Rabbi Shabbat

Friday May 20th at 5:30pm

Please note earlier start time for this Rabbi led Shabbat
RSVP to Shoshanah at by Thursday May 19th.with full names of everyone in your party and what you are bringing to the pre-service potluck -- no pork or shellfish, please. The location will be shared after this information is received. Vaccinations thru 1 booster required. Please send vax cards only if you have not submitted them previously.
Thank you

Adult Education - May 21st

Last Melton Adult Ed Class postponed to May 21st at 10:00 am

The location will be shared with those who
RSVP to by May 18th

Rabbi's Message

Dear Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community,

I hope that you and yours are well. It not such a given right now as we see the terrible things that are happening in the world right now. The senseless loss of life and the hatred that spurs it forward. This may feel new, or as if it has become more prevalent, but acts of hatred have always been a part of our world and often has been directed at those that are “different”. People of color, faith traditions that do not fall within what the majority would consider “one of us”, the LGBTQ community – it seems that there must always be someone to blame for the ills of the world and it is almost always those that can least protect themselves against the majority. So, what do we do about it? We do what we have always done, we persevere. Not by plodding along with our heads down, hoping no one will notice us but in the ways that connect us. We make common cause with the other, we have been the other. In the Torah, we read repeatedly that we do not oppress the stranger, we take care of the poor and the widow and the orphan. If you are wondering what we do now, that is what we do. We continue to meet, to welcome, to pray and to serve those that need help, and we pass on our traditions.

At our Kehillah (from KAHAL – meaning community) Shabbat, we gathered and enjoyed each other’s company, we ate, laughed, and prayed. We sang about “Tradition!” that is what we do. Last Shabbat we witnessed one of the young men in our community as he became a Bar Mitzvah, a son of the commandments, who led us in a beautiful service – a rite of passage in the Jewish community that has been passed down through the generations of young men and now young women. These are our traditions. One of the most poignant moments in the service is the actual passing of the Torah, from one generation to the next and to the next. It signifies the Torah that we teach to generation after generation of Jews as we are commanded in Devarim “these words that I command you shall be on your heart, and you shall teach them diligently to your children…” that is what we do. We teach and we bear witness.

This coming Friday night we will meet again to bring in Shabbat, celebrate our joys and our sorrows, our hopes for positive change and our plans for making a difference where we can. Our reach is father than you might think. The next morning, at 10:00 we will turn to our sacred literature and as the people of the book, continue to carry on our Tradition!
With love and continued prayers for peace,
Rabbi Debi Lewis

Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along
Kehillah Shabbat a Big Hit

When Jeff Winter and I discussed holding another Movie Night Shabbat at his home, the issue of the length of the potential movies came up. It was at that moment that thinking outside the proverbial box took place. We realized that Shabbat was not just Friday night, so why not hold this Kehillah Shabbat on Saturday and change the potluck from dinner to lunch. And, as they, say the rest is history.

Jeff offered to fire up the barbecue for kosher hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob and provide drinks while asking the attendees to bring sides and dessert. A magnificent meal was created, enjoyed in a beautiful outdoor setting thanx to the wonderful hospitality of Jeff and his wife Barbara, who both worked hard to make May 7th an afternoon to remember.

Their media room was once again the perfect venue to watch the classic Fiddler on the Roof, while singing along from song sheets Jeff and Barbara had made, while munching on popcorn they had popped and put into movie theater boxes.

A huge TODAH RABAH to Jeff and Barbara. You outdid yourselves!

Shoshanah Schwartz
SYVJC Vice-President, Programming



We now have 55 family and individual memberships that have newly joined or renewed this fiscal year.

New Members

Carole Bennett & Alain Cardinal

Renewed Members

Paul & Melissa Kanarek
Ed Kushner
Robert & Jacqueline Laskoff
Larry Schaffer
David & Shoshanah Schwartz
Daniel Simon & Patricia Rheuban
Ariadne Weaver
Elizabeth Ziegler

Note to All Members:  If you have not renewed your membership this fiscal year (July 1, 2021 to date) by making your Conscientious Contribution, please consider doing so now either online at or by check sent to our P O box address – see the “Membership” tab on our website for details.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss your membership status, please contact Shirley Scales, Treasurer, at 805-448-6783


Contributions to Specific Funds

President/Rabbi Special Needs Fund

Jennifer Aft & David Kokorowski in honor of Eytan Kokorowski’s Bar Mitzvah


Mark Your Calendar

  • May 20th 5:30pm Rabbi Shabbat
  • May 21st  10 am 4th Melton Adult Ed Class postponed to this date
  • June 12th time and location TBA Annual Meeting
  • July 10th Cachuma Boat Cruise
The Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community offers Adult Education and other Jewish activities for all in our community. If you require financial assistance to participate in any of these non-fundraising activities, we welcome you to contact our board President,  Susie Pierson

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