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Chad Gadya Passover Seder Song in English
Chad Gadya Passover Seder Song in English

Happy Passover

Rabbi's Message

Jerry Cutler
Moses, as we know, had a speech impediment.  While leading our people through the desert at God's behest, we found out that he also had no sense of direction. Thousands of gullible Jews following him, trusting in him, having implicit faith in an old Jew with a flowing beard, realized (too late) that due to a heat stroke from the relentless desert sun, Moses had no idea where he was going.

Finally, Chana Pessil, from the long-lost Tribe of Irving (Father Jacob's moronic son), mustered the courage to ask for directions to the Red Sea. It was Nachshon who walked fearlessly into the waters.  As the raging water was about to cover his head and devour him, the sea parted and the rest of the now free Jewish nation, except Moses who had a deep fear of water, followed.

Where is Nachshon today when he is sorely needed? We, the Jewish people, are once again wandering in the desert and there is no Nachshon to lead us. There is no peace in Israel and anti-Semitism is exponentially on the rise throughout the world. Here in California, the climate, although sunny and beautiful, is cautious for the Jewish people.

Attendance at our Friday night Shabbat services is sparse. Hardly anyone signs up for our Bible or current events classes. The only time we see a few hundred worshippers is during the High Holidays - and, attendance throughout the years has been on the wane.

The retelling of the Passover story, the introduction of which was cleverly inserted at the top of my article, begins in a few weeks. We are planning a CAT 2nd Night Seder on Saturday Night, the 20th.
The price will depend on how many reservations we receive. Please call us on our Temple number 818-855-1301. Our part time Executive Secretary, Janice (we can't afford a full-time sec'y) will either pick up or return your call. We will call this special evening, "Nachshon's Seder."  

Looking forward to seeing you this Friday night.

With deep respect and love, Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Jake

Arne's Corner

 The High Holidays will be here before you know it. 
With that in mind, I was thinking..............

TOGETHER, we could make our community a safer place. 
We could lend our voices to protest the rising anti-Semitism in our 
midst. Your support of our Temple is vital. Our esteemed Rabbi (Jerry 
Cutler) is an enlightened, acknowledged community representative "with 
access" to the business and political leaders where you and I don't mingle.
So, as I see it, your job and mine is to support  our Rabbi, support our Temple. We are working on a shoestring. Surprise  him, send a check, whatever the amount.

Register at Ralph's. Cost you nothing, helps us  out. Or perhaps, send a contribution for the Oneg. Your support is  essential.

Lastly, attend Friday night Services when you can.  Give your Rabbi a hug, trust me he needs it. He'd love it.

Arnold Charitan           

Our Next Shabbat Service

7:30 pm on Friday, 
April 5, 2019 
Why?  Tradition!

Going west on Wilshire as you approach Warner Blvd., one long block west of Beverly Glen, 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.

Please join Rabbi Jerry and Jeff on closing night to support our member and long-time supporter,

Renee Taylor

in her play 

My Life On A Diet

on Sunday, April 14, 2019
Closing Night
7:30 pm 

at the

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

located at

9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Please call the Box Office at 310-746-4000 to make your reservations. Or purchase your tickets online at 

Ticket price: $65.00 per ticket
Ms. Taylor has graciously offered to take pictures with our congregation after the April 14th performance.  Would you please call the Temple Office at 818-855-1301 to inform us if you will be attending that performance? 

In MY LIFE ON A DIET, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer and actress Renée Taylor looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets.  A self-described "diet junkie" who used to think that if she ate like a star, she'd just might look and live like one, Renée dishes out both juicy anecdotes about and weight loss tips from Hollywood legends such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Barbra Streisand. She also shares hilarious and poignant stories about Joseph Bologna, her partner in work and life for 52 years.  In telling about her high and lows - on and off the scale - this comedy legend proves the ability to laugh gets you through it all.

MY LIFE ON A DIET is written by Ms. Taylor and Joseph Bologna, and was originally directed by Mr. Bologna. MY LIFE ON A DIET made its New York premiere in 2018 with a critically acclaimed, extended run Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clements (July 12 - September 2, 2018). In November 2018, Ms. Taylor won the annual United Solo Special Award for MY LIFE ON A DIET for her significant contributions to solo theatre.


