What we're about

Are you interested in exploring and creating diverse community? In a Jewish context? Volunteering together, talking politics, arguing philosophy? Maybe even a hike (urban or otherwise)? Exploring LA together and having FUN? Come join in!

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Tired of the bar scene and big, intimidating events? Want to make easier connections? Then Jewish Meeting Place is for you! Aimed at creating a dynamic, vibrant interactive, and collaborative community of friends.

The general rule of thumb is if you would call yourself Jewish, . . . then you are Jewish enough to be here. Of if you for some reason have an affinity towards members of the tribe, . . . you are welcome too. We do not restrict by origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, shoe size, etc . . . In other words, . . . all are welcome.

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As for events, . . . any event that offers the opportunity for quality social interaction is good, and please, . . . suggest or offer to host if you have an idea.

We might have more intimate events, such as game nights, mixers, day trips, and more. Events without the pressure! Come join the fun.

Clear face pic required of all members. Contact Organizers if this is an issue for you.

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Lastly, . . . this meetup does try and collaborate. Often what is here is also shared to other meetups.

The mission of this group is its name.

Los Angeles is vibrant and diverse city. We have the opportunity to explore it and make new friends while doing so. Meetup is one of the few (maybe only) websites dedicated to having it's participants get offline and do things in reality.

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met. (William Butler Yeats )

EVERYONE IS WELCOME INTO THE GROUP!

This is a place where everyone can just come as they are, and mingle with people who are like them AND who are NOT like them. We are not limited, restricted or exclusive by age, gender, gender preference, national origin, relationship status, etc. To put it more simply this group is open to all. All ages, all genders, all sexual orientations, all types - And that includes you!!!

There are plenty of meetups that exclude based of one reason or another. Or there plenty meetups where people self segregate. This meetup is neither of those. Diversity is coveted here. People are not monochrome and neither are we. You will fit in perfectly and find a lot of folks who just like you in certain aspect, and differ from you in others. It's the good kind of variety of life.

Some events on this group may specify limits at times. Those will be clearly noted when needed. At times they may be age delineated, or even gender related. Limits are placed often as a means to control size. The event can then be repeated/recycled with a different limit range. If there is an event you really wish to go to with a limit, . . . please contact me. You can be the impetus and the catalyst for the next event in the different limit/range. Other times the limit can be waived or bent as needed.

Challenge yourself and importantly, BE yourself and expand your horizons and comfort zone. Let your hair down! Go wild! Be open minded and be non-judgmental. The group is based off quality events to bring people together from positive social interaction. Anyone who wants to explore an alternative, bohemian, experimental, strange, obscure, weird, wild, absurd, bizarre, avant garde, unconventional, wild-at-heart side of Los Angeles is welcome!

In the interest of making events successful . . . I will spread events across other meetup groups to bump up attendance. For as you know, . . . sometimes people don't show up. Some Organizers get really bent out of shape about that. I do however know that life happens. Even if it's 10 mins before the event. Just change your rsvp. No worries. No harm-no foul. There is not any sort strikes or penalty system, and there is nobody keeping score. The exception will be if it is listed as a "no flake" event. On those you gotta give good notice of changes. It's about fun and community. What I have found is that by being mellow and and having good events more show up. We tend to have 80% or more attendance. I approach with compassion. So if you don't make one event or another. . . try and make it to the next, or the one after that. When you do make it, .. . . we will be glad you are there and all are welcome.

While there are flexible attendance rules. There are sex/gender related rules. As a guideline do not message people you have not met in person. This is not an online dating place. Ladies: If a guy messages you please contact me. There have been problems with that happening over meetup in general. It's just not cool. Meetup is about real life and not virtual. Guys, . . . get off your computer and come to an event. Say hello in person. Smile, . . . be personable and decent. And just be there to get to know people and make friends of whatever gender. You can always use new good friends. And this is one way to make/meet them. Wingman tactics and and Pickup artist tactics are similarly not allowed in this group. Organizers of another group that are not an organizer or host here are also not allowed to solicit members.

