Seeing Into the Future
By Rabbi Ron Stern
How far can you gaze into the future? Of course, none of us has the ability to even know what tomorrow will bring; nonetheless, we plan.  We purchase insurance, we fund pensions, we plan vacations, schedule weddings and other events, knowing full well that surprises happen – both pleasantly benign and dramatically life-changing.  What about into the next generation?  The one after that? What would it take to look into the third or fourth generation after you?
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Community Response: Woolsey Fire and Holiday Toy Donations Arrive in Droves
Our community was in need and you responded in full force! Over the past several weeks, Wise has collected bags upon bags of donations for victims of the Woolsey and Hill Fires, as well as boxes upon boxes of donations for the Jewish Federations’ Festival of Lights Toy Drive. Storage bins and trucks are overloaded thanks to your generosity — we are grateful for your incredible response. In addition, between our Wise Holiday Boutique and #GivingTuesday, Wise and the Wise Parents Association have collected $2,500 for fire relief and victims of the violence in Thousand Oaks.
Our Holiday Volunteer Guide is now live!
If you and your family are looking for more ways to help those in need this season, we have collected many opportunities to assist Wise’s Homes for Heroes program and our partners LA Family Housing, The People Concern, and Big Sunday.

 

Wise Family Camp: Unplug, Recharge, Connect with Us in Ojai
February 8-10, 2019 | DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15

Take a break from the busyness of life and spend quality family time with your own family and your Stephen Wise Temple Family. Whether it’s a Friday night song session with Rabbi Yoshi, the ropes course, hiking with Rabbi Stern, a Havdalah dance party, or just the chance to relax with a glass of wine, a good book and good friends–Family Camp is made for YOU. Family Camp is open to any Wise family with children or grandchildren of any age. From toddlers to teens and beyond, enjoy age-appropriate programming, great staff, and the beautiful scenery of Ojai. Come with your family and leave with new friends!
REGISTER HERE


 
Worship

This Week’s Torah Portion: Vayeshev

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
6:15 p.m. | Shabbat Services with Wise School 6th Grade
Led by Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and Cantor Emma Lutz
Please note: there will be no pre-service nosh this week.
Watch live on Friday night: Facebook | WiseLA.org

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
9 a.m. | Lay-led Torah Study
10 a.m. | Adult B’nai Mitzvah Shabbat Morning Services
Led by Rabbi David Woznica, Rabbi Sari Laufer, and Cantor Emma Lutz

NEXT WEEK

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
5:15 p.m. | 40s and 50s Happy Hour
6:15 p.m. | Shabbanukkah Services
Join us for our festive holiday service! Bring your family’s menorah so that we may light our Hanukkah candles as one community. We will also collect $20 Ralph’s or Target gift cards to donate to our partners at LA Family Housing.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
9 a.m. | Lay-led Torah Study
10 a.m. | Shabbat Morning Services 

 

Learning Opportunities with Clergy
Bible Study with Rabbi Ron Stern:
Monday, December 3 at 9 a.m. | Temple Conference Room
Talmud Study with Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback: Wednesday, December 5 at 12 p.m. | Udko Annex


Wise Bulletin Board
 
Final Call for Shoe Buddies — Help Us Reach Our Goal
We have almost reached our goal of 200 pairs of NEW shoes for the kids at 93rd St. Elementary in Downtown Los Angeles. By becoming a “Shoe Buddy,” you can make a huge impact on a child’s life by providing new shoes and socks for kids who often receive hand-me-downs or second-hand footwear. We’re collecting until Monday, December 3!
LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP
 
Help us Make Meaning and Change the World: Now Accepting Nominations to the Stephen Wise Temple Board of Directors for 2019/2020
by Steven J. Fishman, Immediate Past President and Chair of the Nominating committee
Are you or is someone you know active, interested, and deeply involved in our Stephen Wise Temple and Schools community? Would you like to deepen your connection with Wise by joining our lay leadership team? If so, please submit your name or your recommendation for our 2019/2020 Board of Directors, Congregational Fund Trustees, and Officer positions. The Nominating committee requests that all Board nominee recommendations be submitted in writing to the chair, Steven J. Fishman, prior to December 30, 2018. Please include “2019/2020 Board of Directors” in the subject line of your email to ensure proper delivery. The Nominating committee will evaluate all submissions based on candidate criteria and available openings. Thank you for being committed and passionate members of our community.
EMAIL YOUR NOMINATION
 

Open Gym — Final 2018 Dates 
Stephen Wise Temple members and staff are invited to play pick-up basketball in our beautiful new Katz Family Pavilion athletics facility. Bring your A-game and up to two friends to show off your hoops skills. Open gym is completely free.
Only persons 18 and over are eligible. Please wear appropriate gym clothing. Waivers must be signed upon entry.
Tuesdays: 12/4, 12/18
Thursdays: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, and 12/27
LEARN MORE
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Get Your #WiseLights at our Gift Shop
Hanukkah is here! This is your last chance for some new #WiseLights!
Now offering 25% off all menorahs and candles.
The Wise Gift Shop has a wide variety of beautiful Hanukkiyot, colorful candles, dreidels, and more. Check out the full selection and choose a new hanukkiyah to fit your family’s style. We also have new, collectible dreidels to either add to your robust collection or kick-start a brand-new one. All talitot are now 25% off too (for members only). The Gift Shop is open on school days from 2-4 p.m. and on Friday nights before and after services. Appointments available: call 310.476.8561.

