Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Photo Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity

For Dads for Father’s Day

15 minute sessions

Professional photographer, Danielle Klebanow will provide 10 edited images and an option to buy the whole gallery for $175 - a portion of which goes to Habitat for Humanity to fund an upcoming South Bay Jewish Community Build Day. Additional appointments can be made during the month of May as arranged between the families and the photographer. You’ll receive your images in 2 weeks. In addition, the photographer will give returning clients 15 percent off upcoming Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs, parties or any event. Any questions please contact Linda Engel - Lrengel@icloud.com. Sign up here

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Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Listening is An Act of Love - Interfaith Panel with Rabbi Kalev

Rabbi Kalev will be on the Interfaith Panel at this Story Corps sponsored event. Faith leaders talk about their experiences of guiding people through this difficult, yet hopefully significant, moment of transition and loss. Attendees will receive tools to share their own stories, understand loved one’s legacy, and create a dialogue so that the dying process is not only painful because of the loss, but also meaningful as well. Register for this free public event at https://bemyvoicelongbeach.eventbrite.com.

At First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

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Apr
30
10:30 AM10:30

Pearl Harbor with John Powers - Hazak

John Powers, writer and director and historian, discusses how "Pearl Harbor" provokes specific images and emotions in most Americans. Seventy-eight years ago, United States military personnel were 'suddenly and deliberately attacked' by Japanese forces, leaving more an 2400 people killed and nearly 1200 people wounded. Through recently declassified information you can discover what was happening in Washington, Tokyo, and Oahu in the months, weeks, and days before the attack. What you discover in this presentation will surprise you and may change your view of history." Lunch to follow $5. RSVP to office@ctjmb.org

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May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Who Will Write Our History - Special Movie Screening for Yom HaShoah

CTJ is honored to be a part of the global screening event of Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg’s award winning documentary movie for Yom HaShoah.  In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, the Oyneg Shabes, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders, decided to fight back with pen and paper.  The Oyneg Shabes detailed life in the ghetto, commissioning diaries, essays, jokes, poems, and songs. They documented Nazi atrocities with eyewitness accounts and sent reports of mass murder to London via the Polish underground. Then, as trains deported them to the gas chambers of Treblinka and the ghetto burned to the ground, they buried 60,000 pages of documentation in the hopes that the archive would survive the war, even if they did not. See our website for links to reviews and trailer.  

RSVP for this event to office@ctjmb.org.

Information and Trailer

New York Times Review . “A vital Holocaust documentary.” - The New York Times

LA Times Review “Moving and significant” - Los Angeles Times


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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Prophets, Prostitutes, and the Patriarchy: Lesser-Known Women of the Bible with Rabbi Shelby

You’ve probably heard their names - Deborah, Delilah, Rahab, to name a few, but who are they again? This class will (re)introduce you to several Biblical women and explore the context in which they lived. We’ll read their stories and discover what we can learn about them, and what they have to teach us. Along the way, we’ll look at issues of power and how women are portrayed in the text. Three evening sessions beginning May 2nd.  Join Rabbi Arinna Shelby for a lively discussion.


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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Cantorial Coffee House

  • Torrance Cultural Arts Center - Toyota Meeting Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Toyota Meeting Hall

3330 Civic Center Drive

Torrance, CA  

Cantorial Concert featuring Cantors Ilan Davidson, Beth Garden, Rachel Goldman, Judy Sofer, and student cantor Kelley Cooper, accompanied by Leeav Sofer

Sponsored by Congregation Ner Tamid, Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah, Temple Beth El, Temple Shalom and Temple Menorah

Coffee, tea and dessert.

General Seating $18, Reserved seating $36. General Family Seating $54 (2 adults, 2 children under 18 years old)

Tickets available online or email office@ctjmb.org


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Celebrate Israel Festival at Rancho Park
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Celebrate Israel Festival at Rancho Park

  • Cheviot Hills Recreation Center (Rancho Park) 2551 Motor Avenue, Los angeles, CA 90036 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate with our CTJers. Buy your tickets in advance here or $30 at the door.

Join thousands of Angelenos from all corners of our community as we come together to mark Israel's momentous occasion, its 71st Independence Day! Let’s show our unity and strength as a community and declare our solidarity with Israel.

Israel’s strength, democracy and hope for the future is a light unto the nations. With Israel in our hearts and Israeli "ruach" - our nation's spirit, - the Israeli Spirit we invite you to celebrate like never before. 

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May
21
7:00 PM19:00

“No Home to Two Homes: Adapting to Jewish Reality in the 21st Century” Tal Becker

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America


Within a space of less than 100 years, the Jewish people have moved from a mindset of having no fixed home, to one in which there are seen to be two permanent homes - one in the Land of Israel and one in North America. How are we responding to this new reality? Do we have the language and categories to understand this unprecedented situation? And what does it mean for the future of Zionism and Israel-Diaspora relations?

