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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.


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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I am currently going to Crossroads Middle School. I have been at Temple Emanuel since the first grade and it is an honor to finally have my Bar Mitzvah here with my twin brother, Caleb. I enjoy playing piano and saxophone. In addition to that, I enjoy composing music. I also like playing tennis and baseball.


It’s been a joy visiting Belmont village to play music for the elderly for my Mitzvah project. My brother and I both play for them about once every month. I play the piano and the saxophone, while he plays the piano and bassoon. It makes me feel really good to know that I am making other people happy through my music. Finally, I want to thank Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Josh Goldberg, and Rabbi Jonathan Aaron for helping me on my path to becoming a Bar Mitzvah.

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I am a middle school student at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. I enjoy doing martial arts, running cross country, speaking Mandarin, acting in plays, and playing the piano and bassoon. I also love to travel around the world. My parents are Brian and Renee Mann. I have a twin brother named Oliver.

For my Mitzvah project I played the piano and bassoon at Belmont Village Senior Center. I wanted to enlighten their day by playing songs that they could enjoy.  I went back on several occasions to play various pieces each time.


I want to thank Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Cantor Lizzie Weiss, and Josh Goldberg.

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My name is Joey Schwartz. I am a 7th grader at New West Charter School.  I like playing soccer, music, and hanging out with my friends. My parents are David and Kerri Schwartz and I have a younger sister named Nikki who is 11.  For my Mitzvah project, I will be doing a 5K run that raises money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. This charity is an outstanding cancer research foundation that is accelerating treatments to battle this blood cancer that currently has no cure. My grandfather has Multiple Myeloma, so I am doing this run and raising money for him.  Hopefully, the money I raise will get Multiple Myeloma patients closer to the ultimate goal: a cure.

I would like to thank Rabbi Bassin, Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Lizzie, Shelley Kamara, and Josh Goldberg for preparing and helping me to be as ready for my Bar Mitzvah as possible.  With their help and guidance, I am confident that I will be successful on this special day.


“Success comes from having dreams that are bigger than your fears.”


-          Author unknown


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