October 2022

In case you missed our Rosh Hashanah Services, here are just a few Highlights.  

Our Rabbi Jerry during his sermon

Rabbi Jerry and Cantor Chelsana reading from the Torah

Rebbetzin Jeff, our favorite shofar blower, Jack Marlin, 98 1/2 years young, and Cantors Chelsana and Tanya during the blowing of the shofar ceremony.  

Rabbi's Message

Rabbi Jerry is busy working on the High Holiday Services. His monthly message will return in November.

Rabbi Jerry



CAT FNL (Friday Night Live) on Facebook Live


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We will be meeting on

November 4, 2022

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This is a Streamlined Shabbat Service with special guests. You will be able to chat with us, share any news from your week, or send a virtual hug all via Facebook.

We will be chanting the Mishabeirach for global healing and reciting the Kaddish for the current yahrzeits. If you have the names of loved ones you would like to include, please let us know.

The Creative Arts Temple

is once again preparing for our

High Holidays 2022 Services.

We look forward to celebrating the High Holidays in-person or online with you!

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October Anniversaries

Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Stuart & Cipora Kricun 10/3/2022

Robby & Myla Fraser 10/12/2022

Bernard & Jane Shapiro 10/21/2022

Melvyn & Irene Reznick 10/25/2022

Louis & Fran Zigman 10/27/2022

With a donation of Chai ($18) or above, CAT will mail out a tribute card in your honor of Birthdays, Anniversaries, Get-Well-Soon wishes, Congratulations and In Loving Memory.

Baby Congrats
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Happy Anniversary CArd


You now can Order Tribute Cards, Remember A Yarzheit, Make donations to the Services, or Order a Plaque through your Temple Talk Email or on our website. 

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October Birthdays

And many happy returns!

Adrienne Leevan 10/1/2022

Jolie Ancel 10/6/2022

Jane Shapiro 10/8/2022

Marilyn Weisleder 10/15/2022

Louis Milkowski 10/17/2022

Lynn Zaifert 10/17/2022

Bobbie Tepperman 10/20/2022

Carol Jean Delmar 10/24/2022

Sue Glass 10/24/2022

Eugene Heller 10/26/2022

Stanley Weisleder 10/26/2022

Roberta Siegman 10/27/2022

September Tributes

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Service Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!

Shabbat Sponsors:

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Howard and Molly Murray - Shabbat Sponsor

Judy Diamond - Shabbat Sponsor

Lana Pinkenson - Shabbat Sponsor

Donna Paul - Shabbat Sponsor

High Holiday Sponsors:

Stephen Maitland -Lewis

Don and Shelly Sterling

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Refuah Shleima

CAT wishes speedy recoveries to:

Fred Ostraski, Debby and Ken Bitticks, Lowell and Penny Dreyfus, Barbara Fleming-Marmorstein, Andrew Martin, Donna Paul, Peter Paul, Maxine Picard, Rita Vale, and Lynn Zaifert.

September Yahrzeits 

We thank those who have made a donation in memory of your loved one.

Marc & Barbara Barenfeld

In memory of Lena Barenfeld

Martin & Phyllis Gilmore

In memory of Rose Goldstein

Lorain Goldberg

In memory of Sarah Clara Goldberg

Barbara Rae Levine

In memory of Avis Levine

Jamie Metrano

In memory of Art Metrano

Warren & Lois Sefton

In memory of Martin Sefton

Nicole-Marie Slayton & Eammon Hogan

In memory of Robert and Phyllis Slayton

Tootsie Veprin

In memory of Harvey and Samuel Veprin

May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

If you made a donation and you don't see it here, it is because it was received after the publication deadline and will appear next month

An inspiring story of a school that relocated to escape the Nazis

Reviewed by Stephen Maitland-Lewis


There is no shortage of books on the Holocaust and the overall inferno of the Hitler years.

Reading anything from the vast published material on this subject is bound to evoke obvious disgust and horror. Yet, the question remains: how could this have happened in the 20th century, in a country which hitherto was considered one of the foremost cultured and educated of all civilized nations?

