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Reform Temple of Laguna Woods Village

Reform Temple of Laguna Woods

Ben Kamin, Rabbi

Greg Luchs,Cantorial Soloist

Juanita Tsu, Choir Director

Stuart Hack, President

PO Box  2833,  Laguna Hills, Ca, 92654

HOTLINE 580-1160


This Week at Your Temple







MEN’S CLUB – September 14th    -   9AM  -  CH 5 DR 2

IMPORTANT NOTICE – A FULL HOUSE MEETING EXPECTED.    Call in your reservations to Alan Glueck at  215-4733  or John Dorman at 949 859 2215.   We have a special guest speaker for our September 14th meeting.  We are honored to present Laguna Woods Village MAYOR BERT HACK who will address: ‘The History of Laguna Woods Village and the Creation of the City of Laguna Woods.’  Reservations positively required.  


Our novel for September reading is "Rich Boy" by Sharon Pomerantz.  This story takes place in a mostly struggling Jewish community in Philadelphia in the 1950's.  The eldest son is a bright, attractive and charismatic boy, who is the first in his family to be accepted on scholarship to a prestigious college in Boston.  He meets several non-Jewish, wealthy and overly-indulged friends and falls deeply in love, as he tries to follow his path to find what is important to him.


The Reform Temple Book Club begins its 8th year and is open to all members, both male and female.  We meet the third Wednesday of every month, in Clubhouse 5 Meeting Room 2, from 10-11:30 a.m.  There is no charge.  Please read our selection and join us in discussion on Wednesday, September 17.   We will be waiting for you!  Please call Lee Kobin 949/540-3885 or Florence Scheirer 949/454-6785.


THE RABBI LECTURE SERIES – October 19 - **Tantalizing Talmudic Tidbits**

A fun introductory journey through the wisdom and wit of the Talmud – the greatest guide to human life compiled in history.  Come, study and learn with our Rabbi.  Running Sunday, October 19, October 26 and November 2nd – starting with coffee at 9:30 am in Clubhouse 5, DR 1.  Cost: $18.  Make checks payable to RTLW and send to Sheila Portnoy, 5596 Vista Del Mando – B, Laguna Woods, CA 92637.  Call 768-5659 with questions.


RTLW BOUTIQUE – Sunday, October 19

Please put October 19, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on your calendar, for our first boutique sales event.  We have a variety of vendors PLUS a very reputable vendor who will buy your unwanted gold and silver.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!  Please contact Brenda Rader 583-9698 or email We hope Temple members will help make this fundraiser a success by attending and supporting the vendors. Wonderful raffle prizes too!


 We have a wonderful new series coming up in the fall. The series will run from October through May with 8 different speakers. On October 23, join Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger of Cal State Long Beach as he discusses the continual conflict over the place of religion in Israeli society. The entire series of 8 lectures is $45 for temple members and $55 for non-members. For an application call: Arlene Sontag 206-1919 or Caryn Glasky 462-0656. Applications are also available at Friday night services and in the Temple Bulletin.


YAHRZEIT INFORMATION - For information regarding Yahrzeits please contact Muriel Asch at 860-7036 or Mark Simon at           

 TEMPLE TRIBUTES - If you wish to honor someone special while performing the mitzvah of Tzedakah, call Irene Samuels 855-8712 or pick up a Tzedakah envelope at the Shalom Desk, complete and send to Irene at 5517 Paseo del Lago #3F.

WEEKLY MISHEBERACH LIST - As a caring congregation, it is important for us to know those who are in need of healing. Call Marti Hack at 859-6277 or email:, in order to be included on the Misheberach list.

CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL EVENT AT THE TEMPLE - Candle lighting or opening the ark can honor your special birthday, anniversary or just you. Call Muriel Asch 860-7036 or Carol Bowler 581-9764 to honor your special occasion. Honors are given on a first-come, first-served basis. All cakes and flowers must be ordered through the Temple by calling Bernice Pivo at 768-1006 or Ruth Siegel at 588-7658. Should you wish to sponsor an Oneg, please call either Muriel or Carol.    

Volunteers Needed for Meals on Wheels

There is no better way to feel good than to deliver “Meals on Wheels”. One and a half hours (10 to 11:30) once a month delivering food to shut-ins can provide you with this most wonderful sense of tzedakah. Choose Monday, Wednesday or Friday. For information call Barbara Goldberg at 470-0312 and join the “feel good club”.


Book of Remembrance – Deadline for inclusion – Sept 12th

Remember your loved ones by including their names in the Book of Remembrance. By now you have received your notices by mail. If you have not responded and wish to include names in the book, forms may be found on the Shalom Table at Friday Night Services. Contact Hillel Pitlik – 830-1359. The deadline for inclusion in the book is Sept, 12th, 2014. The books will be distributed at the Yiskor Services.


Dues for the upcoming year have been sent out.  If you have not received your dues notice or have questions, please contact Nita and Harold Greenfield at 588-9445. Member High Holy Day tickets will be mailed Sept 10. Please get your orders in for Guest Tickets as soon as possible in order for them to be included with your member tickets – Call Nita and Harold.*** Please be advised that we need to receive your Temple dues by September 10th in order to mail your tickets in time for the High Holy Day Services *** Thank you for your cooperation.


Your RTLW monthly bulletin is in your email!! Mailed Bulletins should reach you shortly.

The September Monthly Bulletin has been emailed to all members who have provided email addresses. You will be able to print the entire edition or just those pages that you choose. Members who do not have email accounts will continue to receive the Bulletin by regular mail. If those with emails would prefer a hard copy, please email: or contact Mike Bender 588-1857 or Stuart Hack 770-7322.

**** Volunteers are Needed ****

Our Temple can be proud of the fact that we have some of the most incredible volunteers who devote their efforts and energies to make our Temple a home for all to enjoy.  BUT, there are more opportunities!! Should you wish to have the mitzvah of volunteering, email:


Religious Practices

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




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.


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