UPCOMING AT TBY

Strength of tradition and warmth of community are at the heart of our congregation, yet we are so much more. We are a center for Jewish life, a home away from home where you and your loved ones can share with us in the life-long Jewish journey of learning and discovery.  


Whatever your background, age, or stage of life, we invite you to get to know us by checking out our diverse programs, worship services and special events.  We hope that you will find TBY at the center of your Jewish life. LGBTQI+ and Interfaith couples and families welcome!

TBY HAS SWITCHED TO SQUARE





We are proud to say we are now using Square for all our credit card transactions. This simple and efficient technology will ensure that you will receive a receipt for your transactions and we can easily help you keep track of all your payments made to TBY (excluding dues). 

Please note that all credit card transactions will incur a 3.5% handling fee. 

If you would prefer to not pay a handling fee, you are welcome to pay by check or cash. If you have any questions, please call the office at (949) 644-1999. 

​​​​This Week's Torah Thought

From Rabbi Miller
Shanah Tova | שנה טובה

September 29th, 2017
9 Tishri 5778  Erev Yom Kippur
 
To My Dear Students,
 
At shopping centers, airports, office buildings and restaurants that are undergoing construction, a sign is frequently posted reading: “PARDON OUR MESS.”  It occurs to me that this is an apt request that each of us can make on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
 
For we come to the Synagogue not with boasts of our accomplishments and pride in our achievements, but with the humility and contrition born of recognizing our deficiencies and defects.  We want to construct a better person out of the raw materials G-d has given us and in order to do so we must contend with the messes we have made in our lives.  These messes may be in our relationships or in our failures to live up our potential.
 
Sometimes we cause the messes inadvertently.  We honestly meant well but the response was not what we had anticipated.   At other times, we consciously meant to say something mean or willfully do something hurtful and the reaction is just what we expected and hoped for.  But whether the act is accidental or purposeful, it always takes longer and much more effort to clean up the mess than it was to act in the first place.
 
On Yom Kippur, at the very outset of Services, we declare our understanding that the messes we have made between ourselves and G-d cannot be straightened out until we have tended to the messes we have made between ourselves and other people.  “Yom Kippur atones for transgressions between man and G-d, but for transgressions against one’s neighbor, Yom Kippur cannot atone until he has appeased his neighbor.” We cannot come to G-d asking for forgiveness unless we have first asked for forgiveness from others through acts of contrition and repentance.  G-d will not forgive our cruelty  to another person until we have apologized to that person and sincerely sought his or her forgiveness. 
 
We are all “under construction.”  We need G-d to forgive us, PARDON OUR MESS, and grant us atonement, knowing that G-d’s pardon is contingent on our seeking it from our fellow human beings.
 
Shabbat Shalom and G’mar Chatimah Tovah,​
Rabbi Miller​