Lecture and dessert reception - $15.  Information and to register shalomhartman.org/SouthBayLecture


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May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Prophets, Prostitutes, and the Patriarchy: Lesser-Known Women of the Bible with Rabbi Shelby

You’ve probably heard their names - Deborah, Delilah, Rahab, to name a few, but who are they again? This class will (re)introduce you to several Biblical women and explore the context in which they lived. We’ll read their stories and discover what we can learn about them, and what they have to teach us. Along the way, we’ll look at issues of power and how women are portrayed in the text.  Join Rabbi Arinna Shelby for a lively discussion.


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May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Prophets, Prostitutes, and the Patriarchy: Lesser-Known Women of the Bible with Rabbi Shelby

You’ve probably heard their names - Deborah, Delilah, Rahab, to name a few, but who are they again? This class will (re)introduce you to several Biblical women and explore the context in which they lived. We’ll read their stories and discover what we can learn about them, and what they have to teach us. Along the way, we’ll look at issues of power and how women are portrayed in the text. Join Rabbi Arinna Shelby for a lively discussion.


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5th Grade Orientation
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

5th Grade Orientation

B'nai Mitzvah Orientation and Date Choosing. Navigating the B’nai Mitzvah. Parents of Fifth Graders will explore various aspects of this important rite of passage as they pertain to your family. 5th Grade Orientation. Please RSVP to office@ctjmb.org or call 310 546-3667.

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Yoga Field Trip & Coffee
Apr
5
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Field Trip & Coffee

CTJ’s Yoga Aficionados, Cantor Beth Garden and Zvia Hempling, host a carefully curated monthly Yoga field trip to an LA area Yoga studio, then out for coffee or lunch nearby. Plans will be announced via email and carpools arranged as needed. Please email bmitzvah@ctjmb.org to get on the info list!

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JWW Walk to End Genocide
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

JWW Walk to End Genocide

The JWW Walk to End Genocide helps to raise awareness of atrocities in Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Burma/Myanmar, and the DRC. Funds raised allow JWW to continue its work to educate, advocate and support projects that assist conflict-afflicted communities. To register or donate jww.org/JoinTeamCTJ For more information gwen.wexler@ctjmb.org

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Shabbat Hike 2.0
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Shabbat Hike 2.0

A Shabbat spiritual hike is the BEST way to experience Shabbat in nature and this time your clergy promise a VERY easy and family friendly hike! Hike with Rabbi Kalev and Cantor Beth along the coast of PV starting at the Pointe Vincente Interpretive Center (plenty of parking at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive). Bring your friends and family and a bottle of water for a morning of beautiful views, meaningful Jewish teachings, and your CTJ friends. Register so we know you’re coming

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Jewish Women's Theater
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Jewish Women's Theater

Salon style play - “It’s a LIfe” Tears may come, but also laughter as we celebrate life while looking at the ironic, mystifying, and often times unbelievably funny events surrounding death. Tickets and sponsorships available at www.ctjmb.org/jwt.

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Erev Purim
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Erev Purim

Everyone is welcome to this super fun Purim celebration with a light dinner, megillah reading, and annual costume parade for all ages. Groggers, Jello shots, hammentaschen! What could be better?

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Purim Carnival
Mar
17
9:30 AM09:30

Purim Carnival

We will start the day with a fun Megilah reading and costume contest in the sanctuary at 9:00 AM. The carnival will begin at 9:30 AM.

Please join us for the fun and games; parents and siblings are welcome to come participate and enjoy.

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Sisterhood Healing Service
Mar
10
6:30 PM18:30

Sisterhood Healing Service

Sisterhood and The Healing Sisters come together again. This service brings together women in a warm, nurturing environment to send healing thoughts to loved ones, cherish memories of those we have lost, and nurture ourselves. Service is open to all women, members/non-members. No cost. We hope you will come.

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Fiddler Shabbat
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Fiddler Shabbat

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles!

Get a seat by the eastern wall as we take a trip to the little town of Anatevka for Fiddler on the Roof Shabbat! Enjoy Shabbat prayers sung to the tunes of your Fiddler favorites with Rabbi Kalev Cantor Beth, pianist Ryan Dorin and more musical guests.  Arranged by Dan Spector and Stacey Morse.

Don’t miss this CTJ Tradition!

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Yoga Field Trip & Coffee
Mar
8
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Field Trip & Coffee

CTJ’s Yoga Aficionados, Cantor Beth Garden and Zvia Hempling, host a carefully curated monthly Yoga field trip to an LA area Yoga studio, then out for coffee or lunch nearby. Plans will be announced via email and carpools arranged as needed. Please email bmitzvah@ctjmb.org to get on the info list!

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Pop-Up Prayer Class - Keva vs. Kavanah
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Pop-Up Prayer Class - Keva vs. Kavanah

In prayer we struggle with the structure (keva) vs. the emotional feeling and intention (kavanah) - the fixed prayers of Judaism vs. the spontaneity of praying from the heart.  We'll discuss these two opposite poles of Jewish prayer as Rabbi Kalev & Lilian Alves offer two different approaches that combined, might be the answer to meaningful prayer.

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