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Living Judaism


Proverbs 3:6

Welcome to the year 5780 (2019-2020) at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.

LEADERSHIP Clergy Jonathan Aaron, Senior Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Associate Rabbi Lizzie Weiss, Cantor Adam Lutz, Assist. Rabbi/ Director of Education Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita

Senior Staff Matt Davidson, Executive Director Stacy Kesner, M.A., ECC Director Alex Kojfman, Director of Communications & Membership

Board of Directors Presidents Kristin Jameson Myra Lurie Scott A. Stone Geoffrey Wharton


Barry Brucker, Immediate Past President Jeffrey Wolf, Secretary Eric Muhlheim, Treasurer/Finance

Members Pamela Bennett Jan Block Sue Brucker (honorary) Bruce Corwin (honorary) Toni Corwin (honorary) Judie Fenton Simone Friedman Julian Javor Jackie Kassorla Samuel Kolstad Nancy Lee Farhad Novian Peter Siegel Danielle Soto Tony Storm


On behalf of my dedicated clergy colleagues, Rabbi Sarah Bassin and Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Rabbi Adam Lutz and Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller, along with our Executive Director Matt Davidson, and our entire dedicated staff, I’d like to welcome you to our programming, events, and information guide for the year. A synagogue's spiritual life comes from what congregants experience together and how the community expresses itself. These pages contain the ways to connect to your Jewish spiritual life: music, prayer, community engagement and action, learning, meditation, conversations on current issues, yoga, holiday celebrations and commemorations. Look through the offerings over coffee or while sitting quietly in your living room with your phone. Put what interests you in your calendar. Our theme comes from Proverbs 3:6. “In all of your ways, connect.” In Hebrew, it is “B’chol darchecha Da-eyhu.” We have the opportunity to connect in everything we do, at all times. To do, to be, to participate in our lives and connect to something other than ourselves is at the core of Jewish spiritual expression. The programs in these pages are designed to help you deepen your personal and social connection, in order to live a more fulfilling life. In all our ways, connect. Heighten your life through your own Jewish spiritual expression. We bring our best selves into the world so that we can make our community and our synagogue a better, more loving and caring place. L'Shalom,

Jonathan Aaron Senior Rabbi

Proverbs 3:6

CONTENTS Welcome 2

Welcome Letter & Leadership




Learning to Connect




About Temple Emanuel


Clergy & Staff

Shabbat & Celebrations 8

Shabbat Services

10 Special Nights @Emanuel 12


Music & Arts 14

Music @Emanuel


Theater @Emanuel


Sacred Sounds Unbound


Emanuel's Choirs

Education & Learning 18

Young Families @Emanuel

20 Religious School 22 Lifelong Learning 23 The Behrendt Conversation Series

Community Engagement 24 Social Justice—Na'aseh

25 Sisterhood of Emanuel 26 Programs and Activities 28 Boomers and Beyond—ChaiVillageLA 30 Giving @Emanuel © 2019 Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills




VENUES Premier Event Spaces in the Heart of Beverly Hills Learn more at For specific venue information, pricing, and availability, email, or call 310.409.4644.



We believe in the power of connection, a devotion to

community, and a renewed commitment to our Jewish identity. It is from this place—grounded in Jewish values—that we create meaning and make change. As a modern Reform congregation and synagogue in Los Angeles, we take our inspiration from learning and Torah in order to discover what is relevant and enriching to our lives. B’nai mitzvah ceremonies become personally relevant introductions to Jewish life. Weddings celebrate the incredible potential that new families bring to our community. Tikkun Olam efforts change individual lives, shift social mores, and strengthen communities. At Temple Emanuel, Shabbat is a sacred shared space where you can nourish your mind and soul. Everyone is welcome to pray, celebrate, learn, and embrace Jewish rituals. Come and actively participate in our community of Living Judaism.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Worship Spaces, Clergy Offices, Venues, and Schools 300 N Clark Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90211


Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Administrative Offices 8840 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Jonathan Aaron Senior Rabbi

Sarah Bassin Associate Rabbi



Lizzie Weiss Cantor

Adam Lutz Assistant Rabbi/ Director of Education

Laura Geller Rabbi Emerita

Matt Davidson Executive Director

Stacy Kesner Director of Early Childhood Center

Helene Winston Controller

Tannaz Lavian Gatto Member Engagement & Development Associate

Alex Kojfman Director of Communications and Membership

Troy Hebblethwaite Director of Facilities & Special Events

Cynthia Gearhart Accounting Manager

Amanda Collin Operations Manager

Ben Cuevas Graphic Designer

Jenny Kramer Events and Programming Associate

Karen Porper Religious School and B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator

