Jun
05
2019

Fighting Hate with Love

Rabbi Jonathan Aaron

The last six months have been filled with human tragedy after human tragedy. When natural disasters occur, we react with sympathy and empathy and caring. When murder and terror occur we are struck with two sides of our emotional repertoire: compassion and anger. Our hearts go out to all the families who were affected by… Read more »

May
08
2019

Ella Azari’s Bat Mitzvah – June 1, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am a 7th grader at Paul Revere Middle School. I have a strong passion for basketball, karate, and music. My parents are Bahar and Jon Azari, and I have a 15 year-old brother named Ethan. I love spending time with my friends and family. For my mitzvah project, I volunteered at Saban Community Clinic… Read more »

May
08
2019

Alex Novian’s Bar Mitzvah – June 8, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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My name is Alexander Dillon Novian. I was born on June 8, 2006, to Farhad Novian and Lisa Novian. I am of Persian and “East Coast – New York” descent, you might say. I have grown up in Los Angeles, California and currently attend Milken community school, where I am in the 7th grade. I… Read more »

Apr
10
2019

Mia Fienberg’s Bat Mitzvah – May 25, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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  My name is Mia Fienberg. I am a 7th grader at Beverly Vista School. I like playing volleyball and doing art. My parents are Lori and Dan Fienberg. I have an older brother named Ian Fienberg. He is 16 years old. He had his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel three years ago and my… Read more »

Apr
05
2019

Hannah Pinchuk’s Bat Mitzvah – May 18, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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My name is Hannah Pinchuk and I am a 7th grader at Beverly Vista School. I love musical theater and playing soccer, I have been doing both since I was 5 years old. My parents are Evan and Leslie and I have younger twin siblings named Talia and Jacob who are 9 years old. For… Read more »

Apr
03
2019

Jamie Dardashti’s Bar Mitzvah – May 18, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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My name is Jamie Dardashti. I am a 7th grader at Brentwood School. I enjoy playing basketball, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. My parents are James and Katrin Dardashti. I also have a sister, Sophie, and a brother, Noah. My mitzvah project will be teaching sports skills to kids with developmental disabilities. I… Read more »

Apr
02
2019

Ava Sassaman Abrams’ Bat Mitzvah – May 4, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am in 7th grade at Brentwood School. I love gymnastics, and I am on a competitive Club Team. I spend 6 days, and 23 hours a week training. I also enjoy playing piano and guitar and hanging out with my friends. My parents are Nicole Sassaman, and Judd Abrams. I have 2 dogs, and… Read more »

Mar
14
2019

Sydney Clayton’s Bat Mitzvah – April 27, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am in 8th grade at The Archer School for Girls. Some things I like to do in my free time are running, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends. My parents are Amy & Wade Clayton, and I have a younger sister, Charlie, who is 11 years old. For my mitzvah project,… Read more »

Mar
14
2019

Sydney Soussan’s Bat Mitzvah – April 27, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am a 7th grader at Sierra Canyon School. I really enjoy school especially English, and being an ambassador to our new local students and international students. When I am not in school, you can usually find me practicing martial arts in the dojo where I have spent the last 8 years honing my skills…. Read more »

Mar
04
2019

Graydon Baril’s Bar Mitzvah – April 14, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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  I am a 7th grader at Brentwood School, where I enjoy studying math and history. In my free time, I play the electric guitar. I am a member of the Rhythm Section rock band at Brentwood, where we play many different genres of music, but most prominently classic rock. I am also a member… Read more »

Mar
03
2019

Jeremy Levin’s Bar Mitzvah – April 6, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am a 7th grader at Horace Mann. I like playing soccer, swimming, and playing video games. My parents are Rachel Levin and Ron Levin. My siblings are Eva, my older sister, and Trevor, my little brother.For my mitzvah project, I will be raising money by playing soccer and donating the proceeds to Jerusalem International… Read more »

Feb
20
2019

Tearing Down Anti-Semitism, Not Each Other

Rabbi Sarah Bassin

Below is the sermon delivered by Rabbi Sarah Bassin on Friday, February 8, 2019. Parshat Teruma 5779:  Tearing Down Anti-Semitism, Not Each Other A few years ago, when I was still in school, a few friends from rabbinic program and I took a trip to Las Vegas. We were nearly an hour into trying to… Read more »

Feb
04
2019

Max Carden’s Bar Mitzvah – March 30, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am currently in 7th grade at El Rodeo Middle School. I enjoy coin, rock, and mineral collecting, as well as backpacking and camping. My parents are Jennifer and Michael Carden. I have two older siblings, Dylan and Emma. For my mitzvah project I have been going to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition  and… Read more »

Feb
04
2019

Brandon Seff’s Bar Mitzvah – March 9, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am in 7th grade at Beverly Vista. I like playing basketball, football, soccer, and hanging out with my friends. My parents are Tamar and Randy Seff. My sister, Sydney, is 10 years old. For my mitzvah project I am collecting books to build a classroom library for a Middle School English teacher in South… Read more »

Feb
04
2019

Ella Yadegar’s Bat Mitzvah – March 9, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am in the 7th grade at Harvard Westlake. I like playing tennis, singing, and hanging out with my friends. My parents are Nazila Yadegar and Matt Yadegar. I have two older brothers named Jordan and Ashton. For my mitzvah project, I will be working with Sharsheret, a non-profit organization that supports women with breast… Read more »

Jan
23
2019

A Spiritual Practice for Tu B’Shevat

Rabbi Jonathan Aaron

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Softening our hearts towards goodness… Today is the 15th of Shevat, or Tu B’Shevat, which is the birthday of the trees. It comes at the time of the year when the earth is still hardened from the winter, and the trees are starting to wake up to begin their leafy life once again as spring… Read more »

Jan
10
2019

Here is why I am going to the Women’s March

Rabbi Sarah Bassin

This was originally posted on JWeekly.com January 7, 2019. I am a rabbi — here’s why I’m going to the Women’s March I have learned one thing from the coalition building I’ve done between Muslims and Jews — it’s hard, even painful. Inevitably we discover rifts in our partnerships that puncture an otherwise shared vision…. Read more »

Jan
09
2019

Hannah Segal’s Bat Mitzvah – February 23, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am in 7th grade at Thomas Starr King Middle School. I like swimming, reading, zip lining, and hanging out with friends. My parents are Shauna and Steve Segal. I have an older sister named Abigail, who is 16. For my mitzvah project I will be volunteering at Fur Baby Rescue, an amazing organization. Fur… Read more »

Jan
03
2019

Logan Azizzadeh Bar Mitzvah – February 2, 2019

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

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I am a 7th grade student at Harvard-Westlake. My parents are Jessica and Babak Azizzadeh and my older sister, Kylie is 10th grader at Harvard-Westlake. I play water polo and love to ski. I enjoy spending time with my friends and traveling. For my mitzvah project, I will raise money to help the homeless. There… Read more »