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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 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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My name is Amos Blumberg.  I am passionate about going to camp at Camp Robin Hood in New Hampshire, Video Games and Fantasy sports.  I love going to Dodger games with my dad, Barry and hanging out with my mom, Paige.  I very much look forward to becoming a bar mitzvah at Temple Emanuel since I have been coming here for a very long time.  I started in Mommy and Me, went to the ECC and then religious school.  I have been waiting for this day my whole life!

I'm gon' praise Him, praise Him 'til I'm gone

When the praises go up, the blessings come down

It seems like blessings keep falling in my lap


- Chance The Rapper

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My name is David Shapiro and I will be called to the Torah on November 19, 2016 (the day before my 13th birthday).  I am an eighth grader at Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES). I am on the Middle School Culinary Arts Team, a dance team called The Rice Breakers, and also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. I enjoy writing, drawing, dancing, cooking and playing sports.


For my Mitzvah project, I am honoring my late, great Uncle Jack Share who was a psychologist who donated his time and expertise to The Soldier’s Project. The Soldier’s Project provides free mental health care for veterans and their families.  I am raising money to support this worthy and important cause.


I want to thank my mentor, Perry Oretzy for his guidance and wisdom in helping me better understand my Torah portion, Josh Goldberg and Cantor Lizzie Weiss for teaching me to chant my Torah portion and Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin and Rabbi Geller for their support in getting me ready for this special day.  I am excited to celebrate this milestone with my parents, Lisa and Leonard, my big sister Maddalena and my furry little sister Belle, who have loved and encouraged me on this journey.   


“The greatest tragedy in life is not Death, but that which dies within us while we are still alive.”


                                                                                    -Norman Cousins

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My name is Hadassah Reyes-Matzner, I am in eighth grade at Bancroft Middle School.  I have a lot of friends, and I am close to all of them.  I have many strong opinions and I’m never  afraid to speak my mind.  I LOVE  reading and writing, and my favorite subject is English. I’m 13 as of October 14th and officially Bat Mitzvah on November 12th!  Yay!  I’m really excited and would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Josh Goldberg and everyone else who helped me. Thanks so much!!!


Heifer International  is an organization that works to end hunger and poverty in 125 countries. I am raising funds for “ The Gift of Joy to the World Basket” which will help multiple families become self-sustaining by providing two sheep, four goats, one heifer and two llamas.  Donations will also fund training on the animals’  feeding and care. Additionally, this gift will provide wool for blankets and clothing, milk and fertilizer.


If you would like to make a donation, please visit my fundraiser page at https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraise?fcid=705967


“We’re all stories in the end, just make it a good one, eh?”

                                                                    -The 11th Doctor a.k.a Matt Smith

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