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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.

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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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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