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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 currently in the 7th grade at Summit View School in Valley Glen. I like hanging out with friends, watching and playing sports, and participating in Airsoft. My parents are Stacy and Andrew Satlin. I have an older brother Evan, who is 19 years old.

I am volunteering at No Limits LA for my mitzvah project. It is an organization that teaches school-age children with hearing loss, the skills to succeed in school and in life through educational centers and its national theater program. No Limits gives them the tools and support to believe in themselves and realize their dreams.

I participate in my school play every year and the experience has made me a more confident and out going person. It is my hope that every child who participates in the No Limits program feels the same way.

I would like to thank Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Laurie Goodman and Shelly Kamara for helping me prepare for this special day!

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take."

                                                                                                         - Wayne Gretzky

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I am in 8th grade at Millikan Science Academy.  I like to play tennis and lacrosse.  I also like music and to play the drums, but I have the most fun spending time with my friends.  My best friend’s name is Sebastiano and he now lives in Bulgaria.

For my Bar Mitzvah project I am collecting money and personal letters for an organization called The Survivor Mitzvah Project.  This organization gives money to people in remote areas of Eastern Europe who are the last survivors of the Holocaust and have lost everything and everyone.  All of them are alone now and do not have such basic necessities as food, medicine, suitable shelter and some human kindness.  I am also asking friends and family to write letters about anything they want and send them to this organization so they can be forwarded to the survivors to let them know that others care about them.

I would like to thank my mentor Pete Siegel, my Hebrew tutor Shelly Kamara, Cantor Weiss and Rabbi Aaron for helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah.

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

                                                                                                                            - Joseph Addison

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I attend Harvard Westlake School with my older sister Madi, and am an alumna of Mirman School, where my younger brothers, Jake and Josh, currently go. I love trying new things and am open to new opportunities. I enjoy traveling and have been lucky enough to travel to what I believe are some of the best places on Earth, including this past summer’s trip to Israel. I also love to bake, play guitar and hang out with my friends. I am so excited to have my Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel, which has been my temple for as long as I can remember. I have made so many memories at this temple and with the people in it, and I cannot wait to add my Bat Mitzvah to that list. I am so thankful to Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss, Kalanit Kamara, Tannaz Lavian and my parents Davina and Edward (Z"L) who have put in so much time and effort into making my day so meaningful and special.

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I am in the 7th grade at The Harvard-Westlake School. I like dancing, tennis, volleyball, fashion, debate and photography. My parents are Nancy and Stephen Paul and I have two older brothers, Spencer, who is 17 years old and Matthew, who is 15 years old.

My favorite place is Camp Pinecliffe, where I spend the whole year looking forward to these 7 weeks of summer camp. For my mitzvah project, I wanted to bring cheer and good wishes to sick kids who love camp as much as I do.  My camp friends and I designed tote bags and created personal cards for hundreds of kids at Camp Round Up River Ranch, a camp for children who are very sick and want to enjoy having a fun camp experience while not thinking about their illnesses. The tote bags are a way for them to bring home their memories of their summer experience.

I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss and Shelly Kamara for helping me prepare for my Bat Mitzvah.

"If you can dream it, you can do it!"

                                            –Walt Disney


"She believed she could, so she did!"

                                        –CS Lewis


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