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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 Paul Revere Charter Middle School where I am an active member of the Community Service Club. I enjoy spending quality time with cats and dogs, drawing, and designing video games. My parents are Elizabeth and David Spivak. I’m easy to pick out of a crowd (I’m the girl with the cat ears).

For my mitzvah project, I volunteer at No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), an organization dedicated to preventing pets from having to die in a shelter simply because they do not have a home. I assist NKLA each weekend at the West Los Angeles location by cleaning cat condos, administering cat enrichment, and washing cat bowls as necessary.  Since the launch of NKLA in 2012, the number of pets being killed in L.A. city shelters has decreased by 82%. “Together we can Save Them All.”

I thank Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Tutor Josh Goldberg, Tutor Laurie Goodman, and Teacher Jodi Shapiro for helping me become a Bat Mitzvah.


“If you want to live happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”

-          Albert Einstein


“Sam, don’t write ‘Cats are swag’ as your quote.”

                                           -          Samantha’s parents

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My name is Joshua Breslavsky and I am in the 7th grade at Horace Mann Elementary School.  My parents are Lana and Jack and I have a 16-year old brother, Daniel.

My favorite subject in school is math and I enjoy playing and watching soccer.

For my Bar Mitzvah project I am choosing to raise money for underprivileged kids to play soccer. I would like to help provide uniforms and equipment for them.

I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Josh Goldberg, and Judy Kandel.  I would also like to thank my mom, dad, brother and grandparents for their love and support.

 "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."  

                             - Dr. Seuss



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My name is  Ryan Mendelsohn and my birth date is 01.23.4 - cool, huh? I am in the 7th grade at The Buckley School and my favorite subject is math. I don't have any brothers or sisters, and I kind of like it that way.  

I play most sports, and enjoy basketball the most.  I am a good student, however, I don't love to study. My favorite hobby is collecting sneakers, but now it is also my first business. I buy and sell cool ones! 

For my Bar Mitzvah project I am raising money for the Israeli Guide Dog Center. The center trains dogs to help soldiers who have lost their sight from the many wars in Israel.  I chose this because I love all dogs, and know what wonderful friends they can be.

I am grateful to my parents, Michelle and Jordin, for their love and support, and want to thank Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin and Kalanit Kamara for helping me become a Bar Mitzvah.


"I kind of want to be a grown up man, but I am not going to stop being a kid ever, it is fun!”





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b2ap3_thumbnail_noah-ziperovich2.jpgMy name is Noah Ziperovich. I am in 7th grade at Paul Revere Charter Middle School. I like to play violin, read, paint, and travel. I am also a 2nd degree brown belt in karate. My parents are Hector and Gloria Ziperovich. I have an older brother named Jason, and he had his Bar Mitzvah 3 years ago. My birthday is on Earth Day, which is also the date of my Bar Mitzvah. I feel lucky. 

My project is to raise money for The MAJOR Fund, also known as “The Muslim and Jewish Organized Relief Fund”. This is a group of Muslims and Jews who raise money to provide portable solar energy for refugees fleeing Syria. They have also done other projects like supporting earthquake survivors and making sure the drinking water for hundreds of people is safe and clean.

I would like to thank my mom, my dad, my brother, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Josh Goldberg, Cantor Lizzie Weiss, and all the other Temple Emanuel teachers and staff for helping me learn my material and prepare for this amazing event.

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