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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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Mariella Rickel:

I am a 7th grade student at The Archer School for Girls. I do lots of ballroom dance and other types of dance, too.  I also like to sing and play tennis. My parents are Nancy and Ken Rickel. I'm having my Bat Mitzvah with my twin sister Isabella. I have three older brothers Brandon, Alexander, and Jason who all had their Bar Mitzvahs at Temple Emanuel, too.

For my mitzvah project, I worked at Food Forward. It was wonderful to see how working at a Farmers Market and collecting the very fresh, but unsold food could feed so many people for a whole week at a time - from little children, to abused women, to the elderly. You gather the food as the Farmers Market is about to close by handing out many boxes. Once the boxes are filled are collected, the food is weighed and the different farmers are properly credited. This food is now available to the many soup kitchens, shelters, and hungry people in the area. It feels great to help so many people in need and the experience made me realize how lucky I am to have food easily available to me.

I would like to thank Shelly Kamara , Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Lizzie Weiss for their help in preparing me for my Bat Mitzvah and teaching me so many important things about Judaism and making this experience so amazing and filling me with such pride about my religion and what it really means to achieve this goal.

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like there's nobody listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth.”

                                    ― William W. Purkey

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I am a 7th grade at The Archer School for Girls. I'm a Latin Ballroom dancer and also do hip hop and other styles of dance. My parents  are Nancy and Ken Rickel. I'm having my Bat Mitzvah with my twin sister Mariella. I also have three older brothers , Brandon, Alexander and Jason who all had Bar Mitzvahs at Temple Emanuel.

I would like to thank Shelly Kamara, Rabbi Aaron , Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Lizzie Weiss for helping prepare me for this most important day in my life and teaching me all about my Jewish heritage and the true importance and meaning of becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

"Dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another"

                                             - Anonymous

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I am currently in 7th grade at Brentwood School.  I enjoy playing basketball, singing, and hanging out with my friends.  My wonderful parents Laura and Randy, and my brothers Jack and Nate, are very supportive with my Hebrew, excited to see me on the bima and to celebrate my big day.    

For my Mitzvah Project, I decided to raise money for Israel Sports Center for the Disabled. I was first introduced to this amazing organization by my Mom’s friend.  ISCD gives young people who have been paralyzed a chance to enjoy their lives through sports.  I had the opportunity to meet and play with a few young men who came over to play basketball in their wheelchairs.

I was so amazed by their determination and hard work.  I am determined to raise awareness and money for this one of a kind center. I am so excited about my Bat Mitzvah and I would like to thank my family, Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss, Jeff Magder, and Allison Bluestein for all their support in helping me prepare for this very special day.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.”

                                                                     ― Tim Notke

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Hi, my name is Leon Shams-Schaal. I just completed the 7th grade at The City School, where math has been my favorite subject. My mom, Ladan Shams, is a neuroscientist and studies the brain. My sister, Ella, is going to start 5th grade.  

I am a boy scout and I like to go on adventures with my troop. For my mitzvah project I have become involved with an organization called Missionaries-Charity Brothers. I work with the group to help make thousands of sandwiches and then we pass them out to the homeless.  Since it is difficult for them to get food, I am grateful for the opportunity to help feed them.  I participate with the Mission as often as I can. 

I would like to thank Josh Goldberg, Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Weiss for their support in helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah.

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” -Thomas Alva Edison

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