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November March––April December 2018 2017 | 14| Adar– 12 Cheshvan 15 Iyyar 5778 5778 – 13 Tevet 5778


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Musician Saul Kaye

Upcoming Events She Will Rock You Purim Party & Shpiel

A Family Friendly Event for the Whole Community Saturday, March 3 5:15 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary

Enjoy a rockin’ evening of music, Megillah, dinner, and fantastic fun in our Purim Party and Shpiel for family and friends! Featuring a musical mashup of the story of Esther and the songs of Queen, look forward to a costume parade, Hamantaschen, balloon artists, and bounce houses for everyone to enjoy. Show off your best costume and join us for an incredibly fun evening!

Shabbat Spark

Friday, March 9 & April 20 6:15 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary

Judaism and Medicine

Shabbat Simcha

With The Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale Conducted by Nick Strimple In Honor of the 90th Birthday of Dr. Samuel H. Adler


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Tuesdays, April 10, 17, 24 & May 1 7:00 pm, Location Upon RSVP

Friday, March 16 7:30 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary Save the date for our Shabbat Simcha service featuring the LA Zimriyah Chorale conducted by Nick Strimple! This special Shabbat service is in loving memory of the 90th birthday of Dr. Samuel H. Adler (Rabbi Aaron’s Uncle). Celebrate Shabbat in his honor and look forward to Sela Aaron’s Bat Mitzvah on Saturday morning at 9:45 am! RSVP for Sela's Bat Mitzvah at

Second Annual ChaiVillageLA Passover Seder

From physician-assisted suicide to gender-affirming surgery to whether healthcare is a right, join Rabbi Bassin as we explore the world of Jewish medical ethics. This four-part series will help unravel the beauty and challenges our humanity faces in moments of difficult medical dilemmas. RSVP at

The Los Angeles Jewish Film festival Thursday, April 26 7:00 pm, Weinberg Auditorium

Thursday, April 5 6:00 pm–9:00pm, Temple Isaiah After the success of last year’s inaugural Seder, ChaiVillageLA welcomes everyone for another incredible Passover celebration. Led by Cantor Weiss and Cantor Coyot expect a musically fulfilling Peseach experience with your Jewish community. RSVP at or contact Devorah Servi at 310.592.0321 or Want to learn more about our village? See the article on page seven.

Get ready to IGNITE the SPARK of Shabbat! Rock N’ Roll to our Shabbat Spark service and join us as our Religious School students, Soul Singers, and Junior Cantors lead us in an unforgettable service you don’t want to miss. We look forward to featuring our 4th and 5th graders in March, and our ECC students at the April service. For families with young children, we have our Little Sparklers service at 5:15pm prior to Spark is filled with singing, story-time, blessings, a fun dinner, and a whole lot of Shabbat spirit!

Striving Toward Ethics in Healthcare

Love Shabbat

Celebrating Those You Love Friday, April 6 8:00 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary Save the date for our special Love Shabbat Unplugged service with the JAC Trio. Have an upcoming wedding aniversary? Celebrating a loved one's birthday? Come celebrate those you love with us, listen to a beautiful string trio, and enjoy readings of some of the greatest love poetry ever written.

The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) builds community awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people through film. Temple Emanuel is excited to be a screening location again this year! The film has yet to be announced. For more updates and information, visit

Walk to End Genocide Jewish World Watch

Sunday, April 22 9:00 am, Pan Pacific Park Join us in this year's Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide. Help raise awareness and funds for those displaced by mass atrocities around the world. Do not stand idly by—come together as a community in support of ending genocide. For more information, contact Judy Kandel,

Beverly Hills Ball Honoree Photos by Owen Kolasinski



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Thirty-five year Temple Emanuel members, Jan and Alan Block, contribute to temple life in a multitude of ways—as Directors on the Board, and Chairs of several committees. Jan, a first generation American to Hungarian Holocaust survivors, has been a Coldwell Banker real estate broker for 41 years. She steered the Beverly Hills School District as President of both the Beverly Hills Education Foundation and the PTSA. She was also Chairperson of the City of Beverly Hills Charitable Solicitations Commission. Alan, the senior partner at the boutique real estate and land use law firm of Block & Block, has served on numerous commissions including the State of California Senate Select Committee on Small Business Enterprises, the Los Angeles County Beach Advisory Committee, the City of Beverly Hills Recreation and Park Commission (as both Chair and Vice Chair), and the City of Beverly Hills Planning Commission (as both Chair and Vice Chair.) While at the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California, he was the lead attorney to the California Coastal Commission. They are the proud parents of two sons and two wonderful grandchildren.



