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Happy Hanukkah 

Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

The following letter was sent out by the Chabad Rabbi in Baltimore.

Dear All,

Yesterday was the first day of the month of Kislev, the month in which we celebrate Chanukah, and I already have a heartwarming Chanukah story to tell. 

The past five years we have put up a giant thirty-two foot Menorah in the heart of downtown Baltimore on McKelden Square. In past years, the mayor of Baltimore and the governor of Maryland and many other dignitaries participated in the lighting celebration and the Menorah has become a holiday fixture downtown. 

One of the problems we have struggled with is how to properly illuminate the entire menorah at night. We have tried various lighting solutions, none of which really did the menorah justice. This year I decided to try my hand at finding the solution. 

In good modern form, I turned to my computer and searched, "outdoor illumination Baltimore." Sure enough, in just a flash, Google came up with a number of options. I randomly clicked on one of them, a company located in Harford County north of Baltimore called Good News Electric, and dialed the number. I explained the dilemma to the fellow who answered the phone and asked if this was something they could help with. His response was, "This is something you would need to talk to the boss, Mr. Dennis Seufert about." And he provided me with Mr. Seufert's cell phone number. 

When I called, Mr. Seufert had already been alerted to my request. He told me that his downtown office is located just a few blocks away from the site so he would walk over and take a look and asked if I could email over a picture of the menorah. A half hour later, he called back and said they could easily do the job and, in fact, had just the right equipment in their warehouse to do it. Then, I asked him the all important question of how much it was going to cost. He paused for a moment and answered, "Rabbi, I am a devout Catholic and I believe in Divine providence. G-d brought you to me and I wouldn't think of charging you." He then added, "Where would we Christians be if not for the Jewish people?" 

I still don't know if the solution he is planning will actually succeed in illuminating our Menorah the way I want it to be but he surely succeeded in illuminating and warming my heart. 

My Dear CAT People...

With this in mind, and in this spirit, as we Jews begin to celebrate Chanukah and as Christians prepare for Christmas, perhaps the words of this card say it all: 

Hanukkah and Christmas -

Two different holidays, but each a celebration
Of  peace and joy, of love and family and friends.
As we celebrate this season with different meaningful symbols and different rich traditions, may we also remember to celebrate the many things we share - Our heartfelt wish for peace on earth, 
Joy in our homes And love in our hearts.
Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler and family

Shabbat Services

7:30 pm on Friday, 
December 1, 2017
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.

Arne's Corner


Every year without fail we get our flu shots. Well this year, coulda, woulda, shoulda, "we'll get it next time", we kept saying.  Hoo Hah! did we pay for the delay. Both of us have been down (out of circulation) for two weeks with what the M.D. called Infectious Bronchitis. We have taken our meds, Doxycycline, 2 a day for 7 days, now some relief, at last.

It's official (Dr. Ivor Geft, MD says) - you can significantly reduce your risk for Bronchitis by getting your annual flu shot. This is not a newsflash - it's a reminder. Bronchitis at any age is not in your best interests, but at a Senior's age, it can get downright serious.

Bottom Line - it's not too late. GET THAT FLU SHOT.
 Arnold Charitan
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Real Estate Tidbit from Lady Jeff Cutler


An overhaul of Proposition 13, California's landmark tax-control measure, could go before state voters next year under a plan adopted last month by the California Association of REALTORS®.

The trade group is launching a signature drive to put a new proposition on the November 2018 ballot that would expand tax breaks for homeowners age 55 and older or those who are disabled.

If passed, the proposition would allow senior and disabled homeowners to transfer their low, existing Prop. 13 tax assessment to a new home anywhere in the state, using the option as often as they choose and paying any price for their new home.

The provisions would help older owners "locked in their homes" because they're reluctant to give up low Prop. 13 tax assessments when buying a new residence.

REALTORS® maintain at least 70 percent of seniors haven't moved in 17 years.

It's to make it easier for senior homeowners who want to move but don't want to see a big tax bill

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December Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Etan & Linda Weinberger Markowitz 12/1/2017
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Larry & Alexis Crestol 12/22/2017
David & Susan Rothman 12/27/2017

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Rosalind Klein 12/12/2017
Tom Bercu 12/13/2017
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Earl L. Goldberg 12/22/2017
Fran Zigman 12/22/2017
Steven Crestol 12/23/2017
Eva Ellman 12/24/2017
Michael Zaifert 12/24/2017
Myron Meisel 12/26/2017
Bernard Shapiro 12/26/2017
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Joan Doren 12/30/2017
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