Deborah Cadbury in her The School That Escaped the Nazis skillfully evokes another, more heartwarming emotion, and this book goes a long way to confirm that amid the carnage of that era there were instances of profound goodness and human decency.

Anna Essinger, a young German schoolteacher, had established a small progressive school in southern Germany. She saw the writing on the wall when Hitler came into power in 1933. She had read Mein Kampf and abhorred its wicked ideology.

With an abundance of courage, determination, and pure defiance, in spite of her limited resources, she succeeded in relocating her school to the rural county of Kent in southeast England. The school flourished and soon attracted a number of English pupils as well as teachers. Before long, as a result of Nazi regulations which made it impossible for Jewish teachers and pupils to remain within the German school system, there was an additional influx of pupils and highly qualified academic staff.

The school swiftly earned a fine reputation and enjoyed good relations with its neighbors. The local villagers were largely friendly, supportive and hospitable. But, in 1939 upon the outbreak of war, the school faced new challenges. Many of the German staff and the older students were interred as enemy aliens far away from Kent. The locals, who had treated the school and all those connected with it with respect, now treated it with suspicion. The school’s neighbors shunned it.


The British Government requisitioned the school’s strategically important premises for British military purposes, and another evacuation was necessary. On short notice, Essinger found a decrepit mansion for the school, two hundred miles away. Simultaneously, the school was struggling to take in as many Jewish children as it could among those who had remained in Germany. Additionally, the school admitted countless others whose parents the Nazis had kidnapped and sent to concentration camps throughout Germany and Poland.


The author recounts the testimony of many of the students who described how they left their homes and families only to struggle with the differences in culture and a new language, as well as with the heartache of not knowing whether they would ever reunite with their parents and other family members. Essinger and her colleagues had to deal not only with the academic and overall well-being of her pupils but also with the immense trauma that they were suffering.


The school became a home for the children, a haven of love and warmth where they could live peacefully and without fear of being bullied and treated as outcasts in their native Germany. They formed lifetime bonds and a great many succeeded as adults in their chosen fields.

Essinger and her colleagues created a loving home for approximately nine hundred pupils between 1933 and 1948 when the school finally closed. Despite all the miseries and suffering that the children and the German staff members, had endured, she created a happy and productive environment. To describe reading about this period of history as a joyful experience is counterintuitive. However, Deborah Cadbury succeeds in delivering an uplifting and inspiring book about the challenges that Essinger, her pupils, and her colleagues faced. So many books on the Holocaust focus heavily on statistics that in time one becomes almost immune to the savagery. Case studies of specific named individual children, some as young as eight, who arrived at the school traumatized and how they fared carry more weight. Cadbury illustrates the teamwork between teachers and pupils who together faced hurdles and survived.


This book is a worthy edition to the countless books written about this painful historical period. The school was devoid of any form of religious syllabus or practice but nevertheless, Anna Essinger, as the author states, “fulfilled in her own way, the old Hebrew saying, ‘Tikkun Hoaolam’ — ‘mend the world.’”


This piece originally appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Roots Music & Beyond
KPFK 90.7 FM
6-8 a.m.

New Christy Minstrels, Art Podell, was a Greenwich Village folk singer in 1958. In the rush to capitalize on the folk boom, Columbia Records signed Podell and partner Paul Potash and, as the duo “Art & Paul,” they released two albums in 1960 and ’61, which are sought-after today by folk music aficionados.

"I thought I was watching and listening to Will Rogers with an Ivy League education and maybe that's true, but your humor and songs - both touching and delightful - was better and much more enjoyable than his lasso"
-Herb Freed, Film-maker, novelist, and friend 
If you are a fan of the classic folk music of the fifties/sixties, this might be the program for you. 
Add to that some flavors of old-time jazz and bluegrass. We'll be catering to your musical pallets while offering some wonderful premiums to help support KPFK.
Roots Music & Beyond celebrates ten years on air in March!
Third Saturday host: Art Podell art@artpodell.com,a bona fide Greenwich Village folkie, one-half of the legendary duo Art and Paul and an original member of The New Christy Minstrels, and Professor.