 

 
Upcoming Events
 
Baby Playdate and Pajama Havdalah
Saturday, December 1
3 p.m. | Baby Playdate (12 months and younger)
4 p.m. | Pajama Havdalah (kids up to age 5)
Gather together under the stars to bid farewell to Shabbat. Our clergy and songleader will guide you through the experience with story and song, and an opportunity to make your own spice bags and candles. Babies (0-12 months) and their parents are invited to join us for a special baby playdate prior to Havdalah with Rabbi Sari. Let us help you (and each other) get through the weekend with friends, fun, food, and maybe even a glass of wine.  Families are encouraged to attend in PJ’s!
REGISTER HERE FOR BABY PLAYDATE
REGISTER HERE FOR PAJAMA HAVDALAH
 
Wise Women presents Mahj and More
Wednesday, December 5 at 1 p.m.
Wise members and guests are invited to join other Wise Women for open play: Mah Jongg, Canasta, Bridge, or any other game you’d like on the first Wednesday of each month. Groups or single players and all levels (beginners to experts) are welcome and encouraged! If you have a Mah Jongg set, please bring it along. Snacks and light refreshments served. This is a free event. RSVP required. For more information on Canasta Lessons please contact Rachel Goldberg (RGoldberg@WiseLA.org, 310.889.2227).
RSVP HERE
 

Shabbanukkah 2018
Friday, December 7 at 6:15 p.m.
Our popular festival of lights celebration returns for a Shabbat of music, togetherness, fried foods, and (SAFE) open flames. Be there for our joyous service followed by a special oneg and remember that this event is BYOH (Bring Your Own Hanukkiyah!) so that we can light our lights together as one community. Members and guests in their 40s and 50s are invited to join us for a happy hour before services beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Support LA Family Housing by bringing a $20 Target gift card to donate to families in need. Our partners at LAFH are assembling a “Wishmart” for families during the holiday season and your donation of a gift card will go a long way to making it a wonderful holiday for all. We will collect them at our Shabbanukkah service and deliver to LAFH.
RSVP HERE FOR 40s/50s HAPPY HOUR

 
Center for Jewish Life presents
Ambassador Ron Prosor in Dialogue with Rabbi David Woznica
AIPAC @ Wise

Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
This evening Rabbi Woznica will engage Ambassador Prosor on a wide range of topics that both unite and at times divide Israel and the Jewish people outside of Israel, his thoughts about America and the international community, the inner workings of the world of diplomacy and some of his most memorable moments on the world stage. Join us for an evening with one of Israel’s most distinguished, articulate, and insightful diplomats.
AIPAC @ Wise is presented by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in partnership with Stephen Wise Temple.
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER
 

Center for Jewish Life presents Museums with Mario
Norton Simon Museum
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 1:30–3 p.m.
Nestled in Pasadena this museum offers countless moments of aesthetically induced sighs. We will focus on the beautiful Sculpture Garden featuring works by Renoir and Maillol.

Cost (does not include admission):
$15: Stephen Wise Temple Members
$20: General Public

Museum Admission:
$15: payable upon entry to the museum

Parking is free.
REGISTER HERE 

 
Wise Years
Thursday, December 13
10 a.m. | Registration Begins (note new time!)
10:30 a.m. | Program Begins
Learn from journalist Beverly Magid how women have made a difference throughout history. Longtime Los Angeles public servant Zev Yaroslovsky will discuss his current efforts to measure quality of life in our city. After lunch, play games or enjoy a screening of the 2017 film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.
REGISTER HERE

Deadline to order lunch is December 10
 
Soulful Shabbat
Friday, December 14
6:30 p.m. | Dinner
8 p.m. | Services
Soulful Shabbat is a one-of-a-kind musical service, one of Wise’s most popular traditions. Join our clergy and our Soulful Shabbat musicians and singers for a spiritual evening featuring the rhythms and melodies our members have come to love.
REGISTER FOR DINNER
 

Wise Guys Shabbat Hike at Topanga State Park (Musch Trail)
Saturday, December 15 at 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a Shabbat in nature as Wise Guys meet up for a morning of camaraderie, learning, music, prayer, and fun. Musch Trail to Eagle Rock is a moderate 4.4 mile loop that, according to AllTrails.com, features beautiful wild flowers. Since this hike is a few days after Hanukkah, it’s the perfect opportunity to burn off those latkes!
RSVP HERE

 
Shabbat Dinner Q&A with Senator Robert Hertzberg
Friday, December 21
6:15 p.m. | Services
7:30 p.m. | Dinner
As an ongoing public service series, Stephen Wise Temple will invite elected officials (not currently campaigning) to engage with members in an open Q&A format over Shabbat dinner. In December, our guest for Shabbat will be Senator Robert “Bob” Hertzberg. Afterwards, over dinner, he will hold an open dialogue as a chance to answer pressing questions on the minds of constituents.
REGISTER FOR DINNER
 
