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Reform Temple of Laguna Woods Village

Reform Temple of Laguna Woods

Ben Kamin, Rabbi


Juanita Tsu, Choir Director

Carol Bowler, President

PO Box  2833,  Laguna Hills, CA 92654

HOTLINE 949-580-1160

SHABBAT SERVICES: Friday evening, 7:30 pm

Clubhouse 1


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August 2016 Bulletin - Click here

This Week at Your Temple



Reform Temple of Laguna Woods


 Shabbat Services

Shabbat Services - Fri, September 30th, 7:30pm CH1

Celebrating the birthdays of Anna Taksar and Sam Perchik


Erev Rosh Hashana Dinner – Oct 2nd, SOLD OUT

 Break the Fast - Oct. 12th, Clubhouse 1, at the conclusion of Yom Kippur services - $20 per member -$25 per guest.  For reservations/information call Barbara Lipow 280-2433 or email to barbaralipow@gmail.comSend reservations with checks payable to RTLW by Oct. 5 to Barbara Lipow at 257-C Calle Aragon. Flyers with more information and reservation forms on Shalom Table on Friday nights.


Holiday Tzedakah - Clubhouse 5 - Our tradition of tzedakah at this time of year is especially important to our “food insecure” friends and neighbors who count on the South County Outreach Pantry to meet their needs. As in the past, the Reform Temple will distribute grocery bags on Rosh Hashanah (10/2) and collect the filled bags on the Day of Yom Kippur (10/12). The pantry’s shelves are very low at this time of year.  Let’s try to top last year’s totals of over 1000 pounds of items with your increased support of this vital program. The most needed items are cereals, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly and canned fish, meat and vegetables, and complimentary hotel soaps, shampoos, etc.  Our Temple members can make a big difference in the lives of many. Thank you to all the volunteers who will help you unload your bags at the curb.


 The Men’s and Women’s Club of the Reform Temple of Laguna Woods announces significant activities for the next few months.

Program chairman Ron Atkin has scheduled Lonnie Painter who is president of the Laguna Woods Village Cannabis Club to speak at the October 9th regular bagels and lox breakfast meeting in clubhouse 5 ( see attached flyer and call in your intention to attend by October 6th to either Ron at 562-761-3421 or John Dorman at 859-2215).
Committeeman Leon Goldberg has developed a hosted tour for Club and Temple members to commemorate the remembrance of ‘KristallNacht. with an excursion to Chapman University on November 16thThe bus will depart from gate 3 at 9AM returning around 4PM. Attendees will visit the Holocaust Library, the Chapman Film School and enjoy a prepaid gourmet lunch. The all inclusive charge is just $35 p/p for Club and Temple members and $40 for their guests. See the attached flyer and fill out the tear off and send your check to John Dorman at 3484 Bahia Blanca West to reserve your place.
Ron Atkin has also announced that the program for the November 13th breakfast meeting will honor all veteran’s (any service, any time) by offering them FREE breakfast and the guest speaker will be Muriel Engelman, a member of our Temple. Lt. Muriel served as a US army nurse and was decorated for her service during the battle of the Bulge in 1944 when the field hospital she served in was attacked by enemy buzz bombs.
The Club solicits members to attend it’s ‘steering committee’ meeting(next is 9AMOctober 2nd at CH-5). Additional member input will augment efforts to continue these activities.


RTLW Book Club – October 19, Community Center Elm Room, 10-11:30AM - Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel by Ann Cohn-Solal.All members of the Reform Temple are invited to read and then share their impressions. We will be led by Arline Spindell. The author's background will be told by Barbara Gelson. For members of the Reform Temple there is no charge to belong to our book club, now in its 10th year. Questions call Lee Kobin 949-540-3885.


Rabbi’s Lecture Series - October 23rd, CH6, 9:30 to 11:30:  Moses; Part II.  Includes October 30th and November 6th.  To reserve your seat, send a check for $18.00 made out to RTLW to Sarah Moscoe at 2082 D Rhonda Granada, Laguna Woods,92637.  This series is for Temple members only. Call Sharon Roszia at 714-401-8674 or email at for more information.


Guest Lecture Series – 4th Thursday of the Month, CH 1, Main Lounge, 10-11:30 am - $45 members

Join the Temple for this 8 lecture series which features renowned educators and includes topics such as

 Pause and Reflect: The Market and the Future, Therapeutic Healing Arts, Does the Soul Survive? The series begins Oct 27. Send your check with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Pat Steinberg, 5481 Paseo del Lago, B, Laguna Woods, CA 92637


Membership Dues must be paid ASAP to receive your High Holiday tickets.  To get tickets for visiting family members, please see Ethel Rosenfeld at Shabbat services. Or, please call Ethel Rosenfeld, 949-458-1071, 75 Calle Aragon, Unit D. THERE WILL BE NO ‘WILL CALL’ desk at the High Holidays!


The 2016 Remembrance Book is in Preparation - Remember your loved ones in this year’s Book of Remembrance. The Book will be available at the Yizkor Service on Yom Kippur.  Copies of the letter offering you the opportunity to add your individual remembrances are available at the Shabbat Service Shalom Table. The Book goes to print on Sept.30, 2016. 


MEN WANTED for the RTLW Choir. Men who like to sing, have fun and make new friends and renew old friendships.  For information call Walt at 949-707-4552.


Name Tag VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! -  We still need a few people to be in charge of the Name tag table as substitutes (great idea to do it with a friend!). Please let me know that you would like to volunteer for this friendly program.  JJ Hurst 949-300-7488.


