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Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

I assume by now that most of you know that my views on Jewish law and way of life are in direct opposition to those of the ultra Orthodox. For the most part, I find them much too severe, antiquated and a hinderance to the way we practice our Judaism and live our lives. I found "The Women's Balcony" to be a large step in the right direction. Incidentally, the word 'right' is not used in its political inference but rather in its humane. Sadly, Israel  is governed by antiquated laws.  Fortunately, for the most part, our people living in that miraculously beautiful country, choose to govern their lives  by doing what they believe is just and in keeping within the basics of Jewish observance and interpretation.

"The Women's Balcony" is a step in the right direction giving us hope that we, in the 21st Century, our women are slowly breaking the mold.  Yes, "The Women's Balcony" is just a film but an IMPORTANT film! Hopefully, we will be seeing many more films of this genre and continue to bond together to voice more moderate religious practices and finally break the hold of the Ultra Orthodox.  Thew following is my review of......."The Women's Balcony" currently at the Laemmle Theatres and still attracting crowds in and around Beverly Hills, is a subtle comedy about Orthodox Women who dare to bond together and defy an ultra Orthodox Rabbi. Written by Shlomit Nechama and distributed by Menemsha Films, tells the tale of a small traditional synagogue in Jerusalem whose balcony, reserved for women only, collapses injuring the elderly rabbi's wife. The rabbi, overwhelmed by his wife's serious condition, falls into a deep depression. Unable to speak to him about the reparation of the balcony, the members of the congregation tell their story to an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who promises to come to their aid.

The construction begins in accordance to the rabbi's design. When it is complete, the women realize that the space left for them to pray is as big as a clothes closet and certainly unfit for prayer. The rabbi, following the very strict dictate that the sight of women during men's prayer takes away the relevancy of prayers from the conscientiously faithful, should not be seen. Hence, a room in a small space would be proper.

But, God bless today's Orthodox women, who are slowly and some with defiance, speaking out. They have yet to demand mixed seating but for now are happy with being in the same synagogue in keeping with Orthodox law. The first step is to speak up for a large and comfortable balcony and accept the age-old dictum of separate seating.  They band together and fight for the right to have a spacious balcony and become an integral part of Jewish prayer.

The men are puzzled and yet impressed with their fierce determination. "Hell," said one philosopher," hath no fury like a woman scorned." Much to the disdain of the ultra-Orthodox rabbi, he is badgered and cajoled. "The Women's Balcony" is not only for the Orthodox or even for the Jewish community. It's universal message is in accord with today's modern women who demand to be heard - and it's funny!

S halom Friends,

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Shabbat Services
7:30 pm on Friday, 
April 7, 2017
Why  Tradition!

Turn into the driveway that has the sign "Church Parking" and park on levels P2 or P3. Take the elevator up to P1 (which is also the lobby). Services are in the Town Hall room directly across from the elevator.

Cantor Paul Dorman
Friday Night Cantor

Cantor Dorman will be joined by a growing and impressive group of singers who will back him up and perform as soloists as well. 

Thank you, Rabbi Judy, Nolan Porter, Patrice Zappa Porter, Ashley Cornell, Corinna & Isabelle of Cousin Kate, Brian and Chelsea Cutler!

Passover Menu

Gefilte Fish  or  Chopped Liver

Soup or Salad
Choice of cup of Soup or Dinner Salad

Half "All Natural Roasted Chicken with Kugel, Vegetable and Tzimmes
Braised Brisket with Au Jus, Kugel, Vegetable and Tzimmes

Choice of Assorted Macaroons or Sponge Cake or Torte Cake

Coffee, Assorted Tea or Glass of Kosher Red Wine
Second Night Passover Seder
Tuesday, April 11 at 6pm

(Unfortunately, our Third Night Seder didn't work out with  the Westwood United Church, but...)

We are holding a Second Night Passover at Lenny's Deli led by Rabbi Jerry Cutler - It won't be kosher for Passover, but it will be a delightful Seder and you can't beat the price!
$36 per person
including tax and tip

We'll be taking the back room and seating is limited. We can only seat up to 40 people so make your reservations now!

We hope you'll join us. 

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Arne's Corner

As this is being written - today is Purim. A reminder of days of yore - and NOWADAYS.
                   FYI - As the world's richest country, Qatar has proven that it controls the three B's: it can buy, bribe or bully its way into owning anything including the World Cup (Soccer) said Ron Prosser, Israel's Permanent Representative to the UN. Qatar has already spread its international influence by purchasing six American universities, Harrod's department store in Britain and the Paris Saint-Germain football club.

                   Further, Qatar is a major sponsor of Hamas, channeling hundreds of millions of dollars to fund rockets and terror tunnels. Prosser says, "Qatar is spending its way to becoming the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism, second only to Iran."

                   The Black Lives Matter movement has described Israel as an apartheid state with over 50 laws that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people. Black Lives Matter states that there is a genocide taking place against the Palestinian people instigated by Israel and called upon the U.S. to stop all aid to the Jewish state.

                   I don't get it............A biased and unjust agenda demonizing Israel. To what end? What does this accomplish for Black lives? I find that tragic. As we Jews continue to be the best allies the African-American community has.