NEW Online Class from Wise Melton School:
The Star and the Crescent: The Long Relationship of Judaism and Islam

Begins Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Jews and Muslims have coexisted, peacefully and and contentiously, for more than a millennium. This course will examine the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.
This class will be held exclusively online. Registrants will receive login information and details.
LEARN MORE
 

 
Lifecycle • Yahrzeits

We remember with love those who died in recent days and weeks:

Eva Chorub, Jesse R. Gross, Judge Louis Marvin Kohn, Betty Lindner, Claire Love, Eugene Monkarsh, Claire Mullen, Joyce Perlstein, Solomon Raymond, Leah Rosenberg, Janis Rouda, Sharon Tallarico

We observe the yahrzeits of:

Barbara Bender*, Beverly Berlinger*, Jacob Blattberg*, Florence S. Bloom*, Beatrice Appel Burke*, Jon Cherney*, Sylvia Feiles*, Mary Garfinkel*, Eva Gelbaum*, Rose Gilbert*, Selma Gluck*, Bernard Goldstein*, Joyce Greenstein, Donald Alan Haskin*, Sylvia Hecht*, Sarah Jasper*, Sophie Lakin*, Marcia Lam *, Rose Marcus*, Frieda Helen Nath*, Rose L. Nochenson*, Tamara Praw, Barbara Kay Prober, Damon Michael Ribakoff*, Harry Robinson*, Ralph Rogers*, Robert Rothman, Milton Rubin *, Richard Alan Ruderman*, Ruth Schulcz, Edward Siegel, Bertha S. Singer*, Galen Stoller*, Minnie Storch*, Thelma M. Tamkin*, Rose L. Teperson*, Marion Woskow*

*Designated on our memorial walls

 
Lifecycle • Condolences

We reach out as a community and offer our support and deepest sympathy to those among us who are mourning the loss of a loved one.

Rachel Goldberg on the loss of her grandfather Judge Louis Marvin Kohn.

Candy and Bill Karambellas on the loss of Candy’s mother Joyce Perlstein, grandmother of Carly Karambellas.

 

Lifecycle • Mazal Tov

Shehechianu Moment

Do you have a milestone birthday or anniversary approaching? We’d like to celebrate your special day on the bima during Friday evening Shabbat Services! Invite your family, join your Wise community, make it a “shehechianu moment” – a time to give thanks for life, health, and the blessings that enable you to reach this great moment in your life. Let us know by emailing Arlene Spiegelman or calling 310.889.2272 and she’ll make sure to schedule a date that works for you. We’d love to share your celebration!

Mazal Tov to:

Arlene and Eli Chernow on the birth of their granddaughter Lillian Snow Chernow-Theileman.

Kathy and Michael Mahgerefteh on their daughter Ashley Mahgerefteh becoming Bat Mitzvah.

Carolyn and Mike Schulman on the birth of their daughter Molly Ann Schulman.

Todd and Allison Waldman on the birth of their son Jacob Dashiell Waldman.

 

Lifecycle • Tributes

We honor our loved ones, our family simchas, our communal losses through charitable giving. To give in honor or in memory of a cherished family member or dear friend please visit WiseLA.org/Giving.

RABBI YOSHI ZWEIBACK DISCRETIONARY FUND
IN HONOR OF:
Laurie Ackerman, by Renee and Robert Siragusa

RABBI JOSH KNOBEL DISCRETIONARY FUND
IN MEMORY OF:
Janis Rouda, by Stephanie and Christopher Mintle

CANTOR NATHAN LAM DISCRETIONARY FUND
IN MEMORY OF:
Jonathan Lederer, by Marilyn Brown

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND
IN HONOR OF:
Rabbi Ron Stern’s 20th anniversary, by Beth, John, Billy and Lindsay Wilson

JOSHUA A LEVY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
IN MEMORY OF:
Joshua Levy, by Shelly and Donald Levy

WISE TIKKUN OLAM LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
IN HONOR OF:
Rabbi Ron Stern’s 20th anniversary, by Ruth Kalin

METUKA BENJAMIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
IN MEMORY OF:

Tamara Praw, by Albert and Heidi Praw

HARRY SILVERS BOOK FUND
IN HONOR OF:
Marc and Ellen Silvers’ wedding, by Eileen and Brad Smulson

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN 18/19
IN MEMORY OF:
Leah Rosenberg, by Harriet and Myron Kusnitz
Robert Rothman, by Donna Rothman

YAHRZEIT FUND
IN MEMORY OF:
Edward Siegel, by Eli and Arlene Chernow

Lona M. Stone, by Richard Stone

 

Thank You

We appreciate our wonderful volunteers:

Center for Jewish Life Volunteers:
Susan Firestone
Freda Moscowitz
Barbara Sampson

Nosh Volunteer:
Susan Firestone

Gift Shop Volunteers:
Terrie Baumann
Rochelle Fox
Lori Rubin
Carol Sookman

 
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