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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 the 7th grade at Milken Community Schools. I love tennis and skiing, spending time with my family and friends. I have two older sisters, Clare and Bryce…and two dogs, Cooper and Teddy. My parents are Lauren Beck and Kevin Mills.

For my mitzvah project I’m working with Imagine LA, an amazing organization that places families with mentors, as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. My assignment is to find opportunities for enjoyment in LA that a family can have, without having to spend any money

I would like to thank Rabbi Geller...she's been wonderful to me and my family.....it has meant so much...Rabbi Aaron and Rabbi Bassin for their inspiration and guidance...and Cantor Weiss for her patience ...and incredibly beautiful voice, as I prepare for my Bar Mitzvah.


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My name is Lucy Rosen and I will be called to the Torah on January 23, 2016, as a bat mitzvah.

I am currently a seventh grader at Beverly Vista and my interests include soccer, fashion and animals.  For my bat mitzvah project, I have been volunteering at SPOT, an animal rescue group that specializes in rescuing pregnant mother dogs and puppy litters from shelters.  SPOT also has a boutique that sells all kinds of pet supplies and products to support their efforts in saving the lives of puppies and mother dogs.  I also help my mom in fostering and caring for senior dogs and very young, at-risk kittens in our home.

I would like to thank Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Weiss for all their caring and support through my bat mitzvah preparation.  I would especially like to thank Laurie Goodman for all her amazing assistance and help as I prepare for my bat mitzvah.  I have truly enjoyed working with her and discussing all aspects of this very important step in my Jewish education.  Finally, I would like to thank my mom and siblings for their love and support throughout this process.

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I am in the 7th grade at Beverly Vista School. I like to play soccer and I'm currently on the AYSO U-14 All-Star team. I enjoy spending my summers at Canyon Creek Summer Camp. I also enjoy playing card games! I have a 9 year old sister, Mia. My parents are Dan & Lori and my mom had her Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel. 

For my Mitzvah project, I am providing the Beverly Vista Middle School students with Water Conservation Awareness. We have a real problem in California because of the drought. I want to inform my peers on how they can conserve water and spread the word to their families on how important it is to not waste our scarce water.  I have created a pamphlet with important information on what we can do to conserve water. My goal is to get more awareness out to the community and reduce our consumption by 32% as the city has enforced. 

I would like to thank Rabbi Jonathon Aaron, Cantor Lizzie Weiss, and Lynn Franklin for helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel. 

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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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