Arnold Charitan


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Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

Friday - April 7 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Wednesday - April 12 @ 6:00 pm
Second Passover Seder
Lenny's Deli
$36 per person

Friday - May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Monday, May 15
Membership Renewals mailed out

Friday - June 2 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
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10475 Wilshire Blvd

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April Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Jerry & Jeff Cutler 4/2/2017
Chad & Melissa Lasdon 4/4/2017

April Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Ludmilla Dektyar 4/6/2017
Bettye Donsker 4/6/2017
Barbara Takamoto 4/6/2017
Arnold Charitan 4/10/2017
Nina Bush 4/12/2017
Marvin Silver 4/12/2017
Peter Mark Richman 4/16/2017
Joanie Crosby 4/17/2017
Ross Bloom 4/20/2017
Rochelle Flexer 4/20/2017
Sue Kogen 4/20/2017
Arlene T. Sidaris 4/21/2017
Amy Segelin 4/26/2017
Ruth A. Pressman 4/28/2017
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March Onegs
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Paul & Lee Bernstein  in honor of Lee's Birthday
Doug & Roni Cohen in honor of their Anniversary
Shelley Fisher oneg sponsor
Dan Paulson in honor of his Birthday

As always, thank you to our annual oneg sponsor:  ARNOLD & GLADYS CHARITAN 

CAT Member Shout-Outs

Norman Kantor wishes Mathew Millen a Happy Birthday

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Review from the Pew
by Rabbi Jerry Cutler

"Norman...The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer"

I think all of us, even those not from New York, have at one time or another, come into contact with a human parasite whose visions of success and grandeur often prove to be disastrous. In "Norman...The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer," Norman Oppenheimer is played by Richard Gere, offering him a chance to rise above mundane film roles given to actors in their late 60s-and rise he does. 

3 Bagels out of 4 

"The Zookeeper's Wife"

Adorable animals and vicious beasts come face to face in a Polish zoo - but, the meeting is terribly one sided as the beasts carry guns, grenades, tanks and hearts filled with unwarranted venom.  

"The Zoo Keepers Wife" is a true story based on Diane Ackerman's best selling non-fiction book. The wife, Antonina, brilliantly portrayed by Jessica Chastain, makes her daily walk to town through the zoo which is cared for by her husband Jan, a wonderful Johan Heldenbergh. She happily greets the animals by name and trusts them implicitly because, as she says, "You look into their eyes, and you know exactly what's in their hearts."  

The year and place is 1939 Warsaw and goose-stepping Nazis have invaded Poland. Suddenly, the lives of Antonina, Jan and those of the Polish people, are turned into a war zone with the Germans destroying the zoo and rounding up as many Jews as possible, herding them into the infamous Warsaw Ghetto en-route to carry out Hitler's final solution.

Jan is allowed to drive his truck into the Ghetto to collect garbage to bring back to the zoo, which has now become a pig farm to feed the invaders. Jan leaves with the garbage, used as a cover to transport Jews out of the Ghetto. Antonina and Jan hide them in empty animal cages in their now deserted zoo, and in rooms in their home.

Antonina devises a signal, a special tune on her piano, alarming their guests to return to their hiding places whenever the Germans approach. Jan fears the Nazis will soon discover their scheme and kill not only the Jews, but them as well. Antonina's passion convinces Jan to continue. Jan goes to the railroad station and, in a scene I found very hard to look at, he hesitantly lifts up little children as each raise their arms to be lifted into a cattle car, happy to be leaving the smell and dehumanization of the Ghetto.

In all, approximately 300 Jews were saved by Antonina and Jan, and they were awarded for their heroism by Israel as "Righteous Among the Nations."

It is a difficult film to watch although Director Niki Caro skirts the real horrors of the Holocaust. "The Zookeeper's Wife" is beautifully photographed and acted and must be seen by every person with a love and compassion for life.
3 1/2 Bagels out of 4

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March Yahrzeits 
May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

Bailiss, Elton Lewis & Barbara Van Orden In memory of Sally Bailiss
Berry, Joni & Maitland-Lewis, Stephen In memory of Benny Davis
Berry, Joni & Maitland-Lewis, Stephen In memory of Philip Maitland-Lewis
Boykoff, Beatrice In memory of Marvin Kahn 
Brooks, Fern Field In memory of Betty& William Field
Charitan, Arnold & Gladys In memory of Ivan Charitan
Damen, Murray & Ronna In memory of Joseph Solomon
DiPietro, Ruth In memory of Abraham Moses
Doran, Andrei In memory Felicia Doran
Drake, Mike In memory of Bridget Drake
Elias, Alan & Karen In memory of Harriet Elias
Elias, Alan & Karen In memory of Martin Elias
Frankel, Faye In memory of Milton Frankel & Nell  Platzner
Gilmore, Martin & Phyllis In memory of Lenore Gilmore
Goldberg, Lorain In memory of Esther Chotiner
Gussman, Sheri In memory of Florence Gussman
Gussman, Sheri In memory of Martin Gussman
Jaffe, Gladys In memory of Sylvia Rosenberg & Morton Jaffe
Kahn, Ava & Richman, Mitch In memory of Harry Boykoff
Kahn, Ava & Richman, Mitch In memory of Marvin Kahn
Kantor, Norman In memory of Hyman Kantor
Kassel, Arthur & Blasius, Janet In memory of Tichi Wilkerson Kassel
Kerman, Pamela & Brandt, Bill In memory of Bernice Mackiewicz
Kerman, Pamela & Brandt, Bill In memory of Anna Brandt
Landers, Bill & Gail In memory of Lucille Chickie" Bercovitz"
Maleck, Jacqueline In memory of Charlotte Maleck
Sidaris, Arlene T. In memory of Andy Sidaris
Siegel, Norman In memory of Esther Dye
Spear, Phyllis In memory of Jack Spear
Sverdloff, Lea In memory of Eli Sverdloff
Veprin, Tootsie In memory of Billy Veprin
Yaker, Larry & Ruth In memory of Adele Yaker
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