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Happy Chanukah

Rabbi's Message

Jerry Cutler
Tevya is busy placing all of his family's possessions into a cart as he is forced to leave Anatevka, the only home his children have ever known. He painfully looks at the land, perhaps for the last time, and raises his eyes toward Heaven and says with a gesture of de ja vu resignation, "God, I know we are The Chosen People, but for once, could you choose some else?" Once again, the divisiveness of the 'good' versus the 'ugly.'

My dear CAT people, anti-Semitism is alive and well and flourishing faster than the proliferation of the number of establishments selling drugs. 

I have been speaking about the necessity of our congregation getting together and discussing various ways to strengthen our ties to Jewish ideals and history in order to countermand antiquated concepts and hate-filled rhetoric coming from the radically uninformed and those who are simply stupid.

Call me, write to me. Tell me that you are willing to get together and discuss those issues facing us in our land and the various countries throughout the world. We must start somewhere. Let us do it here and now! On this season, dedicated to peace, mutual understanding and love, let us pray that the current wave of darkness and ill-will gives way to light and awareness so that all people will, at long last, stress and depress. "Stress Love and Depress Hate!" And, may it come to fruition - SOON!

A Happy and Healthy Chanukah and 2019 Everyone. 
Rabbi Jerry, Jeff, Chelsea and Tess Cutler

Shabbat Shalom

Our Next Shabbat Service

7:30 pm on Friday, 
December 7, 2018 
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

Since last Spring, Hamas, which rules Gaza with an iron 
grip, has orchestrated ongoing, unprovoked attempts to break through the  Israeli border. The goal is to hide terrorists in the crowd and sneak 
them into Israel so they can kill and kidnap innocent Israelis. And as 
if that were not enough, they've also floated "incendiary kites" over 
the border, setting fires that have destroyed hundreds of acres of 
Israeli farmland.

It shouldn't be difficult to identify and condemn the 
guilty party. Right? But someone afflicted with IOI - "If only Israel" - 
syndrome will blame the victim. That's what the UN General Assembly did  when it passed a resolution condemning not Hamas for it's aggression,  but rather Israel for defending itself.
The IOI syndrome is the belief that "If Only Israel"  would behave differently, every problem would somehow get resolved.  Nowhere is this syndrome on clearer display than at the many bodies of 
the UN that spend much of their time stigmatizing Israel.

CONSIDER: The UN General Assembly has adopted more than  100 resolutions condemning Israel. That's more than five times the  number condemning - "all of the rest of the world's countries" - "combined."
CONSIDER: It's your tax dollars, I'm talking about.

 Allow me to take a moment to wish each of you a  "Gezundtah" Thanksgiving and a Happy Chanukkah.

 Arnold Charitan

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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.  

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Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

Friday - December 7, @ 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. 

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December Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Etan & Linda Weinberger Markowitz 12/1/2018
Paul & Lee (Lisel) Bernstein 12/18/2018
Martin & Stacey Levine 12/18/2018
Paul W. & Sue Glass 12/19/2018
Larry & Alexis Crestol 12/22/2018
David & Susan Rothman 12/27/2018

December  Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Artie Butler 12/2/2018
Morris Lazar 12/4/2018
Daniella Zax 12/7/2018
Neila Ross 12/8/2018
Tom Bercu 12/13/2018
Jonathan Ellman 12/13/2018
Howard Murray 12/13/2018
Charlotte Heller 12/16/2018
Mike Drake 12/17/2018
Oskar Dektyar 12/18/2018
Jeff Cutler 12/19/2018
Earl Goldberg 12/22/2018
Fran Zigman 12/22/2018
Steven Crestol 12/23/2018
Eva Ellman 12/24/2018
Bernard Shapiro 12/26/2018
Alexis Crestol 12/27/2018
Sandy Benson 12/30/2018
Joni Berry 12/30/2018
Joan Doren 12/30/2018

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The Creative Arts Temple sends our condolences to the Silver family and Gail Rund on the passing of Micky Silver.
November Yahrzeits 
May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

Marc & Barbara Barenfeld In memory of Abe Barenfeld
Faye Frankel In memory of James Born
Guy Magar In memory of Jacqui Magar
Sharon Mason & Robert Masino  In memory of Reuben Mason
Linda & Neil Newson In memory of Anne Nodelman
Gail Rund In memory of Ann Topper and Richard Topper
Steven & Janice Seligman In memory of Bernie Seligman
Dee Ann Simon In memory of Florence Davis

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

Review From the Pew
By Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler


The fact that the very name of the show "Quack" can describe so many people I know, I attended its opening at the very beautiful Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

Written by Eliza Clark, the script is intelligent, funny and acted to perfection by a group of terrific actors whose timing and delivery of their lines borders on perfection.

Doctor Irving Baer (Dan Bucatinsky) is a celebrity physician who has no problem dispensing drugs or decisions regarding the health of women and children that have no validity. In fact, two children have died due to Irving's advice of not having children vaccinated. But, he certainly has no problem with notoriety and immense wealth.

His assistant Kelly (Jackie Chung), is always around to bolster his spirits and agree with his unsubstantiated conclusions.
Irving's wife, Meredith (Jassalyn Gilsig) a diet guru, brings the play to a hysterically funny level with a flurry of four-letter words describing the way she has been written about in the same article denouncing her husband's ill-fated decision. Meredith's objection to the slight mention of her unsavory practice and her possible downfall is pure hysteria. It envelops the entire stage making it difficult for "Quack" to reach that level of reaction again. Sadly, she is seen infrequently thereafter.
The brouhaha, started by a magazine article by River Thumbolt (Shoniqua Shandai), promises to have a devastating effect on the financial empire built by the Baer's. River's surprise appearance at Irving's office together with Kelly's attitude and facial reactions, is the turning point of the play.

In the middle of possible demise of the Baer's fame and fortune, Brock Silver (Nicholas D'Agosto), a misogynist blogger whose radio show is growing in popularity, shows up.
Ms. Clark is a highly talented playwright who has an awful lot to say and accomplish in 1 hour and 50 minutes without an intermission. Therein lies the problem. Too little time, too many spoken words to grasp the full effect and purpose of Ms. Clark's play.

That being said - for the most part you will enjoy the five actors and the witticism of Eliza Clark. And if you haven't been to the Kirk Douglass Theatre, it's about time you go. It is a truly remarkable and comfortable venue.
3 Bagels out of 4

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Our address is:

Creative Arts Temple
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