This rule applies here AND on like-minded sister groups. So it also applies on the following

40+ Flying Solo Social. (FSS) The Orginal Over Forties Events Group

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50's And Fabulous https://www.meetup.com/FiftyAndFabulous/Join

"I wanted to do that . . . . . . .Just not alone!!" https://www.meetup.com/IWantToDoThat/Join

"I Just Moved To LA" https://www.meetup.com/IJustMovedToLA/Join

20's/30's Social Fun. The Going Out Group https://www.meetup.com/20s30sSocialFun/Join

Photo and Name: You are allowed to join with whatever name and whatever photo. HOWEVER the main organizers may request you change either name or photo a their discretion. Names that are products, promotional, advertisements are red flags that will be requested to change or be removed. If you are using a photo that is not your face, a current face photo may be requested. Here is the rule of thumb. Fake name and fake photo will be requested to change to a real photo and a real name or face removal. Real photo and fake name is usually fine. Fake photo and real name is usually fine.

IF you need to maintain privacy of both then contact the main organizers and just ask. That's all it takes usually.

All organizers on the group do have different set of rules.

The rules simplified.

• No Emailing (do not use the bulk email feature in any way)

• No outside links

• Great Copy

• Great Pix

• 4 weeks notice is best.

• List any money costs in the first 2 or 3 lines.

Not too many rules. Not too complicated. They all have to do with respect for the membership.

Let's talk a little more about age: Are you in your 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s ? (btw some write 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's ). I am often asked "What age range is this group?" 20 40 maybe? 30 50 perhaps? Or even 60 70. Forties ( forty's forty ), Fifties ( fifty's fifty ) of sixties ( sixty's sixty ) or older does matter. We are just aiming at good community.

Yeah, . . . All that is great, . . . But I still have one question, . . . What age is your group?

Age is a state of mind. And our state (this group) has no borders.

If so then you may be looking for us!

We do NOT discriminate by age, sex or gender, gender preference, origin, religion, belly button lint, etc . . . .

Do you enjoy friendship, activities, key networking, casual socializing, parties learning, sharing, inspiration? You do!?!?! How about personal and professional development with active nerd adult ( adults ) who like adventure ( adventurers, adventures, adventurous ) stuff that may involve silly dance game ( games ) and cool nerds with addicting, amazing fun? Great!!!! There will be sweet things to discover while engaging in retro revival underground unique geeky exploration of fringe play plus speed punk quirky sophisticated spectacular geek socials with high society making savvy friends. It will be an offbeat odyssey of an outing to nerdy paradise and we will party at random places (see locations below). Come and share fine no flake ( flakes ) fun that is free or inexpensive and goes late into the lovely night. Left, right or center, we will live life together and enjoy.

We do some sports related events. Are you interested in teammates players for your sport or hobby? Such as bowling, trivia, camping, biking, hike, hikes, hiking, snowboarder, snowboarding, ski, skiing, kayaking? Or even related to bmi, exercise, fitness, healthy, lock pong, recreation, recreational, outdoor, Halloween, mammoth mountain, St Patrick's, Ensenada, un scrabble solitaire poker or more!!! We run the range.

A bigger majority of what we are cultural ( culture ), language, travel, music, arts, festival, performance, crave, dining, exotic, restaurant, food, foodie, architecture, art, artistic, urban, or ballet. But it does not stop there. We also do comedy, concert ( concerts ), cook, cooking, theater, theatre, culinary, cultural, tours, sub-culture, subculture sponge ( sponges ), performances, dances, dancing, museums, musical ( musicals ), bars, foodies, dinner, dinning, bbq, beach, restaurants, trips, cruise ( cruises ), cuisine. And even with all that we still to even more!!! Including, flea n farmer (farmers) market ( markets ), boutique, burlesque, crafting, craft, create, creating, sushi, pho, pizza, tastings, tickets, kim chi, tai kimchi, deserts, eating, festivals, film, films, galleries, games, karaoke, movies, sutra kama karma.And now the important question. Did we miss one? Oh. . . OK then, . . Send that so we can add it to the list.

Aside from the High Brow we do engage in the Low Brow such as wine, beer, drink, bar hopping, dive bars ( dives ), rave ( raver ravers raves raving ), hip-hop hiphop, hole holes-in-walls, crawl crawls, trance techno, dubstep, night nightclub, nightlife, nights. As well as classic club clubbing, clubs eclectic, edm electro electronica, pubs, pub speak, speakeasy, drinks, meet meeting mix mixer mixers mixing, greet, happy hour hours haunts, Did somebody say volunteer mingle? Let's DoLA or make a Timeout and TimeoutLA. LAist anyone?