Judie Fenton’s deep commitment to her community for the past 30 years has gained her the reputation of a “go-to” person. From President of Horace Mann PTA, the Beverly Hills PTA Council, and the Maple Counseling Center to being a founding member of the Wallis Annenberg Center and the BHEF Board of Directors, her community service is vast and impressive. Appointed to the Traffic and Parking Commission and to the Recreation and Parks Commission, Judie galvanizes the community around important civic issues and city growth. In 1993, she established FTA Events and Marketing and has more than 25 years of experience in creative marketing, business development, event planning, and political campaign strategies. Judie is the mother of four grown children and six precious grandchildren.

AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED FOR OUR FABULOUS SILENT AUCTION Can you help us get tickets for sport events, concerts, or live theater? Luxury items? Jewelry and accessories? Restaurant or hotel gift certificates? Please Contact, Julie Macht: or 310.409.4635. Temple Topics

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Our Temple Family Welcome to our New Members

Kendl Ferencz and Doug Ullman Carmelita and Eric Greco Jacob Seidman Savannah Slotkin

Mazel Tov to Our B'nai Mitzvah Zachary Rosenberg March 3, 2018 “I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable. I am an original.” – Lin Minuel Miranda, from Hamilton

Mazel Tov to...

Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, on the birth of their granddaughter Sophie Sudack Lilly and David Lewis, on the birth of their grandson Noah Kiderman Mike Petzold and Judith Schneider, on the marriage of their son Jake Petzold to Rachel Wald Sue Brucker, in honor of her birthday

Nika Brieter March 10, 2018

Sela Aaron March 17, 2018

Eli Nissenbaum April 14, 2018

" Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." – Mark Twain

"There’s no greater danger than playing it safe." – Nike

Condolences to…

Dayna and Alison Berkowitz, on the passing of their mother, Roberta Berkowitz Elliot Berkowitz, on the passing of his wife, Roberta Berkowitz Barbara Bowman and family, on the passing of her husband, Morton Bowman Karen Jacobs Gibson and Terel Gibson and family, on the passing of her father, Richard Jacobs, MD Julian and Michele Gold and family, on the passing of his mother, Carol Gold Alfred and Bobbie Sapper and family, on the passing of his sister, Alberta Bilson Morey Sein and family, on the passing of his wife, Lois Sein Lucie & Douglas Zimmerman and family, on the passing of her mother, Judie Chroman

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Calendar of Services & Special Events March


Friday, March 2

Shabbat Unplugged 6:15 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary

Saturday, March 3

Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Friday, March 9

Little Sparklers 5:15 pm, Greer Social Hall Shabbat Spark 6:15 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary

Saturday, March 10

Expression of Soul 9:30 am, Belle Chapel Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Friday, March 16

Shabbat Simcha 7:30 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary

Saturday, March 17

Expression of Soul 9:30 am, Belle Chapel Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Friday, March 23

Simply Shabbat 6:15 pm, Belle Chapel

Saturday, March 24

Expression of Soul 9:30 am, Belle Chapel Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Friday, April 6

Shabbat Unplugged 8:00 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary

Saturday, April 7

Expression of Soul 10:00 am, Belle Chapel Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Expression of Soul 9:30 am, Belle Chapel Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Friday, April 27

Simply Shabbat 6:15 pm, Belle Chapel

Friday, April 13

Saturday, April 28

Simply Shabbat 6:15 pm, Belle Chapel

Expression of Soul 9:30 am, Belle Chapel Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Saturday, April 14

Friday, March 30 No Services

Expression of Soul 9:30 am, Belle Chapel Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Saturday, March 31

Friday, April 20

Expression of Soul 9:30 am, Belle Chapel Shabbat Morning @Emanuel 10:00 am, Bess P. Maltz Center

Saturday, April 21

Little Sparklers 5:15 pm, Greer Social Hall Shabbat Spark 6:15 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary

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All of Temple Emanuel's Friday night services are now offered online at


