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he Talmud teaches that God will ask us six questions as we await entrance to heaven. The second question is, “Did you set aside a fixed time to study Torah (Judaism)?” I want to entice you to do just that by inviting you to some of the outstanding learning opportunities we offer at Stephen S. Wise Temple. We encourage you to join us for the programs presented through our Center for Jewish Life. We will hear from heralded journalist and writer, Yossi Klein Halevi, Leon Wieseltier, the provocative literary editor of The New Republic, and Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies. This year’s Forum on Critical Values features two prominent thinkers: former United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador John Bolton, and Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz. I look forward to engaging them in what promises to be provocative dialogues on compelling and timely issues. Consider inviting your middle-and high school-aged children to attend with you as these evenings might spark interesting conversations around your dinner table about these issues and their values.  A Few Wise Men, a series exclusively for men ages 30-55, features five fascinating speakers

Cantor Lam Invited to Lithuania

of particular interest to men. After a lively dinner, our speakers bring insight and humor to a variety of stimulating topics.  If you want to spend meaningful evenings with some of the most enthusiastic and intellectually curious young men in our congregation, this popular series is for you.   Last year, I wrote of our newly inaugurated Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a twoyear, weekly study focusing on Jewish history, theology, ethics, ritual and holidays. Your response far exceeded our expectations and Stephen S. Wise Temple is now one of the largest synagogue-based Melton Mini-Schools in the country.  And, to meet the demand, we have added additional classes this year. Finally, all members of our congregation will receive invitations to study with one of our rabbis or cantors for a monthly class in their neighborhood.  Not only will you have the opportunity to come to know your clergy, you will meet new friends as you study together in a nearby home.  This year we will also be offering classes in select business locations during lunchtime. Additional information about many of these programs is provided on the final pages of this issue of @wise.  I encourage you to register in advance. We are proud to offer you these learning opportunities and delighted that so many of our congregants and others in the Jewish community see Stephen S. Wise Temple as their Jewish home for dynamic study, growth, and inspiration.

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@Noteworthy Cantor Lam Invited for Historic Commemoration in Lithuania

The U.S. Embassy in Lithuania, the State Department and Foreign Service, invited our very own Cantor Nathan Lam to Lithuania in October to organize and participate in a Holocaust commemorative concert, aptly called Remembrance, Tradition, and the Future. The concert is part of a series of programs in Lithuania to remember the Jewish Lithuanian contributions to their culture after its near total destruction in World War II. It is significant in that Lithuania, with United States support and encouragement, is remembering the Shoah in a significant and meaningful way.

Joining Cantor Lam on this journey will be Cantors David Propis of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, the largest Conservative synagogue in the world, Rebecca Carmi, the Director of Strategic Projects for the Cantors Assembly and a frequent participant in Cantorial concerts across the world, and Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, renowned Cantor of Congregation Beth El in New Jersey, concert performer and educator. Together, their concert will offer highlights of the Cantorial Tradition, Yiddish songs that reflect the life of Jews in Lithuania before the Shoah, and the legacy of the past found in American and Israeli Jewish Music. This latest honor bestowed upon Cantor Lam underscores his efforts to unite cultures and different faiths through music. In June, Cantor Lam and Rabbi Eli Herscher will embark on a journey to Germany and Israel to further this effort by exploring our past and confronting the issues that decide our future. This mission has the highest level of government support from Germany, the United States and Israel. For more information about the mission, scheduled for June 28 through July 11, 2012, contact Debbie Gordon at 310.889.2208 or

Wise Presents Our Next Great Filmmakers

The Youth Department is proud to announce our newest and most exciting program, WiseStudio. This program targets our digitally-native, media driven, performing arts students who are looking for meaningful, relevant, joyful, and creative opportunities to express themselves Jewishly. WiseStudio has received a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in partnership with the Builders of Jewish Education, Los Angeles, to fund this project. Under guidance from Israeli film director and Jewish Educator, Ye’ela Rosenfeld, students in this program will write, perform, shoot, and edit three short Jewish film projects. The projects

@B’nai Mitzvah November 5 – Lech Lecha 9:30 a.m. – Ethan, son of Mindy and Edward 3:30 p.m. – Jacob, son of Samantha and Kirk 5:30 p.m. – Noah, son of Leah and Kenny

5:30 p.m. – Preston, son of Quinn and Bryan November 19 – Chaye Sarah 11 a.m. – Jonah, son of Linda and Shahrokh 4 p.m. – Isabel, daughter of Suzie and Brian

