May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteer to Assemble Packages for the Homeless

Form an assembly line to breakdown bulk containers of pre-packaged food containers for the estimated 80,000 LA homeless. The Giving Spirit provides immediate aid and a human connection to homeless lives--men, women, children and families in Greater Los Angeles. Register here. Breakfast and Lunch provided.

There will be a ton to do pre-packing one of the sub-components of survival kits an opportunity for everyone to hear some speakers and learn about Homelessness and what we can do to help.

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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)
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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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Knitzvot
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Knitzvot

Learn to knit! And do a mitzvah!  Basic knitted hat patterns available, as well as someone to help you start knitting.  Yarn and needles available. Or bring your own.Spend some time with friends and help others at the same time. Drop in for a few minutes or stay a few hours. Completed projects are also welcome. Contact Laura Pinsky for more information: laurap4rbiz@verizon.net


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“No Home to Two Homes: Adapting to Jewish Reality in the 21st Century” Tal Becker
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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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Christianity and Judaism
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Christianity and Judaism

First Session at 6:30pm at CTJ

Second Session at 6:30pm at MBCC - followed by Interfaith prayer and Ramandan dinner.

Rabbi Kalev and Reverend Pettis from Manhattan Beach Community Church will share their five favorite facts about their respective faiths that might surprise even the most learned among us. Join the clergy for a meaningful back and forth discussion that will definitely make you say, “I didn’t know that!"

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Prophets, Prostitutes, and the Patriarchy: Lesser-Known Women of the Bible with Rabbi Shelby
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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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Christianity and Judaism - 2nd  Session
May
29
6:30 PM18:30

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Christianity and Judaism - 2nd Session

MBCC - followed by Interfaith prayer and Ramandan dinner.

Rabbi Kalev and Reverend Pettis from Manhattan Beach Community Church will share their five favorite facts about their respective faiths that might surprise even the most learned among us. Join the clergy for a meaningful back and forth discussion that will definitely make you say, “I didn’t know that!"

At 7:30pm - Muslims, Christians and Jews come together for communal prayer and meal.

7:30pm, Q & A and communal Prayer

8:00pm Dinner

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Prophets, Prostitutes, and the Patriarchy: Lesser-Known Women of the Bible with Rabbi Shelby
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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Congregational meeting
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Congregational meeting

Members are all invited to attend our annual congregational meeting where we will discuss the latest news and developments at our synagogue. Watch the kosher sausage being made.  Afterward head over to Polliwog Park to enjoy a fabulous and fun community picnic.


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Congregational Picnic
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Congregational Picnic

RSVPs Required

An end of year/ beginning of summer picnic for CTJ members.   We are at Polliwog Park, Tables P7 - between the play structure and MB Middle School.  Park in the MBMS lot (entrance on Redondo Ave b/W 15th & 18th) and walk over. RSVP’s essential and required so we know how many hot dogs to buy!!


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Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

What's better than cheesecake? Cheesecake, cheese kreplach and Torah! We'll be cooking cheese kreplach with Chef Rachel and studying meaningful texts on this Leil Shavuot. Come with open minds and empty stomachs for an exciting evening of learning.


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Hadassah Speaker at Friday Night Services
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Hadassah Speaker at Friday Night Services

Hadassah is the founding organization that established one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the Middle East. Hadassah’s leaders will share with us some of the cutting edge medical research and innovationsthat benefit all of us. You will be proud to hear Hadassah’s history since pre-state Israel until today that is filled with stories of empowered, Jewish women.

Debbie Kessler, Hadassah Southern California President as well as other leaders from Southern California are looking forward to celebrating Shabbat with CTJ and sharing the latest medical innovations and science coming out of Jerusalem!


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Knitzvot
Jun
17
2:00 PM14:00

Knitzvot

Learn to knit! And do a mitzvah!  Basic knitted hat patterns available, as well as someone to help you start knitting.  Yarn and needles available. Or bring your own.Spend some time with friends and help others at the same time. Drop in for a few minutes or stay a few hours. Completed projects are also welcome. Contact Laura Pinsky for more information: laurap4rbiz@verizon.net


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CTJ Book Club - The Human Stain
Jun
24
7:30 PM19:30

CTJ Book Club - The Human Stain

We are reading “The Human Stain” by Philip Roth, published in 2000. The book is set during the period of President Clinton's impeachment hearings. Coleman Silk is a former professor accused of racism by two African American students. The charge is a lie, but the real truth would have astonished even his most virulent accuser. For more information or to get on the reminder email contact dorittravel@gmail.com


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“Meet the Author “ - Aviva Gat
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

“Meet the Author “ - Aviva Gat

Aviva Gat who grew up at CTJ, will be speaking about her book “My Family’s Survival”.  