Temple Members Care

In our Strive to Make a Difference feature we will highlight member involvement in causes near and dear to their hearts. If you have a connection to a charity and would like to share it with us, please email We feel deeply connected to the values of Temple Emanuel for many reasons. Inspired by the words of Micah which are inscribed outside of our sanctuary, “Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your G-d”, our family is committed to and deeply proud of our synagogue’s core principle of Tikkun Olam. While there are many organizations deserving of our time and support, we are particularly drawn to the mission of The Maple Counseling Center (TMCC). Offering low-cost, high-quality comprehensive mental health counseling to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay, TMCC also provides excellent training and supervision for interns and counselors who are working toward their licenses in mental health professions.

local schools includes professional help, peer counseling and weekly “community circle” group sessions for elementary students which offer a safe space to discuss concerns, encourage respectful problem solving and prevent bullying. Mental health issues are a serious, pervasive problem which affect every demographic. They jeopardize the lives and wellbeing of the impacted individual, as well as family and loved ones. Mental illness may be difficult to acknowledge. It can be expensive to address. It may be accompanied by a stigma that makes seeking help even more challenging. The Maple Counseling Center is there to support those in need. Learn more at

TMCC was formed in the early 1970’s by a visionary group of community members, including our beloved late mother/mother-in-law Sooky Goldman, in order to bring awareness and resources to a community that was just beginning to acknowledge the growing drug problem among its own children. Since that time, the scope and reach of the Center’s services have grown tremendously, drawing clients from all parts of Los Angeles County and providing counseling for individuals, couples, families, groups, seniors and children. Programming offered at

Myra Lurie and her family, have been proud members of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills for over 12 years. Temple Topics

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Religious School This past January, 16 teens from our Religious School joined Rabbi Lutz and Rabbi Bassin on a trip to Washington D.C. for the L’Taken teen seminar with the Relgious Action Center for Reform Judaism. After spending the school year learning about their chosen issue of gun violence prevention, these students lobbied Senators Feinstein and Harris, Representatives Bass, Lieu, and Gomez to close existing loopholes in background checks. In direct response to their lobbying, Representative Bass became a cosponsor to the bill—showing our students the power of speaking up. As the spotlight on gun violence prevention is increasing in the wake of the school shooting in Florida, we are seeing students provide extraordinary moral leadership. We are proud of our Temple Emanuel students for doing the same. Summer Quinn, a four-time participant in the L’Taken, wrote a reflection as a call to all of us to follow the lead of our students. May we as a society heed their call. To read Summer’s reflection visit

Contributions General Fund

In appreciation From Jeffrey and Susan Spitz In honor of Sue Brucker’s birthday, from Michele and Julian Gold Sue Brucker’s birthday, from Lilly and David Lewis Sue Brucker’s birthday, from Alissa Roston Noah Lewis Kiderman’s birth, from his grandparents, Lilly and David Lewis In memory of Roberta Berkowitz, from Mary and Robb Rothman Marla Seff, from Radell Simon

Rabbi Aaron’s Discretionary Fund

In appreciation From Sydney Borman and Brian Mansouri, in honor of their wedding From Eileen and Tom Dardick From Annika and Abraham Somer From Natalie Spector In honor of Emma Dudley’s Bat Mitzvah, from Laura Unger Dudley and Randy Dudley and family Charlotte Massey’s Bat Mitzvah, from Davina Massey and family In memory of Albert Bilson, from her children Judy, Bob, and Howard Stahl and their families Carol Gold, from Julian and Michele Gold and family Marla Seff, to Richard Seff and family, from Pearl Councelbaum Marla Seff, from Richard Seff and family Marla Seff, to Richard Seff and family, from Flora Trostler and Dan Schwarzkopf Lois Sein, to Morey Sein and family, from Pearl Councelbaum Lois Sein, to Morey Sein and family, from Natalie Spector Karen Weiner, to Sandy Weiner and family, from Pearl Councelbaum

Rabbi Bassin’s Discretionary Fund In appreciation From Colette and Gerald Ament From Vejune Baltrusaitis


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From Sandra Klarfeld, in honor of Alaina Bell and Jason Klarfeld’s wedding From Hope Stevens and Pete Siegel In memory of Louise Cohen Hariri, From Yassaman Hariri and Mojgan Arye

Cantor Weiss’s Discretionary Fund

In honor of Emma Dudley’s Bat Mitzvah, from Laura Unger Dudley and Randy Dudley and family

Rabbi Geller’s Discretionary Fund In memory of Nathan Chroman, from Lucie and Doug Zimmerman