December 10 – Vayishlach 9:30 a.m. – Gabriel, son of Rosita and Farshad 11:30 a.m. – Kaitlin, daughter of Linda and Jack 5:30 p.m. – Alexander, son of Majorie and Nolan

November 12 – Vayera 9:30 a.m. - Hannah, daughter of Jennifer and Rick

December 3 – Vayetze 9:30 a.m. – Michael, son of Gail and Jeffrey

December 17 – Vayeshev 10 a.m. – Elizabeth, daughter of Deanna and Darryl

11:30 a.m. – Chance, son of Miri and Kamidadash

11:30 a.m. – Lauren, daughter of Stella and Farid

5:30 p.m. – Cameron, daughter of Michele and Jim

3:45 p.m. – Alexis, daughter of Lisa

3:45 p.m. – Eliana, daughter of Jennifer and Ariel

Mazal tov to our B’nai Mitzvah and their families celebrating their simhas in November and December. 2 @wise

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will promote and celebrate positive Jewish lifestyles, values, and identities, allowing students to forge community through collaboration, reflection, and comedy.

Stay tuned as we continue to share more with you in print and on the web from our WiseStudio. Social Justice – Imagine L.A. Partnership

The first monologue project will relate to the typical or untypical, funny and sometimes crazy aspects of the Grade 7 Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience, viewed through the lens of a 13-year-old. The monologues will be put together to form a mix of blurbs, songs, jokes, and quotes portraying the monolithic event from the teen perspective. The second film will be a two-minute group-based episode dealing with issues of confrontation students have experienced with their own Jewish identity, such as Hanukkah/Christmas, anti-Semitism/Zionism, circumcision/ christening, etc. The four “shorts” will be edited together to form an eightminute film on Jewish identity and middle school life. The third film will be an original screenplay. Students will come together to produce a ten-minute movie centered on a Jewish issue of their choice. They will nominate a director, cinematographer, and editor, and will hold auditions for the performance roles they write.

Currently, there are 8,000 homeless families with 18,000 children in Los Angeles. Coincidentally, in Los Angeles, there are also 8,000 churches, synagogues, and mosques. Imagine L.A. is a non-profit organization that empowers volunteers from faith communities to be a part of the solution for homelessness. Their vision is to match each family with one faith community in such a way that the homeless family exits homelessness permanently, achieves sustainable independence, and the children thrive. Over the last year, we have had a small group of Temple members that have come together to be a part of this work while we have waited to be “matched”












with our family. By the time this article is published, we will have had a first meeting with our family and be on our way to a two-year mentorship program. Throughout this program, Imagine L.A. will help train our volunteers in homeless sensitivity, while linking us and our “matched” family with a full spectrum of existing social services and resources, so that we can make a lasting difference and create a positive future for this special family. Over the next two years, we will provide continuous support to help the family maintain their budget and build life skills that will ensure that each family member achieves his or her goals. In fact, each family member over the age of five is matched with a personal mentor, in addition to a budget mentor, and other faith partner mentors that help provide tutoring, meal-planning, transportation, job training, health and nutrition education, and more! Are you interested in learning more or joining our effort? Contact Jennifer Smith at 310.889.2265 or In addition to volunteers and family sponsorships, Imagine L.A. is always seeking financial and in-kind contributions. To find out more, visit







@Programs and Events November & December

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Morning Minyan Every Thursday | 7:30 a.m. (when School is in session)


Kabbalat Shabbat Nosh Every Friday | 5:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service Every Friday | 6:15 p.m.

Shabbat Morning Minyan Every Saturday | 10 a.m. Women’s Study Group with Rabbi Medwin

Wednesday, November 2 | 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 | 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Udko Annex A. Join a group of intelligent and thoughtful women each month as we explore the women of the Bible. For more information, call Rabbi Medwin’s office at 310.889.2230.

Intro to Judaism with Rabbi Anderson Thursdays, November 3-17 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, December 8, 15 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Udko Annex. Introduction to Judaism reflects the approach of Reform Judaism and is designed to be a meaningful educational experience for any person interested in knowing and understanding more about Judaism and Jewish life, regardless of age, nationality, culture, or depth of knowledge. To register, visit IntrotoJudaism.

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Family Shabbat Service & Dinner for Kindergarten Families Friday, November 4 Nosh: 5:30 p.m. Service: 6:15 p.m. Dinner: Immediately following the service Service in Sanctuary; Dinner in Hershenson Hall. Join us for the Family Shabbat Nosh and Service featuring the Elementary and Religious Schools Kindergarten families. This Nosh and Service is open to all School families.

Special Shabbat Service and Dinner with Rabbi Zeldin Friday, November 4 Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Service: 8 p.m. Sanctuary. Join us for a special Shabbat Service featuring Rabbi Zeldin, Rabbi Stern, and Cantor Lam. The service will be preceded by a dinner and followed by dancing. The cost of the dinner is $27 per person. For more information, contact Debbie Gordon at, 310.889.2208, or visit

Mitzvah Day 2011 & Fashion with Compassion Runway Show and Boutique Sunday, November 6 Opening Ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. If you haven’t already signed up for Mitzvah Day, it’s not too late to begin your mitzvah journey. Register online before November 2 or come to the Temple on the day of and sign up for one of our many projects. For more information or to register, visit

ECC Coffee Talk Tuesday, November 8 | 8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Hershenson Hall Plaza. Stop by for a cup of coffee, schmooze with the ECC Administrators, and ask all those questions you have had on your mind.

ES Prospective Parent Open House Wednesday, November 16 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 7 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Taub Annex. Tell your friends to come see what sets Wise Elementary apart. Registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Beth Behar, Director of Admission, at 310.889.2275 or

WOW Cooking Creatively Wednesday, November 16 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Join the Women of Wise to learn new tips on preparing your favorite holiday recipes! For more information, contact Jill Rosenberg-Price at 310.889.2211 or

Family Shabbat Service & Dinner for Grade 1 Families Friday, December 2 Nosh: 5:30 p.m. Service: 6:15 p.m. Dinner: Immediately following the service Service in Sanctuary; Dinner in ZeldinvHershenson Hall. Join us for the Family Shabbat Nosh and Service featuring the Elementary and Religious Schools Grade 1 families. This Nosh and Service is open to all School families.

ECC Coffee Talk Tuesday, December 6 | 8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. ECC Witzman Amphitheatre. Stop by for a cup of coffee, schmooze with the ECC Administrators, and ask all those questions you have had on your mind.

W Shabbat Friday, November 18 Wine and Cheese Reception: 7:30 p.m. Service: 8 p.m. Plotkin Chapel. Join the W Group (20s &30s) for a meaningful and unique Shabbat experience for all – from the frequent Shabbat-goer, to those who don’t know or remember the prayers, and everyone in between.

Stephen S. Wise Temple, Hillside Memorial Park and Shiva Sisters

This free conference will provide a roadmap navigating the final journey for individuals and their loved ones. A panel discussion and breakout sessions will cover Jewish traditions surrounding death and dying, planning and preparedness, funeral etiquette, eldercare, legal matters and much more. Meet experts from a variety of fields associated with end of life issues.

Tot Shabbat Saturday, December 10 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Hershenson Hall. Come celebrate Shabbat and Hanukkah with Rabbi Spike and Ditza at this service especially designed for tots (ages 2-5). W Junior families are also invited to attend this special Hanukkah Tot Shabbat.

Sunday, November 13 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stephen S. Wise Temple

To RSVP, visit Refreshments will be served.

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Turn Your Passion Into Action

AIPAC at Wise

Sunday, December 4 | 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Come together to support Israel with guest speakers, who will brief us on the Middle East turmoil and its impact on Israel. Also, learn how to advocate for Israel through local and national politics, and so much more. Childcare is available. There is no charge for this event. For more information or to register, visit or call Melanie Fisher at 310.889.2203.


The congregation extends its sincere appreciation for these generous contributions

CONDOLENCES Gayle and Evan Weiss and family on the loss of her mother, and to Marisa and Samuel Weiss on the loss of their grandmother, Claire Nelson Corie and Michael Koss and family on the loss of his sister, Niki Koss, Sara Lov, and Autumn Sarzana on the loss of their aunt, and to Zane and Elisa Koss on the loss of his aunt, Donna Koss

Sheryl and Jerry and family on the birth of their grandchildren, Jennifer and Jake on the birth of their niece and nephew, and to Avery, Harper and Gavin on the birth of their cousins, Rose Wren and Jack Wyeth Shadi (Moradzadeh) and Yosi Behroozan and families on their marriage Lisa (Weiner) and Joshua Feldman and families on their marriage, and to Roz and Bob Weiner on the marriage of their daughter

Mersedeh and Ramin Mesriani and family on the loss of his mother, Fariba, Mesriani and Fariborz Nahamou on the loss of her mother, and to Millad and Maya Mesriani and Justin and Jamie Nahamou on the loss of their grandmother, Farkhondeh Mesriani