In 1937, the Shwartz family lived a calm life in their small village in Poland. Fifteen-year-old Rachel liked to sing and go out dancing at a local night club, while her older brother David was busy running a farm and raising a family with his wife Hinda. But all that changed when the war reached Butla. My Family’s Survival is the incredible true story of how the Shwartz family survived the Holocaust. It is a powerful tale of one family’s triumph during history’s darkest moments.  The book is available for sale on Amazon and copies of the book will be available for sale at the event for autographing.


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Beach Shabbat Service
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Beach Shabbat Service

Vegetarian potluck 6pm

Service 6:30pm

27th and the Strand, Manhattan Beach

The best reason to live in California - Friday night services at the beach as the sun sets!  Bring a 8- 10 person main dish to share for the potluck and then settle down in your chair or blanket (it’s bring your own for this service) for a lovely evening service.  Bring a sweater and quarters for the meters.

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Beach Shabbat Service Potluck
Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

Beach Shabbat Service Potluck

Vegetarian potluck 6pm

Service 6:30 pm

27th and the Strand, Manhattan Beach

We live in a place people come to vacation!  What better place than the beach for a Friday night service.  Bring a 8- 10 person main dish to share for the potluck and then settle down in your chair or blanket (it’s bring your own for this service) for a lovely evening service.  Bring a sweater and quarters for the meters.

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ShaParkit
May
11
11:45 AM11:45

ShaParkit

Our second annual Shabbat celebration together at the Park.  We'll bring rice and beans and chips and salsa to share! Bring some snacks to share and a yoga mat - Cantor Beth is leading. Relax and enjoy!   We are at Polliwog Park, Tables P7 - between the play structure and MB Middle School.  Park in the MBMS lot (entrance on Redondo Ave b/W 15th & 18th) and walk over. Shabbat is a day different that the rest, a special day, a day of rest. How Jews observe shabbat varies depending on their community, beliefs and customs. Tryout a new way for CTJ come to ShaParkit.


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Classic Rock Shabbat - 70’s Drinks & Snacks 6:45pm. Service at 7pm
May
10
6:45 PM18:45

Classic Rock Shabbat - 70’s Drinks & Snacks 6:45pm. Service at 7pm

Still haven’t found the Shabbat service you’re looking for? Take a slow ride to CTJ, Get that peaceful, easy feeling! Pave paradise and take the stairway to heaven up from the parking lot and walk this way to find some old time rock and roll in our sanctuary. Oh yeah, life goes on but one way or another, you won’t want to miss this fun Shabbat service before it’s already gone; because we have more than a feeling that you will leave saying: This was just what I needed! There is absolutely no doubt that we will rock you with our Shabbat revolution!

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Cantorial Coffee House
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Cantorial Coffee House

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

Toyota Meeting Hall

3330 Civic Center Drive

Torrance, CA  

Cantorial Concert featuring Cantors Ilan Davidson, Beth Garden, Rachel Goldman, 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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May
5
12:30 PM12:30

Create Mother's Day Gift Bags for 1736 Family Crisis Center

Help Social Action assemble Mother's Day gift bags. These gifts will be distributed by 1736 Family Crisis Centers - local nonprofit shelters and outpatient services for domestic violence survivors, runaway and homeless youth, low-income people, and persons in crisis. More information - contact Lillian lilianalves7@icloud.com. Donations of new cosmetics still needed!

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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
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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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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Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

Wine Tasting at Total Wine

Taste a variety of premium, hand-selected wines and discover hidden treasures from the California wine region. Guests will enjoy a tour of the land and learn about the famed appellations and grape varietals that make each region so unforgettable. Total Wine. 1505 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. $54 a person. Pay here and note “Wine Tasting” in comment section.

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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
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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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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