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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 was born on March 13, 2004 to a loving family - my father Jon and my mother Bahar, whom I love dearly.  I am also lucky to have a little sister, Ella, who is 10 years old, whom I cannot wait to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in a few years, as well.  Currently, I am attending Paul Revere Middle School in 7th grade. I love to spend time with my friends playing basketball, and very proud to be black belted in Karate which I have been doing since I was 5 years old. 

For my Bar Mitzvah, I chose my project to be MAJOR Fund, a Jewish-Muslim Organized Relief Partnership.  Their most recent project was to help refugees fleeing Syria.  This organization helps both Jewish and Muslim communities to build a bond in Los Angeles.  I feel pride in helping this organization to collect money for their cause.  Unfortunately Syrians had a very tough life back at home, it will be an honor for me to help them in anyway I can. 

At the end, I would like to thank Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Josh Goldberg, and Cantor Lizzie Weiss for helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah.


“The only source of knowledge is experience.”

                                                   – Albert Einstein

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My name is Benjamin Marc Novian. I was born to Farhad Novian and Lisa Sachs Novian, half Persian - half “East Coast – New York,” you might say. I am in the 7th grade and attending Milken Community School with great pride, where I am reinforcing my Jewish and other important studies.

My hobbies are skiing, soccer, swimming, agriculture and, of course, video game programming and design. I love exotic food and have a wild food palate.  I play the keyboard and love to listen to podcasts very much.  I am an avid reader and love to follow politics, especially current affairs and appreciate the art of debate. The newspaper is my go to source! Traveling with my family is my favorite thing to do. I have been very lucky to visit some amazing places on this planet, especially, Israel, Alaska and the Southern Mediterranean coast.

I can’t wait to see more, especially Japan and South Africa.  I love my brother Alex very much as we are a great team and we have fun together all the time.


"Tear down this wall!" is a line from a speech made by US President Ronald Reagan in West Berlin on June 12, 1987, calling for the leader of the Soviet UnionMikhail Gorbachev, to open up the barrier which had divided West and East Berlin since 1961.


Per Ben, “we should all live freely in a robust democracy, free from tyranny and dictatorial rule.”

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Hi, I am Sienna Wolfe. I’m 13 and I go to Beverly Vista School. I love science, my pets, and watching YouTube.

My parents are Dr. Michele Kalt and Freddy Wolfe. I have two older brothers, Brandon, who is in 11th grade at Beverly Hills High School, and Justin, who is in 9thgrade at Beverly Hills High School. I have  two dogs and a few cats who are a super cool and a loving part of my family.

For my Mitzvah project I have been volunteering at a cat shelter and I am going to donate a percentage of my Bat Mitzvah money to a great organization called Chai Lifeline. This organization helps kids and families with cancer and terminal illnesses.


I would like to thank my mom, Lizzie, Josh, and Rabbi Sarah for all their help and support in preparing for my Bat Mitzvah. 

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My name is Hannah Corwin and I am in the seventh grade at Marlborough School. On February 11, 2017, I will become a BatMitzvah at Temple Emanuel in the Corwin Family Sanctuary. Temple Emanuel is a very special place for my entire family; my dad, uncle, grandmother, and older sister Dorrit were all B’nai Mitzvahed there. When I was thinking about my Mitzvah project, I learned that there are over 35,000 children in the foster care program in Los Angeles alone.  I have become involved with Hope in a Suitcase, a local organization that gives out duffel bags and suitcases curated with clothes, pajamas, hygiene kits and other essentials for kids who are suddenly removed from their homes and put into the foster care system.  I have always loved art and believe in the therapeutic value of being able to create, so I decided to collect art supplies, which I’ll put together in kits for each child, and a few of my friends and I are going to write notes of encouragement and comfort to include in each one.  In addition to art, I love to read, bake, write and play basketball.  I learned to sail when I was seven, and I spend a month each summer back east, mostly on the water. So many people have supported and encouraged me throughout my Jewish education and Bat Mitzvah prep, but I would particularly like to thank Shelly Kamara, Rabbi Bassin, Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss, my mom, and my dad.  Thank you for helping me to truly understand what it means to be a Jew; it’s an entirely different way of seeing the world and my role within it.  

"Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”

-Anne Lamott

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