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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’m in 7th grade at Hawthorne Elementary. My parents are Ben and Robin Redston Platt. I have two siblings, Emily and Spencer, who are 7 ½  years old. I really love playing/listening to all kinds of music, from alternative, to classic rock to Broadway shows like “Hamilton”. I am the proud owner of a record player and a HUGE vinyl collection! I  spend most of my free time in record shops, or at home either playing guitar or surfing the internet. I also love making YouTube videos and sharing them with my friends.

My Mitzvah project is taking place at the Watermark in Beverly Hills, an assisted living facility.  Fridays I take part in their Shabbat service, accompanying their prayers with my guitar. On Sundays we have an hour of music therapy. Using my iPhone, I take song requests from the residents, normally music from the 1940’s and 50’s. It’s wonderful to see how a certain song triggers a memory and brightens a person’s day.  It is great to see how today’s technology helps bring back yesterday’s memories.


I would like to thank my uncle, Mark Schwartz for helping me in my Bar Mitzvah training, Rabbi Aaron for always pointing out the small details in the Torah and really making me think. I also want to thank Cantor Weiss for always helping me out with prayers and having a blast through the process.

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My name is Eli.  I am going in to 7th grade at El Rodeo.  Some of the things I like doing are playing baseball, soccer and the cello.  I love spending time in Sun Valley, Idaho, where I like to go fishing and bike riding.  I have three siblings, Sam, who is almost 10, Emily, who is 6 and Ryan who is almost 15. 

I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron and Lizzie Weiss for helping me get ready for my Bar Mitzvah. 


“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

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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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