Devorah Servi Director of ChaiVillageLA

Sheri Goldstein Executive Assistant to the Clergy

Kevin McCarthy Concierge

Hannah Elkin Rabbinic Intern

Robert Amaro Director of Security




First Friday of the Month 8:00 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary & Livestream on Vimeo

Shabbat Spark

Fridays November 8, January 17 February 28, May 22 5:45 pm—Community Dinner, Greer Social Hall 6:30 pm—Corwin Family Sanctuary & Livestream on Vimeo

The evening begins with a congregational dinner so you can fuel your body before you refuel your spirit! Then, join us for Shabbat Spark! Part soul, part rock, and all Shabbat. This participatory Shabbat service puts down the prayer books (words on the screen) and jams out with our electric six-piece rock band, student Soul Singers, Junior Cantors, and Religious School students as they lead us through the service. RSVP is always appreciated for dinner at For the little ones, see Little Sparklers below. Temple Emanuel’s signature in-theround service features spiritually uplifting meditation and poetry. Our community will unify through the energy and music of Zack Lodmer's clarinet and Ava Nahas' hand-drums combining with Rabbi Aaron's guitar and Cantor Weiss' lead vocals, along with everyone singing together. Enjoy a thoughtful short teaching by our clergy, or diverse and engaging special guests. Join us for wine and cheese at 7:15 pm prior to each Shabbat Unplugged!

Little Sparklers

For Our Youngest Congregants Fridays, November 8, January 17, February 28 5:15 pm, Belle Chapel

Simply Shabbat

Second through Fifth Friday of the Month 6:15 pm, Belle Chapel & Livestream on Vimeo This weekly service blends nostalgic and contemporary melodies to create a peaceful and enjoyable start to the weekend. Simply Shabbat features an hour of music, prayer and a d'var Torah (teaching) from one of our clergy that will reassure, challenge and spiritually move you.


This Shabbat experience is all about engaging your toddlers and pre-reading children in song and story. Let our clergy welcome Shabbat with your child(ren), then we invite everyone to join our community dinner at 5:45 pm. Following dinner, our Shabbat Spark service is a great opportunity to let your children dance and pray in an energetic and fun environment.

Saturday Mornings, 10:00 am Corwin Family Sanctuary or Belle Chapel



Shabbat in the Park

A Hands-On Musical and Artistic Shabbat Experience for Young Families Sponsored by Patty and Larry Goodman and Family, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of LA

Saturday, October 19 (Shabbat in the Sukkah) 10:00 am, ECC Sukkah

Our weekly Shabbat service is a unique blend of traditional prayer, nusach (musical themes), and guitar-led melodies. Congregants actively participate in the service by volunteering for honors, greeting visitors, chanting the weekly Torah portions, and celebrating life-cycle events. The service is highlighted by a thought-provoking text study that sparks conversation that often carries through into our Kiddush luncheon.

Saturday, February 29 10:00 am, Beverly CaÑon Gardens Saturday, May 16 10:00 am, Beverly CaÑon Gardens


Shabbat Morning @Emanuel

Bim Bam Shabbat

In Partnership with PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of LA Second Friday of the Month September–June, 9:15 am, Movement Room

Join us on the second Friday of each month and get your children to move and groove with Shabbat songs and story time. With Cantor Lizzie Weiss and Rabbi Adam Lutz, we bring that Shabbat spirit to children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers. All are welcome so bring a friend! This service is designed for families with children 0-2 years old. Special thanks to our partners, the Jewish Federation and PJ Library.

Join us throughout the year for our lively Shabbat in the Park service in the heart of Beverly Hills. Let the temple's clergy start your morning off with story, song, and dance in a beautiful sunlit setting. Bring a picnic breakfast and some friends. This service is perfect for families with children 6 years and younger, but all are welcome! Proudly partnered with PJ Library and sponsored by Patty and Larry Goodman and Family.




Fruits of Our Lives

Sunday, October 20, 4:00 pm, ECC Sukkah On Sukkot, we welcome the first fruits of the harvest and in that spirit we gather together to bless the newborn children in our congregation. We invite all new parents to bring their babies to the Sukkah to receive a blessing. Let us celebrate life and family on this harvest holiday. Families can join us afterwards for Simchat Torah at 5:00 pm.