There is something spicy going on at the Theater at St. Clement's. This lighthearted look at Taylor's self-image and her quest for love ... is a fascinating evocation of a woman with a weak body image and a strong sense of humor. A veritable depository of old-fashioned zingers ... one-liners and well-timed pauses.
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, Elisabeth Vincentelli

The inimitable Renée Taylor's new show is wonderful. Her Marilyn Monroe stories alone are priceless - it's an evening laced with love and laughter. Go!
- NEW YORK POST, Barbara Hoffman

Still charming and sexy at 85, Taylor dishes out laughs - and unexpectedly tender moments - recalling life, love and what she ate (or tried not to).
- NEWSDAY, Joseph Amodio


Please join Rabbi Jerry and Jeff in supporting our member
and long-time supporter

Barbara Minkus

in her play 

Back from Off-Broadway!

on Sunday, June 9, 2019
 at  5:00 pm

at the 

The Pico 
10508 W. Pico Blvd, LA 90064

Ticket Price: 
$15.00 + fees

 Go to the website -

and enter this discount code: CAT15. This promo code brings down the General Admission ticket price from $36 +fees to $15 +fees. 

While searching for fame, Barbara found the more meaningful things in life.

Back from her Off-Broadway run, 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 one-woman, one-act, 75-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. Not to mention the trip to Israel that brought her ever closer to her Jewish roots.


"Your show is wonderful! It's marvelous on several fronts; the writing is personal and warm, your story is both fascinating and touching, your singing is honest and passionate and your storytelling, timing and delivery are just superb - dramatic, theatrical and smart... And best of all, it's fun and funny!"
 ~John Sheehan, NYC Theatrical Director

"It flows seemlessly, making its points with down-to-earth humanity as well as possessing an entertaining flair.... but primarily it's the star who makes it all work. Her incredible light shines brightly at every moment. She may not think she's famous, but she will live on in our hearts.... and that's about as famous as one could wish to be." 
~Don Grigware, Broadway World

"Minkus, a tiny woman, bursts forth with a breathtaking energy that is both mesmerizing and comforting - she has over 6 decades in the business to draw from. Barbara lures her audience in song and in tales of growing up in a different time - with the reminders that we all have the same feelings and needs, no matter our age... This dynamo excels and is a woman to be reckoned with!"
 ~E.M. Fredric, The Hollywood Times

Renew Ralphs Community Contributions Now!

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Please Register today!
For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on 'Enroll Now'. 

If you don't have computer access, please call Ralphs at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.

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Donate to CAT while you grocery shop

Participants are required to register for the new term online at  or by calling Ralphs at  1-800-443-4438. 

You will be asked for The Creative Arts Temple NPO number. It is NPO# 92136

Please Note!!
The Scan Bar letters will no longer work at the register.

To verify if Creative Arts Temple is your charity of choice, look at the very bottom of your receipt next time you shop at Ralph's.  It should say "At your request, Ralph's is donating to Creative Arts Temple."  If you do not see that, you will need to register through the Ralph's 

Gelson's Discount Cards

Yes, it is Hanukkah again!  Gelson's has offered to provide the temple with discount coupons.  Pick them up at a Friday night service or call the temple for your coupon.  Gelson's will honor any expired coupon.  Take one or a few!

Do you shop on Amazon?
Support CAT when you shop on Amazon!

If you want Amazon to donate to Creative Arts Temple, you need to start each shopping session at and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 
( Dates are subject to change)


Friday - April 5, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

F riday - May 3, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - June 7, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - July 5, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - August 2, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - September 6, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Monday - September 30, @ 8:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Services 

Tuesday - October 1, @ 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah Services 

Wednesday - October 2, @ 11:00 am
Tashlich By The Sea

Tuesday - October 8, @ 8:00 pm
Kol Nidre Services 

Wednesday - October 9, @ 10:00 am
Yom Kippur Services

Friday - November 1, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - December 6, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

131 S. Rodeo Drive  Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Cell 310-995-0340
Bus 310-248-6440

I will be with you every step of the way. That is my promise, that is my commitment. 

Also, a FREE mezuzah hanging on your new home from our esteemed Rabbi. 


