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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.



Dov Sikowitz will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, December 26th on the beach in Santa Barbara, California, after which he and his family will travel to Israel and celebrate with their extended family in Tiberias.

Dov is a 7th Grader at The Oakwood School who loves music, plays viola in the school orchestra, drums in the school jazz ensemble and keyboards with The School of Rock Houseband. Dov also loves to disconnect and immerse himself in nature - be it surfing, skiing or his many summers spent camping and canoe tripping. Dov dedicates his bar mitzvah to his dream of peace between Eretz Yisrael and its neighbors.  

To this end, he has been volunteering for many years with Seedsofpeace.org an organization that brings young Israelis and Palestinians together at a summer camp in Maine. Dov is the son of Bonnie & Mike Sikowitz and big brother to Reed Sikowitz. 


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I am an 8th grader at El Rodeo and will be graduating in May and going on to Beverly Hills High School. I love to read, cook, hang out with my friends, travel and go to camp each summer. My parents are Nina Cohen and Mark Cohen who have made sure to provide me with a wonderful education in Jewish Studies.  

For my Mitzvah project, I have been volunteering at SOVA where I package up food to give to the homeless and the needy. When I am finished completing each order, I give it to the person and see the grateful smile on their face. It makes me feel so good to know that I have helped someone who is in need. I plan to continue my volunteer work there as it gives me a lot of joy. 

I would like to thank my Mom and Dad, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Kalanit Kamara, Lynn Franklin and Danielle Soto for making all things possible with my Bat Mitzvah. 

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My name is Natasha Melamed. I am an almost 13 years old seventh grader at Hawthorne School in Beverly Hills. I really enjoy sports. I swim, ski, surf, and play volleyball. My favorite sport though is basketball. I am part of an all boys U14 basketball club travel team.

I also love music. I sing, play the piano and the flute. I enjoy spending time with my amazing parents, Sari and Shahram, and my two awesome brothers, Alex and Nick, who have all helped me get to this exciting point in my life.

My Bat Mitzvah Journey was exceptional. It was filled with laughter, love, and best of all, learning about my religion. I enjoyed this process so much and I’m so excited to have my Bat Mitzvah.

I would never have been able to get here if it weren’t for a few special people. I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me. I love you so much and I am so happy I get to share this moment with both of you.  I would also like to thank my brothers for helping me with my Hebrew and always being there for me no matter what. Thank you to my Grandma, Soraya Melamed, and Grandpa, Ruben Melamed.  A special thank you to my two wonderful aunts, Michelle and Kathy. 

Last, but definitely not least, thank you Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin, Kalanit Kamara, and Cantor Weiss. Rabbi Aaron, even though we have spent a limited amount of time together, you really helped me understand what it means to be a Bat Mitzvah. Rabbi Bassin, you are truly the best mentor ever. You really helped me understand, not only my Parshat, but also what it means to be a consciencious Jew over all.  Kalanit, you are SO amazing. We have shared so many laughs together, and I really enjoyed the days we worked together. I do not know what I would do if you weren’t there to guide me. Cantor Weiss, thank you for pushing me to study my Hebrew.   It is so reassuring knowing that you will be there on the day of my Bat Mitzvah supporting me through my special day.   I wouldn’t be able to have this incredible day without each and every one of you.


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Hi, I am Justin Wolfe, I’m 13 and I go to Beverly Vista School. I love animals, science and history. My parents are Dr. Michele Kalt and Freddy Wolfe. I have an older brother, Brandon, who is in his sophomore year of Beverly High, and I have a younger sister, Sienna, who is in 6th grade.

I am sharing my Bar Mitzvah with some children who were killed in the Holocaust and never had a chance to have their own Bar Mitzvah. My Grandmother was 13 when she went into Auschwitz, my age! Her two 7 year old brothers Lazlo and Georgy were taken to Dr. Mengele’s twin experiment camps and never made it out. So I am happy to keep their memory alive, and bring them up to the Bimah with me.

For my mitzvah project, I interviewed the Mayor of Beverly Hills, on how we kids can help with the water crisis.  I also went down town walking thru the homeless camps and brought hot food and water to the hungry. 

I would like to thank My mom, Cantor Lizzie, Rabbi Aaron and Rabbi Geller for all their help and support in preparing me for my Bar Mitzvah. It’s been pretty fun. 

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