Burton Way Send-Off and Simchat Torah with Mostly Kosher

Sunday, October 20, 5:00 pm, 8844 Burton Way & 300 N Clark Drive


Let's rejoice in this holiday of completing the readings of the Torah and share memories within the Burton Way building as Mostly Kosher once again brings to life our Simchat Torah celebration. Let the band's joyous klezmer music energize you and let's dance through the hallways and celebrate the space that was a part of our Jewish journey. We will begin at 8844 Burton Way and then join in procession to 300 N Clark Drive where the fun continues. Come early for a Burton Way open house at 3:30 pm.

Animal Blessings Shabbat Friday, November 1, 6:15 pm, Courtyard

Bring your beloved pets to this one-of-a-kind service. Dedicated to Noah and all of the creatures he saved, we offer a special blessing to our cherished animal companions.

Shabbat Spark: Honoring Our Veterans Friday, November 8, 6:30 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary

We honor the veterans in our congregation and give thanks to all servicemen and women who devote their lives to defending our country in this special Shabbat service.

Pajama Havdalah

Saturday, November 16 & May 9, 8:00 pm, Your Home Join us for Havdalah, the ceremony that says goodbye to Shabbat, in the comfort of your home, even in your pajamas! Our clergy will be on Facebook Live, to peacefully lead us into the week. You can light the candle, smell the spices, and taste the wine (or grape juice) along with others in the congregation enjoying their evening at home. A simultaneous virtual Havdalah community.

Justice Shabbat Unplugged

Featuring the Director of the Religious Action Center Friday, January 10, 8:00 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary In this special Shabbat we are joined by Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center. Rabbi Pesner’s work has focused on encouraging Jewish communities to reach across lines of race, class, and faith in campaigns for social justice. Alongside the Temple Emanuel clergy, we are excited to have him for a special Shabbat Unplugged experience.


With the Urban Voices Project and Temple Emanuel Choirs

Friday, January 17, Dinner–5:45 pm, Service–6:30 pm, 300 N Clark Drive Join us as our electric six-piece rock band, Soul Singers, Junior Cantors, and Religious School students lead us in this family-oriented sing-along service, and our 6th and 7th grade Religious School students teach us about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Shabbat Shira

Featuring Our Temple Emanuel Choirs Friday, February 7, 6:15 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary In one of our most joyful musical services of the year, we celebrate the moment when Moses and Miriam led the Israelites through the Red Sea towards freedom. Join us for this special Shabbat service where melody and lyrics bring you to a euphonious start to the weekend.

Love Shabbat

Featuring Bob Remstein and a Jazz Ensemble

Friday, March 20, 6:15 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary Enjoy the beautiful combo of free form jazz with the flowing words of some of the greatest love poetry in our annual Love Shabbat celebration. Join us for this incredible service and receive a special anniversary blessing from clergy in honor of your relationship.


Shabbat Spark: Commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sisterhood Shabbat

Friday, May 8, Dinner–6:30 pm, Service–7:30 pm, Belle Chapel Start your Mother's Day weekend with a special Shabbat service led by the Sisterhood of Emanuel. Celebrate female empowerment in this incredible evening honoring the women in our lives.

Memorial Day Shabbat Spark BBQ and Celebrating Our Teens Service

Friday, May 22, Dinner–5:30 pm, Service–6:30 pm, 300 N Clark Drive Our Memorial Day Shabbat service and barbecue is a beautiful community gathering to honor all the Jewish men and women who gave their lives for our country and an opportunity to celebrate our teens (and parents) on their accomplishments throughout the past year. A barbecue starts the evening off, followed by an incredibly electric and eclectic service filled with American songs, stories and moments of reflection and gratitude. Our clergy present several awards to the teens for their commitment to social justice, community and well-being.

Pride Shabbat Unplugged

Friday, June 5, 8:00 pm, Corwin Family Sanctuary Show your support on Pride Weekend 2020 at this special Shabbat service celebrating love and diversity with members of the LGBTQ community, family, friends, and allies. All are welcome!



CELEBRATIONS HOLIDAYS AND MORE For more information about our events, email

A LOS ANGELES Saturday, September 21, Corwin Family Sanctuary A Los Angeles S'lichot


Breakout Sessions—7:30 pm Havdalah Service—8:30 pm

Sunday, December 8 11:30 am, 300 N Clark Drive


A Pre-Hanukkah Celebration

Saturday, September 21, 7:00 pm A LosTemple Angeles Jewish Community Slichot Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N Clark Drive service featuring the music of prominent LA based composers, Ami Aloni, Meir Finkelstein and friends. Join as cantors across the city, including our very own Cantor Lizzie Weiss, lead you in a moving Havdalah service with informative andinformation, interactive facilitated For more visit seminars by clergy from all participating synagogues. This Los Angeles Jewish Community Slichot Havdalah service features the music of prominent LA based composers, Ami Aloni, Meir Finkelstein, Michael Isaacson, and friends, with cantors from across the city, and breakout sessions with Los Angeles clergy. Join us at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills in partnership with University Synagogue and Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

Holiday Festival Morning Shacharit Services Sukkot

Monday, October 14 10:00 am, 300 N Clark Drive


Thursday, April 9 10:00 am, 300 N Clark Drive Honor and celebrate these Jewish holidays by joining together for a morning prayer service.

Holiday Festival Services with Yizkor Simchat Torah

Monday, October 21 10:00 am, 300 N Clark Drive


Wednesday, April 15 10:00 am, 300 N Clark Drive

Shavuot—at Simply Shabbat

Friday, May 29 6:15 pm, 300 N Clark Drive

We gather together for these special services followed by Yizkor.


Let's celebrate Hanukkah early with this wonderful winter festival party! Celebrate and sing along with the temple choirs and Spark band. Enjoy delicious latkes, sweet sufganiyot and have an opportunity to purchase or make gifts for your loved ones!

Mishloach Manot

Beginning the Week of March 2 Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills connects with our congregation through our annual Mishloach Manot program this Purim. Literally translated as “the sending of portions,” this holiday program is our way for the temple community to indulge in delicious hamentashen and other Purim treats! Delivered by volunteers and staff to every member of our community, we celebrate that Purim spirit together. To take part in this mitzvah or volunteer for this community building program, contact

Escape from Egypt Road Rally

Sunday, March 8 11:30 am, 300 N Clark Drive

Sunday, April 12 10:00 am, Location TBA

For Children, Families, and Everyone!

Show off your best Purim costume, win prizes and more! Enjoy a kid-friendly version of our Purim Shpiel inspired by pop music in an evening of exciting activities. This annual event is full of fun for the whole family and open to the entire community.

A Passover Road Rally and Escape Room

This Passover, travel through time and the city with this communitywide Passover Road Rally. Puzzles, pitstops, and Passover treats, join us for this one-of-a-kind Temple Emanuel original program! Add your email to get notified by visiting

Fourth Annual ChaiVillageLA Passover Seder Tuesday, April 14 6:00 pm, Temple Isaiah


Purim Shpiel & Party

Purim Shpiel & Cocktails Just for the Grown-Ups

Monday, March 9 Happy Hour—7:00 pm, Shpiel—7:30 pm Corwin Family Sanctuary After the wildly successful musically themed shpiels featuring the music from Hamilton, Queen and Bruno Mars, we are even more excited to surprise you with this year's event! A Purim Shpiel with cocktails, beer, and holiday treats, this will be a fun and fresh way to celebrate the holiday!

Annual Fundraising Extravangaza

In Support of Temple Emanuel Date, Time, and Location TBA Our Annual Spring Fundraiser will be a chance for our congregation and community to come together and celebrate our temple. Come support Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills in this momenteous occasion with fine food, incredible music and moments to cherish with friends. Stay tuned!

Friends, food and music! Over 120 people joined together to celebrate our 2019 seder. ChaiVillageLA looks forward to continuing our Passover tradition by celebrating with the beautiful melodies of Cantor Lizzie Weiss and Cantor Tifani Coyot.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Thursday, May 28 7:00 pm, 300 N Clark Drive

At Temple Emanuel, we celebrate the ageold custom of studying all night with a late study and teaching session culminating in the reading of the Ten Commandments.








At Temple Emanuel, we believe music is central to the joy of Living Judaism. To learn more about rehearsal schedules and how you can join any of our choirs, contact Cantor Lizzie Weiss at

Soul Singers Our Soul Singers are a very friendly crew of 3rd-7th grade religious school students who blend music, Judaism, community, and spirituality together in a fantastic mix of learning and performing. New singers feel welcomed as soon as they join and will learn to read music, sing in various languages, and learn songs from many genres, including Broadway tunes, traditional songs, and folk music from around the world. Our Shabbat Spark Service gets its energy from our spirited Soul Singers!

Intergenerational Choir





Join our fantastic intergenerational group of singers, and participate in dynamic, cutting-edge Jewish music programming, commissions, and premiers of new Jewish choral works, prayers, and songs. We sing and perform during High Holy Day Family Services, festival services, concerts, and special events during the year.

Junior Cantors With Soul Singers experience under your belt, it’s time to lead our community in prayer and song! Talented and motivated post-B’nai Mitzvah students are asked or audition to be a part of the Temple Emanuel Junior Cantors. There’s no better preparation and experience for a passionate singer than leading our congregation in High Holy Days, Shabbat, and Festival Services throughout the year.












LIFELONG LEARNING ADULT EDUCATION Our outstanding adult education programs reflect our commitment to studying Torah and deepening our connection to Jewish life and tradition. Lifelong learning strengthens us and makes for a richer Jewish experience. Through our classes, support groups, trips, and volunteer opportunities, we strive to deepen our members' connections to each other, to their community, and to the ongoing story of the Jewish people.

Modern Hebrew Beginners 1 Wednesdays, Starting October 30 7:00 pm, 300 N Clark Drive

Learn more at

Through the Eyes of Rashi Sundays, Starting September 8 9:30 am, Clergy Library

Engage in an ongoing discussion of the Torah text as seen through the eyes of scholars across generations, from Talmudic to modern times. Guided by respected teacher Dr. Chaim Plotzker, learn how the ancient texts and interpretations are relevant to our modern lives. All questions are welcome, and no previous experience is required. $120 for 10 sessions. Contact to register.

Students learn to read basic modern Hebrew text, write in cursive and engage in conversation while developing listening and speaking skills. Please contact the Whizin Center for Continuing Education at 310.440.1572 or


RSVP for Time and Location to Connect breath with movement as we move through a series of yoga poses in an hour-long, mixed-level flow class. Bring a towel or a mat. No prior experience required. Contact to RSVP, or if you have any questions.

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays, Starting October 30, 7:00 pm, Belle Chapel An 18-week exploration for individuals and couples interested in deepening their understanding of what Living Judaism means to them. Designed for those interested in conversion, as well as those who simply want to learn more about Jewish holidays, life cycle ceremonies, values, history, liturgy, and texts. Whether you are new to Judaism, interested in converting, a partner of a Jew (with no plans to convert) or a practicing Jew who wants to learn more, all are welcome to come and learn. This class is offered in conjunction with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). $280 per couple. Members of URJ-affiliated congregations pay $200. Contact for more information. Registration is available online at






Our congregation is proud to support the amazing activism and volunteer work spearheaded by members of our community. Our social justice group, Na'aseh "Let's Do This!" partners with organizations that tackle such issues as assisting refugees in greater Los Angeles, gun violence prevention, and homelessness. Your talents and passion to make a change are always welcome. We have ways to get you involved through hands-on volunteering, mentorship, fundraising, and advocacy. For more information about getting involved, visit

OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE PARTNERS... The Esperanza Immigrants Rights Project | Assisting unaccompanied children, families, and individuals striving for a better life. Gun Violence Prevention | In partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism OneLA-IAF | Addressing Homelessness and Mental Health in the Los Angeles Area TIYYA | Helping Global Refugees Resettling in Los Angeles The Major Fund | Muslim And Jewish Collaboration for International Relief Work Jewish World Watch | A global leader in the fight against genocide. Imagine LA | Helping and Mentoring Homeless Families


What’s Next? Congregants like you drive our justice work. Each year, new people come forward with project ideas that the temple embraces. All you need is a basis in Reform Jewish values and a team of three. Contact Rabbi Sarah Bassin at to start something new or join one of our existing projects.

Sisters in the Sukkah Wednesday, October 16 7:00 pm, 300 N Clark Drive

Sisters in the Sukkah is back! Enjoy some custom etrog cocktails, wine, and cheese. Then get to know the inspiring intergenerational women of our community with a moving teaching and a bit of brainstorming for the year to come. And always remember, friends are welcome!

New Women's Rosh Chodesh Group Yoga, Breath, and Breakfast to Bring in the New Moon Tuesday, October 29 9:00 am, Belle Chapel

Shards and Chardonnay Date, time, and location TBA

An artful evening where you and your sisters sip wine and create unique mosaics.

Sisters and Cinema Date, time, and location TBA

Gather with Sisterhood friends for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

The Sisterhood Challah Bakes

Bake and break bread with your Sisterhood Thursdays, November 21, January 16, March 19, May 21, 7:00 pm, Kitchen—Greer Social Hall Rise to the occasion and join in on the most delicious of challah bakes.

Led by Michelle Aaron, celebrate the new moon with ritual, conversation, art, and reflection with your Sisterhood community.

Alexandria House Annual Holiday Bazaar

Dreamcatchers Program

December 2019, more info TBA

Sunday, January 26 5:00 pm, Location TBA Welcome the new moon and the beginning of a new Jewish month by crafting dreamcatchers with your temple sisters.


