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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.

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I am in 7th grade at The Willows Community School. I like to play basketball, football, and baseball, and also having a good time with my friends and family. My parents are Amy and Greg. I also have a 16 year-old sister, Dylan.

For my mitzvah project I worked for the Challenger program. The program is for kids with special needs and disabilities learning how to play baseball.  I played with them, got to know them, and mostly I respected them and their challenges. This program brought fun and joy to them and their families, and to me. Despite all their challenges and hardships, these kids had smiles on their faces and they had fun.  It is an amazing program and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of it. Jackie Robinson, a hero of mine, said, a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.They all had an impact on my life, and I hope I had some impact on theirs.

I would like to thank Jeff Madger, Lizzie Weiss,and Rabbi Aaron for helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah.  I also want to thank Charlie Silver. My best friend whom I will be sharing my Bar Mitzvah with.

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

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This fall I will be entering 8th grade at Campbell Hall. I take both contemporary and ballet dance classes as well as piano, and this will be my second year as a junior high cheerleader. I enjoy hanging out with my friends by the pool. I also like taking vacations with my big sister Summer (15), and my parents Genia and Bruce. Some of my favorite places include Paris, Hawaii, and Greece.

My Mitzvah Project is in support of Alexandria House, a non-profit transitional residence  for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelters to permanent housing. My project includes clothing and blanket drives, hands-on volunteering with the children residents culminating in a holiday party this winter. Please look for more information regarding how you can support the clothing and blanket drives later this fall in Temple Topics.

I've attended TEBH Religious School since kindergarten and I feel very loved by the community at Temple Emanuel. I would like to thank Rabbis Geller, Aaron, Mason--Barkin, and Bassin; as well as Cantors Kliger and Weiss for their leadership and guidance.   I'd also like to give a special thank you to Sara-Jean Lipmen, Lynn Franklin, Danielle Soto, and Kevin McCarthy for their continuous support.

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Bat Mitzvah: Abigail Segal

We are very excited to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Abigail Segal on Saturday, June 20. Abigail 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 in the Magnet at John Burroughs Middle School (Cantor Kliger went there!). I am on the swim team at the Westside Jewish Community Center, and I am in the spring production of Little Shop of Horrors at my school. We will perform in the historic auditorium built in 1924. I also like drawing characters, singing, reading, and writing stories. My parents are Shauna and Steve Segal. I have a younger sister named Hannah, who is 9. 

For my mitzvah project, I will be collecting food to donate to SOVA, a Jewish organization that provides nutritious food and other social services to families in need. It makes me sad that some kids in our community aren’t getting the food they need. I feel like everyone should have access to nutritious food. At my Bat Mitzvah, I will have center pieces of baskets of food that I will donate to SOVA. My sister and I also collect food to donate instead of gifts for our birthdays.  

I would like to thank Rabbi Bassin, Cantor Kliger, Sara-Jean Lipmen, Rabbi Aaron, Lynn Franklin, 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, Abigail. Mazal Tov on your special day!

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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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