So the High Brow and the Low Brow get together and make up THE KNOW BROW and that is all about people and who makes us up.

By ethnicity we very much match the instagram ethnic makeup of Los Angeles with Caucasian and Non Hispanic Whites, Latino, Black or African American, Native American,Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and others such as Middle Eastern such as Arab or Israeli, and many more from across the global atlas.

Different than ethnicity is Nationality, or National Origin. And again . . . from that we run the range European, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Indian, Taiwanese (Taiwan), Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese ( China, Cantonese, Mandarin ), Hong Kong Mexican ( Mexico ), and more and more. Even USC or UCLA
And that makes for sooooooooo many languages. We like language and the culture it is able to unlock It brings English, Spanish second ESL and ELL and ASL are big here. Hebrew, Yiddish, German, French, And the gamut of others to translate ( translation translator ) with class (classes).

Tolerance is a main tenet here as we are Christian ( Catholic, Mormon, etc), Jewish (Jew Jews), Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Scientology and more. And even Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, Bernie / BernieCrat, or even Trump or Trumpian or Scientologist. This is a big tent and since it's decent social we will all be decent.

What it comes down to is we are making new friends ( friend freind freinds ) and to be friendly. Almost like finding your entourage Made up of Men (man men's mens) and women ( woman women's ) and non-binary too. Members may be young or old, married, single ( divorce divorced separated and never married ) or coupled (couple as part of a committed relationship / relationships ). Many are likely singles and looking to date in one way or another. Going on dates or dating is fine. But it does NOT happen via using the group like Tinder, Match.com, POF or eharmony.

This group is about real life. So online messaging of people you have not met in real life is not allowed. Why such a rule?

Because it is heterosexist of you to assume that all people are interested in you. Like is says above there are married or those in committed relationships. There is is also the range of sexual preference in the group. Gay, lesbian girls lgbt lgbtq queer bi poly swing swinger swinging and any sort of variation such as transsexual and transgender. We do accept all. Even rs40 and rso40.

Whoever you find cute, hot, sexy or find attraction to that comes in person. Plenty a match and romance or spark may happen. You may find your love (or lover). But you also may just make great friends girlfriend ( girlfriends ). It's just down to good decent social. Conscious communication and engagement that makes for self-improvement and improvement of others. Conversation and network or networking of professionals. That's just smart l33t leet api entrepreneur groupting that will lead to inspirational international consciousness.

We just added Game of Thrones GOT and The Walking Dead viewing parties.

Where do you do events? We do them ALL OVER!!!! I have taken the time to look at past events and the cities they have happened in and near and put it together with the upcoming location too. Our groups IS different, . . . we DO range all over the city. Here are where we HAVE BEEN, and where we are GOING!! All of it is obscure or obscura.

So I have gone in great detail to cover who we are and what we do. This is accurate and verifiable by going to our past events and looking that what we have done. This is all fact based on the breadth, scope and mission of this group.

If you have made it this far. Then watch this and then, . . .get off social media and on meetup. The social part of social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEWnXmDfVZg

Upcoming events (5+)

