Believers urged to take a day of rest on the Sabbath

The idea is simple. Abstain from work and consumer activity for 24 hours and spend time focused on relationships, family and faith. Associate pastor Marty Milligan at Christian Church of Thousand Oaks said the ancient biblical idea of a Sabbath—a day set aside for prayer and worship during which work or requiring others to work is prohibited—is becoming increasingly important […]

Takes a village to build a home

Community volunteers will team together and construct phase one of a Hands of Mercy loft-house at 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 in the parking lot of StoneBridge Church, 4832 Cochran St., Simi Valley. “It’s an ingenious design and an ingenious strategy,” says Jonathan Lusche, associate pastor. “Hands of Mercy designed a small house that is modularly constructed. […]


Sabbath for young and grandparents Temple Etz Chaim Preschool and Infant Care Center invites grandparents and their grandchildren ages 12 months to 5 years to Grandparents Shabbat from 10 to 11 a.m. Fri., March 1 at the temple, 1080 E. Janss Road “Grandparents can bring value to our children’s learning experience. And grandparents have an intimate presence in their grandchild’s […]

Adults can enrich their spirituality at University Series

13 parishes offer over 80 classes open to the entire community

NP The annual University Series will launch Thurs., March 7 and run through Lent to Fri., April 12 at parishes throughout Ventura and West Los Angeles counties. University Series is comprised of more than 80 one-night adult religious education classes. Classes meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:15 p.m. Fridays. The 90-minute classes are for personal enrichment and […]

New book describes unlikely Holocaust hero

Author says a Jewish housewife influenced Himmler

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host author and holocaust historian Max Wallace at 8 p.m. Mon., Feb. 4 at the academy, 30347 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Wallace will speak about his new book, “In The Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust.” History always assumed that SS head Heinrich Himmler stopped exterminating Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau in November […]

Secret mission to bring Jews home to Israel

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host a lecture titled “Rescue: The Clandestine Mission to Bring Them Home’” with guest speaker Arielle Di-Porto at 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 28 at the academy, 30347 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Di-Porto was born in Safi, Morocco, and made aliyah (Jews moving to Israel) at the age of 17. In 1985, she began what has […]

Small church makes large donation

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Thousand Oaks, donated its Dec. 16 Sunday collection of $4,310 to the Ventura County Community Fund to support the Borderline survivors and the Woolsey and Hill fires victims. Barbara Drogmund, president of the church’s executive board, said that with the devastation so near the church, which sits across from Conejo Elementary School on Conejo School […]

Parish welcomes back Catholics

Padre Serra Catholic Church will host a program designed to welcome back returning Catholics on 10 Thursdays at 7 p.m. starting Feb. 7 in the church’s San Juan Batista room, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. The series, titled “Landings,” will share and explore faith issues and reach out to those Catholics who are currently inactive. Trained, compassionate lay people will guide […]

Dishing up dinner on Christmas

ALL THE FIXINS—Above, volunteer Elizabeth Lippel places cranberry sauce on one of the free meals at Temple Adat Elohim’s 24th annual Community Holiday Dinner on Dec. 25 in Thousand Oaks. Left, Thousand Oaks resident Juniper Ho, 5, watches a magician perform at the Christmas Day event that included live entertainment, music, toys and books for the kids, and a photo […]

Temple offers music, comedy

Temple Ner Simcha in Westlake will present “The Simcha Series: A Celebration of Jewish Arts” at the temple, 880 Hampshire Road, Thousand Oaks. All shows are family-friendly and will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. Shows are free and open to the public. Scheduled performances are: Jan. 6: Benny Lipson, Mat Gurman and David Zasloff. […]

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