Temple Etz Chaim has a lovely campus located in the heart of Thousand Oaks.
The Paskow Sanctuary, Winer Chapel, Spiegel Hall, gift shop, meat and dairy kitchens, and main office are all located in the main building. Rabbi Averbach and Hazzan Duek also have offices in this building. The Kane Community Center, located across the plaza from the main building, houses the Wolfson Auditorium, Cohen Family Library, Scherr Rabbi Emeritus Office, adult lounge, and art room. The Ner Tamid Education Center provides our children with state-of-the-art classrooms, youth lounge, teacher’s lounge, dairy kitchen and offices for the Religious School, Early Childhood Education, and Youth Directors and staff. The grounds are beautifully maintained with a great lawn in front of the Ner Tamid Education Center and multiple age-appropriate playgrounds in the back of the building.
The Main Building
The Paskow Sanctuary seats approximately 350 people. During the High Holydays and other large functions, the wall separating the sanctuary from the social hall can be opened for additional seating. The unusual ark flanked by beautiful stained glass windows gives the room a warm and spiritual feel.
The Winer Chapel, small and intimate, is perfect for minyan services. The social hall seats approximately 300 people. With both dairy and meat kitchens, we can provide extended kiddushes and Shabbat dinners catered by the Women of TEC as well as more elaborate lunches and dinners catered by our exclusive kosher caterer, Nana's Kosher Catering. The gift shop houses a beautiful and extensive collection of Judaic items.
Kane Community Center
The Wolfson Auditorium in the Kane Community Center is available for smaller gatherings and meetings. It has its own ark and can be used for services on an as needed basis. The Cohen Family Library currently has over 1700 volumes. Come in and browse its ever-growing collection. The art room boasts its own kiln so our students are able to make beautiful ceramic art projects.
Ner Tamid Education Center
The Malchicoff Rotunda is the defining architectural feature of the Ner Tamid Education Center building. As you enter, look up and be delighted by the beautiful Star of David and lovely pastel colors. The rotunda has its own ark dedicated to Elisa Feldman, of blessed memory, which is used on the first Saturday of each month for Junior Congregation. There is also a gift shop display case. The Kane Youth Lounge, a large open room with its own patio, opens off the rotunda. Religious School and Early Childhood Education classrooms, a dairy kitchen, teacher’s lounge and offices complete the inside of the building. Around the back and side of the building are multiple playgrounds with age-appropriate equipment. The front of the building is dominated by the Warren Family great lawn, which can be reached directly from the Wolfson Auditorium and front gate.
The Temple Etz Chaim library is a warm and inviting space for readers, browsers and shmoozers.
We are the people of the greatest BOOK ever written. Our history, holidays and prayers are celebrated in so many beautifully written books. Visit and discover the richness of our religion and traditions! With over 1500 volumes, you are guaranteed to find just the right book for you. Whether you are a fiction buff, gourmet cook, Jewish scholar, or just desirous of learning more about Judaism and how it relates to modern life, the Cohen Library can serve your needs. There is also a large children’s and young adult section.
You can help continue to fill our shelves. Celebrate your next simcha with a donation to the Zerlin Book Fund! Contact the Temple office for details. If you prefer, you can go http://www.amazon.com and purchase a book from the Temple Etz Chaim wish list.
I look forward to seeing and schmoozing with you as we explore the Cohen Library together. For more information, contact our librarian, Linda Friedlander, by email at [email protected].