Chabad holds Jewish Learning Institute classes: Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe starting May 15

The resurgence of Jewish life following its decimation in the crematoriums of Auschwitz is a story of hope and vision for the future. It is a complex narrative that spans hundreds of communities across the globe and thousands of personal stories, including many acts of selflessness, heroism, and community service. 

Yet, at its root, there was one rabbi with a visionary outlook that stood out from the rest in terms of shaping the Jewish future: Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. 

 For years, Jewish affiliation was largely defined by synagogue membership and annual dues, but in the last few decades that reality has been supplanted by a trend of outreach with no strings attached – of community activists lowering the barriers of engagement to seek out and embrace Jews of all backgrounds without imposing stereotypical religious or social preconditions. 

What sparked this Jewish revolution? In the winter of 1950, during the immediate aftermath of the destruction of European Jewry in the Holocaust, a charismatic 48-year-old Rabbi Schneerson assumed leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, charting a mission to rebuild world Jewry from the ground up. His vision? To spread an appreciation for the infinite value and limitless potential of the individual and to demonstrate how every circumstance in life presents an opportunity for man to improve his society.  

Beyond the vast Chabad-Lubavitch network that has grown to include thousands of humanitarian, social, educational, and religious organizations, with many outposts in remote regions, the Rebbe’s unique approach has deeply influenced Jewish life outside of Chabad and across the spectrum of Jewish affiliation. 

Elie Wiesel, the noted scholar and Nobel Prize laureate, remarked of his experiences with the Rebbe, “I know of no one who has left the Rebbe without being deeply affected, if not changed, by their encounter. Time in his presence begins running at a different pace. You feel inspired, you feel self-examined; you are made to wonder about the quest for meaning which ought to be yours.” 

This spring, Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach will mark the 20th anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing with a six-week educational course, Paradigm Shift: Transformational Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, prepared by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), beginning Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. 

The course is a monumental contribution to the Rebbe’s legacy - the product of a collaboration of over forty scholars. It presents the Rebbe’s unique outlook and central contributions to Judaism and society, addressing questions such as: What was his understanding of the human being and what were his hopes for humanity? What stands behind the continued success of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement? And how can we apply these insights toward living a more purposeful life? 

“The Rebbe’s vision and outlook is the primary guiding force of my life and I’m excited to be able to share his unique insight with the community” says Rabbi Goorevitch, local Chabad Rabbi. Like all JLI programs, Paradigm Shift is designed to appeal to Jews at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. 

Please call 499-0770 or visit for registration and other course-related information. 

Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy., across from Montage Laguna Beach. 

Carmel man learns not to try and hide drugs when under arrest

LBPD officers contacted Adrian Reed Barlow, 37 of Carmel, after an employee in a downtown retailer expressed concern about his welfare Tuesday afternoon. The employee told the dispatcher that Barlow appeared to be “on something”.

When the first arriving officer contacted Barlow, a cop trained as a Drug Recognition Expert also responded to evaluate him. He was taken into custody for being under the influence of a controlled substance – a misdemeanor.

Barlow, according to police, was given a basic search for weapons and told that if he had any drugs in his possession, he needed to tell them before he was booked.

On the way to the booking area, Barlow was directed to a sign admonishing arrested individuals that it was a felony to enter the booking/jail area with drugs. He was given another opportunity to admit possession of any drugs.

Sgt. Louise Callus said a quantity of heroin was found inside his wallet while he was being searched inside the jail.

Barlow was charged with two felony drug charges – possession of heroin and bringing a controlled substance into a jail or prison facility and misdemeanor possession of drugs requiring a prescription without one, possession of drug paraphernalia and the original charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

New lifeguard headquarters gets “Glory” mural 

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Artist Terry Thornsley installs his piece, “Glory”, created with stainless steel, copper and bronze, in front of the new lifeguard headquarters on Main Beach

Laguna Friends of Architecture tour one of the most interesting homes in the OC coastal area on May 10

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Believe it or not, one of most architecturally interesting houses and neighborhoods in OC is in Laguna Niguel.

Join friends for a glass of wine, tour this fascinating home and hear engineer Hanns Baumann, who designed the house, and noted architectural historian Ted Wells talk about its development.

Architect George Bissell designed this cool mushroom-shaped home.  It is an award-winning Mid-Century Modern design known as the “Horizon House”.  The name signifies the dawn of a new era in homebuilding, which never quite caught on.  This concrete shell structure was intended to replace conventional wood framed construction.

