Early Morning Spiritual Preparation for Passover
Wednesday, April 8
Study Session with Rabbi K’vod  –7:30 am
Family Ridding of Hametz with Ilana Rogel Wieder and Aviv Wieder – 8:30 am  


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Pesach (Passover) begins Wednesday, April 8 and ends Saturday, April 16

As you prepare your home for the holiday, keep in mind that food banks are in need of donations. You can always bring your food donations to the temple collection area (in the corridor near the Adult Library). South County Outreach Food Bank will pick up these donations.

Passover Hospitality: Need a Host? Want to Host?

If you would like to host one or more members of our TBESOC extended family who do not have anyone local with whom to share Passover seder on the first night, please call Kellie at the temple (949-362-3999 x316). Likewise, if you don’t have a place to attend a seder and would like to join others from the temple, please also let us know. We will work to match everyone up and ensure that “all who are hungry” have a place to come, eat, schmooze and enjoy the mitzvah of the seder meal as it was intended to be enjoyed—together.

Programs to Enrich the Holiday

Tuesday, March 24
7pm Passover – Teachings and Practices of the Festival of Freedom
Rabbi K’vod will extend our understanding of the Passover seder and freedom, as well as share some practical ways to make our seders more meaningful.

Tuesday, March 31
7pm Sephardic Seder
The Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish communities practices Judaism with different customs, traditions, food and music. Join us as we learn about these differences and discuss the traditions that are the same—yet different—between Sephardic and Ashkenazi. Help us make this an extraordinary evening. This is a FREE event and open to everyone

Wednesday, April 8
7:30am     Spiritual Preparation for Passover: Study Session and Burning of Chametz with Rabbi K’vod (RSVP online for location) 

Morning Conservative Services during Passover

Day 1         Thursday, April 9 at 9:30 am

Day 2         Friday, April 10 at 9:30am at K’hilat Horim, Heritage Pointe (Mission Viejo)

Day 7         Wednesday, April 15 at 9:30am

Day 8         Thursday, April 16 at 9:30am (Yizkor)

Passover Second Night Seder

Thursday, April 9 in the Leon Samueli Banquet Hall
5:30pm Gathering and Introductions
6pm The Journey Begins: Secrets of Slavery & Freedom
(appetizers and salad served throughout)
7:30pm Dinner
8:45pm “Celebrating Freedom” (final singing & sharing)
More than a folk custom of our people, more than a historical account of the Israelites in Egypt, Passover is an opportunity to touch what is most important in our lives and find ways to move beyond stuck places to greater freedom and joy. With delicious food, challenging and inspiring conversation, meditation and song, we will take the journey from slavery to freedom as a holy community. There will be separate and integrated adult and child programming to help both age groups have a meaningful experience. All food is Kosher for Pesach. RSVP online required by March 31.

Yom HaSho’ah
Yom HaSho’ah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, occurs on the 27th of the Hebrew month of Nisan. Shoah, which means “catastrophe” or “utter destruction” in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II— the largest manifestation of antisemitism in recent history. The Shoah is also known as the Holocaust from a Greek word meaning “sacrifice by fire.”

Community Unity Shabbat
Friday, April 17
4pm Shabbat Chai
5pm A conversation about the Holocaust between generations.
Les Hajnal survived the Holocaust as a child in Hungary. The proud father of Cantor Natalie Young and grandfather of Gabriel, Alex, and Bella Young will share his legacy and lessons of his experiences with the next generation of his family and our community.
6pm Unity Shabbat
Please join us Friday evening as we celebrate Shabbat with friends, family, and other communities of faith. “So powerful is the light of community that it can illuminate the whole earth.”

Yom HaSho’ah Memorial Ceremony
Monday, April 20 at 7pm at the Merage JCC (Irvine)
Following a candle lighting ceremony, we will present Trudie Strobel: A Life in Tapestry. Trudie survived the Holocaust because her mother was a seamstress for the Nazis and sewing skills saved her life, and later became her way to overcome tragedy and spread a message of hope. Maya and Lila, two remarkable high school students from Los Angeles, discovered Trudie’s long-hidden treasury of tapestries and brought them to light by creating this unique exhibit (preview it online at tinyurl.com/A-Life-in-Tapestry.) To take part in the ceremony or if you know a Holocaust survivor whom you would like to honor with a candle lighting, please contact Debbie Meline at debbiem@jccoc.org. For more information, please visit jewishorangecounty.org.

Daytime Book Club: Yom HaSho’ah Program
Tuesday, April 21 at 11:30am in the adult library
The TBESOC Daytime Book Club will observe Yom HaSho’ah by reading Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, and Modernity after the Holocaust. This is an essay by Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, one of the greatest rabbis and theologians of our generation. He explores the impact of the Holocaust on both Jewish and Christian ideas of God, and how we are to make sense of it ourselves and stay in relationship with each other. Rabbi K’vod will lead the discussion. Copies of the article will be available in the adult library, and it can be found online at tinyurl.com/Yom-HaShoah-reading. This discussion is open to the whole congregation.

Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day)
Monday, April 27 at 7pm at the Merage JCC (Irvine)
Shevet Tapuz (the local Israeli Scouts troop) will present their annual Erev Yom Hazikaron program, a meaningful tribute and worthwhile event for the entire community, even those who do not have a personal connection to a fallen soldier.

Israel Independence Day Yom Ha’atzma’ut Film Screening
Wednesday, April 29 at the Merage JCC (Irvine)
6pm Israeli dinner
7pm Movie Sustainable Nation documenting Israel’s solutions to its water shortage
Celebrate Yom Ha’atzma’ut with an outdoor Israeli dinner prepared by local Israeli chefs and live Israeli music. Following dinner, we will screen the award-winning film. For more information, please visit jewishorangecounty.org.

Celebrate Israel
Sunday, May 3 from 3-6pm at Irvine Hebrew Day School (Santa Ana)
The Merage Jewish Community Center, Israeli American Council, and Irvine Hebrew Day School Israel Mini Maker Faire are throwing a “bigger and better” 72nd birthday party for Israel, including live entertainment, Israeli food, games, and booths.


Revelation and Torah: Traditional and Mystical Understandings
Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm
Rabbi K’vod will guide us to a deeper connection to Torah, and the teachings and practices surrounding this celebration
of the Jewish People’s revelation on Mount Sinai.
Ascending the Mountain: An All Night Shavu’ot Experience
May 28–30
Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot on Thursday, May 28 starting at 7pm and continuing throughout the night
As a sacred window in time, the holiday of Shavu’ot invites us into an experience of personal and communal revelation.
More than a historical moment, the story of the Israelites receiving Torah at Mount Sinai is meant to be re-experienced
by us as an opportunity to receive guidance around how to live our lives more “soulfully”—with a deeper sense of
purpose and meaning. Join the community of Temple Beth El of South Orange County in an all-night journey using sacred texts, stories, meditation and
music to ascend the mountain of revelation to reveal a Torah that is personal, authentic, and life-giving.
Morning Conservative Services for Shavu’ot
Day 1 Friday, May 29 at 5:30am
Day 2 Saturday, May 30 at 9:15am (Yizkor)

Tishah B’Av
Wednesday, July 29 in the chapel
8pm Traditional Evening Service & traditional reading of Lamentations
On Tishah B’Av, the first and second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed five centuries apart. Our tradition teaches that only through embracing brokenness can true healing and redemption be realized. Join us for both traditional and creative observances of this sacred time. It is a time to mourn, heal and grow as individuals and together in community.


Slichot: A Gateway to the High Holy Days
Saturday, September 12
“But tshuvah [repentence], tfiilah [prayer] and tzedakah [charity] temper judgment’s severe decree,” from Unetaneh Tokef, High Holy Days liturgy.
8pm Dessert reception
8:30pm Havdalah and Slichot Service in the rotunda

Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days: Mikveh at the Beach
Sunday, September 13 at 9am at Diver’s Cove (Laguna Beach)
9am Renew your spirit for the High Holidays with a communal mikveh ceremony at the beach for both men and women.

Rosh Hashanah Services
Friday, September 18 Abbreviated Erev Reform and Conservative Services
Saturday, September 19 Day 1 Reform and Conservative Services with special programming for families with young children (including paid child care), followed by Apples & Honey
Sunday, September 20 Day 2 Conservative Service

Tashlich, Picnic Dinner and Havdalah
Sunday, September 20 at 5:30pm at the Dana Point Pier

Yom Kippur Services
Sunday, September 27 Abbreviated Kol Nidrei Reform and Conservative Services
Monday, September 28 Reform and Conservative Services (including Yizkor) with special programming for families with young children (including paid childcare); afternoon study session (with Steve Birch), and Avodah Meditation (with Rabbi K’vod and percussion accompaniment); Reform and Conservative Evening Services, concluding with Havdalah and break fast nosh


Saturday, October 3 Torah Study, Day 1 Conservative Shabbat Service, and Kiddush Lunch

Sunday, October 4 Day 2 Conservative Morning Service at K’hilat Horim, Heritage Pointe (Mission Viejo); BE Sisters Social in the Sukkah

Shmini Atzeret
Friday, October 9 Reform Shabbat Service

Saturday, October 10 Conservative Shabbat Service with Yizkor

Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 10 Dinner, Kindergarten and Religious/Hebrew School Student Consecration, Family Glow Party and Celebration, Conservative Services including dancing with the Torahs

Sunday, October 11 Simchat Torah Experience with Rabbi K’vod (off-site)