Purim in “Chai-Land” Park

The month of Adar is upon us and Temple Beth Israel has a slew of activities coming up:



Schedule of Purim Events:

Sunday, March 1, 2015, 1:00pm —4:00pm — Hamantaschen Bake

Help prepare Purim hamantashen in TBI’s fabulously appointed kitchen. Bring your own recipe & ingredients or use ours. You can help for as long as you like. Not required to stay the whole time! contact Braja @ <mountainofthelord.mi4is2@yahoo.com.mx>

Wednesday, March 4, 6PM—9:30

Hear the whole Megillah, stay for Jubilation Music Society’s Secrets of the Megillah followed by engaging and spirited teaching and discussion led by JMS, Rabbi Arielle Hanien and Rabbi Robin Podolsky (Mature themes, recommended for adults and teens) Come in costume, or not, drink or not, nosh’n on hamantaschen- a must.

$18 and BYOB suggested donation Pay what you can. Help TBI continue to bring you programming like this.

Sunday, March 8,

  • 9:30—11:30 Regular Torah School Schedule

  • 11:30  Esther’s Destiny starring Rhiannon Lewis and Chester Burnett (family friendly) AT TBI

  • 12:15— 2PM Purim Carnival! Games, costumes, fun, fun, fun!

Purim Carnival is held at Celebration Kids Playground
1101 Arroyo Verde Road, South Pasadena, CA 91030


Chanukah Class and Dreidel Tournament

Latkes by Braja’s kitchen crew, teaching from our own Rabbi Robin Podolsky and Bernard Rohrbacher, DJ Dan’s Chanukah music. Cash prizes!  Great Fun!  Come on down!


  • TBIChanukah2014Latkes, Dougnuts and Really Tough Questions class  — $18
  • Dreidel Tournament — $15 advance/ $18 at the door, adult,  $4 advance / $5 at the door, child
  • Combined Class and Tournament: $27 in advance, $30 at the door
  • Food only — $5


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Volunteers needed to help prepare latkes, sufganyot, bimuelos (bunuelos) and more. You can help for as long as you like on any of the following days. Not required to stay the whole time!
Thursday, December 18 from 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, December 19 from 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Sunday, December 21 from 10:00am – 2:30pm
* We could also use some help with set-up and clean the day of the tournament.

Latkes, Doughnuts and Really Tough Questions


menorah_aegrPlease join us at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock for an afternoon of good food and good talk about the true meaning of Hanukah.  Were the Maccabees freedom fighters, reactionary fundamentalists, neither, or both?  What does it mean to say a great miracle happened there (but not here, not anymore)? When we light those candles with our families or on our own, just what are we celebrating? And…come to think of it….why isn’t Hanukah in our Bible anywhere?

Rabbi Robin Podolsky and Temple Member Bernard Rohrbacher will offer presentations and lead a rousing discussion about this beautiful, complicated holiday. And, of course, latkes and sufganyot will be involved.

WHEN: Sunday December 21, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock: 5711 Monte Vista Street

$18 suggested donation.
Combined Class plus Dreidel Tournament $27 advance / $30 at the door

Register Here

Then stick around to light the giant Hanukiah and win prizes at our High Stakes Dreidel Tournament 5-7PM

Please call the Temple office or 213 841 6329 for more information.

Spin to Win- Dreidel Tournament!

dreidel tournamentSunday, December 21, 5:00-7 (ish)

Temple Beth Israel’s first ever high stakes dreidel tourmament.

You gotta spin it to win it!

Following Rabbi Robin Podolsky’s “Latkes, Doughnuts and Really Tough Questions” class (which of course you will be attending). Stay and play for fun and prizes.

$18 for adults / $ 5 for kids (13 and under) suggested donation*
Combined Latkes etc. class, food and Tournament $27 adult in advance, $30 at the door


*includes latkes nosh and raffle ticket

FREE High Holy Days Prep Class Starts 9/14


As the days get shorter and nights grow long, Jews all over the world are preparing for the journeys into self and community that make up the Days of Awe.  No need for Yom Kippur to catch you by surprise.  All are welcome to join Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock and the Silverlake Jewish Community Center for a series of workshops and worship as we get to know ourselves and one another in preparation for the big unburdening.


Join Rabbi Robin Podolsky for all any one of these

FREE events which are open to all:

Sunday September 14, 9:45-11-45am at a private home: at introduction to the Days of Awe with learning and a chance for personal work.  (Designed both to provide a meaningful stand-alone experience and to combine with the other events.)

Saturday night September 20, 7-9pm: Slichot services at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock.  Please join us for a light dinner and a soulful ritual to begin our communal and personal journey inward.  5711 Monte Vista Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

Sunday September 21,  9:30am-11:00am: Beginners’ introduction to the Days of Awe, featuring a lecture and a chance for personal work.  No knowledge of Judaism or belief-set required or necessary.  Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, 1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029.

Sunday September 28, 10-noon: final workshop, to take place between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock.  What does it mean to make amends to other people, to one’s understanding of God, to oneself?  A chance to take part in the ancient Jewish practice of communal and personal healing.