Rabbi Leah Kroll and Dr. Michael Zeldin and families on the marriage of their son, Rabbi Isaiah and Florence Zeldin on the marriage of their grandson, and to Joan Kroll on the marriage of her grandson, Oren Kroll-Zeldin to Noga Firstenberg

Neda and Ivan Nikkhoo and family on the loss of his father, and to Nathan and Natalia on the loss of their grandfather, Samuel Nikkhoo

Vicki Magasinn and Arnold Magasinn (of blessed memory) on the enagement of their daughter Pamela to David Strode

Marsha Charney-Mermelstein and family on the loss of her husband, Steven Mermelstein

Stacey (Karr) and Ari Rosenson and families on their marriage, and to Linda and Dan Rosenson on the marriage of their son

The family of Ann Girard Judy and Richard Sherman and family on the loss of her father, Alicia Weintraub and Alexis Arinsburg on the loss of their grandfather, and to Noah, Lauren and Benjamin on the loss of their great-grandfather, Harold Cohen Irene Harris-Cohen and Sina Cohen on the loss of his father, and to Kayla and Aaron Cohen on the loss of their grandfather, Rahim Cohen Warren Breslow and family on the loss of his wife, Jamie Breslow on the loss of his mother, and to Julia on the loss of her grandmother, Elaine Breslow Suzanne and Scott Appel and family on the loss of his grandmother, and to Marlee and Steven on the loss of their great-grandmother, Helen Appel The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the families of Elaine Breslow Ann Girard Steven Mermelstein May God grant peace to all who mourn and comfort the bereaved families

MAZAL TOV Jessica and Jonathan and family on the birth of their son, and to Libby and Marv on the birth of their grandson, Asher Inessa and Douglas and family on the birth of their son, and to Elliot and Grayden on the birth of their brother, Julian

Lana Sternberg on receiving Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein Award for the Shoes that Fit program.

RABBIS’ DISCRETIONARY FUNDS In honor of: the wedding of their daughter Hillary to Jeffrey Harbold, by Bobbi and Walter Zifkin the b’nai mitzvah of their grandchildren, Franchesca, Camden and Parker, by Beverly and Irving the bat mitzvah of their daughter Lily, by Lynn and Bruce the marriage of their daughter Lisa to Joshua Feldman, by Roz and Bob Weiner

Poppy (Davis) and Aaron Fruchtman and families on their marriage

their 40th wedding anniversary, by Sally and Marty Levine

Joliene (Hamodot) and Ron Anavim and families on their marriage

being recognized by her alma mater Rutgers University (NJ) for her leadership role in spearheading the Shoes That Fit community service program with RU alums in Southern California, by Lana Sternberg

Amanda (Cohn) and Nicholas Matus and families on their marriage Stephanie (Tanner) and Sam Wald and families on their marriage, and to Patricia Tanner on the marriage of her daughter Karen (Schoen) and Keith Canter and families on their marriage Deborah and Benjamin and family on the birth of their son Noah Abram Amanda (Fein) and Jacob Sherkow and families on their marriage, and to Randi Sunshine and Dan Sherkow on the marriage of their son Jessica and Hal and family on the birth of their son, Sebastian Jarett Shannon and family on the birth of her son, Devon Joseph Foujan and Isaac and family on the birth of their daughter, and to Ariel and Jonah on the birth of their sister, Alaiah Alexandra Francie and David Okun and family on the marriage of their son, Jordan to Liza Samuels Ashley and Adam Kassan and family on the birth of their daughter, and to Ronnie and Michael Kassan on the birth of their granddaughter, Gemma Tillie Kassan

Bobbi and Peter Feinstein and family on the engagement of their son, Darin to Trish Engeberg

Randy and family on the birth of her grandson, Binyamin Aryeh

Ronnie and Michael and family on the birth of their grandson, Jasper Myles

Starr and Jerry Fagelbaum and family on the engagement of their daughter, Tracey to Benjamin Silver

Susan Krasnoo and Edward Levin and families on their marriage

Wendy and Bruce and family on the birth of their grandson, Kaden Cooper

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Hillary (Zifkin) and Jeffrey Harbold and family on their marriage, and to Bobbi and Walter Zifkin on the marriage of their daughter

Brooke (Fox) and Jeffrey Ehrenpreis and families on their marriage, and to Rochelle and Ronald Fox on the marriage of their daughter

Carla and Adam and family on the birth of their daughter, Ellen and Elliot on the birth of their granddaughter, and to Jackson on the birth of his sister, Emerson