YAHRZEIT INFORMATION - For information regarding Yahrzeits 0R if you would like to make a yahrzeit contribution, contact Greg Lerman, 2400 Via Mariposa W. Unit 1C, 371-5945 or Mark Simon 714-323-0662; email:


TEMPLE TRIBUTES - If you wish to honor someone special while performing a mitzvah, pick up a Tzedakah envelope at the Shalom Desk, complete it, and send it to Sandy Tuckman at 5505 A Paseo del Lago W, Laguna Woods, CA 92637.


WEEKLY MISHEBERACH LIST - As a caring congregation, it is important for us to know those who are in need of healing. To include a name on the Misheberach list, call Margot Gilison at 949-859-4042 or  If you would like to have the Rabbi contact you, please refer to the Roster.  Please understand that we will keep a name on the list for 30 days unless we receive a call to remove a name earlier.


CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL EVENT AT THE TEMPLE - Candle lighting, or opening the ark can honor your special birthday, anniversary, or just you!  Honors are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To sponsor an Oneg Shabbat, or to schedule Shabbat services honors, FIRST call Sandra Elias at (949) 472-1138 to determine availability. Cakes and flowers are ordered by Brenda at or by phone at (949) 583-9698.

Monthly Bulletin is now available on the RTLW website.  In order to access it, go to: and click on the link.



Religious Practices

Weekly Friday night services are held at CH 1 at 7:30 pm




Experience the Temple inside the walls

of Laguna Woods Village



Temple Membership - $175/year/person

- Temple membership required for High Holy Day tickets -


For more information contactCarol Bowler – 581-9764



Membership - Reform Temple Interest Groups

Membership in the Reform Temple is open to all residents
 of Laguna Woods Village

Social Action



If you know of a Temple member who is shut in or would


like a visit from caring people from our Temple, please call


Irene Samuels at 855-8712 or Jeannie Keleman at 951-1727.


To be included on the Misheberach list or if you have an


addition to the Yahrzeit list, please call Marti Hack at





If you are interested in working with students at San Joaquin Elementary School on Santa Vittoria to assist in reading, spelling or math for a few hours a week, contact  Bob or Harriet Schwartz at 454-9211.

Meals on wheels needs volunteers one day a month for 1 ½ hours. All deliveries in Laguna Woods Village. Call Barbara Goldberg 470-0312.

                  2016 - 2017 RTLW BOARD & COMMITTEES
President: Carol Bowler 949-581-9764
1st Vice President: Muriel Asch 949-860-7036
Secretary: Beverly Genereux 949-829-6633
Treasurer: Stuart Hack 949-770-7322
Asst Treasurer: Ann Carter 949-415-6013
Sharon Roszia
Pat Steinberg
Membership Ethel Rosenfeld 949-458-1071
Barbara  Lipow
Gail Foor
Religious Practices Sandra Elias 949-472-1138
  Bob Schwartz 949-454-9211
Social Action Margot Gilison 949-859-4042
Muriel Asch 949-860-7038  
Stuart Hack 949-770-7322  
Frank Sande 949-380-4141  
Sharon Walts 949-581-7240  
Al Portnoy  949-768-5659  
Marvin Walts 949-581-7240  
Ira Joss 714-423-3864  
Birthday/Anniversary Mark Simon - List 714-323-0662
Book Club Lee Kobin 949-540-3885
Bulletin Mike Bender 949-588-1857
Card/Label Creator Marti Hack 949-859-6277
Choir Myrna Shannon 949-768-8056
Email Blasts Marti Hack 949-859-6277
Gate Clearance Greg Lerman 949-371-5945
Historian Marion Levine 949-768-2137
Hospitality Lita Pickman 949-586-4795
Jewish Film Festivals Rinat Amir 818-489-2550
  Anna Tasker 949-527-6601
JNF Trees Aloha Saxon 949-770-7633
Mailing List Marti Hack 949-859-6277
Meals on Wheels Barbara Goldberg 949-470-0312
Men's and Women's Club John Dorman 949-859-2215
Mi Shebeirach Margot Gilison 949-859-4042
Caller Jeanne Kelerman 949-951-1727
Mitzvah Cards Hugo Landau 949-830-7191
Oneg Shabbat Brenda Rader 949-583-9698
Publicity Fran  Baum 949-457-2556
Room Rentals Evelyn Tysch 949-457-2253
Roch Chodesh Sharon Walts 949-581-7240
  Jean Cohn 949-770-4497
  Sylvia Quittman 949-859-7420
Service Book Sales Ann Carter 949-415-6013
Shabbat Dinners Sharon Walts 949-581-7240
Shiva Services Margot Gilison 949-859-4042
Thank you - Board Lois Portnoy 949-830-3493
Tributes Sandy Tuckman 949-461-0591
Website Burt Goldstein 949-768-6390
Yahrzeit Mark Simon - List 714-323-0662
  Greg Lerman - Record 949-371-5945
Linda Berkowitz -Send out
Lita Pickman* 949-586-4795  
Evelyn Tysch 949-457-2253  
Greg Lerman 949-371-5945  
Marcy Sheinwold 949-427-3307  
Rozanne Dorman 949-859-2215  
Sharon Beck 949-380-1018  
Bob Schwartz 949-454-9211  
Jacob Weisberg 949-860-7017  
Marti Hack 949-859-6277  


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