One thing that was constant throughout these crises was the bravery and selflessness of our first responders. We witnessed the bravery and sacrifice of Ventura County Sheriff Deputy Ron Helus who gave his life trying to stop the massacre at the Borderline. We welcomed firefighters from across the state and around the country who left their families and communities to mobilize in fighting fires that were unparalleled in their ferocity.
Chanukah is a season of celebrating heroism. We remember the courage of the Maccabees standing outnumbering against the Greek/Syrian armies. In our own days we remember the soldiers who have fought for the freedom and security of our people overseas, but too often we neglect to offer our appreciation to those who risk their lives every day in our own backyard, men and women of our police, fire and paramedic departments.
Santa Clarita, and Temple Beth Ami in particular, is a place where so many first responders have made a home. Our synagogue, reflective of the demographics of our community, is unique in that so many of these brave men and women worship and educate their families within our little shul. I doubt there is a synagogue in the country with a higher percentage of law enforcement, EMT’s, nurses and fire department personnel. Within the law enforcement field alone we have members from over a half a dozen local departments and agencies. We are honored to have these wonderful representatives of humanity’s highest ideals as part of the TBA family.
This holiday season in particular please show your appreciation to our first responders. Support the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Most importantly simply by saying thank you, or really we appreciate the service and sacrifice you make for our community on a daily basis, can go a long way in reminding these special people that we value the amazing work they do.
Chanukah celebrations are everywhere in Santa Clarita, with TBA spreading the holiday lights. We invite you to join us in Temple Beth Ami’s annual Chanukah events:
Sunday, Dec. 2, 5pm - Santa Clarita’s Jewish Community Party at Westfield’s Valencia Town Center (outside by entrance to food court)
Monday, Dec. 3, 10:00am - Chanukah at the Old Town Newhall Library
Monday, Dec. 3, 6pm - Join us as we light the Stevenson Ranch Community menorah at Stevenson Ranch Parkway and Holmes Place
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10:00am - Chanukah at the Valencia Library
Thursday, Dec. 6, 9:30am - Chanukah at the Canyon Country Library
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7pm - Chanukah Celebration at Barnes & Noble, Valencia. Fun for all ages!
Friday, Dec. 7, 7pm - Don’t miss TBA’s famous Chanukah Party and Shabbat Celebration with presentation of Pasha Award at Temple Beth Ami
Saturday, Dec. 8, 7pm - Vodka/Latke at the Blazer’s