Temple Emanuel Religious School General Fund

In memory of Roberta Berkowitz, from Elisa and Andy White

Mitzvah Circle Fund

In memory of Roberta Berkowitz, from the Wecker family

Yahrzeit Fund

Milton Abel, from Ethel S. Abel Don Abney, from Veronica Abney Betty Averack, from Susan Lava John Babcock, from Sandra Sternig Babcock and Audrey Babcock Ronne Banks Parks, from Bobbe Banks Salkowitz Jerry Bishop, from Leah Bishop and Gary Yale Bernard Block, from Shirley Block, Larry Block, David Block, Michael and Jeff Block Sidney Bosley, from Gloria and Ellis Kirschenbaum Edward Breitbard, from Stanley and Ronda Breitbard David Brook, from Harold Brook Leo Cohn, from Joyce Krawll Ruth Costin, from Mitzi Costin Herman Dahlerbruch, from Stefan Dahlerbruch Herta Dahlerbruch, from Stefan Dahlerbruch Morris Erlich, from Iris and Gordon Cutler Carl Esenoff, from Ronda and Stanley Breitbard Marilyn Friedman, from Larry Friedman

Lena Gassel, from Sam Bachner Eda Gold, from Ron and Marcia Levenson Harry Gordon, from Rick Gordon Paul Harmon and Ginger Harmon, from Tiffany Harmon Joseph Hirsch, from Harriette Hirsch Lena Jackson, from Frances and Lester Boxer Berta Jerugim, from Lora and Jaime Jerugim Reuben Kabrins, from Judy and Ron Kabrins Sadie Kahn, from Dr. S. Sanford Kornblum and Charlene S. Kornblum Hanna Kleiman, from Nili Kosmal, Michael, Daniel and Roni Kosmal Frieda Klein, from Sylvia Alberts Ralph Kopelove, from Bob Siegel Henry Krebs, from Ann Del Monte Rhoda Kreeger, from Muriel Kreeger and family Harold (Hal) Lazner, from Doris and Leslie Lazner Mary Lazner, from Doris and Leslie Lazner Clara Lesser, from Doris and Leslie Lazner David Miller, from Constance Bennett Goldie Miller, from Jacqueline B. Miller Sam Platkin, Fritzie Platkin, Shmuel Levental and Miriam Levental, from Richard and Rochelle Platkin Cecille Robman, from Steven, Mark and David Robman Hanna Rosenstein, from Debbie and Brad Greenberg Karl Sapper, from Bobbie and Al Sapper Raymond Schwarzkopf, from Dan Schwarzkopf and Flora Trostler Klaus Schlesinger, from Lora and Jaime Jerugim Claire Seipp, from Michele Seipp Nathan Shapiro and Jerome Borak, from Sandy Borak Gussie Siegel, from Bob Siegel Jerry Spector, from Natalie Spector and family Simon Steven Tennyson, from Lee/G. Edward Tishkoff family Elizabeth Trostler, from the Trostler/ Schwarzkopf family Irving Tuch, from Sunnye and Richard Tuch Vicki Ulansey, from Dr. Seymour Ulansey Blanche Walder, from Helen Walder Rogaway Theresa Weisberg, from Ruth Weisberg Joseph and Amalia Yeager, from Miriam Zlotolow Jack Zacky, from Leslie Lazner and Doris Lazner

Pillar Members Bonim (Builders) Kathy Javor and Julian Javor Malachim (Angel) Sheryl & Jon Sokoloff Tzadikim Sari and Shahram Melamed L’dor V’dor Nadine & Harold Davidson Barbara Coyne & Jeffrey Hendel Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Helene & Arthur (z"l) Laub Shana & Don Passman Sylvia Price Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg Marcie & Howard Zelikow Sustaining Anonymous Lili & Jon Bosse Sue & Barry Brucker Toni & Bruce Corwin Myra Lurie & David Goldman Blanche Howard Abby & Alan Levy Julie & Ken Moelis Cathy & Steve Needleman Belinda & Jeff Pop Marcia & Dick Schulman Ron & Shelley Singer Laurie Goodman & Don Spetner Double Chai Renee & Harold Brook Jay Glazer Bonnie & Bernie Goler Janice White & Gene Krieger (z"l) Marcia & Ron Levenson Pearle Rae & Mark Levey Lilly & David Lewis Anne & Harold Mills Jill & Dennis Roach

