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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 am a seventh-grade student at New West Charter, and my favorite subject is history because I love learning about the past.  Soccer is my passion — I play for a west side club, FC England, and train hard as a goalkeeper.  I hope to play in college, and one day, even play professionally.

I was born in New York City and moved to LA when I was three.  My parents are Bonnie and Offer Nissenbaum; I have two older siblings, Ari and Giselle, in college, and a dog, Rascal, a chocolate lab, who looks out for me, too.

I feel very fortunate to have a “double chai” Bar Mitzvah, 4.14.18, but the most special part of the day is that it will bring together my family and friends.  For my Mitzvah project, I am running a pledge campaign to raise money for Soccer Without Borders, which offers programming to inspire positive change for under-served and culturally-isolated youth.  People pledge a small amount for each goal I save and for every shut-out earned by my team, to benefit SWB, so that children and teens can have friends and mentors to overcome obstacles and be successful.

I would like to thank Rabbi Bassin, Cantor Lizzie and Kalanit for giving so much of their time and effort to prepare me for becoming a Bar Mitzvah.

"There’s no greater danger than playing it safe."

                                        — Nike




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I am a 7th grader at Emerson Community Charter. I like to play guitar, be with kids, run, and spend time with my family. My parents are Jonathan and Michelle Aaron and I have an older sister, Adina, who is 16.

For my Bat Mitzvah project, I have been volunteering with the dogs at Wags and Walks Adoption Center in West LA. I go there every week to play with and walk the different dogs, as well as to keep track of their individual needs and clean their kennels. In order to help raise money for their terrific organization, I will be baking different types of challah loaves to sell on Sunday, March 4th and 11th during religious school hours (9:00 am – 12:15 pm). Feel free to come by and buy one to support the dogs who need a home!

I would like to thank Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Laurie Goodman, Tannaz Lavian, and my family for helping me prepare for my Bat Mitzvah.

To help give back to my wonderful temple community, I am hoping to start a mini-childcare program one service a month, so that children can be play during Shabbat services.

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”


                                                                                      - Mark Twain


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I am Nika Breiter and I am in the 7th grade at The Windward School. I love music, fashion, dancing, playing tennis, being creative and artistic, and spending time with my family and my dog Ridley. My loving parents are Brian Breiter and Nonny Shafii-Breiter. My brother Noah is 14 and we are very close and have shared many adventures together. For my Mitzvah project I have applied to be a volunteer at No-Kill Los Angeles Shelter.


I care about animals and really want to help families find and save pets that need a loving home. I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss, Rabbi Bassin and Shelly Kamara for helping me prepare for my Bat Mitzvah.


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I am in 7th grade at Milken Community School and love it. I am on the middle-school robotics team and love working with 3D printers. My passion is to work with all things mechanical, like motors, robots, computers, and anything I can take apart, build, or create to solve for an issue. I’ve had a jewelry business and I have fundraised for veterans, the homeless in Los Angeles, and children in Nepal over the past five years.

For my bar mitzvah project I am collecting socks (#socksforsyrians). We have been studying refugees in hebrew school and recently took an interactive refugee tour at the Skirball Museum. This experience was impactful and really brought to life the struggles that people have to go to with their families as they try to enter another country.

"Syria has been a living nightmare for children and families tormented by six years of war and unimaginable hardship." After looking at Save the Syrian Children's website, I saw that socks were needed across all age groups. Then it came to me that socks are so important to refugees as they need to keep their feet healthy to walk long distances at any time. Refugees definitely need to keep their feet warm, dry, and in good shape.

If you want to know more about the Syrian effort across Los Angeles to provide support to current refugees, please see: http://thebigfill.org/.

I am deeply greatful for Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Weiss for believing in me throughout this bar mitzvah project. They make things fun and really motivate me to succeed. They are the best!

“I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable. I am an original.”


                                                   – Lin Minuel Miranda, from Hamilton




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