2017-05-19 / Faith

Gala marks temple’s 50 years of service


A TIME TO CELEBRATE—Above, Cantor David Shukiar cuts the challah after the Motzi prayer, which is said over the bread before a meal, at the Temple Adat Elohim gala on May 6 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Below, Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña, left, presents a commendation award to Rabbi Andrew Straus, center, and Shukiar after her speech at the event. A TIME TO CELEBRATE—Above, Cantor David Shukiar cuts the challah after the Motzi prayer, which is said over the bread before a meal, at the Temple Adat Elohim gala on May 6 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Below, Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña, left, presents a commendation award to Rabbi Andrew Straus, center, and Shukiar after her speech at the event. Temple Adat Elohim, a Reform congregation, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala evening event held May 6 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. The gala commemorated the synagogue’s 50 years of community and service to the Conejo Valley, and honored David Shukiar’s 10 years as temple cantor.

Congregants and guests at the gala numbered 250 and included Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña and Agoura Hills Councilmember Harry Schwarz.

The evening featured a reception, silent auction, dinner, live auction, entertainment provided by a volunteer jazz trio from Agoura High School and presentations honoring Shukiar.

All funds raised will benefit community service opportunities, multi-generational Jewish education programming, music programs and scholarships.

In 1967, four families in Thousand Oaks carpooled their children to Hebrew school at Temple Beth Torah in Ventura. Back then, the 101 Freeway was a stop-and-go road with traffic lights. To make the journey to temple easier, the families decided to form one in Thousand Oaks.

On May 7, 1967, the group held its first organizational meeting. One month later they received the official support of the Union for Reform Judaism to begin the process of establishing a new temple.

On Sept. 22, 1967, the first Shabbat service, with 37 members in attendance, was held in the community center of a Hidden Hills summer camp. Rabbi Gary Dolin officiated.

In August 1972, Temple Adat Elohim had grown sufficiently to seek a larger facility. The congregation joined Covenant House, sharing space with Methodist and Lutheran churches.

By 1978, the temple had grown to over 100 families and needed a permanent facility.

The congregation purchased the property of the former Conejo Valley Church at 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive on May 14, 1979.

The religious school building was added in 1982. The sanctuary and social hall were built and consecrated in September 1997.

For more information, call Temple Adat Elohim at (805) 497-7101 or visit the website www.adatelohim.org.

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