Nancy & Stephen Paul Kathleen & Larry Paul Brian Rosenstein Lisa & Mark Schwartz Susan Resnick West & David West Elisa Newman-White, M.D. 
 & Andrew White Chai Isa & Bill Aron Denise & Terry Avchen Arleen & Sam Bachner Lynda Barrad Cynthia & Neal Baseman Roberta & Elliot Berkowitz Alberta Stahl Bilson (z"l) Robert Bird Jan & Alan Block Barbara & Morton (z"l) Bowman Ronda & Stanley Breitbard Deborah & Gabriel Brener Barbara Bruser & Richard Clark Iris & Gordon Cutler Brad Donenfeld Allison & Michael Druyanoff Rita & Izzy Eichenstein Lorraine & Jerry Factor Jane & Max Factor III Bonnie & Ronald Fein Bunni & Murray Fischer Elayne Garber & John Forbess Leslie & Clifford Gilbert-Lurie Milton Golden (z"l) Linda & Gary Goldfein Patty & Larry Goodman Andie & Larry Harrow Roberta Holland Kristin & John Jameson Judy & Ron Kabrins Aviva & Aric Kadosh Gloria Kaplan Terri & Michael Kaplan

Vickie & Fred Kaplan Judy Karlan Ruth Karp Jackie Kassorla Fran & Don Kates Joyce & Harvey (z"l) Kates Michelle & Alan Kaye Sue & Bob Kazdan Linda & Ross Kemper Lauren & Richard King Barbara & Stuart Klabin Char & Sandy Kornblum Joyce Krawll Nancy & John Lee Rochelle & Richard Maize Jeanne & Leonard Marks Stacey Mickell Jody Minsky Lauren & Eric Muhlheim Farhad Novian Corinne Auge & Laurent Opman Vicki Reynolds & Murray Pepper Ondania & David Pick Alys Pollet Elizabeth & William Quicksilver Jack Quinn Cathy Costin & Mitch Reback Carol & Jerry Redston Claudia & Bruce Resnikoff Ronda & Fred Rose Sally & Ron Rosenblatt Alissa & Warren Roston Lois Roston (z"l) 
& Ellsworth Roston (z"l) Mary & Robb Rothman Paula & Allan Rudnick Louise & Robert Schwab Karen Breslow & Bobby Schwartz Diane Vanette & Sander Schwartz Marla (z"l) & Richard Seff Leslie & Scott Shlecter Phyllis Shlecter Hope Stevens & Peter Siegel

Marilyn (z"l) & Edgar Simon Linda Smith Terri & Michael Smooke Annika & Abe Somer Lisa & Adam Stoll Lorrie & John Stone Susan & Peter Strauss Holly & Ronald Toplitzky Sunnye & Richard Tuch Cathy & Len Unger Halina Wachtel Sheila & William Wasserman Karen (z"l) & Sandy Weiner Estelle Weisberg Penny & Bob White Joan Cohen Wilson & Chuck Wilson Marilyn Weltman Wizenberg 
 & Howard Wizenberg Leah Bishop & Gary Yale



Jonathan Aaron, Senior Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Associate Rabbi Lizzie Weiss, Cantor Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita Adam Lutz, Rabbi Educator

Senior Staff

Eric G. Reiter, Executive Director Julie Macht, Director of Development Stacy Kesner, M.A., Early Childhood Center Director Alex Kojfman, Director of Communications & Membership

ChaiVillageLA: A Very Unique Village What’s A Village? Heard about the Village Movement? 15 years ago, Boston neighbors sought a way to help each other stay in their homes as they grew older. Little did they know they were starting a movement when they formed the first village—where neighbors help neighbors, strengthening social connections. Today there are over 200 villages across the country, providing adults with a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. Why Is Our Village Different From All Other Villages? In 2015 congregants from Temple Emanuel and Temple Isaiah joined together to create ChaiVillageLA, the first ever synagogue-based village.

Joyous celebrants at 2017 ChaiVillageLA Seder. All Temple Emanuel members are welcome to attend this year’s Seder on April 5.

What are our happy 215 villagers doing? Many are attending memberled programs like museum trips, walks with a rabbi, and film discussions. Many have been trained to help other members, providing rides to doctor appointments, bringing meals for homebound members or chicken soup for the sick, assisting with household repairs, and providing computer help.

When ChaiVillageLA started, our mission was to help older adults to “age in place.” But it’s turned into much more. According to one member, “I can’t say enough about the role that ChaiVillageLA is playing in my life and my husband’s as we happily age in this embracing community.” ChaiVillageLA is open to all temple members. For information, visit us at or contact Devorah Servi at (310) 592-0321 or Temple Topics

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A bi-monthly publication of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills