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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.


Hi, I’m Ethan Stone and I’m in 7th grade at El-Rodeo. Some things that I like to do in my free time are playing sports, reading, and playing video games. My family is made up of my two amazing dads, Scott Stone and Gary Brown, my brother, Harrison Stone, and our dog Buddy.

For my Mitzvah project I will be collecting books to benefit Koreh LA in their work to ensure books are made available to at risk youth. I hope you will consider making a donation of either books or cash. I will also volunteer to help children learn how to read, that either don’t know how, or are reading below grade level. They are a great organization and I am so proud to be supporting them.

I would like to thank Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Geller, and all of my Sunday school teachers for helping me to prepare for my Bar Mitzvah. Also, a big thanks to my parents Scott and Gary, for teaching me important values that will benefit me through life. As well as my Brother, Harrison, for helping lead me through life.


"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon 

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I have just started 8th Grade at Horace Mann.  I am looking forward to sharing my bat mitzvah with a lot of friends and family, some coming from all over the world to be here with me for this special Jewish milestone. I play soccer with the AYSO Region 76 and this summer I went to Camp Hess Kramer for the first time.  I really enjoyed sharing my Jewish heritage with other kids my age. 

For my Mitzvah project, I've gotten involved in the Jr Ambassador program at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.  This is a special place for me and my family, as it is where my younger brother, Trevor, was diagnosed with a serious illness when he was a baby.  I also have another brother, Jeremy. 

My Bat Mitzvah preparations went smoothly and were a pleasure, thanks to Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss and Laurie Goodman.

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sara weinberg bat mitzvah

My name is Sara Weinberg and I am going into ninth grade at New West Charter School. Some of the things I enjoy doing are gymnastics, swimming, reading, and rock climbing. My sister Sammi, who’s twelve, and I, have been preparing for our special day together which will be on September 3, 2016. Even though we are having our B’not Mitzvah together, we chose to do separate Mitzvah Projects. For my project, I’ve been working as a G.I.T (guide in training) at Camp Wildfolk, a summer day camp for children ages 4-12. I assist the counselors, befriend the campers, and make their experience at camp safer and more enjoyable. When I volunteer as a G.I.T I always put the campers’ needs before mine, along with doing everything I can to connect with the campers to make sure they have the ideal camp experience that I unfortunately missed out on when I was a younger child. I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin, Cantor Weiss, and Hallie Weiner for helping me prepare for my Bat Mitzvah. 


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sammi weinberg bat mitzvah

My name is Sammi Weinberg and my Bat Mitzvah is September 3, 2016. I am currently 12 years old and in 7th grade at New West Charter Middle School. I am on a swim team at the Westwood recreation center and I also do gymnastics. My parents are Brian and Jennifer Weinberg and a sister who is 13 who I will be sharing my Bat Mitzvah with.

For my Mitzvah project I have been helping the Zimmer Museum Camp. The kids at the camp are young, 3-8 years old. I feel accomplished after working at this camp because it makes me feel like I am doing something commendable. I also love helping the kids at the camp because when I do something good, it makes me feel good.

I attended Temple Emanuel’s preschool and I have been going to the Religious school since first grade. The community at the Religious School is very welcoming. I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Basin, Cantor Weiss, and Hallie for supporting me and tutoring me.



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