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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


Monthly Bulletin
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August 2016 Bulletin - Click here

This Week at Your Temple



Reform Temple of Laguna Woods


 Shabbat Services

Shabbat Services - Fri, January 20th, 7:30pm CH1

Honoring Bob Schwartz, celebrating his 77th birthday, for his dedication to our temple!


RTLW 2016-2017 Rosters - Pick up at the Shalom Desk before services. Please check your listing for accuracy and advise Marti Hack at of any corrections. She will compile a list that will be published in the Monthly Bulletin.


Rosh Chodesh – January 24, Clubhouse Six, 3:30 PM - Join us for refreshments and stay for Pat Steinberg's popular series “The Jews of Spain”. Please bring nonperishable foodstuffs to the meeting. We will deliver them to South County Outreach. For information call Jean Cohn at 770-4497 or Sharon Walts at 581-7240.


New Havurahs Organizational Meeting – February 5, 10:00 AM, Rec Room, 5518 Paseo Del Lago East - If you are interested in making new friends and being more connected with your temple, here is your chance. The forming of new Havurahs will be planned at this organizational meeting. RSVP to Chairperson Eileen Garbutt (949) 422-3308 or e-mail to


RTLW Book Club – February 15, Clubhouse Two, Los Olivos Room, 10-11:30AMThis year's winner of the JBC's Modern Literary Achievement Award for his general contribution to modern Jewish literature, will be Michael Chabon, author of the Reform Temple Book Club selection for February, Moonglow. All Temple members are welcome at no charge. For information call Lee Kobin 949-540-3885.


Special Evening of Food, Fun, Film and Song! - February 21, 5:30 PM, Clubhouse 5 - a fabulous program including the award winning documentary "American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco", which tells the unique San Francisco German-Jewish immigrant story. Rabbi Kamin will speak on patterns of Jewish immigration. A light dairy supper will be served. The evening will also include musical entertainment. $18.00 per person. Mail check(s) to Lita Pickman, 2399 Via Mariposa West Unit 2F, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. For information contact Sandy Elias (949) 472-1138. Due February 16th.


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


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Meals On Wheels - One morning a month either Monday or Wednesday. You will pick up the meals at the Senior Center and go with a partner. Contact Barbara Goldberg 470-0312.


SHABBAT GREETERS - Enjoy getting to know your fellow congregants by volunteering to be a greeter on the Friday of your choice. Contact Lita Pickman by calling (949)586-5795 or by e-mailing


NAME TAG VOLUNTEERS Thank you to our wonderful Volunteers who help our members and new members become more friendly! Thanks to our regular volunteers who are doing another year: Saretta Berlin, Sarah,Moscoe, JJ Hurst, Jean Cohn and new Volunteers Bobby Rosenfeld and Gloria Stein as well as substitutes: Marion Lebowitz and Marianne Finklestein! We have 3 new Volunteers: Judy Devor, Marian Levine and new member, Lynn Rosenstein! Please wind the string around your finger and stuf it behind your name card. This really helps the volunteers spend less time and makes it easier to see your tag on the table. If you are married or have a partner, put one tag behind the other so they are together, saving space and time.


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 or by phone at (949) 583-9698.


The Monthly Bulletin is now available on the RTLW website. In order to access it, go to: http://www.lagunawoodsvillage. com/section.cfm?id=162 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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