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Richard Kline has some thoughts about the Temple

by Web Guy on 02/14/18

I am Richard Kline and I have been a member of this Temple for a year and a half and I am a beekeeper. I attended the meeting last night. The issue is not, and never has been the bylaws. The bylaws conflicts are simply a manifestation of the suffering of the Collective Soul of this Temple and it’s petty power struggles. Harvard law school was well represented but I gave them no entry because none of their learned offerings about quorums moved my Soul. With the exception of the opening prayer, not much moved my Soul last night, including the mostly empty Temple.

I humbly suggest, prior to our next meeting, that each of us type into our computers Sounds of Silence Official Music Video. Just drop your ears down to your hearts and open your eyes and Soul to the images on the screen. Then ask your own Soul, “What is the Soul of the our Temple suffering?!” I’m not even suggesting that I have any idea what will come up for any of you. If may be gold or it may be Hell but I trust it, and I trust each of you. I believe all lies in jest until we do so. Thank you for listening.

Cabaret benefiting ARC of Ventura Counth

by Web Guy on 02/11/18

From Marc Goldman...

ARC cabaret on Saturday, February 24, 7pm at Temple Am Hayam in Ventura.
A night of talent starring individuals from ARC of Ventura County.

Ojai Resident Needs Home after Thomas Fire

by Web Guy on 02/08/18

Hello Fred,

I was speaking with Cheri Dekofsky today at Jewish Family Services and she suggested I write to you. 

I lost my home, personal belongings and audio/video studio in the Thomas Fire. Since then I’ve been staying at a friends home, yet I need to move by Feb.15 because they have renters coming in. 

Cheri thought you might be willing to share my need in the temple newsletter you publish weekly. 

Ideally I’m looking for a room in a large home or a guest cottage. Alternatively, I can borrow a 26ft. trailer to park on a large parcel someone may live on. 

The Ojai Valley News has an article which has an interview with me, as well as some photographs of my lost home.

Thank you for your consideration,

Please call me if you would like,


Ray Platt (aka Powers)

Yoga Retreat hosted by Jackie Sherman

by Web Guy on 02/01/18

From Tina Chappel

I'd be honored if you could mark your calendar for a day of renewal on Saturday, March 17th.  I will be guiding 2 full yoga sessions, a Revivifying Morning practice for all levels and a Therapeutic/ Restorative session in the afternoon to welcome in the Vernal Equinox.  

This retreat is brought about in conjunction with New Beginnings Yoga Retreats guided by my good friend and partner, Jackie Sherman, our retreat coordinator.

I'm excited to share a full day of yoga, hiking, sound bathing and general R & R at Fred Rothenberg's lovely home in the Upper Ojai Valley. (See photos at "March 17 Photos" button at the website

That is also the page to sign-up for the Retreat-please click "add to Cart" on the left hand side of the page, then go to the "shopping basket" on the right which will take you to the shopping cart to complete your registration.

The program is from 7:30am - 6pm and will include two meals: a light breakfast and a delicious vegetarian lunch locally catered. 

The cost is $150 for the entire program.  
Early bird registration: $125 by February 17.

Book Review by Jeff

by Web Guy on 01/14/18

Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman

The Liars' Gospel is the story of a Jewish man, Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. In this fictional novel based on the story of Jesus and the Jewish people, a year after his death, four people tell their stories.  Storytelling is the lying art; a tale can’t be separated from its teller’s motives. This premise underlies Alderman’s daring new novel, which—rather than repeating the laudatory accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—follows four individuals who interacted with Jesus (here called Yehoshuah) just before the Crucifixion. 

His mother, Miryam, mourns him and his abandonment of his birth family; his friend Iehuda can’t accept his charismatic friend’s intolerance for dissent and growing sense of entitlement and feels obligated to betray him. For Caiaphas, the High Priest of Jerusalem’s Temple, subduing one rabble-rousing preacher is of lesser importance than appeasing Pontius Pilate and questioning his wife’s fidelity, while a powerful rebel named Bar-Avo (Barabbas) incites violence against his people’s oppressors. 

Alderman presents an unabashedly Jewish perspective, and she re-creates first-century Judea, a land subjugated by tyrannical Rome, in intense, brutal detail. Religion and politics deeply intertwine in this profound work, which expresses blunt truths about leadership while exploring the healthy nature of debate about one’s faith and the origin of religion. 

This was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. In the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the time of the Roman Empire - massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal - The Liars' Gospel makes the oldest story understandable to modern readers. 

Jeffrey Weinstein
(805) 798-0010

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