For information & booking requests, contact:

Matt Aaron Krinsky


New Dates: 

Theatre West

3333 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068

  • Fri Dec 16 @ 8 pm
  • Say Dec 17 @ 8 pm
  • Sun Dec 18 @ 2 pm

Our good friend, Broadway, film and television actress, Barbara Minkus has a new show called
18 Minutes of Fame.

While searching for fame, Barbara found
the more meaningful things in life.
In this acclaimed one-woman show, Broadway, film, and television singer/actress Barbara Minkus shares an intimate evening of personal moments, funny and poignant songs, and her remarkable stories working with such luminaries as Danny Kaye, Merv Griffin, Jerry Lewis, and Charlotte Rae.
Featuring a variety of show-stopping songs, this 90-minute multi-media musical (with live piano accompaniment) incorporates film, graphics, recordings, and photos to showcase Barbara’s exceptional journey of love, life, difficult decisions, family dynamics, and so much more.
Please enjoy these clips from this critically acclaimed show:

Fern Field Brooks, author of Letters to My Husband, has written a new meowmoir on her cat called Destiny's Children. You can order this charming book at http://www.books2cherish.com. Temple members and friends can add "Temple Member" to your shipping instructions and 10% of all sales will go to C.A.T.

"LOVED IT! A clever and refreshing approach to a memoir!"
Mary Lou Belli, Director, Author, Teacher

"Wow! Destiny is incredible! I read it in two evenings and was absolutely enthralled. This book is one in a million!"
Laurel D. - Miami

"I Love Destiny and Fern! I was concerned for Destiny on every adventure, felt relieved when all was well, and eagerly await the rest of the series! Engaging. Charming. Insightful - about cats and humans!"

Dr. Linda Seger, Author, Script Consultant, Lecturer

Burial Plots for Sale
In Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries
Garden of Moriah
Hollywood Hills
Original Price: $30,000 Asking Price: $24,000 Or Best Offer

For more information contact the Temple Office at 310-720-9618

Did You Know?

The unexpected story behind the holiday shofar

With the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur around the corner, ISRAEL21c went to visit a 15th-generation shofar maker to learn what makes the perfect instrument. 

By Abigail Klein Leichman  SEPTEMBER 19, 2022, 10:00 AM

A young man walks into the Barsheshet & Ribak shofar factory in Tel Aviv a few weeks before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

It’s nearly five o’clock and the workshop is shutting soon. But Eli Ribak is staying late anyway to talk to ISRAEL21c about his rare craft, and he welcomes the visitor and his wife, who schlepped by bus from a southern suburb of Jerusalem.

Before I could ask the customer why he didn’t simply buy a ram’s horn (shofar) at any Judaica or souvenir shop close to home, he answers that question.

“My father bought his shofar here 30 years ago, so I’ve come here too,” he tells Ribak.

The owner smiles. He hears this all the time.

Especially before Rosh Hashana, which the Bible calls “Yom Teruah,” the day the shofar is sounded.

Rosh Hashana is considered a day of divine judgment. In the synagogue, 100 blasts of this natural trumpet punctuate the long Rosh Hashana liturgy as a wakeup call to repentance and a fanfare for the King of Kings.

The designated shofar-blower needs a kosher horn, meaning it has no cracks or holes and no added materials such as glue or paint.

It must have the right shape and mouthpiece for the individual shofar-blower to be able to fulfill every congregant’s obligation to hear a specific series of sounds — the long tekiah, three short shevarim and nine staccato teruah blasts, finished off by an extra-long tekiah gedola.

And that’s why this young man is here today, seeking expert guidance in purchasing the right horn.

No two identical shofars

Ribak observes how his customer holds the horn and which part of his mouth he blows from as he begins testing a variety of ram’s horns piled in cardboard boxes.

“You have to adapt the shofar to the person,” Ribak explains.

“And each shofar is individual. Every day, I get customers who want the same shofar their father had, or the same shofar they had when they were younger. But there are no two identical shofars just as there are no two identical people.”

To read the full article click here. 

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