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Happy Valentine's Day

Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

S halom Friends,

Our last shabbat service at Belmont Village was very exciting in many ways. It was an homage to the new year featuring songs based on new beginnings; a continuation of prayers beautifully chanted by Cantor Paul Dorman also; and revelling over the capacity attendees, filling all the seats in the sanctuary room and then some.

This coming Friday will be a night dedicated to love commemerating Valentine's Day.  Cantor Paul called the singers - soon to be regular shabbat members of our Creative Cantor's Choir - together one night last week to organize and practice our monthly presentation and prayers.

In attendance were Nolan Porter, Patrice Zappa Porter, soprano Ashley Cornell and Chelsana "Bracha Bar" Cutler under the direction and creative input of Papa Paul.   Another rehearsal at Dorman's den is scheduled for the night before services. 

If our attendance grows and it looks like it will, we will hopefully, in very short time, we will move back into the church's main sanctuary. It is where we with the blessings of the remarkably wonderful people of the Westwood United Methodist Church belong!

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday, February 3 at 7:30pm. If not, expect a call from me.

Blessings of health and joy, everyone.

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Shabbat Services
7:30 pm on Friday, 
February 3, 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.

Join us as we celebrate Valentine's Day through song
Cantor Paul Dorman
Friday Night Cantor

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

Thank you, Nolan Porter, Patrice Zappa Porter, Ashley Cornell and Chelsea Cutler!

We're Sorry, But Due To Unfortunate Circumstances 
Beyond Our Control, We Must 

A Valentine's Day Love Story
Starring Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna
Creative Arts Temple 
Westwood United Methodist Church

We are so Blessed 
to have such a 
Supportive Community

Arne's Corner

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.........

           President Obama can deliver a scripted speech like few others. His latest oration ended with a variation on the phrase that helped him get elected eight years ago. This time, instead of "Yes We Can," it was "Yes We Did." But did what, exactly?

           Mr. Obama absolutely, positively deserves credit for helping stabilize the economy, which was careening out of control when he took office. Without a doubt, it was, "The deepest recession since the Great Depression." Barack Obama also carried himself with grace and dignity, serving as a positive role model. Unlike his predecessor, he brought back "dignity" to the Oval Office.
           His anti-Israel, pro-Iran deal has been hashed and re-hashed to the point that - It is what it is. A BAD deal. A Bad deal for us, a really BAD deal for Israel and a Bad deal for the Middle East. Soon to be rectified.
           UN Resolution 2334, which identifies the Temple Mount and The Western Wall as "occupied Arab land." It has also wrongly labeled Judea and Samaria, the Jewish Quarter, Hebrew University, Hadassah Hospital and the Mount of Olives - the site of the oldest Jewish cemetary in the world - as "occupied Arab land." It's as if, the president deliberately delivered, a slap in the face, a parting gesture. Whatever his reasoning, it's his legacy - he earned it.

Arnold Charitan

A Note from Rebitzen Jeff

Hey CAT community, 

If you haven't heard already, I'm venturing into the real estate business, specifically with Berkshire Hathaway!

This Wednesday, February 1st, Berkshire Hathaway will be hosting  one of the world's foremost auctioneers and appraisers, the Doyle Specialists to appraise jewelry, fine watches, art, prints/ or paintings.  

Check out their website

I f you have something you'd like to have appraised or even put up for auction, like that painting you keep in a closet because you don't know what else to do with it, or your bubbie's jewelry you don't wear, or even that awesome art you'd think would be fun to auction, let me know! 

Be sure to email me at and I'll help schedule you a private appointment.

Hope to see you there! 

Berkshire Hathaway
9696 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd. Floor 
Beverly Hills (corner of Wilshire & Roxbury above Facconable)

Rosh Chodesh 
Red Tent
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Tu B'shvat
Replanting our Lives

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
@ 7:00pm

Village Church of Westwood
363 Church Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90049

donation appreciated for evening and

Join CAT for our 
Rosh Chodesh Red Tent Gathering  for women only

Rosh Chodesh  literally translates to head of the month, rebirth. According to the Talmud and mystical tradition, it's a time to honor the feminine Divine presence- shechinah .

