Welcome to Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah. CTJ has many programs and events to offer - see what's happening below.


Rooftop Torah with Rabbi Kalev

Saturday, February 25, 2017  |  9:00 AM on the Patio

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and our Rabbi's wisdom by exploring scripture and learning together. Rabbi Kalev will lead a Torah study session on our upstairs patio before Shabbat services. 

Learning materials will be provided, but please bring your own sunglasses!


Family Shabbat Service

Saturday, February 25, 2017  |  10:30 AM

Rabbi Kalev, Cantor Beth, and Rabbi Carrie will lead the most exciting, jump-out-of-your-seat, spectacular family service. The only thing missing will be fireworks because it is Shabbat! We will sing, learn, play games, and celebrate Shabbat together with a service geared toward families with children of any age. Don't miss our "Question of the Month," "Shabbat Raffle," and "Adon Olam jukebox"!


Oscar Tzedakah Pool

Pick the Winner and Become the Winner!

CTJ's first ever Oscar Tzedakah Pool is a great opportunity to do a mitzvah - and to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Link is here to sign up and select your Oscar winners. Then, you may send your $10 to our office or hand it to Rabbi Kalev.

Deadline to join the pool is Sunday, February 26 at 5:30 PM. Don't be late!


Klezmer Jam!

Saturday, February 25, 2017  |  7:00 PM
$10/adult at the door Suggested Donation  

Klezmer Evening celebrates klezmer music – the music of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jews. Local musicians are invited to jam alongside a professional band. Come join us and either participate in the jam or just listen and dance!

Klezmer is a traditional Eastern European Jewish music genre that typically consists of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and celebrations. Klezmorim are the musicians who play klezmer music.

The musicians performing are Los Angeles based alumni from the California Institute of the Arts who share a joy in playing Jewish and klezmer music. Joe Santa Maria is a woodwinds player, composer, and freelance recording artist. Philip Rankin is a keyboard player and music educator, who attended MCHS and El Camino College. He is the founder of the established LA based klezmer band titled “Bubbeleh.” Nate Coyen is a drummer, percussionist, and music educator who also performs with the band Bubbeleh. Max Mendoza is a guitarist and music educator, who teaches band at CTJ and privately throughout the South Bay.

For those who want to jam, we are playing:

Broyges Tantz
Hava Nagila
Bei Mir Bistu Shen
David Melech Yisrael & Tzena Tzena
Vayiven Uziyahu
Hevenu Shalom Aleichem
Mashup Nigun 1
Hashkivenu/One Day
Shalom Chaverim


The Hidden Blessing of Raising Teenagers

Myths & Misconceptions: The Hidden Blessing of Raising Teenagers"
Thursday, March 2, 2017  |  7:00 PM
Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes (Map)

Starting the Conversation, Ending the Stigma proudly presents an evening for Teens and Parents:

Dr. Wendy Mogel is a practicing clinical psychologist, New York Times bestselling author and international public speaker. She is a frequent guest expert on national media and weighs in issues from talking to kids about death and embracing the chaos of messy rooms to the protection and promotion of self-reliance, resilience, accountability and exuberance.

In a starred review Publisher’s Weekly described her perennial bestseller, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, as, “Impassioned, lyrical and eminently practical-a real treasure.” Critical praise for her book about raising teenagers, The Blessing of a B Minus, emphasized its wit, wisdom, compassion and common sense.

Dr. Mogel’s lecture, “Myths and Misconceptions: The Hidden Blessing of Raising Teenagers” is appropriate for all ages.

Please RSVP here.


Pink Shabbat with Om Shalom


How to Have an Aliyah

Monday, March 6, 2017  |  7:00 PM

For many of you, having an aliyah to the Torah (coming up to the bimah for a Torah Blessing) is a comfortable experience, but for others, maybe not so much? This is why each year, Tamah Kushner and Cantor Beth Garden look forward to offering our B'nai Mitzvah parents who may not be as comfortable with the process the opportunity to attend a class to build their comfort level with this meaningful Jewish ritual.

Our annual "Have an Aliyah" class will be held in the sanctuary. If you would like to attend this class, please RSVP to bmitzvah@ctjmb.org so we can be sure to have enough materials on hand that evening.


Hazak 55+

Erik Greenberg Speaks at Hazak 55+
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 10:30 AM

Dr. Greenberg will speak about "Jewish Immigration to America, A 362 History." This should be a very timely topic which we will follow with a Q&A. Erik Greenberg is curently an adjunct instructor in the history department of Cal State University, L.A. and is very knowledgeable about this topic. Please invite anyone you think would enjoy this event. For questions, please call Ileene at (310)641-0122. As always, a kosher lunch will follow the program for $5.00 per person.


Shelach Manot: Be a Sponsor!

Now you may sponsor Shelach Manot -- our only fundraiser for Hebrew School! Click here to sponsor at any level (or many)!