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Ellen and Gary Michel and family on the engagement of their son, and to Ruth and Jay Winthrop on the engagement of their grandson, Brian to Laura Blau

their 25th wedding anniversary and special Shabbat blessing, by Teri and Bruce Bialosky

Andrea Sonnenberg’s Special Birthday, with lots of love by Sindy, Mickey and Jordan Kessler

IN MEMORY OF: Sarah Goldstein, by Joyce and Paul Krasnow Sanford Igdaloff, by Harold Igdaloff Marni Levine, by Lynn and Bruce Kaufman Betty Summers, by Barbara and Fred Miller Mollie Berman, by Linda and Jeff Linden

CANTORS’ DISCRETIONARY FUND In honor of: the wedding of their daughter Hillary to Jeffrey Harbold, by Bobbi and Walter Zifkin the marriage of their daughter Lisa to Joshua Feldman, by Roz and Bob Weiner the marriage of their daughter Amanda to Nicholas Matus, by Joan and Kenneth Cohn

SOCIAL ACTION FUND In honor of: the engagement of her daughter Allyson Sternberg to Troy Calen Frasure, by Lana Sternberg

In memory of: David Shore, by Sussan and Michael Shore Sarah Baumann, by Terrie and Richard Baumann



Dr. Ian Russ

In memory of: In honor of:

Hayley Friedman’s graduation from George Washington Medical School, by Sussan and Michael Shore

Max Zachary Hess, by Michele and Jim Hess Max Hess, by the Ossip, Mashian, Perel-Katz, Anderson, Resnick, and Stupp families


the engagement of their daughter Jaclyn to Jeffrey Clifford, by Linda and Dan Rosenson

Donna Koss and Irving Geldin, by Metuka Benjamin


Beno Ameti, by Ann Rubinfeld


Leo Rothbarth, by Dorothy Hoffman

Jessica Sonnenberg, by Andrea and Glenn Sonnenberg


Send details of your simhas to be included in our Mazal Tov list by the 15th of each month, six weeks prior to publication (e.g. due November 15 for the January issue). To send a tribute: Call Bea Dubman at 818.342.3497.

Stephen S. Wise Temple presents a special program for men ages 30 - 55

Wise Men 2011 - 2012

William Perer and Michael Waldman by Irene and Marvin Perer

Irving Geldin, by Mickey and Steve Lewis

A Few

Dr. Steven E. Sampson

Jonas Bienenfeld and Sadie Goldberg, by Dodo and Bob Bienenfeld

In memory of:

Our Clergy want to assure their availability to our member families during times of loss. Please contact the Temple first before setting a funeral time.

Keeping Healthy: Prevention and Cutting-Edge Non-Surgical Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Abe and Celia Rabin, by Toby Horn and Harold Tomin

David Bass, by the Bass family

In memory of:

Dinner and Presentation 6:30 p.m. The Way of Baseball

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Shawn Green

Dr. Gary Small

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Following Ezra

Intimate Conversations: Engaging our children in Discussion about Sex, Sexuality, and Passion

Tom Fields-Meyer

Dr. Jeffrey Marsh

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday, November 7, 2011

Morris Levitt, by Audri and Stan Tendler David M. Joseph, M.D., by Marla and Michael Kantor



Marjorie Bovill, by Bloom and Jules Bovill Paula Williams, by Sussan and Michael Shore

Rebecca Alterescu, by Deena and Ed Nahmias

Miriam Abramson and Michael Abramson, by Brenda and Alan Abramson

Our Tiferet students from Milken Community High School, by Rabbi Spike Anderson

In memory of:

Steve Mermelstein, by Lila and Dan Shaps

In memory of:

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Series Cost: $150 (includes dinner and presentation) To register: or for more information, please contact Susan Dean in Rabbi Woznica’s office: 310.889.2200 7 or



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American Jewry and the Demands of Jewish Greatness Leon Wieseltier

Israel Looks Inward Yossi Klein Halevi Monday, November 14, 2011 7:30 p.m. $12

Where Christians Get Judaism Wrong; Where Jews Get Christianity Wrong

Monday, January 30, 2012 7:30 p.m. $12

Professor Amy-Jill Levine Thursday, February 23, 2012 7:30 p.m. $12

The Forum on Critical Values

Rabbi David Woznica in Dialogue with Ambassador John Bolton and Alan Dershowitz Ambassador John Bolton Tuesday, December 6, 2011 7:30 p.m. $15

Alan Dershowitz Monday, May 7, 2012 7:30 p.m. $15

To register: visit or call 888.380.WISE (9473)

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