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The event is Sat. May 10 at 6 p.m. at 31911 National Park Drive, Laguna Niguel. Admission is free and donations are kindly suggested for wine, cheese and fruit, which will be provided. Or bring an appetizer or wine to share.

Jason Priestly of Beverly Hills 90210 at LB Books

On Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome former Beverly Hills 90210 star, Jason Priestley to the store. Priestley will be signing copies of his new book, “Jason Priestley: A Memoir.” There is no charge for this event, but only books purchased at Laguna Beach Books will be signed.

Join the man you loved as a wholesome teenage heartthrob as he looks back on the era when we were all fresh out of the eighties and discovering neon clothing, “90210 sideburns,” and Donkey Kong. For nine years, Priestley was Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, a program that skyrocketed an unprepared Priestley to fame. His face quickly came to define an era. But his private life was even more compelling than what he played on TV. 

In “Jason Priestley: A Memoir,” Priestley tells about his life as a young, unknown working actor. He was Brad Pitt’s roommate, shown the ropes by Johnny Depp, scolded by Sam Elliott, and challenged by Shannen Doherty. Always candid, but never mean-spirited, Priestley talks with wit and humor about his roller-coaster years before, during, and after living in America’s most famous zip code.

With humor, sincerity, and charm, Priestley offers little-known details about his life and stories of his nine years in that famous zip code. He talks candidly about celebrity, marriage, fatherhood, and his passion for car racing. He does not shy away from the devastating lows - his brief jail sentence for drunk driving and the crash at the Kentucky Speedway that nearly took his life. 

Priestley shares his innermost thoughts about life as a ‘90s icon, and goes beyond the Brandon Walsh squeaky-clean image, revealing the tumultuous events that have shaped him, and where he finds his greatest happiness today.

Priestley was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He first appeared on television in 1975, and since then has become one of the most versatile talents in the entertainment business. As a veteran both in front of and behind the camera, in Call Me Fitz, he not only stars in the lead role of Richard Fitzpatrick, but he also produces and directs the series. 

Laguna Beach Books is at 1200 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 105. For information, call 494-4779 or visit

Dennis’ Tidbits

May 9, 2014


Another Santana wind event on the horizon by Sunday

The temperature roller coaster ride is set to do another number on us. It’s been all about below normal like the past few days or off the charts above normal like it was last week and how it’s about to be again most of next week. A strong ridge of high pressure is filling in from the SW and by Mother’s day will be camped out right above Southern California with yet another hot Santana wind event with temps reaching well into the 90’s even at water’s edge, which will once again shatter temp records for the date.

That’s ok with me as it holds off the gloom, which normally increases as the month of May ticks on. The gloom doesn’t have a chance for at least the next week or beyond.

Ocean temps remain chilly in the upper 50’s thanks to that dose of heavy westerlies on Tuesday. Normal ocean temps for May 9 are 62 degrees. The coldest May 9 ocean temp was in 1980 with 52 and the warmest was in 1997 with 72.

The Eastern Pacific tropical storm and hurricane season gets under way in a week but things are already brewing in those warm waters off Southern Mexico. 

The first tropical depression of the season is loitering just off the coast of Acapulco with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The sustained winds need to reach at least 39 mph for it to become a named storm, which would be Alma this time around. At this point here at 7:30 on Thursday evening it is unlikely to reach tropical storm status as it is about to make landfall as strictly a soggy system with 2-4 inches of rain along their coast and up to 4-8 inches in the mountains. When a storm does form in that area this early, strong upper level westerly shear winds tend to steer the system back toward the coast and those strong upper level winds tend to stump further intensification.

Last season a total of nine named storms made landfall in Mainland Mexico causing a lot of damage. Normally these systems form off Mexico and begin moving to the west or northwest away from any landmasses but last season was an aberration.

There have been a few named storms that formed before the official season began. In 1972 on May 10, tropical system Ava blew up big eventually reaching Category 3 status, thanks to a strong El Niño. She eventually sent us a way early SSE strong pulse with sets up to 10 feet here in town and sets up to 15 feet at the Wedge. If you’ll remember, 1972 was the most epic Baja swell season on record with every named storm affecting our surf and sometimes our weather.

In 1990 there was Alma, which reached Category 1 status on May 12, but just as she reached our swell window she was blown back to the NE by strong upper level winds.

Then in 1999 there was Adrian, which also reached Category 1 status, but he too was steered back to mainland Mexico on May 13.

In 2002 Alma came up big on May 10 and made it all the way to our swell window with a nice 3-5 foot SSE pulse so it does happen.

It’s your day on Sunday, Moms. You deserve it! ALOHA!

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