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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.


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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Hi, my name is Leon Shams-Schaal. I just completed the 7th grade at The City School, where math has been my favorite subject. My mom, Ladan Shams, is a neuroscientist and studies the brain. My sister, Ella, is going to start 5th grade.  

I am a boy scout and I like to go on adventures with my troop. For my mitzvah project I have become involved with an organization called Missionaries-Charity Brothers. I work with the group to help make thousands of sandwiches and then we pass them out to the homeless.  Since it is difficult for them to get food, I am grateful for the opportunity to help feed them.  I participate with the Mission as often as I can. 

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

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” -Thomas Alva Edison

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My name is Sally Shapiro and I will become a Bat Mitzvah on August 12, 2017.

I just finished 7thgrade at Larchmont Charter School this past June. I enjoy playing guitar, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends. My parents Julee and Kenny Shapiro and my older brother Henry Shapiro are very excited for me to chant from the Torah.

For my Bat Mitzvah project I am collecting essential items for Covenant House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless youth. If you would like to contribute new basic toiletries such as deodorant, hair ties, shaving cream, razors, soap, toothpaste, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and brand new baseball caps,  you can leave them in the box I set up in the Burton Way lobby, or email my mom at jshapiro@shap1.com

I am excited about my Bat Mitzvah and want to thank my family, Rabbi Basin, Cantor Weiss, Josh Goldberg, and my cousin Naomi Ortiz, for all their support in helping me prepare for this day.

“Every change you make brings you one step closer to changing the world.”  --Sally Shapiro

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My name is Naomi Ortiz and I just finished the 7th grade at Thomas Starr King Middle School in the Gifted Arts and Tech Magnet Program. My parents are Rhonda Ortiz and Ruben Ortiz Torres. I also have a sister, Regina Ortiz, who is a year and a half older than me. In my free time I enjoy doing crafts that I find on the internet and hanging out with my friends.

For my Mitzvah Project I am volunteering with TreePeople and helping care for young trees in places that trees have been lost because of drought and pests in Griffith Park. TreePeople is a great organization dedicated to planting and caring for trees and helping renew depleted landscapes.

I would like to thank Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Tutor Josh Goldberg, and everyone who helped me become a bat mitzvah.


“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m Possible’.”


-Audrey Hepburn

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