Wine, Cider Mead tasting Weekend away in a cabin glamping & Gourmet dinner too,

Wine and Cider tasting Weekend away in a Cabin This event is limited to 12 total. Accommodations are small rustic cabins with 6 bunks each located 10 mins outside of Julian Ca. Itinerary: Fri: Arrival and settle in. Potluck and Wine Robin A Wine Tasting. Sat: We will likely start the day at Volcan Mountain Winery, located about 2 miles from downtown Julian. With a vineyard and a cozy tasting room. For instance they have Dolcezza apple wine. Despite Dolcezza meaning “sweet” or “sweetness” in Italian, it tastes more like a Sauvignon Blanc with hints of apple. The wine is made from 100% mixed variety apples grown at the winery. They also make regular wine from grapes too. Then on to Menghini Winery. It is a small production Julian winery with vineyards and apple orchards also at the base of Volcan Mountain. They produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. With all this wine it will be nice to break it up with some non-wine Our third stop will be: Julian Hard Cider‘s Miner’s Saloon, located in an old apple packing facility. To sample their award-winning hard ciders made from Julian apples Followed by a Mead Tasting at Golden Coast Mead. Optional Stops of Julian Wine and Chocolate Tasting Room, and The Cooler Tasting room. (both located next to Golden Coast Mead and Hard Cider Then onward to in Julian itself we will visit to Orfila Winery Tasting Room and Witch Creek Winery Tasting Room Both great wines with places right on Main Street. In Julian we will also visit the other main st sights of the Eagle Mine and other cute and quaint-ness. Now to round back towards our cabin with one last stop at Blue Door Winery. All these are grown and made locally. What an epic day. Grape Wine, Apple Wines, Mead (Honey Wine), and Hard Cider (beer from apples) We will make it back to our cabin to rest and prepare for dinner. Dinner will be a gourmet meal. The main course will be fresh made Bouillabaisse. The roasted garlic on the french bread paired with the wines just picked up during the day. What wine geos with that Capprese? We will find out!! The rest of the evening lounging around the campfire with more wine if you wish. Sunday will be a departure from wine. We will travel a bit to the east and go to Font's Point. We will try for sunrise there. But that might be a stretch. Whatever time we get there, then The Slot a stunning short and easy slot canyon hike. and then a visit to Galletta Meadows. The cost for all this? Early Bird @ in[masked] per person. (the cost will increase in the new year.) Payment is the only way to secure your spot before this fills https://paypal.me/ExposedCalifornia/165 Fully Refundable up to 3 weeks before the event date. What's included: This is for the accommodations and a gourmet Sat night meal. Breakfast and picnic lunch included on Sat. Breakfast also provided Sunday, but we are heading out early so it's simple bites. What's not included? You will be responsible for however many or few tastings you want to do. This way you control intake and cost. You will need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding for the bunks. you will need to bring food for Fri eve Potluck and for Sunday hikes. Hikes and Galleta and Font's Point are optional. Sat Itinerary is subject to modification as needed due to wineries being closed or due to our own timing of arrival and departures or other unforeseen snafus. A note about food issues: Bouillabaisse is normally made with fish and shellfish. This will be made as a several split batch as needed. There will be a varieties of fish only, variety of shellfish only, and, the traditional mixed. There will also be a vegan/vegetarian version. A note about genders: There are two cabins and each has 6 bunks. If the gender balance is 6 and 6 then that's the split. If it's for example 9 women and only two men sign up. Then one cabin will be mixed gender. This will be Glamping Wineries, Meaderies, Cideries Oh My!!! Cabin with gourmet dinner!!

🐰 Chocolate BOWLING PARTY - and dinner with friends!

💚 NEW LOCATION FOR BOWLING 💚 IS PICKWICK BOWL IN BURBANK. Join us for our Chocolate Bowling Party and Dinner afterward with friends. You'll get 2 hours for bowling and shoe rental is included. New bowlers are welcome to join us. You don't need to know how to bowl, we'll show you how. _____________________ 🔵 BRING CHOCOLATE! Bring wrapped chocolate to share with others. We'll put them in a basket and let everyone pick one. _____________________ MEETING TIME Please arrive by 4:30PM to check-in with Louis at the front door of the bowling alley. You'll have time to get your bowling ball, shoes and meet your fellow bowlers. _____________________ THE COST FOR BOWLING IS $20. Pay with PayPal by clicking here: https://paypal.me/paylouis/20 💜 Before you click on "Send Payment Now" scroll up and where it says "Add a note" type your FIRST NAME, LAST NAME and TEAM JEWISH MEETING PLACE *IMPORTANT* 🔴 Please DO NOT check the box that says “Paying for goods or a service?" or you will have to pay Louis an additional $7. _____________________ YOU MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO SAVE YOUR SPACE FOR BOWLING. YOU CANNOT PAY AT THE BOWLING ALLEY. Your space for bowling will not be saved until your payment is received. After Friday, March 29, 2019 no refunds can be given, and the price for bowling will go up to $25. Last time this event SOLD OUT, so please pre-pay now. _____________________ DINNER We'll go for dinner after bowling at Denny's Restaurant at 1010 W Alameda Avenue which is just a few blocks from the bowling alley. There's also a Subway, Little Caesars Pizza and El Pollo Loco near Denny's. Food is not included in the cost of bowling. The bowling alley has a snack bar also with food available for purchase. _________________________________________________ This event is crossposted on other Meetup groups, so you'll get a chance to meet lots of new people.

{Free} Visit the LA Ghost Town of Surfridge AND Dunes Restoration volunteering!!

