ChaiVillageLA, a program of Temple Isaiah and Temple Emanuel, has a full array of interesting, educational and fun virtual events. All Temple adults are welcome to join in. All temple members are welcome at events sponsored by ChaiVillageLA.

Upcoming Virtual Programming

I Love LA Part IX with Stuart Goldurs: The People Who Made Los Angeles

Wednesday, February 17 | 2:30 p.m.

In this multi-part series hosted by member Stuart Goldurs we will virtually visit and learn about Los Angeles' historic places including the oldest existing restaurants. In part IX, we will explore the people who made Los Angeles including movie moguls, politicians, philanthropists, and aerospace leaders.

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Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah – Allan Sherman with Cary Ginel

Wednesday, February 17 | 7:00 p.m.

Everyone knows American parodist Allan Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” but in this presentation with Cary Ginell, we’ll hear stories about Sherman’s tumultuous career, including the stories behind favorites such as “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” and “Sarah Jackman” as well as Jewish-flavored parodies you might not have heard including “There Is Nothing Like a Lox” (from “South Passaic”), “Smog Gets In Your Eyes,” and “Seventy-Six Sol Cohens (at the Country Club).”

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Afternoon Tea with the Levines

Thursday, February 18 | 4:00 p.m.

Join Susan and Joel Levine for virtual tea.

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Israel Amid Conflict in the Middle East (Part 3)

Thursday, February 18 | 7:00 p.m.

The Middle East today is beset by chaos and conflict, as simultaneous and overlapping wars stretch from Libya to Yemen and beyond. From protests against dictators to the effort to combat Iran, over two sessions Jordan Reimer, Rand Policy Analyst,  will explore the dual foundations of destabilization in the Middle East today and how they affect Israel and the United States. He will conclude with a deep-dive into a rare piece of good news: the “Abraham Accords” between Israel and Arab Gulf nations and what it foretells for a region in turmoil. Jordan Reimer is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Previously, he served as a Middle East intelligence analyst at the New York City Police Department and policymaker at the Department of Defense. Reimer has an MPA from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Calm & Creative Workshop with Julie Grass

Friday, February 19 | 1:30 p.m.

Julie Grass leads a workshop on how to use art to stay calm & creative.

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We Discover Jewish Communities Around the World – Jews of Iraq

Monday, February 22 | 3:00 p.m.

With guide Rahel Musleah. There were once 150,000 Jews in Iraq. Today there are five. What happened to this illustrious community, the birthplace of the Babylonian Talmud and a rich source of cultural and scholarly life throughout the centuries? We can't go back to Baghdad today but Rahel Musleah who can trace her roots back to 17th century Baghdad will lead us on a virtual tour of Iraqi history, customs, rituals, and music through visuals, songs, and music. Fee: $6 per Zoom screen.

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Israel in the Time of Biden with Steve Zipperstein

Tuesday, February 23 | 12:00 p.m.
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Poetry Workshop with Ruth Weisberg – CLOSED

Tuesday, February 23 | 3:00 p.m.

Ruth Weisberg will lead a workshop devoted to the thoughtful reading and engaged writing of our own poetry. We will learn more about a variety of 20th and 21st C poets and share our best thinking about the writing of poetry now.

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80’s+/- Group: Sharing Our Stories with Judy Weintraub

Wednesday, February 24 | 1:00 p.m.

Each of us is the quiet hero of our life's journey! We will come together as a group to share the stories of our lives. Facilitated by Chaplain Intern Judy Weintraub.

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The Urban Folk Music Revival Course

Thursdays, February 25-April 22 | 3:00 p.m.

An 8-Week "Edu-tainment" Course Taught by Music Historian Cary Ginell.

In this course, we will explore how the folk music boom of the 1950s and ‘60s occurred and how it was absorbed into American popular culture. Music is a product of its times, and folk music definitely ascribed to that. We will trace the development of folk music in the 20th century that led to its rise in the 1950s and its reflection of American history and social development.
Fee: $52 for all 8 classes, or $8 per class

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Calm & Creative Workshop with Julie Grass

Friday, February 26 | 1:30 p.m.

Julie Grass leads a workshop on how to use art to stay calm & creative.

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What is ChaiVillageLA?

ChaiVillageLA is part of the rapidly growing Village Movement—we’re not a place; we’re a community led by adults who share their optimism, skills, support, and expertise with each other to joyfully navigate the next steps in our lives.  ChaiVillageLA is a collaborative program of Temple Isaiah and Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, grounded in Jewish values. Although there are hundreds of Villages around the country, ChaiVillageLA is the first and only synagogue-based Village.
Every day, our members come together to create new possibilities for what’s next, providing each other with the programs, resources, and support needed to live lives of purpose and growth. Members tell us that they feel energized by being a part of such a powerful, expansive community.
Now over 220 members strong, we are a very active community.  We have current events sessions, a short story group, bridge games, walks around the park with a rabbi and trips to local museums and attractions.  We’re member-led, so members serve on committees, run classes and events, and help one another with check-in calls, friendly visits, and rides to the doctor.  We go out into the community, assisting homeless families, collecting clothing for children in need and assisting after-school programs.

What's Happening at ChaiVillageLA?

Jewish Celebrations
Short Story Group
New Member Potlucks
...and much more

Expo Line Tours
Movie Meet Ups
80's + Salon

Museum Tours
Film Discussions
Wisdom Circle

And many more member-led programs

How do Members help other members?

Governing the Village
Rides to doctors and events
Volunteering in the Community

Planning Events                    
Check-In Calls
Helping Homeless Families

Working in the Office
Help with Computers
Helping Children in Need

Would you like to learn more about ChaiVillageLA?

We welcome your participation. Visit us at ChaiVillageLA.org or contact Director Devorah Servi at 310.592.0321 or  devorah@ChaiVillageLA.org