Please call 323-255-5416 or email admin@tbila.org to rsvp and for the address.  Please let us know about any accessibility needs (this will affect our preparations!).

*Cut off for RSVP for the 9/20 light supper is 9/17.


High Holy Days 5775/ 2014

Now Is the Time for Turning:

The  High Holy Days

5775 / 2014

Temple Beth Israel Welcomes You

cropped-pomegranatehands-e1374560347994.jpgSeptember 24, 2014 — as the sun slowly sets, it is time to have a holy convocation, the first of the New Year. Join us to think about the past year, celebrate life and contemplate the future with Joy, Love and Introspection.

the Days of Awe


Join Rabbi Arielle Hanien, Cantor Ken Rothstein, TBI Quartet and our Congregation these High Holy Days as we sing, chant, pray, stretch and enter the year 5775 with the elevating energy of our community.


High Holy Day Services

Sept 24 – Erev Rosh Ha Shanah 8:00pm

Sept 25 -  Rosh HaShanah 9:00am / Tashlich 3:30pm

Sept 26 – Second Day Rosh HaShanah Service 9:00am

Oct  3 – Kol Nidre 7:00pm

October 4 – Yom Kippur Service 9am / Yizkor 12noon

October 4  – Mincha / Neilah 5:30pm

October 4  – Havdalah / Break-Fast PotLuck 7:45pm 

Tickets $100 for all services adults 20 and over or included with your sustaining membership

 Click here to register: Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock High Holy Days 5775/ 2014

Contemporary Jewish Thought back by Popular Demand

Rabbi Robin Podolsky’s popular series is back for another round.

New Ten Class Series begins Saturday, July 12 from 4:30-6:30 PM

July 12 through September 13

Levinas, Martin Buber, Pelligrini, Heschel

Dive right in, you don’t need to have been in section one to take this class. We’ll continue to showcase a range of contemporary thinkers such as Levinas, Buber, Heschel, Adler, Pelligrini, Rosenzweig and more and study contemporary approaches to particular issues and challenges of our day.

This class meets after Rabbi Robin’s class on the Liturgy of Shabbat Morning.

Class Description:

The 20th and 21st Centuries have been times of tremendous change.  The advent of Modernity, with its urbanization, technological achievements has created new opportunities for development and also new dangers. The trauma of the Shoah continues to resonate in Jewish life.  The release of Jewish creativity and integration into society with the rise of Postmodernity and (in some quarters) an appreciation for diversity has come with its own opportunities and dangers.  How to proceed?  Has our ancient tradition anything to say about these new issues?  Major Jewish thinkers insist that it does, and we will look to their work for new ideas. Continue reading

Study the Liturgy with Rabbi Robin and her Chevra!

We are pleased to announce that this group will begin a new phase July 12 and you can join in.

Rabbi Robin PodolskyAdult learning is blossoming forth at TBI.  Since last fall, Rabbi Robin Podolsky  has led a group almost every Sunday morning in a survey of the liturgy of the Shabbat morning. This group has ebbed and flowed through the service, taking important excursions into questions of belief, faith and historicity. The group members have bonded and created a true “ chevra” environment – a group of friends learning Torah together.

Sessions will be held Saturday afternoons from 2PM-4PM after services and kiddush lunch.  The focus will remain mostly on exploring the liturgy and its content. But, this group LOVES to explore so your interests and questions are also welcomed. All levels of experience and observance welcome.

Class Description

What Do We Say When We Pray?

Prayer is a key practice that binds us as a community and in relation to God.  Much of our liturgy has been constructed by our Rabbis from those texts that they believed to be vital expressions of our relationship with God.  As we learn these prayers, we have an opportunity to be deliberate with our kavanah, to think through the worldviews expressed through the prayers and the way of life they suggest. Continue reading

Update on Adult Learning at Temple Beth Israel

torasandcupShavuot 5774

Z’man matan Torah!  The holiday of Shavuot (Festival of Weeks) is nearly upon us. The spring air is warming toward summer. Rebirth and new growth are bursting forth in front of our eyes. These days are the z’man matan Torah – the moment of standing before Mount Sinai and receiving the flow of wisdom, understanding and knowledge (chochma, binah and daat) that comes us via Torah.

This Spring and Summer we have some special learning opportunities for you:

All classes will be held at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock


Tikkun Leyl Shavuot June 3


It’s a revelatory happening, a slumber party, a cheesecake extravaganza, a prayer

service, a night of learning…..it’s the TBI Tikkun Leyl Shavuot!

Rabbi Robin PodolskyRabbi Robin Podolsky and Friends present our first Tikkun Leyl Shavuot experience – comraderie, prayer, cheese cake, sleep over, midnight yoga, text study, music, chanting, stargazing, moonviewing, sunrise service and Ten Commandments reciting – all for $18 for adults and $10 for kids.

Tuesday, June 3, Erev Shavuot, from 6:30PM until Wednesday morning 8:00AM. Stay the whole night or just as long as you want. Most participants will spend the night at TBI

SIGN UP HERE for TBI’s Tikkun Leyl Shavout
Tickets: $18 Adults/ $10 Children 12 and under