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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.

Bat Mitzvah: Maddie Shapiro

We are very excited to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Maddie Shapiro on Saturday, June 13. Maddie has worked very hard for this day, and we would like to share what she has written about herself and her Bat Mitzvah project below:

"I am completing 8th Grade at LACES (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies). I enjoy cooking, singing, playing music (violin, piano, guitar and ukulele), drawing, doing origami, and horseback riding. My parents, Lisa and Leonard, and my brother, David are looking forward to hearing me chant Torah and have been a great support in my preparation for this special day. Even my beautiful golden retriever Belle has helped by being an attentive audience during my past months of Hebrew practice.

For my mitzvah project, I wanted to find an organization that would combine my love for animals (I hope to become a veterinarian someday) with my support of veterans (my grandpa Jerry is a veteran) and found the perfect charity to support, Pets for Vets. Pets for Vets’ goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter animal that is specially selected and trained to match the veteran’s personality and lifestyle giving both the shelter animal and the veteran a second chance at life. I raised money to purchase the “Welcome Baskets” for the newly matched Veteran and pet teams.  

I want to thank my Temple Emanuel family, especially Rabbi Jonathan Aaron and his family (Michelle, Adina, and Sela), Cantor Yonah Kliger and his family (Sydnee, Noa, and Emmett), my wonderful mentor Rabbi Sarah Bassin, my awesome Hebrew tutor Lizzie Weiss, and my Sunday school teachers Sara Jean and Ellie for all their love and support during my training. I look forward to celebrating this day with you, my family, and friends!"

Temple Emanuel and the Religious School are very proud of you and all of your hard work, Maddie. Mazal Tov on your special day!

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Bat Mitzvah: Sophie Arye

We are very excited to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Sophie Arye on Saturday, June 13. Sophie has worked very hard for this day, and we would like to share what she has written about herself and her Bat Mitzvah project below:

"My name is Sophie Arye, and I will become a Bat Mitzvah on June 13, 2015. I am currently in the 7th grade at Hawthorne School. I enjoy playing basketball, practicing my cello, and spending time with my family and friends. My parents, Mojgan and Cosmo Arye, and my older brother, Gabriel, are looking forward to celebrating my Bat Mitzvah.

I am still deciding what to do for my Mitzvah project, but luckily, I've narrowed it down to two options. The first is taking pictures of beautiful sights in nature, selling them as postcards, and donating the money to a nature charity. The second option is to donate my time to help out at various charities. I will choose the option that will give me a better idea of the world beyond.

I am excited about my Bat Mitzvah and would like to thank my family, Rabbi Geller, Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin, Cantor Kliger, and Lizzie Weiss for all their help and support to prepare me for this day."

Temple Emanuel and the Religious School are very proud of you and all of your hard work, Sophie. Mazal Tov on your special day!

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Bat Mitzvah: Julia Maisel-Berick

We are very excited to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Julia Maisel-Berick on Saturday, May 23. Julia has worked very hard for this day, and we would like to share what she has written about herself and her Bat Mitzvah project below:

"Hi, my name is Julia and I am a seventh grader at Windward School. I enjoy playing soccer and doing many different forms of crafting, such as sewing and knitting. I live with my mother and father, Jennifer Maisel and Michael Berick, and my dog Molly. 

For my mitzvah project I am making hats to give to cancer patients who are going through chemotherapy. My goal is to complete at least twenty hats. A few members of my family as well as several family friends have had cancer so this project is close to my heart.

My many thanks go out to Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Kliger, and Lizzie Weiss, who have helped me get through the process of becoming a Bat Mitzvah."

Temple Emanuel and the Religious School are very proud of you and all of your hard work, Julia. Mazal Tov on your special day!

 

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Bat Mitzvah: Hannah Katzenstein

We are very excited to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Katzenstein on Saturday, April 11th. Hannah has worked very hard for this day, and we would like to share what she has written about herself and her Bat Mitzvah project below:

"I am in 7th grade at the Archer School for Girls. I like to sing, dance, act, play soccer, and hang out with my friends. My parents are Robin Sax and Andrew Katzenstein. I have two brothers named Jason, 24, and Jeremy, 21. 

For my mitzvah project I will be hosting a print-a-thon where we scan children's finger prints in case a child goes missing. The organization I am supporting is Klass Kids Foundation founded by Marc Klass.

I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Kliger, Jeff Madger, Laurie Goodman, Todd Shotz, and Lizzie Weiss for helping me prepare for my Bat Mitzvah."

Temple Emanuel and the Religious School are very proud of you and all of your hard work, Hannah. Mazal Tov on your special day!

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