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Thank you to all the Temple Solel Mitzvahniks who braved the torrential rain and worked so hard and donated so many items to make our 15th Annual Mitzvah Day a success. You painted and laid down hundreds of tiles to build a hand-painted patio, although I’m sorry to announce that Rabbi Plost has left us, only to be replaced by our new Rabbi- Mad Dog Plost! Mad Dog, in the company of a bunch of amazing Temple members, including our youth, worked so incredibly hard doing really back-breaking work- and did it cheerfully.
Our volunteers also set up a library, and as soon as the area is cleared, the new furniture will be put out and the children will have a cozy reading area. We also painted an activity room for the children, packed toiletry bags, and sorted clothing and shoes.
You are all awesome, but we need to give a special shout-out to several temple members who were instrumental in making the day a success: Joanna Berens for organizing all things food, Susan Mattes for organizing the toiletry bag sorting, Mandee, Rebecca and Sara Pearl Adler for taking charge of painting the tiles, Randy Cohen and Johnny Kane for taking charge of painting the yellow room, Matt Lippman for setting up all the computers for the children, Scott Lewis for organizing and doing the planting, and Cantor Rosen for our beautiful music.
We are also thankful to The Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Church for giving this space to Earth 2 Table, which was sorely in need of a permanent home and to Ovrill Dwyer, the founder and director of Earth to Table, who makes the impossible, possible, for the children in her program.
We also urge you to support all our very generous business sponsors in the coming year:
Anthony Benedict, Abco Paving and Drainage
Joanna Berens Hospitality, Inc.
Starbucks Coffee Company
And we thank our generous families who donated money and supplies to make this project possible:
Catherine and Jacob Jofe
The Adler Family
Larry and Sheila Smith
52 and still fabulous! The Temple Solel Golden Jubilee Committee is proud to announce the new dates for our celebration. Click here for more information.
We are pleased to announce the Rabbi Plost Welcome Fund. This fund has been established to serve as a way of welcoming Rabbi Plost, upon his arrival on July 1, and to give our members, as well as extended virtual friends of Temple Solel, a special opportunity to make a donation to Temple Solel in his honor. We want to show him, through our gifts, our appreciation and enthusiasm for his arrival and our excitement for the reinvigoration of our Temple. We hope this fund will grow to show him how welcoming and appreciative we feel about him joining our Family of Solel.
Click here for more information about Rabbi Ari Plost’s arrival.
Words reflect reality. They also create reality.
For example: consider the way that we speak about the entire experience of the Days of Awe (also known as the High Holy Days).
What do we American Jews call those things that gain you admission into worship services?
A ticket is: what you get for driving too fast; or, what you need to get on a plane or a train; or what you use when you go to the theater, a concert, or a sports event.
A “ticket” implies a performance, something passive, something that you watch.
At Temple Solel, we have thought about what this coming season really means. It is a season of renewal — of spiritual, personal, moral, and communal renewal.
What is the most dominant image of the Days of Awe? Gates — the passage ways that led us into the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, and the entrance paths of our prayers to the heavens.
We no longer have “tickets.” We have keys — keys that will open up our gates to renewal.
Here is your key — not only to the experience of the Days of Awe, but to the unfolding experience of deep religious and communal life here at Temple Solel.
This year, may we help you find the key that will unlock your soul.
An early wish for shanah tovah — a good and sweet year.
It’s now easier than ever to get your spiritual fix
It’s 2019 and at Temple Solel, we know how important it is to keep up with the digital pace, so we’ve been working hard on our new website!
We’re super excited to launch this new site with a fresh look and features, but our goal is still the same! We want to get our message out to not only our congregation, but to also reach more people. This allows us to extend our community while providing information, resources and support to our current members.
Today, we want to take some time and introduce our new site to you:
Who We Are
What’s in a name? In our case, everything.
When you head over to our website, one of the first things you’ll notice is our name, Temple Solel. The word Solel means pathfinder and that’s what we aim to be for today’s Jewish people.
We help our members connect to Judaism and create “GPS Systems” for fostering spiritual growth, ongoing learning, and determining how to respond to the challenges of modern-day life. We offer worship services, creative musical programs, youth education and programming, continuing Jewish education, social justice and environmental care programs, life cycle celebrations, and many other services that all work toward building your connection to Judaism and Jewish people.
Let our website be your guide to all things Temple Solel. You can read much more about our history, programs, and special Jewish events, plus you can find out where and how to volunteer or donate.
What’s Our Mission
As you peruse through our information, you will learn loads about us, including our purpose. The values of Judaism radiate through everything we do. We believe Judaism is the:
- Heart – communal worship and individual spirituality.
- Head – learning opportunities for everyone.
- Hand – activism in the larger community and social justice.
- Hospitality – the creation of a community where everyone is welcome and valued.
And we strive to keep all of these at the core of everything we do.
We also believe in education and its importance in making progress in the world. Lifelong learning is what we call it and we offer classes ranging from Early Childhood Education and K-12 School of Living Judaism, to adult continuing education classes. Here, students can learn Hebrew, Jewish traditions and culture, plus much more!
How to Get Started
There are numerous ways to get involved in our Jewish community. Whether you join us for Shabbat services Friday evening and Saturday morning, Saturday morning Torah study with the rabbi, Israeli dancing with the cantor, lifelong Jewish learning, or socializing at an event, we welcome you with open arms!
Stop by an event or schedule a time to come in and take a tour–we’re here to help you get involved!
Explore our website to learn about Temple Solel and how it’s grown and changed over the years. Drop us a line with a comment or question–we’d love to hear from you! We’ll be making frequent updates, so subscribe to our newsletter to stay linked to our special events and the latest Temple developments.
by Beverly Perkins | Our City Our Hollywood
Tikkun Olam is a Jewish concept which deﬁnes acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world, and to assist those who may be at a disadvantage. Although Temple Solel in Hollywood always has ongoing projects to help others, they declared a speciﬁc day eleven years ago to gather congregants of all ages to fulﬁll the action of mitzvoh (performing good deeds). Read more