Grateful for our Strong Roots

    11.21.23 | Stories, Articles

    Seventy-one years ago, on a Friday evening in November 1952, Temple Judea sprouted from the dreams of eight families gathered at a tiny Erev Shabbat service. Less than a decade later, Temple Judea had grown into a vibrant community of 175 families. Those eight families - with their vision to create a leading Reform Jewish community in the San Fernando Valley, eventually led us to Lindley Avenue in Tarzana, where today, our congregation of over 700 families flourishes on this beautiful campus.

    But the magic isn't just in our bricks and mortar; it's in our people: our living etz chaim, our tree of life. Temple Judea's strength is anchored by our continuity, led by a very special group of 36 (a lucky double chai!) long-time members, who've belonged to this synagogue for 50 years or more! Their experience, creativity, participation and love of Judaism continue to uplift us all.

    As we prepare for Thanksgiving festivities this week, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our 36 "etz chaim" anniversary members and to you - Temple Judea's future etz chaim members - for your ongoing commitment to this community. Together, we can ensure Temple Judea remains strongly rooted so future generations can continue to find a safe, nurturing Jewish home where all Jews are welcome to worship among friends.

    Mazal tov to our 36 "etz chaim" anniversary members who have been part of our Temple Judea community for 50 or more years this November:
    60+ Years
    Hilda Fogelson
    William & Marian Schiff
    Jerry & Myrna Gordon
    Cantor Gerald Miller & Bonnie Friedman
    Judith Davidson & Martin Grant

    55+ Years
    Terry Sobo
    Al & Brendie Rosenbloom
    Marjorie Denker
    Jackie Wissen
    Rima Kay
    Annette Lewis
    Arline Goldberg
    Carryl Carter
    Carol Michals
    John & Micki Glaser

    50+ Years
    Stuart & Marietta Bernthol
    Harvey & Nancie Piccus
    Jean Aaron
    Taube Bregman
    David & Nadene Wohlgemuth
    Mike & Charlotte Levitt
    Judith Miller
    Lillian & Jack Schrier
    Gary & Barbara Luboff
    Lillian & Chuck Fagelson
    Gloria Grossblatt
    Evelyn Bergman
    Rochelle Browne
    Jules & Dorothy Burg
    Al & Sara Dreskin
    Irving & Sandra Klasky
    James Lerman
    Lois Neiter
    Mark & Marsha Novak
    Alan & Nancy Wiener
    Arnold & Victoria Kupetz

    **THANKSGIVING SCHEDULING: Please note, there will be no Religious School class today, Tuesday, Nov. 21, but class will meet on Sunday, Dec. 26.  There will be no Beit Midrash classes Wednesday, Nov. 22 or Friday, Nov. 24. TJ's administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 22 - Friday, Nov. 24, and the ECC will also remain closed through Friday, Nov. 24.

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