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Through the arts, our collective creativity has the ability to build personal and communal connections to our Judaism and to God. We named this festival in recognition of B’TZALEL, the chief artisan of the Tabernacle who was in charge of building the Ark of the Covenant. He was said to be highly gifted as a workman, showing great skill and originality in engraving precious metals and stones and in wood-carving. He was also a master-workman, having many apprentices under him whom he instructed in the arts. Through his wisdom and knowledge he was able to bring out great skills in others to create the place where God would dwell. Temple Beth El will host its first ever B’TZALEL ARTS FESTIVAL, where gifted artists from within our own temple community will be sharing their talents with us through a series of arts workshops through the month of May 2017. CONNECT! CREATE! COLLABORATE! The festival culminates on Sunday, June 4th at 4pm with an opportunity to SEE, HEAR, and TASTE the creations at our Artist Showcase.

Sponsored in part by an Impact Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services




Cook Like a Boss
Just for Kids with Isaac Buchanan

Class Date/Time: Tuesday, May 30, 6 – 7pm
Location: TBE Commercial Kitchen
Age: 8+
Price: Member $25/Non-member $35

In this special hands-on class, little chefs will work alongside their special adult to learn all about cooking. Together, you’ll learn secrets for creating easy, amazing and delicious food. Make meal time extra special and create sweet memories with your precious little ones.

Cook Like a Boss
Just for Adults with Isaac Buchanan

(2-session class)
Class Dates/Time: Wednesdays, May 3 & 17, 7 – 8:30pm
Location: TBE Commercial Kitchen
Age: 18+
Price: Member $40/Non-member $50

Join us at the all new TBE Culinary Education Series to either learn for the first time, brush up or perfect your culinary skills. This series will be a mash-up (pun intended) of classic to modern dishes, plus a spin on traditional Jewish cuisine. Sign up soon so that you will not miss your chance to “Cook Like A Boss!”

Healthy Whole-wheat & Delicious Challah
with Debra Solomon

Class Dates/Times: Monday, May 1, 7–9pm or Tuesday, May 9, 1–4pm
Location: SJC Home
Age: 18+
Price: Member $25/
Non-member $35

Grinding your own wheat not only provides superior flour, but one full of 28 nutrients, making bread healthy again! You will learn about the nutritional benefits of grinding your own wheat berries, taste a few treat made with fresh ground flour, and see how easy it is to grind your own wheat. You will then have a chance to grind wheat and make, braid, and bake your own delicious challah to take home. (Single session class, may be repeated)

Baking a Bridge to Sacred Space
with Sherri Krause & Sarah Wood

Class Date/Time: NOTE DATE CHANGE: SUNDAY, MAY 7, 10am-12pm
Location: Mission Viejo home
Age: Child (age 8+) accompanied by adult
Price: Adult- Member $25 /Non-member $35 Child- Member $10/Non-member $15

Participants will learn how to bake challot for Shabbat and holidays. When we prepare in advance for a party or other special event, it builds excitement and enjoyment, even before the day of the event. Baking challot and enjoying its wonderful smells helps to build anticipation for the Shabbat. Looking forward to these smells and tastes are part of what makes the Shabbat magical. Each person will take home 2 challot to bake.

The Art of Home Brewing
with Alan Fenning & Jason Baker

Class Date/Time: Sunday, May 7
10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: San Juan Capistrano home
Age: 21+
Price: Member $45/Non-member $55

Participants will learn about the beer making process by assisting in an all-grain home brewing session. We will taste and learn how to rate different styles of beer. The workshop will start with heating the make-up water and go through each step in the process up to and including filling the fermentation vessel. The final project will be the beer that will be enjoyed at the B’tzalel Arts Festival on June 4th.

Crafty Cookies
with Kim Goering

Class Date/Time: Tuesday, May 2, 4–5:30pm
Location: TBE Dairy Kitchen
Age: 7 – 11
Price: Member $25/Non-member $35
(2-session class)
Class Dates/Time: Tuesday, May 2 & 9, 6–8pm
Location: TBE Dairy Kitchen Age: Adult
Price: Member $40/Non-member $50

Participants will learn basic cookie decorating techniques including rolling and baking tips, recipes and beginning decorating skills. Students will complete their own decorated sugar cookies to take home. To bring a little sweetness to members of our Temple Beth El family who are homebound, we will be delivering some of our homemade goodies on Shabbat!

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