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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 looking forward to my Bar-Mitzvah with excitement.  My Bar-Mitzvah will occur on my birthday (June 18th) which makes it unique.  This date is special, because June the sixth month of the year (6) represents the points in the Star of David / Jewish Star and the number (18) means Chai in Hebrew.  I am lucky to be able to claim this date as my own.  Having this event at Temple Emanuel is very significant to me personally because I was a student in Temple Emanuel Day School (TEADS) from kindergarten through third grade.  I made some great friends here and still keep in touch with many of them.  I re-joined Temple Emanuel in the religious school in sixth grade to prepare myself for my Bar-Mitzvah.  My family and I thank and greatly appreciate the Temple Emanuel staff and clergy for helping me along the way in my journey to this special milestone day in my life.

My mentor Rabbi Sarah Bassin helped me choose my Bar-Mitzvah project (water conservation).  I was introduced to and talked with specialist Scott Redston about the subject.  In addition, I did my own research and attended a community meeting given by The City of Beverly Hills.  I was able to speak to and inform others about the importance of water conservation and did so.  I was also able to motivate everyone I encountered to be more aware, diligent and proactive about water conservation, especially my neighbors!

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I am in 7th grade at el rodeo school. I like to run, dance, write and listen to music, play volleyball, draw and hang out with my friends. My parents are Lynn and Alan Iezman who care greatly for me and push me to do my Hebrew and I love them for it.

 For my mitzvah project I participated in a walk to end genocide (which is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation), with a few of my friends, this experience was truly enlightening and taught me much more about this topic.


  I would like to thank Rabbi Bassin and cantor Lizzie for helping me greatly in preparing for my bat mitzvah. It was a difficult journey but it was very much worth the time and effort because I know it is important not only to me but my family and friends because it is a symbol of my religion.

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My name is Dylan Bernstein and I will be called to the Torah on my birthday, May 7, 2016, as a Bar Mitzvah. I am a 7th Grader at Paul Revere Middle School. I like to play basketball, tennis and golf. I also enjoy acting and have a passion for music both as a bass player and singer. I have a sister named Erica who is 8. My parents are named Marni and Jeff. My mom’s grandfather founded his own temple, Temple Beth Shalom, down in Long Beach! My mitzvah project is different from most. My mitzvah project is that I have acted as the president of my Community Service Club at school this year. I have helped the world through doing a candy drive for Operation Gratitude, giving the prize money to a military family with a kid who has cancer. I have also done a button drive to give clean water to a village in Haiti. In addition, my club done a drive for Baby2Baby and has been to WeDay, a convention for community service. I would like to thank my parents, grandparents, Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin, Cantor Weiss, and Sarah Rosenbaum for help with my Bar Mitzvah.

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Hello, my name is Sophie Dardashti and I am in 7th grade at Berkeley Hall School.  I love playing basketball and enjoy photography.

For my mitzvah project I have chosen to volunteer at Sunrise Senior Living in Beverly Hills.  I chose Sunrise after visiting a family friend and noticing how happy she was that we spend time with her. I hope through my mitzvah project I can put a few smiles for the seniors at Sunrise Living . 

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