This event initially scheduled for March 2nd. This event clearly listed as "Rain cancels event." As of now rain is forecast at 100% for this Sat. Event is being rescheduled to April 6th. That's the first Saturday of April. This event is put on by the The Bay Foundation monthly. It's on the group maybe only once or twice a year. Let's meetup and April 6th and have some fun at the dunes cleaning them up. Most people like Ghost-Towns and abandoned areas. Often they are in the hinterlands. However we DO have one right here under our noses. You have driven past it or flown over it. It's the town of Surfridge . . . The original residents were a now extinct giant camel called Camelops (not making this up). They died out and in the 1920's high end beach front development that fell out of favor during The Great Depression and had a revival in the late 40's . Then an airport really took off from props to jets and from the 60's to the mid 80's it was systematically de-populated. Now we are left with a vanished city. Palm tree lined streets, curbs and driveway leading to nothing. All of this fenced in behind barbed wire. And even still with 1920's street lights that still turn on at night for the streets with no residents. (not making this up). The area has been turned into a butterfly preserve. (I am not making this up). AND WE GET TO GO IN IT. With permission we get to go behind the barbed wire. Heal The Bay and Friends of the LAX Dunes (FOLD) are having a work-day cleanup removing non-native plants. Come and see our history and do some good at the same time. Meet new friends and sweat with them. And if we are really lucky, . . . you can call out the the butterflies to warn them not to fly too high and when a jet is flying overhead get sucked into the intake resulting in a Jet Butter Strike (I am making that part up). https://youtu.be/U4UIujUMuRk • Largest dunes complex in Southern California • Once extended from Palos Verdes to Santa Monica • About 50,000 years old • Bones of an extinct member of the camel family were found (Camelops, Camelops hersternus) • The neighborhood north of the dunes was once called ‘Palisades del Rey,’ today Playa del Rey • The neighborhood that once inhabited the dunes was called ‘Surfridge’ • In the 1920s, ‘Palisades del Rey’ was the place to be; Spanish-style villas housed the rich & famous • 1928 — Mines Field opened, a small airport later to be known as LAX (1941) • 1930s — The area fell into decline after the Great Depression • 1940s—1950s — After WWII, the area revived and 600 more modest homes were built • As LAX grew and planes got louder, Surfridge residents started to complain about noise and soot. Since nothing could done to alleviate the problem, through eminent domain, the City of LA purchase all the homes and forced residents to move, a process that happened from the late-1960s to the early 1980s. • Today, the LAX Dunes (aka El Segundo Dunes) is about 300-acres, mostly designated a protected wildlife Preserve. The LAX El Segundo Dunes Preserve is the largest remaining fragment of the El Segundo Dunes complex, and provides habitat for over 900 species, some of which cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. It is home to the beautiful and delicate federally endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly, and other rare plant, animal, and insect species.Friends of the LAX Dunes (FOLD) is a partnership of community organizations, corporate sponsors, and dedicated individuals working to promote the Los Angeles World Airport’s LAX Adopt-a-Dune program. The LAX Adopt-a-Dune Program provides an opportunity for volunteers to help care for and learn about their natural environment.Your help is needed to remove invasive plants so native vegetation and animals can thrive. FOLD hosts a restoration event the first Saturday of every month from 9 AM to Noon (unless it is a holiday weekend or it’s raining).

CBS Film Series presents "Shooting For Home"

Congregation Beth Shalom

Kevin Bradshaw is the greatest basketball player never known. He became more of a trivia question than part of history when people would ask, “What ever happened to Kevin Bradshaw?” Life has an interesting way of taking a few wrong turns. Fame and notoriety as a young prodigy comes with a fair amount of stress, self-doubt, outside expectations, and poor choices. Shooting For Home is the touching story of Bradshaw’s journey which has taken many twists and turns, from a troubled childhood in Gainesville to halfway around the world in Israel, where he makes a life changing transformation. It’s a psychological look at how someone can be at the height of their “game,” hit rock bottom, and find new meaning in life. You don't have to be a basketball fan to enjoy this movie! Sunday, April 14 @ 12:00 p.m. $5 per ticket includes Lunch & Popcorn $1 Raffle tickets for your chance to win a $25 gift card of your choice. Wear your CBS Film Series Tee Shirt to receive a free raffle ticket. Bring a NEW friend and your friend will receive a free raffle ticket. 21430 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350 RSVP (661)[masked] [masked]

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