Faith

Love is theme of National Day of Prayer



When she was woken by a phone call near midnight last year, Claudia Bill-de la Peña said, she turned on the TV and stood in disbelief as she watched chaotic footage of young people fleeing Borderline Bar and Grill. During her invocation at a May 2 National Day of Prayer breakfast at Cal Lutheran University, the Thousand Oaks City Council […]

Barbecue and family fun

Lag Ba’omer on Thurs., May 23 is a festive day on the Jewish calendar that celebrates the anniversary of the death of the sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. Jews across the globe celebrate by expressing community unity and solidarity at outdoor communal events. The Chabad Jewish Center of Moorpark will host an event for […]

Pianist adds his talents to Sunday services at Westminster

Virtuoso organist and pianist Pavel Petrov performs at the 9:30 a.m. traditional Sunday worship services at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 32111 Watergate Road, Westlake Village. “Pavel Petrov is not only a great find for Westminster but also for the community around us. We are excited to invite anyone who enjoys masterful organ and piano performance to experience it live with us […]

Go west, young woman

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT—Agoura Hills resident Talia Bendavid, 10, practices her roping skills during a Purim celebration on March 21 at Chabad Ranch in Moorpark. The western-themed celebration of a Jewish holiday included food, crafts, equestrian demo and reading of the megilah (book of Esther).

Honoring a Holocaust survivor

Clara Knopfler, a Holocaust survivor who lives in Thousand Oaks, was honored with an award at a ceremony April 2 in Canoga Park. Due to illness, Knopfler could not be present. Michael Berenbaum, who oversaw the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., accepted the award for her. Knopfler was born in Romania and later lived in […]

Artwork brings Jewish history to life for youth

Art Shabbat with Leora Raikin, executive director of the David Labkovski Project, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 26 at Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Ste. B, Calabasas. The exhibit, “Documenting History Through Art from Jerusalem of Lithuania, to the Gulags of Siberia, to Israel and America: The Life and Journey of Art and Artist, David Labkovski,” […]

Calvary hosts concert

The Dialogues Concert Series will conclude its second season at 6 p.m. concert Sun., May 12 at the Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village. The classical concert will feature Scott Oatley, Karen Sanchez, Saundra Sonderling, William Benson, Fred Beerstein, Alexander Tseitlin and Rebecca Tseitlin performing selections from Beethoven, Bax, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Ariana Grande. There is no cost […]

‘They shall beat their swords into plowshares’ and guns into tools



The audience in the chapel at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church on March 26 sat in silence as they listened to a blacksmith in the courtyard pound on a piece of forged metal on top of an anvil. Each strike was to commemorate a life lost in the mass shooting in November at Borderline Bar and Grill. Blacksmith Michael Martin had sawed […]

Easter fun

Messy Church will host its annual Easter celebration at 5 p.m. Sat., April 20 at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1000 E. Janss Road. The event will feature an egg hunt, stories of God’s many surprises, Easter crafts and activities, and an interactive Easter Vigil starting around the fire pit. A light dinner will be included. The family-friendly, […]

Special programs at Temple Adat Elohim

Homelessness presentation, documentary on tap for April

“Homeward LA,” a program with the real-life stories of those who have experienced homelessness, will take place at 6:45 p.m. Sun., April 28 in the sanctuary of Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Teacher and choreographer Leasa Shukiar directs a cast of volunteers from various community organizations for the performance. The synagogue’s event is one of more […]


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