Celebrate Hanukkah and A Special Shabbat Service on Friday, December 15th…

Join us for a special Shabbat celebration on Friday, December 15 at 6:30pm! Our congregation is joining together to light the candles of Hanukkah for the fourth night. Each year our members bring their favorite Hannukiot and candles to share Hanukkah as a community. We invite friends and family to join in the celebration!

Our Shabbat and Hanukkah celebration is extra special this year, as we welcome our new members and Religious School students to the Temple Etz Rimon family!



Celebrating Shabbat-in-the-Home on December 29th!


Continuing our tradition, our Temple Etz Rimon community is celebrating Shabbat together in our homes on Friday, December 29th. We appreciate the generosity of our membership who are able to open their home for this special Shabbat and dinner. Hosts will provide a main entree, challah, wine/juice and candles. Guests are asked to bring a salad, side dish or dessert. If you’d like to host or join a family as a guest, please call the temple as soon as possible as space is limited.


Save the Date: 28th Annual Jewish Film Festival!



Save the date for the 28th Annual Jewish Film Festival from February 8 through February 17, 2018. Award winning films from animations to documentaries will be shown throughout San Diego and North County. North County Opening Night is Saturday, February 11 at the Carlsbad Village Theatre. Edwards Theatre in San Marcos will once again participate in viewings.

In addition, the festival is hosting a number of events in the North County. “Reel Talks” will make a debut at the California Coffee House & Eatery in San Marcos and Caldo Pomodoro in Carlsbad. “Reel Talks” provides an opportunity to meet up to socialize with fellow movie goers and enjoy casual conversations about the films. “Reel Talks” will be facilitated by a guest from the film festival. Finally, don’t miss the Annual Block Party on Saturday, February 18 at 6PM. Massachusetts Mike’s Pizzeria (across from Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18) is the place to gather after the film, enjoy each other’s company, and enjoy delicious pizza!

The Annual Film Festival is another opportunity for our membership, friends and family to enjoy an evening together. It’s a perfect event to share with our Havurot!

For more information about North County programs please contact Brian Washington, North County Coordinator at brianw@lfjcc.org or (858)362-1137 or visit www.lfjcc.org/nc/








“Eat, Pray, Learn” – Join Us For our Next Lifelong Learning Series Class on January 5th…


Prayer LL Learning



“Talmud Torah K’neged Kulam” – the study of Torah is equivalent to all the other mitzvot

Torah study in our tradition refers not only to Torah (the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Five Books of Moses); it refers also to all the rabbinic and midrashic texts, commentaries, and other teachings that have been written from the time of the Torah until today.

Ever wonder about the prayers in our Shabbat service? Join Rabbi Sherman on Friday nights to study our Shabbat liturgy. We’ll explore the prayers in the Shabbat service: their history, meaning, choreography and more. Bring your own vegetarian/dairy dinner to eat after class, and then join us for Shabbat services.

“Eat, Pray, Learn” classes will be on the following Friday evenings beginning at 5:15 pm in Pilgrim Hall.

November 3: Introduction to Prayer – Why Do We Pray?

December 8: Introduction to our Siddur – How Do We Pray?

January 5: History and Clothing of Prayer – What Do We Wear?

February 2: Kabbalat Shabbat – Shalom Aleichem, candles, wine, challah, priestly blessing

March 2: Psalms, Barchu, Ma’ariv Aravim

April 6: Shema, V’ahavta, Mi Chamocha

May 4: Tefila

June 1: Aleinu, Kaddish

Bring your dinner, study with friends, and stay for Shabbat evening services.  Come for one class or attend all!  Lifelong Learning classes are held on Friday evenings at 5:15.  Check the calendar for dates.  There is no charge for members of Temple Etz Rimon.  Non-members are asked to contribute $18 per class.



Join Our Circle of Giving!

The Circle of Giving is a program whereby members can enhance their dues and give as they choose at different levels. Take the opportunities to be a part of the Circle of Honor, Circle of Life, Circle of Blessing or Circle of Light. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference within our Temple Etz Rimon community. You and your family will become a part of a pillar in the life of our temple. Go to our Circle of Giving page or download a Donation form.

The Weekly Torah Portion – what does it mean?

“It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:17-18)

Parsha for Torah Study

Ever have questions about the weekly parasha (Torah portion)? Join longtime temple member Marilyn Clement on Saturdays after our Shabbat morning service. Read theparasha closely, and explore various commentaries. Come for services at 10:00 AM, bring your own vegetarian/dairy lunch, and stay for Torah study. Maybe even add your own interpretation!

Torah study classes will be on the following Saturday mornings following Shabbat morning services: Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 2, Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, June 16

Would you like to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?


If this is something you have been thinking about, your opportunity is coming! Temple Etz Rimon would like to start a new Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class beginning in the fall of 2016. Classes meet 2-3 times per month in preparation for the B’nai Mitzvah in the spring of 2018.

If you would like to be part of this class, please Contact Us or call the temple to reserve your place or to receive additional information.

Become A Member of Our Legacy Society…

What will be your legacy? Will you have a lasting impact on the people and organizations you love and value? Temple Etz Rimon is undoubtedly one community you want to support, as commanded by the principle of l’dor vador (“from generation to generation”.)

Many of us have already added Temple Etz Rimon to our wills, trusts, and estate plans. Through a Legacy bequest; a gift of retirement plan assets, real property or appreciated securities; or a life income gift such as a charitable remainder trust or gift annuity, we can guarantee that our temple will thrive long after we are gone. For more information go to our Giving page and leave your legacy today for all the tomorrow’s to come! Go to our Giving page or download a Legacy Society form.

Help Our Temple Each Time You Shop!

Did you know it is possible to financially help Temple Etz Rimon without it costing you a cent? There are several programs available that provide donations in your name to TER activities as a side product of your normal spending.  Go to Other Giving Opportunities to see how!

Be A Big Part of Our Celebrations…Sponsor A Holiday!

Which is your favorite holiday? Put your name on it! For $360 per holiday, we are offering the opportunity for you to sponsor S’lichot, Sukkot, Tu B’Shevat, Chanukah, and Purim. You will be recognized with gratitude in our weekly newsletter. Go to our Giving page or download a Donation form.