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Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills is one of Southern California's premier Reform Jewish congregations. We are a proud synagogue serving West and Greater Los Angeles. Our temple community consists of multi-cultural, traditional, and non-traditional families; as well as single, interfaith, gay, and single-parent members.

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Hi, my name is Joey Simon.  I am in the 7th grade at El Rodeo, where my favorite subject is science.  My parents are Cheryl Zoller-Simon and Jon Simon and I have a kitten named, Cookie.

I love playing basketball and football in my local recreational leagues and was thrilled that my team won the Football Championship last year!

For my mitzvah project I am volunteering at NKLA Pet Adoption Center and am raising funds to help their cause.  The reason I chose this adoption center is because this is where I got Cookie and it is one of the only centers in Los Angeles that preserves the life of the animals that are not adopted.

I would like to thank my parents, Shelly Kamara, Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Weiss for their support in helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah.

 

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

                                            - Michael Jordan

"I hope this huge step brings me to great places."

                                      - Joey Simon

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Mariella Rickel:

I am a 7th grade student at The Archer School for Girls. I do lots of ballroom dance and other types of dance, too.  I also like to sing and play tennis. My parents are Nancy and Ken Rickel. I'm having my Bat Mitzvah with my twin sister Isabella. I have three older brothers Brandon, Alexander, and Jason who all had their Bar Mitzvahs at Temple Emanuel, too.

For my mitzvah project, I worked at Food Forward. It was wonderful to see how working at a Farmers Market and collecting the very fresh, but unsold food could feed so many people for a whole week at a time - from little children, to abused women, to the elderly. You gather the food as the Farmers Market is about to close by handing out many boxes. Once the boxes are filled are collected, the food is weighed and the different farmers are properly credited. This food is now available to the many soup kitchens, shelters, and hungry people in the area. It feels great to help so many people in need and the experience made me realize how lucky I am to have food easily available to me.

I would like to thank Shelly Kamara , Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Lizzie Weiss for their help in preparing me for my Bat Mitzvah and teaching me so many important things about Judaism and making this experience so amazing and filling me with such pride about my religion and what it really means to achieve this goal.

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like there's nobody listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth.”

                                    ― William W. Purkey

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I am a 7th grade at The Archer School for Girls. I'm a Latin Ballroom dancer and also do hip hop and other styles of dance. My parents  are Nancy and Ken Rickel. I'm having my Bat Mitzvah with my twin sister Mariella. I also have three older brothers , Brandon, Alexander and Jason who all had Bar Mitzvahs at Temple Emanuel.

I would like to thank Shelly Kamara, Rabbi Aaron , Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Lizzie Weiss for helping prepare me for this most important day in my life and teaching me all about my Jewish heritage and the true importance and meaning of becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

"Dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another"

                                             - Anonymous

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I am currently in 7th grade at Brentwood School.  I enjoy playing basketball, singing, and hanging out with my friends.  My wonderful parents Laura and Randy, and my brothers Jack and Nate, are very supportive with my Hebrew, excited to see me on the bima and to celebrate my big day.    

For my Mitzvah Project, I decided to raise money for Israel Sports Center for the Disabled. I was first introduced to this amazing organization by my Mom’s friend.  ISCD gives young people who have been paralyzed a chance to enjoy their lives through sports.  I had the opportunity to meet and play with a few young men who came over to play basketball in their wheelchairs.

I was so amazed by their determination and hard work.  I am determined to raise awareness and money for this one of a kind center. I am so excited about my Bat Mitzvah and I would like to thank my family, Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss, Jeff Magder, and Allison Bluestein for all their support in helping me prepare for this very special day.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.”

                                                                     ― Tim Notke

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