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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.


My name is Sally Shapiro and I will become a Bat Mitzvah on August 12, 2017.

I just finished 7thgrade at Larchmont Charter School this past June. I enjoy playing guitar, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends. My parents Julee and Kenny Shapiro and my older brother Henry Shapiro are very excited for me to chant from the Torah.

For my Bat Mitzvah project I am collecting essential items for Covenant House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless youth. If you would like to contribute new basic toiletries such as deodorant, hair ties, shaving cream, razors, soap, toothpaste, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and brand new baseball caps,  you can leave them in the box I set up in the Burton Way lobby, or email my mom at jshapiro@shap1.com

I am excited about my Bat Mitzvah and want to thank my family, Rabbi Basin, Cantor Weiss, Josh Goldberg, and my cousin Naomi Ortiz, for all their support in helping me prepare for this day.

“Every change you make brings you one step closer to changing the world.”  --Sally Shapiro

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My name is Naomi Ortiz and I just finished the 7th grade at Thomas Starr King Middle School in the Gifted Arts and Tech Magnet Program. My parents are Rhonda Ortiz and Ruben Ortiz Torres. I also have a sister, Regina Ortiz, who is a year and a half older than me. In my free time I enjoy doing crafts that I find on the internet and hanging out with my friends.

For my Mitzvah Project I am volunteering with TreePeople and helping care for young trees in places that trees have been lost because of drought and pests in Griffith Park. TreePeople is a great organization dedicated to planting and caring for trees and helping renew depleted landscapes.

I would like to thank Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Tutor Josh Goldberg, and everyone who helped me become a bat mitzvah.


“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m Possible’.”


-Audrey Hepburn

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I am in the 7th grade at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES). Dancing is my passion. I take lessons in tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz and lyrical and am  a member of a dance company. I also like to play the guitar and sing; I'm a member of Temple Emanuel's "Soul Singers". Of course, I also like spending time with my friends. My mom is Rosalind Marks and I have an older brother, Logan, who is 20.

My mitzvah project is volunteering at the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program. This program is dedicated to alleviating hunger in Los Angeles. SOVA really makes a difference to the 9,000 people it helps feed each month.

Thank you so much to Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron and Rabbi Sarah Bassin for all their help in getting me ready for my Bat Mitzvah.

"Dance to the beat of your own drum."

-          Matshona Dhliwayo

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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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