• New Years (Jewish) Fitness Resolution at Clover Park

    Most people who make a new year's fitness resolution don't get around to it until January. Well, we're going to use the Jewish calendar and get a jump on it. One of our members, Carla Zeitlin, has offered to get us started on being active and more fit. In her own words... Core Personal Fitness Trainer founder Carla Zeitlin, https://www.corepersonaltrainer.com/, will be offering a special Pilates/Core class Sunday, September 22nd at 11:30am at Clover Park in Santa Monica. This class is specifically for members of Sophisticated Jewish Singles and will be designed to strengthen your whole body, especially your core musculature (deep abdominals, hips and back) to protect your back and hips from injury and improve your posture! Bring a mat/towel and plenty of water. Hope to see you there! After class we’ll meet at Thyme on Ocean Park Blvd for lunch to replenish ourselves. The logistics are as follows: 11:20 AM Meet at the basketball courts at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 11:30 AM We will choose a spot in the park for our class. 12:30 PM The class will end. 12:45 PM Meet at Thyme Restaurant, 1630 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, Ca 90405 for lunch and conversation. There are 2 Critical Notes to keep in mind: 1- We will need a minimum of 6 people to conduct the class. Carla has been generous in offering her time and expertise. We need to reciprocate by attending in #s far larger than this minimum requirement to show our appreciation. 2- Guys, we need to get off our couches and show up. The events have been majority women by a large proportion. If you're looking to meet someone, this is the place and meetup group to do it. We look forward to a fun event, healthy food and stimulating conversation. Regards, Eric

  • Back to School - Bauhaus that is - At the Getty Center

    With summer ending and fall right around the corner, it's back to school time. For us graduates, this time it is to the Bauhaus School of Art and Design. The Bauhaus was a German school of art and design whose brief yet highly influential existence rendered it a key site in the development of a new modern vision for arts education. Established in 1919 after the end of World War I, the Bauhaus sought to erode distinctions between crafts and the fine arts through a program of study centered on theory and practical experience. Marking the 100th anniversary of the school's opening, Bauhaus Beginnings investigates the school's early commitment to spiritual expression, its innovative first-year curriculum, and its use of diverse media to introduce the work of students and masters to international audiences. The exhibition draws on the Getty Research Institute's extensive collection of Bauhaus material—including course exercises, teaching aids and notes, and rare prints, drawings, and photographs—to offer a colorful and surprising reexamination of the founding principles of this landmark institution. Given all that the Getty Center has to offer, I recommend we take advantage of our visit and first take a guided tour of the gardens before viewing the exhibit. The timing of events is as follows: 1:00 PM - Arrive and Park at the Getty Center; Take tram to museum 1:30 PM - Meet at Bench Near the Museum's Front Entrance for 45 minute docent tour of the Central Garden 2:15 PM - Head to the Bauhaus Beginnings Exhibit 3:15 PM - Grab some refreshment at the Courtyard Cafeteria Parking at the museum is now $ 20/car. Entering the museum is free. I suggest carpooling if possible to share the expense. I look forward to seeing everyone, especially those who haven't made it to an event yet. Meeting new people and visiting the Getty is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Regards, Eric

  • Soliciting Feedback

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    Good Morning Everyone, I am soliciting your input to learn of activities more of you would actually attend. After a great inaugural event when we had 25 attendees and the group's membership was around 70 - 80, the last 2 events have had single digit attendance with the group having now grown to over 200 members. Our next event at the Getty in 2 weeks has just 10 people registered. Many of you have expressed to me that you are looking to meet someone and develop a relationship. Although the group is not a dating site, I know this strong undertow is present and think it would be great for many of you to not only make new friends, but also meet someone special that brings love in to your life. All that said, the only way any of that can happen is if you SHOW UP. Not once, but often. Meeting new people and developing relationships is a process, not an event. Think of all the lifelong friendships/relationships you have - they have developed from thousands of contacts over an extended period of time. So, I'd like to hear from you about events/activities that would excite you to attend, when (day of week, time) they should be held, and where. I look forward to hearing from you and welcome your input. Regards, Eric

  • Intriguing Musical Talent - Tamar Ilana at The Skirball

    Skirball Cultural Center

    If you enjoy live music that blends different cultures into a unique mix and sound, then come join us for this concert by Tamar Ilana at the Skirball. She has an eclectic background - daughter of a Jewish mother ethnomusicologist who traveled the world imbibing different sounds as a youth. Per the program description: Los Angeles debut! Fronted by powerhouse vocalist and dancer Tamar Ilana, the Toronto-based Ventanas reimagine age-old Mediterranean melodies and flamenco grooves. Inspired by a childhood touring the world with her mother, an ethnomusicologist, Ilana sings about migration and identity in Ladino, Spanish, Bulgarian, Hebrew, French, Romani, and Arabic. Be enchanted by their dynamic mix of contemporary interpretations of ancient ballads and original compositions. When I listened to some of her music, you can immediately hear the Israeli and Mediterranean influences. At times I though I was listening to the piercing sound of Achinoam Nini, the highly acclaimed Yemenite Israeli singer. The concert begins at 8 PM. The doors and DJ set by Chris Redd begin at 6:30 PM. Check-in at the Skirball campus begins at 5:30 PM. I agree, it's a little confusing. The concert is free. Parking is $15/car at the museum. I suggest carpooling if possible. Food is available at the cafe at the museum. I plan to eat before arriving. Note: Tickets are given out on a first come, first serve basis. Here is the web site to register your interest at the museum. Please note, this in no way guarantees a seat. https://www.skirball.org/programs/sunset-concerts/tamar-ilana-ventanas My plan is to arrive around 6:15 - 6:30 PM. If possible, I will save some seats. This, knowing how many are coming will be important. I will check with the Skirball to get a better sense of usual ticket demand and when one needs to arrive to assure ticket availability. I look forward to seeing you and an exciting evening. Regards, Eric

  • Change of Pace - Automobile Driving Museum

    610 Lairport St

    Thanks to everyone who responded with activity suggestions. I've been looking at music, movie, museum, and other active opportunities and will look to schedule them in the future. For this event, I decided to mix things up a bit and have scheduled our next meetup at the Automobile Driving Museum (www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org) in El Segundo. There is parking on the streets around the museum. In their own words - The Automobile Driving Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and ride in historic vehicles. We use our collection to present educational opportunities and displays that illustrate the aesthetic, engineering and cultural evolution of the automobile. I know some of you may be inclined to quickly pass on this event - I urge you to reconsider. This automobile museum is unlike the others - they actually restore cars here; you can get behind the velvet rope on some of them and actually get in; and on Sundays they make 3 vintage cars available where you can actually get a ride ( ~ 3/4 mile, they drive) in them. By having a group and calling ahead, they will make a museum member available to give us a guided tour. The place is more than just about cars - it's a great way to learn a little American history as well. And of course you get to socialize with and meet other members of our group. The logistics are as follows: 12:45 PM Arrive and get your ticket 1:00 PM Begin tour 1:45 PM Begin rides 3:00 End rides and decide to meet somewhere for refreshment I look forward to seeing you on the 11th. Regards, Eric

  • LACMA - Material Art from China Exhibit

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    Our inaugural event will be at LACMA, viewing the exhibit The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China. A description from the LACMA website: Since the 1980s, Chinese contemporary artists have cultivated intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality. Their media range from the commonplace to the unconventional, the natural to the synthetic, the elemental to the composite: from plastic, water, and wood, to hair, tobacco, and Coca-Cola. Artists continue to explore and develop this creative mode, with some devoting decades of their practice to experiments with a single material. The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history. There is a 50 minute, docent (my term) led tour that begins at 2 PM. The exhibit is on the 2nd floor of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM). The tour meets on the 2nd floor lobby. Please arrive between 1:30 and 1:45 PM to get your ticket and meet people in the group. We will meet in the court area by the ticket booth near the Parisian lights and walk over to BCAM around 1:50 PM. After the exhibit, there are several cafe areas at LACMA if you want to get something to eat or drink. There are often a couple of food trucks across the street and several casual dining places a few blocks east of LACMA on Wilshire. Regarding name tags, I have never been a fan (makes me fee like a tourist). However, I am willing to have some if you think it will be helpful at this first meeting. Either way, be sociable - introduce yourself to others and make everyone feel welcome.