Speaker Series

The Dream that is Israel

Rabbi Ed Feinstein
Wednesdays @ 4pm, Jan. 31 (TJ), Feb. 7 (LA Jewish Health in Fountainview), & Feb. 14 (VBS) - [NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE]

Since the catastrophic events of October, our eyes and hearts have been turned toward Israel. This is the right time to turn back to the beginning, to the dreams and visions that brought Israel into being. Taught by Rabbi Ed Feinstein, this 3-week series of classes, held at a different location each week, will offer a close reading of the philosophical and political documents that envisioned a Jewish state, and to the poetry, music, and literature that celebrated that vision. The course is open to the community, free of cost. Registration required- email

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TJ Brotherhood: The Oscars

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Temple Judea Brotherhood and WTJ present a temple-wide event, our Sixth Almost-Annual Oscars Night! Nicole Sperling of the NY Times and Glenn Whipp of the LA Times return to share their insights on which movies, actors, and directors should and will win Oscar gold this year. The evening, moderated by David Daniel, will include showing clips from the big nominated films and a Q&A with the experts. This event is at no charge but registration is required.

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Rising Trends in Antisemitism (** New Date! **)

Dr. Sharon Nazarian
Sunday, March 3 @ 9:30am

Dr. Sharon Nazarian is the founder of the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Chair of its Advisory Board, the President of the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, and the former senior vice president of international affairs (and current board member) of the Anti-defamation league. Dr. Nazarian is also an adjunct professor at the UCLA teaching a class on "The Globalization of Antisemitism: A Survey of Transnational Trends."  We are honored that she will bring her immense knowledge of the subject to our Temple Judea community to discuss how antisemitism is threatening Jewish communities around the world.

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Women's Health Night

Sharsheret & WTJ, with Dr. Taaly Silberstein & Jessica Queller 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 @ 7:30pm

Temple Judea is proud to partner again with Sharsheret (The Jewish Breast & Ovarian Cancer Community) for Women's Health Night.  Bake and hear updates in cancer prevention and research, genetic testing,  and how it impacts your family from our guest speakers: Dr. Taaly Silberstein, a Tarzana board certified OBGYN, and Jessica Queller -- author of the acclaimed memoir "Pretty is What Changes", member of the Basser Center for BRCA Advisory Board, and Temple Judea member. This will be an evening of fun, learning, and we all go home with baked goods! 

1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jews - men and women - are carriers of the BRCA gene mutation, as well as other genetic mutations linked to an increased risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, melanoma, and pancreatic cancers. Come and learn more about how these cancers may impact you and steps you can take to be proactive about the health of you and your family. Sharsheret, a national non-profit organization, helps all people and families facing breast cancer, ovarian cancer and those with hereditary risk for cancer through personalized support and educational outreach. Visit sharsheret.org for more information. 

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Passover Around the World

Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 @ 7:30pm

At Passover Seder, why is it that some dip parsley in salt water, while others dip endives in lemon juice, or lettuce in vinegar? Come learn about the essence of the Passover tradition and how it has come to be celebrated by Jews from around the world.

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Exploring the Music & History of the Persian Jewish Community

Cantor Jacqueline Rafii
Tuesday May 7, 2024 @ 7:30pm

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