Now in our third year, the Sisterhood of Emanuel is an intergenerational women's group. Rooted in the principles of Reform Judaism, our mission is to build a strong, compassionate, and socially conscious community focused on making a positive imprint on one another and the world through friendship and action. Celebrate the women in our community with events such as Sisters in the Sukkah, Sisterhood Challah Bakes, Rosh Chodesh Women's Gathering, volunteering, Sisterhood Shabbat, and more. To get involved, please contact Cantor Lizzie Weiss at

Volunteer with Sisterhood of Emanuel Volunteer at Alexandria House to staff the annual Holiday Bazaar where you'll be able to help serve food, wrap presents and play games. There are opportunities to donate gift cards and other items as well. For more information email




A Night of Skill and Chance, to Raise Funds for Our Educational Programs— Brought to You by the Temple Emanuel Men's Club

Monthly Wine & Cheese First Fridays, Starting in October 7:15 pm, Foyer

Sunday, October 27 5:00 pm, Greer Social Hall

Put on your best poker face and suit up for our annual Poker Tournament fundraiser at Temple Emanuel. Help support our Early Childhood Center and Religious School and find out if you have what it takes to get to the final table! Brought to you by Temple Emanuel's Men's Club. Register today at

URJ Biennial

Bringing Congregations Together

Cheddar and cabernet, swiss and sauvignon—we invite you to a delectable wine and cheese gathering prior to our Shabbat Unplugged service. Join in this delicious and social start to Shabbat. Meet our community and spark a conversation that can carry you through the weekend. RSVP at

Dec 11-15, Chicago, IL

Trip to Israel

Summer 2020 (Tentative)

Join the largest gathering of Reform congregations from around the USA in this incredible event that bring thousands of people together to inspire and inform. Recharge your Jewish batteries with music, prayer, engaging speakers and more! Learn more at


Celebrate a B’nai Mitzvah, a wedding, or any blessings in your life by touring Israel! More details to come. If you are interested, email In the Summer of 2020, Temple Emanuel is planning a trip to Israel. If you are interested in celebrating a milestone in your lives: a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a wedding, anniversary, we can create a unique ceremony for you. In addition, we will stay in first class accomodations, and explore Israel together.

Temple Emanuel is here for you in your times of simcha, joy, and sorrow. Pastoral Care is available to all of our congregants. Please call 310.288.3742 or email

Mitzvah Crew

Temple Emanuel's Caring Community is committed to fostering connections between members of all ages and needs. We are growing our team of community members who provide outreach to other congregants in times of need. From checking in with a phone call to delivering care packages and new baby baskets to making a meal for someone recovering from illness, these volunteers help make our community a real community. Stay in the loop of opportunities by signing up to help out fellow congregants when you can can. Participate as much or as little as you are able. Sign up at or call Sheri at 310.288.3742

If you need help, just call us! The Ezra Network is an initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to provide social services within the synagogues. The program brings a Jewish Family Service social worker, a Jewish Vocational Service job counselor, and a Bet Tzedek legal counselor to assist our community members in crisis—here at Temple Emanuel—for free! Community members seek out The Ezra Network's services for a variety of issues, including financial difficulties, housing resources, government benefits, caring for elderly family members, caring for family members with special needs or mental illness, and job loss and unemployment. For more information, please visit If you need assistance, call one of the numbers below to schedule an appointment.


Ezra Network

Pastoral Care

Social Worker: 323.600.5722 Job Counselor: 310.728.5567 Legal Counselor: 323.549.5827

Living Judaism. Innovating Community.

Temple Emanuel's Young Professionals Network for Members in their 20's & 30's Temple Emanuel’s YoPro is a vibrant and supportive group of Jewish young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s. Whether you are nostalgic for a holiday service, hungry for a Shabbat dinner, or seeking socially engaging programs that are innovative and thoughtful, we have it here at Emanuel. We bring a unique perspective and refreshing energy and are considered one of the nation’s leading Jewish young professionals groups. Together we are a community of young adults that connect through our shared values and unique Jewish identities. For more information, contact Rabbi Sarah Bassin at



BOOMERS AND BEYOND CHAIVILLAGELA PROGRAMMING Join Our Village! ChaiVillageLA is part of the rapidly growing Village Movement—we’re not a place; we’re a community led by adults who share their optimism, skills, support and expertise with each other to joyfully navigate the next steps in our lives. ChaiVillageLA is a collaborative program of Temple Emanuel and Temple Isaiah, grounded in Jewish values. Although based on the popular Village concept, ChaiVillageLA is the first and only synagogue-based Village. Every day, ChaiVillagers come together to create new possibilities for what’s next, providing each other with the programs, resources and support needed to live lives of purpose and growth. Members tell us that they feel energized by being a part of such a powerful, expansive community. Now 230 members strong, we are a very active community. We have current events sessions, a short story group, bridge games, walks around the park with a rabbi and trips to local museums and attractions. We’re member led, so members serve on committees, run classes and events, and help one another with check in calls, friendly visits and rides to the doctor. We help out both our temples and the wider community, assisting homeless families, students, and veterans.

