. If you've never done it, I can als