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Upcoming Events

White Fragility Book Group
Thursdays, at 7:00 PM, through March 19
Our congregation and Inner Light Ministries will be reading the book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism​, by Robin DiAngelo. The New York Times best-selling book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


Gail Michaelis-Ow ~ 2020 Candy Coonerty Woman of Valor
On Friday, February 21, at 7:30 PM, Gail Michaelis-Ow will be honored with the 2020 Candy Coonerty Woman of Valor Award. The award, started 20 years ago to memorialize Candy’s legacy, honors a Jewish woman who serves both the Jewish community and the community at large. We honor Gail for her exemplary love of family, her leadership in the Jewish community, and her pioneering and ongoing commitment to social justice.


Rosh Hodesh Adar
Thursday, February 27, at 6:45 PM
As we approach the joyous holiday of Purim, let us think of ways we can be brave, like Esther, in challenging those who would do harm. All women are welcome.

Each month we come together at the New Moon to deepen our understanding of our own spirituality and relationship with Judaism as women—through literature, scripture, art, and music. We create sacred space, midrash, song, and study, as we make friends and strengthen our identity as Jewish women, and take a moment to fill our hearts, minds, and souls. Please visit us at

One Earth Many Peoples One Family
Sunday, March 1, 2:00−5:00 PM

Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz
Gather under “The Tent of Abraham” in conversation with others: “How do the stories and parables from our Religious Traditions call us to serve?” Get more information here.



Esther’s Story: Facing Hate with Courage
with Jehon Grist, Senior Educator, Lehrhaus Judaica
Thursday, February 27, 7:00‒8:30 PM

Esther's story is exciting, romantic and disturbing. Set in the lavish court of the Persian king 2,400 years ago, this tale takes readers through the dramatic ups and downs of our heroine. It also provides an early example of the anti-Semitism that has threatened the Jewish people ever since. But is there actual history in this story? And why did many ancient Jews and Christians oppose its addition to the biblical canon? This session will delve into these and other questions as we discover one of the most controversial and popular books of the Bible.



Judaism and the Mysteries of Life, Death and the World Beyond
A Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton with Reb Simcha Raphael
Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7.
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Ivan Rosenblum, Anya Ismail, Elizabeth Neff,
   Tatyana Rekow
 and the Music of Women’s Lives

A benefit concert for Temple Beth El
Featuring musically varied pieces drawn from classical, popular and Jewish styles. Followed by a wine and chocolate reception.
Sunday, May 3, 3:30 PM, at TBE
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Thu, February 20 2020 25 Sh'vat 5780