For more information on how to join or get involved with any of these great Village programs, contact Executive Director Devorah Servi at 310.592.0321 or 28

Tuesday Mornings

ChaiVillageLA Sukkot Celebration

Monday, October 14 5:30 pm, Home of Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles

Members of ChaiVillageLA and a rabbi partake in a walk around Rancho Park Golf Course and Recreation Center. 45 minutes of great conversation and exercise.

Wisdom Circle

Second Wednesday of the Month 10:45 am, Belle Chapel A monthly intellectual and social get-together for mature adults. Each Wisdom Circle begins with a special speaker followed by an informal lunch and concludes with a text study discussion with a clergy member. Sponsored by ChaiVillageLA; open to all temple members.

80's+ Salon

Monthly Gatherings Belle Chapel A special interest group of ChaiVillageLA for those members age 80 and above encourages members to learn together, share their life experiences and deepen their friendships.

Once again, members of ChaiVillageLA will gather to celebrate Sukkot. We'll celebrate under the Sukkah at the home of Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles.


Walk with the Rabbi

Fourth Annual ChaiVillageLA Passover Seder Tuesday, April 14 6:00 pm, Temple Isaiah

Friends, food and music! Over 120 people joined together to celebrate our 2019 seder. ChaiVillageLA looks forward to another wonderful Passover celebration with melodies by Cantor Lizzie Weiss and Temple Isaiah’s Cantor Tifani Coyot.

ChaiVillageLA's Fourth Anniversary Celebration Sunday, June 14 4:00 pm, Temple Isaiah

Social Action Opportunities

Throughout the year, members of ChaiVillageLA give back to the larger community. Join in as we register voters, help PATH families, support veterans, and work with children in an afterschool writing program.

ChaiVillageLA is having a party to celebrate its 4th annivesary! It's a chance to get together with Village friends and make new connections.



There is no better time than now to give to Temple Emanuel. With the sale of our Burton Way building, the proceeds have been put safely aside and invested to ensure our synagogue will be here l’dor v'dor, for generations to come. So our future does look bright. But as always our “now” needs your support. Pirke Avot tells us, "It is not not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to neglect it." Beyond dues, your annual contributions enable us to continue the holy work of building our community in the present, so that we may manifest the dreams our clergy have to support all Temple Emanuel members. Continued annual support of our educational and sacred experiences makes them accessible to more people, on more days and nights—in person and online—and that helps assure the future of the Jewish people. It also allows us to devote energy and resources to the immediate goals of the synagogue—the place where we gather, grow, and share the spiritual and meaningful events in our lives. More than ever, we need to work with and for each other, to maintain and nourish our vibrant community. Please give…

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BECOME A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY Pillar members are a special group of donors whose contributions go to the heart of our operating budget—they are the lifeblood that allows us to continually create innovative, cutting-edge programs and sustain our thriving congregation. Pillar donors strengthen Temple Emanuel by giving annually in addition to their membership. In appreciation, special Pillar perks include: ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙

Pillar's name on our Sanctuary Recognition wall Complimentary reserved parking during the High Holy Days Early entry to all High Holy Days services taking place in the Corwin Family Sanctuary Guest passes at High Holy Days (Double Chai and above) Free participation in our Mishloach Manot Purim gift giving (L'dor V'dor and above)

Joining is easy, and membership has a tremendous impact. Contact Tannaz Lavian Gatto, Development Coordinator, at or 310.409.4640 for more information. Learn more at

THANK YOU TO OUR PILLAR MEMBERS Bonim (Builders) Carmen Kobor, Kathy Kobor, Lauren Escobar, and Julian Javor

Malachim (Angel) Sheryl & Jon Sokoloff

Tzadikim Barbara Coyne & Jeffrey Hendel Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Helene Laub Shana & Don Passman Sylvia Price Lisa & Adam Stoll

