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Rabbi’s Corner: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, and Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath on the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama (March, 1965) This weekend, we remember and commemorate the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: civil rights leader, social justice activist, pastor, preacher, husband, father, scholar, orator, dreamer. This […]

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Tu B’shvat

Register here Tu B’Shvat is a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat. It is also called Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot, literally “New Year of the Trees”. In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration. Tu B’shvat 2023 begins in […]

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Rabbi’s Corner: Ani Od Chai – I Am Still Alive!

“Choose Life!” By Mordechai Rosenstein My many years of rabbinical experience have taught me that the greatest privilege and weightiest challenges of the rabbinate are multifold. One of the gifts that I treasure the most in my rabbinate is to help every individual find meaning and comfort at times of joy and times of sadness. Even […]

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Sunday Torah Tots

Join us for Torah Tots (ages 0-pre K) on Sunday, January 29th, between 9-10am in room 3. Led by the wonderful Rachel Solinger, with Rabbi Sharon Sobel Register here Program includes: story, music, movement, craft, snack. $10/child/session to cover supplies; If families have more than 2 children, maximum fee per family/session: $20 Future dates: Feb […]

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Artist/Scholar-in-Residence Weekend With Daniel Abramson

Temple Beth Sholom of Orange County’s Artist/Scholar-in-Residence Weekend: February 3-5, 2023 Daniel Abramson “Ufros Aleinu Sukkat Shlomeicha – Spread Over Us the Shelter of Your Peace” Register here Through art, story, text, and other activities we’ll: • Celebrate community of all ages • Create a TBS communal tallit to be used for Consecration, Mi Sheberach […]

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Rabbi’s Corner: A Special Gift

Sometimes we receive gifts when we least expect. At times, those unexpected gifts can impact our lives more than we could ever expect: Towards the end of Chanukah last week, we received a package and a letter at our synagogue. It was from our former postal deliver, Mike Carter, from long ago (he retired in […]

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Rabbi’s Corner: 6th Night of Chanukah: Join Us for Candle Lighting & the Dedication of Michael Sumague to the Jewish People

Photo of Michael Sumague: by Jeff Winston @ TBS’s Old Orange Circle Chanukiyah Lighting 12/18/22 Happy 6th night of Chanukah! I love to watch the glow of the chanukiyah grow each successive night as we add an additional candle. Chanukah arrives at the darkest, dreariest time of year, when we are approaching the winter solstice. For me, Chanukah is always a reminder about […]

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Rabbi’s Corner: Chanukah is About Hope & Chanukah Resources

The word “chanukah” means “dedication.” Historically, our holiday is a celebration of religious freedom – freedom of the Jewish people’s right to practice our own religion in our own country in safety and security, peace and harmony. We celebrate the rededication of our Temple in Jerusalem which had been desecrated by the Greek army in 165 BCE. The actual […]

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TBS Tallit Memories Project: What’s Your Tallit Story?

What’s your tallit story? Rabbi Sharon Sobel is pleased to launch TBS’s “Sharing Personal Tallit Memories” writing project. These stories will be collected, compiled and distributed during our Scholar/Artist in Residence Weekend February 3-5th, 2023 with Daniel Abramson. Daniel is an educator, artist, environmentalist. We’ll be learning with him, creating an oversize painting-on-silk TBS tallit […]

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Cancelled – Reels and Repartee: “Image of Victory”

Join us for a Zoom discussion on the movie “Image of Victory” Directed by Avi Nesher (2021) December 13, 2022 at 7:00pm REGISTER HERE In 1948, Hassanin joins a platoon going to Palestine to liberate farmers. While documenting their mission, Hassanin’s values are tested and both sides reevaluate what they understand about war. Movie is […]

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