Led by Chelsea Cutler of Creative Arts Temple and Rabbi Miriam of Ahavat Torah Congregation, the evening is a celebration of womanhood, consisting of movement, the sounding of the shofar, a candle lighting ceremony, a washing of the hands ritual, refreshments, and a lively discussion.

or call 
Chelsea Cutler at (310) 995-1868

"Soldier Of Orange"
The Most Successful Show In Dutch History
Soldier of Orange

It's the 'Hamilton' of the Netherlands and has run for 6 years. CAT member, Pamela Oland, is the lyricist. 

Click on this link Soldier of Orange to read the article which appeared in Los Angeles Times.

We have posted it on our website under the tab Community Expressions.

If you have news or a blog that you'd like us to share in Temple Talk and on our website, please let us know. 


We received a report from Ralph's telling us that 11 families are registered on the Community Contributions list naming Creative Arts Temple as their charity of choice. 

We know you've heard this pitch before, but it costs nothing out of your pocket to do and takes a minute to sign up and it benefits CAT. Please help us reach our goal of 50 families as we ring in 2017.

Please see below how to sign up for Ralphs and Smile.Amazon.

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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.

CAT NPO# 92136
Ralphs Rewards Card
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

Even if you registered as recently as August 2016, you are required to register again beginning September 1 st.  

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

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.

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Silky clay based handmade soap bars that are made only with natural ingredients that nourish you.

Bracha Detox Bar with Activated Charcoal and Bentonite Clay to draw out impurities and detoxify your skin (unscented)  
Bracha Glow Bar with French White Clay, Turmeric, and Lemon to moisturize and brighten (Indian women use turmeric before their weddings to ensure glowing skin)

Bracha Clarify Bar with French Green Clay, Activated Charcoal, and Lime to balance and toneify combination/oily skin, 
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Bracha Lustrous Bar with Moroccan Red Clay, Neem Oil, Amla, Rosemary, Nettle, Lavender, and Tea Tree oil to promote growth, tame frizz while giving volume, and prevent graying 
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BABY BAR: Bracha Soothe Bar with gentle White French Clay, Lavender, and Tangerine proven to soothe fussy babies and their delicate skin

PET BAR:  Bracha Fur Baby Bar with Bentonite Clay, Neem Oil, Cedarwood, and Lemongrass to deodorize, control fleas, alleviate itchy skin/hot spots while giving a healthy shiny coat.

Bracha Clarify Bars


Body, Facial, Pet, 
Baby Bars 

Hair Bars 

Handmade by 
Chelsea (Bracha) Cutler
(310) 995-1943

Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

Wednesday - Feb. 1
Doyle Specialists
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services 
9696 Wilshire Blvd.

Rosh Hodesh - Red Tent @7:00 pm
Village Church of Westwood
363 Church Lane

Friday - Feb. 3 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services
Belmont Village
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - March 3 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Thursday - April 13 @ 6:00 pm
Passover Seder/Maundy Thursday with members of
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd
(Donation Requested)

Review from the Pew
by Rabbi Jerry Cutler


I once officiated at a funeral for someone I didn't know.  I called his son and received a summary of his dad's life filled with anecdotes and how kind and wonderful he was to his wife and children. Following my eulogy, the widow asked if the casket (which stays closed during a Jewish funeral) could be opened because she wanted to see who was in it. 

"Gold" starring Matthew McConaughey claims to be based on actual events. Whether it was or wasn't the fact is "Gold" is a long movie that is somewhat befuddling and hard to follow. Based on a mining scandal in Indonesia over thirty years ago, McConaughey, gambles all the money he has including his girlfriends jewelry, hoping to find gold in the wet and dense forests of Asia.
Together with geologist Edgar Ramirez, they find the elusive gem and reap millions for themselves, Wall Street investors and a group of McConaughey's drinking buddies who fraternize in their favorite watering hole. Enter the FBI who thinks something is tarnished - like the gold - and they demand to know more about their find. 

