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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.

A Night of Fun & Clay
with Jennifer Joyce and Kerry Boulian

Class Dates/Time: Thursdays, May 4, 11 or 18, 7:30–9:30pm
Location: San Clemente home Age: 21+
Price: Member $30 per session/Non-member $40 per session

Come grab your friends and join us for a fun clay party! Over a two-hour session, each participant will create a ceramic plate over a two-hour session that will be glazed, sculpted, stamped, played with, colored, and ready to be fired twice. Finished products will be displayed at the B’tzalel Arts Festival on June 4th. Attendees are encouraged to bring wine and food to enjoy during the session! (Single session class, may be repeated)

The Art of Inner Expression
with Diane Hajnal

Class Dates/Times: Sunday, May 7 & 28, 12:30 – 3pm and Monday, May 15, 7–9pm
Location: TBE Art Room
Age: 16+
Price: Member $45/Non-Member $55

Come take this guided tour of self-discovery to find the artist within you! This unique teaching method encourages the creativity inside you to reach the canvas in colors, shapes, forms and textures. It is a fun way to unlock your talents. With the ability to express your inner self without beginning with a preconceived idea. The art of inner expression is individually geared to every student, regardless of age and prior art experience. (3-session class)

The Art of Introspection by Process of Extrospection
with Roger Gordon

Class Dates/Time: Tuesday, May 9, 16, 23 & 30, 7 – 8:30pm
Location: TBE Art Room Age: 16+
Price: Member $45/Non-member $55

An introspective course in learning how to see just beneath the surface in portraiture.
In four lessons, you will learn how to draw a portrait that you will take home and be proud of! In these 90-minute classes, you will learn sound fundamental skills that will improve your ability to create realistic drawings
(4-session class

Creating Dance and Physical Theater the B’tzalel Way
with Ellen Prince

Class Dates/Time: Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16 & 30,
6:30 – 8:30PM
Location: TBE Banquet Hall
Age: 13+

Price: Member $45/Non-member $55
Come create and play through guided exploration, improvisation, and collaborative choreography on the B’tzalel Arts Festival’s theme: “Bridge of Peace”. Participants will learn basic choreography and physical theater composition in a fun and creative way. (4-session class)

Stories In My Pocket
with Ilana Rogel-Wieder

Class Dates/Times: Wednesday, May 3, 17 and 31, 7 – 9PM and
Sunday, May 7 and 28, 1:30 – 3:30PM
(to be arranged with instructor)
Location: Chapel
Age: 16+
Price: Members $45/Non-member $55

Stories In My Pocket” is a Dramatic Storytelling workshop. This workshop series will broaden each participant’s understanding of performance in a playful, encouraging, and collaborative atmosphere. We will each write our own special stories, weaving them together in a grand finale performance that will allow our community to experience our own unique “Bridge of Peace.” No significant memorization will be required. Whether you’re a seasoned performer, or think you’re shy or not that creative, this workshop is for you! (5-session class)

Storytelling, Puppets, and Art
with Rabbi Heidi Cohen and Lesley Jacobs

Class Date/ Time: Wednesday May 10th, 12:30-2:30
Friday May12th at 9:30
*(our special presentation of our puppet friends at our Mother’s Day Shabbat)

Pa'am A'Chat Ha'yo Ha'ya…
Once Upon A Time...there were puppets!
Come join Rabbi Heidi Cohen and all her puppet friends for an afternoon of storytelling, puppets and creating some of our own! This interactive afternoon will not only include listening to Jewish stories but exploring how to create our own and enlist the help of some of our own puppet creations.  Then join us on Friday, May 12th during our ECC Shabbat celebration to present our creations!


Class Dates/Time: Monday, May 1, 8, & 22, 4:15-5PM
Location: Sanctuary
Age: 8+ Price: $50 (members) for the year

Temple Beth El's new youth choir is comprised of youth from 3rd grade and up. Kochavim, which means "stars" in Hebrew, is a reminder that our youth bring light through their music, inspiring the next generation of leaders and dedicated Jews. Like our adult choir, they participate in various services and events throughout the year, and look forward to being part of the B'tzalel Arts Festival on June 4th.

Kol Haneshamah

Class Dates/Time: contact Cantor Young
Location: Sanctuary    
Age: 13+

Temple Beth El’s adult choir, led by Cantor Natalie Young, is made up of dedicated volunteers who share a passion for Jewish music. The choir sings throughout the High Holiday season and at various services and events during the year. Their soul-filling music can be heard both at home and out in the greater community. Come join us!

Exploring Modern Art Photography
with Kathy B. Shapiro and Nancy Albright

Class Dates/Time: Monday, May 8 and 22, 7 – 9PM
Location: TBD
Age: Any age!
Price: Member $35/Non-member $45

“The best camera is the one you have with you.”
-Chase Jarvis.

Participants will view various examples of modern art, especially abstract art. Discussion will center around what is modern art and who are modern art photographers. Next we will create our own versions of Modern Art Photography. Bring your smart phones, point-and-shoots, or digital SLR’s. We will spend one session discussing photographic techniques. A Facebook Private Group page will be set up where we can share our images. Photographers will take photos using the guidelines provided and either share via Facebook or email images to Kathy. In the follow-up session, we will have a “show and tell” of our works-in-progress, with suggestions on what we can do to make improvements, if any. Group will select images that will be printed and framed for the B’tzalel Arts Festival. (2-session class)

Kids & the Sea
with Mary Church

Class Date/Time: Sunday, May 21, 10am – 1pm (Bring a lunch)
Location: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach
Age: 7 - 18
Price: Member $35/Non-Member $45

Come explore “you and the sea” through your camera’s lens. Bring your smart phone or any other digital device. We will enjoy a day in beautiful Laguna Beach. Each participant will walk away with six 8”x10” printed images, three of which will be showcased at our B’tzalel Arts Festival on June 4th!


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