L’dor V’dor Anonymous Sue & Barry Brucker Myra Lurie & David Goldman Blanche Howard (z"l) Julie & Kenneth Moelis Belinda & Jeff Pop Shelley & Ron Singer

Sustaining Lili & Jon Bosse Toni & Bruce Corwin Nadine & Harold Davidson Andrea & Rick Grossman Pearle Rae & Mark Levey Abby & Alan Levy Jill & Dennis Roach Michal & Kenneth Salkin Lisa & Mark Schwartz Marcie & Howard Zelikow

Double Chai Isa & Bill Aron Arleen & Sam Bachner Lynda Barrad Pamela & David Bennett Elliot Berkowitz Ronda & Stanley Breitbard Barbara Bruser & Richard Clark Pamela Reisman & Brad Donenfeld Allison & Michael Druyanoff

Lorraine & Jerry Factor Jane & Max Factor Bonnie & Ronald Fein Bunni & Murray Fischer Elayne Garber & John Forbess Linda & Gary Goldfein Patty & Larry Goodman Roberta Holland Kristin & John Jameson Judy & Ronald Kabrins Terri & Michael Kaplan Vickie & Fred Kaplan Judy Karlan Ruth Karp Jackie Kassorla Fran & Don Kates Joyce Kates Michelle & Alan Kaye Sue & Bob Kazdan Linda & Ross Kemper Barbara & Stuart Klabin Marcia & Ron Levenson Lilly & David Lewis Rochelle & Richard Maize Jeanne & Leonard Marks Stacy Mickell Jody Minsky The Farhad Novian Family Lauren & Eric Muhlheim Corrine Auge & Laurent Opman Nancy & Stephen Paul Kathy & Larry Paul Alys Pollet Elizabeth & William Quicksilver Cathy Costin & Mitch Reback Carol & Jerry Redston Claudia & Bruce Resnikoff Nancy Davis & Ken Rickel Ronda & Fred Rose Alissa & Warren Roston Mary & Robb Rothman Paula & Allan Rudnick Marcia & Dick Schulman Robert Schwab Diane Vanette & Sander Schwartz Richard Seff Phyllis Shlecter Leslie & Scott Shlecter Linda Smith Terri & Michael Smooke Annika & Abe Somer Lorrie & John Stone

Karl Thurmond Sunnye & Richard Tuch Cathy & Len Unger Halina Wachtel Sheila & William Wasserman Sandy Weiner Diane & Max Weissberg Susan & Geoffrey Wharton Elisa Newman-White, M.D. & Andrew White Penny & Bob White Marilyn Weltman Wizenberg & Howard Wizenberg Leah Bishop & Gary Yale

Chai Colette & Gerald Ament Cynthia & Neal Baseman Robert Bird Janet & Alan Block Renee & Harold Brook Iris & Gordon Cutler Eileen Dardick Julie Mason-Fram Simone & Lester Friedman Amy & Noah Furie Bonnie & Bernie Goler Gloria Kaplan Caroline Bloxsom & Samuel Kolstad Char & Sandy Kornblum Eugene Korney Dennis Lavinthal Nancy & John Lee Arline & Buddy Pepp Vicki Reynolds & Murray Pepper Ondania & David Pick Jack Quinn Dorothy & Avram Salkin Karen Breslow & Bobby Schwartz Natasha & Shawn Sedaghat Hope Stevens & Peter Siegel Edgar Simon Laurie Goodman & Don Spetner Susan & Ilan Tamir Holly & Ron Toplitzky Ruth Weisberg Joanie & David Wellisch Susan Resnick West & David West Joan Cohen Wilson & Chuck Wilson

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills 300 N Clark Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 310.288.3737 • •

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF WAYS TO DONATE TO TEMPLE EMANUEL? Please remember to include us in your charitable giving plans each year! •• Stock— We accept stock donations through our brokers at UBS. Please contact Cynthia in Accounting for details at 310.409.4652 or

•• Donor Advised Funds — If you have philanthropic funds that need

to be distributed each year, please include Temple Emanuel on your list of charitable organizations.

•• Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) — By April 1 of the

year after you reach 70 ½ you must begin to distribute a minimum of funds from your retirement portfolio.

•• Charitable Gift Annuity — Contribute to the health and vitality of

the temple while enjoying benefits from tax savings and supplemental retirement income!

•• Testamentary Gift — Secure your legacy by including us in your

will or estate trust and help ensure the future of Temple Emanuel for generations to come.

Any questions? Please contact Executive Director Matt Davidson at 310.409.4646 or and thank you for your consideration!

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Learn all about Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hill's exciting events and programs this year!