Their world seems to be crumbling down as McConaughey tries to sort out the scenario before landing in jail. The story is a good one that takes too long to unfold. McConaughey, who had to put on extra pounds although I don't understand why, is good in his portrayal of the prospector. Word is that he ate a lot of cheese burgers, malteds and other caloric foods in order to get his paunchy stomach.  My thought was, if it's true, why put him through all the travail when a pillow and some prosthetics would have done the job.  And besides, who knows what the original prospector looked like and who would care.? After all, he is incredibly fit, trim and handsome and possesses all the attributes that make him an iconic star and major Lincoln salesperson that he is. And his teeth? He is a walking Dentist's nightmare! So, why the camouflage? 

My major complaint is the minuscule part given to Bryce Dallas Howard as his girlfriend. She is a highly gifted star who deserves better - much better. The screen glitters like, well, like gold, when she's on it. I think a tighter script, better direction and more of Howard would have served the film well. 

2 3/4 Bagels out of 4
Read the full review at  Beverly Hills Courier

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February Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Barry & Cindy Smith 2/14/17

February Birthdays
And many happy returns!
bday grumpy cat               
Sara Silver 2/2/17
Doris Felsen 2/4/17
Tootsie Veprin 2/10/17
Aaron Bush 2/19/17
Eunice Brown 2/20/17
Joel Diamond 2/20/17
Barbara Lee Schulz 2/21/17
Dale G. Pressman 2/22/17

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January Onegs
Thank you to our sponsors!

Ron Fields in honor of her Birthday and
Sherwyn & Edie Horwitz in honor of their Anniversary
Jean Rosenblatt  i n honor of her Birthday

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

CAT Member Shout-Outs

Judy Geller & Elaine Rothman wish
Barry & Cindy Smith a Happy Anniversary

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Get Wells
Refuah Shleima

CAT wishes speedy recoveries to
January Yahrzeits 
May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion
Lori Baker-Schena Lori In memory of Irving Baker
Lois Bennett In memory of Sidney Bennett
Ross & Fern Bloom In memory of Nathan Bernard Taylor
Mitchell & Rochelle Blumenfeld In memory of Ted Blumenfeld
Ralph & Cynthia Bovitz In memory of Sam Bovitz & Anne Yasser
Fern Field Brooks In memory of Norman Brooks
Arnold & Gladys Charitan In memory of Jack Charitan
Sidney & Harriet Crestol In memory of Harry Chernin
Alice Eisenberg In memory of Joseph Ketay
Michael & Linda Eisenberg In memory of Joseph Ketay 
Stephen Ellman In memory of Leslie Ellman & Sarah Ellman
 Jay & Lois Foonberg In memory of Hyman Foonberg
Herb Freed In memory of Marion Freed
 Harry & Leann Hiles In memory of Zelda Balarsky
Norman Kantor In memory of Jennie Kantor
Arthur & Janet Kassel  In memory of Liba Lee Kassel
Caroline Lembeck In memory of Harvey Lembeck
Nicole Ligeti In memory of Charles Ligeti
Sharon Mason & Robert Masino In memory of Rueben Mason
 June Miller In memory of Sidney Miller & Ethel Rosenblatt
 Joann & Yossi Oseary In memory of Max Zaifert
Barbara Persten In memory of Barry Block & Peter Block
Danton Rissner In memory of Solomon Rissner
Sandy & Beth Schron In memory of Sherry Weinberg
Warren & Lois Sefton In memory of Bette Sefton & Sarah Dee
Bernard & Jane Shapiro In memory of Estelle Loeffler
Rosalie Shulman In memory of Stuart Evan Shulman
Dee Simon In memory of Morton Goldberg
Phyllis Spear & Irwin Schwartzman In memory of Delphine Schwartzman & Sam & Sy Goldberg
Andrew Stevens In memory Charlote Stevens
Louis & Fran Zigman In memory of Charles Newman
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