Celebrate the Jewish New Year

Calabasas-based Congregation Or Ami will hold its Jewish High Holy Day services for the fourth year in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd.

Rosh Hashana celebrates the Jewish New Year of 5779, beginning Sun. and Mon., Sept 9 and 10.

The 10 days of awe will culminate on the holiest holy day, Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, on Tues. and Wed., Sept 18 and 19.

“We offer something entirely different that incorporates all the traditions, but done in way that inspires, and those who come say it’s an uplifting spiritual reset. All this in a comfortable, embracing setting that makes everyone feel welcome and a part of the service,” said Rabbi Paul Kipnes of Or Ami.

The congregation transforms the spacious theater into a multisensory experience that claims to “bring everyone into the fold.”

“Ask anyone that has ever been, and they’ll tell you it’s amazing because we take every inch of this large theater, the music, the message, the traditions, and mix it in a modern way that resonates into the soul and senses. Newcomers feel instantly at home,” said Cantor Doug Cotler of Or Ami.

Ticket discounts are available for first-time attendees.

For tickets and more information, go to or call (818) 880-4880.

All faiths gather for the harvest

People from diverse faith traditions will join together to promote community, generosity and tolerance by serving together at the third annual Labor Day Interfaith Harvest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Sept. 3 at the Abundant Table Farm, 1012 W. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.

The event is sponsored by Muslims, Mormons, Lutherans, Episcopalians and the Ventura County Interfaith Community.

People from all faiths and no faith can join in to harvest fresh vegetables for local food pantries and help tend the nonprofit organic farm.

Lunch will follow the field work. The youth band Guys in Ties will provide live music.

Participants are asked to bring hats, sunscreen, water, gardening gloves and a picnic blanket or lawn chair for the post-harvest festival.

The suggested donation for lunch is $10.

According to event organizers, the intention is to join together as neighbors to create positive relationships in the community through service, generosity and gratitude for the shared earth and its bounty. Another goal is to increase appreciation for farm workers.

The event is free and open to all. Reservations are requested to better plan the day.

To register, go to

For details, call the event coordinator, the Rev. Julie Morris, at (805) 312-1978 or email

Discussion on human trafficking

An interfaith education forum on human trafficking will take place from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Wed., Sept. 12 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

The purpose of the forum is to raise awareness and educate community members about what constitutes human trafficking, how to recognize the signs and how to combat it locally.

The event is hosted by the temple, Ascension Lutheran Church and the Women’s Interfaith Network of the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association.

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin will provide the welcome.

Eric Harrison, president and CEO of United Way of Ventura County, will serve as moderator. The panelists are Detectives Nick Odenath and Aaron Grass, special crimes unit of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office; Christan Perez, HEART Program at Interface Children and Family Services; Vicki Frederick, community relations coordinator of Forever Found; and Andrea Haney, senior deputy district attorney of Ventura County.

The forum is free, but attendees must make a reservation. Send email to

In addition, event hosts request donations of items to place in “welcome” bags for trafficking survivors. Items include first-aid kits, wrapped snack bars, new and unopened but not hotel-branded soap, lotion, deodorant, lip balm, tissues, and new clothing (with tags) for children and adults.

Backpacks for Back to School Sunday

The United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will hold Back to School Sunday on Aug. 26 at the church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd.

During the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services, school-age children can bring their backpacks with them for a “backpack blessing.”

Following the blessing during Children’s Time at 9 a.m., the children will be dismissed to go to Sunday School classes.

Between worship services from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and after the 10:30 service ends, a Children and Youth Ministry Fair will be held on the patio.

Information about and signups for youth groups, vocal and handbell choirs, and other activities for children will be available.

The fair will also have a 45- foot inflatable obstacle course, cake walk, dunk tank and snow cone machine.

For a small fee, those attending can try to dunk Jon Gentry, director of youth ministry and Christian education, between 10 and 10:30 a.m., and Pastors Walt Dilg and Rachel Tabutol after the 10:30 a.m. service ends.

For more information, call the church office at (805) 497-7884.

Movie time

New Hope Lutheran Church will screen the film “I Can Only Imagine” Sun., Aug. 26 at the church, 29295 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills.

The evening will have music at 6 p.m. and the movie at 6:30 p.m. Admission, popcorn and soft drinks are free to all.

For more information, call the church at (818) 889-8700.

A prophetic story

The Baha’i Spiritual Assembly of Agoura Hills will present the film “The Gate” at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 29 at Westlake Village Twin Cinemas, 4711 Lakeview Canyon Road.

The documentary tells the true story of the Prophet Herald known as the Báb, his message and the origins of a new era in world religion.

A Q&A with actor Rainn Wilson will follow the screening.

For reservations, go to

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