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Jerry & Jeff Cutler 4/2/2019

April  Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Marilyn Silver 4/4/2019
Ludmilla Dektyar 4/6/2019
Bettye Donsker 4/6/2019
Barbara Takamoto 4/6/2019
Arnold Charitan 4/10/2019
Nina Bush 4/12/2019
Peter Mark Richman 4/16/2019
Joanie Crosby 4/17/2019
Ross Bloom 4/20/2019
Rochelle Flexer 4/20/2019
Arlene T. Sidaris 4/21/2019

   Birthdays We Missed in March with apologies    
Patricia Zappa Porter on March 28, 2019
Stuart Kricun on March 9, 2019

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March Onegs
Thank you to our sponsors!

Ed Lazar  In honor of Ed's 90th birthday
Daniel Paulson In honor of Dan's birthday
Peter Mark & Helen Richman  In honor of Helen's birthday

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

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CAT wishes speedy recoveries to

March Yahrzeits 
May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

Alan & Sharon Archer In memory of Sylvia Rosenberg
Faye Frankel In memory of Milt Frankel
Gladys Jaffe  In memory of Morton Jaffe
Ava Kahn & Mitch  Richman In memory of Bea Boykoff
Ava Kahn & Mitch  Richman In memory of Marvin Kahn
Ava Kahn & Mitch  Richman In memory of Harry Boykoff
Pamela Kerman & Bill Brandt  In memory of Bernice Mackiewicz
Stuart & Cipora Kricun In memory of Irene Kricun
Jacqueline Maleck In memory of Charlotte Maleck
Arlene T. Sidaris  In memory of Jack Smilowitz
Norman Siegel In memory of Esther Dye
Larry & Ruth Yaker In memory of Adele Yaker

If you made a donation in memory of your loved one and you don't see it here, it is because it was received after publication deadline and will appear next month

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The Creative Arts Temple sadly announces the passing of some our long-time members and good friends.

CAT send our deepest condolences to the families of:

Mike and Guy Flint on the passing of their mother
Joyce Ann

The Murray Family on the passing of 

Lucy Weltsch on the passing of  her husband


The Schechter family on the passing of Hope Schechter
beloved wife of the late, great Harvey Schechter. 
Services will be on Sunday at Sinai Memorial Park. Time has not yet been announced. 

May their memory be a blessing.

News of the Day

Maxwell House is offering a 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Haggadah

Coffee company releases special edition of ancient Passover text, of which it has distributed over 50 million copies in a decades-old marketing campaign

April 2019, 11:59 am 

The cover of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' edition of the Maxwell House Haggadah features an illustration of the hit show's cast. (Maxwell House via JTA)

Real life tradition and television nostalgia collide in a collaboration between the venerable Maxwell House Haggadah and the hit Amazon series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

The coffee company is  offering a limited edition version of its Haggadah featuring illustrations and other shtick based on the show about an aspiring Jewish comedian and her extended family of Jewish relatives in late 1950s New York.

The "Maisel" Haggadah is a throwback to an earlier edition of the Haggadah, which the company has been offering as a holiday giveaway since 1932. Illustrations of Midge Maisel and other characters are scattered throughout the new version, which also has handwritten notations by Rachel Brosnahan's character as well as faux wine stains.

The limited-run Haggadahs are available to those who order Maxwell House coffee via Passover begins on the evening of April 19. The traditional prayers and rituals celebrated during the Passover Seder on the first night are contained within the Haggadah, a text which dates back over 1,500 years.

"There is an organic link between the Maxwell House and 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' brands and we quickly aligned on the idea of creating Midge's Haggadah - a combination of the 1958 classic version and Midge's amazing personality," Naor Danieli, brand manager for Maxwell House, said in a statement.

In early 20th-century America Jewish stores mistakenly classified coffee beans as legumes, making them forbidden during Passover according to Ashkenazi tradition.

In 1923, an advertising manager for the Forverts, Joseph Jacobs, not to be confused with Rabbi Jacob Joseph, ran an ad assuring readers that Maxwell House coffee was kosher for Passover. In 1932, he went a step further, convincing the company to publish the now-iconic Haggadah to give away with cans of coffee and lock in the loyalty of Jewish consumers.

The Story of the Maxwell House Haggadah
The Story of the Maxwell House Haggadah

The coffee company said in a statement that over the past 80 years it has distributed over 50 million copies of its Passover Haggadah.

"It has become the most widely used Haggadah in the world, providing familiarity and continuity to generations of Jewish families," the statement said.

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