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Happy Valentine's Day

Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

A Valentine Message

The world is in a state of crisis...and I'm in a state of consternation!

            The consternation stems from the fact that Jewish awareness, pride, recognition is as shaky as a bowl of Jello at Norm's Restaurant. As I become more aware of the limited concern and access to Jewish enlightenment of our youth my resolve to help build a stronger and more aware Jewish tomorrow is in danger due to a gross lack of interest. 

Saturday marks 70 years since I stood proudly at the Torah Table of the Glory of Israel Synagogue on Pennsylvania Avenue in the East New York section of Brooklyn and chanted my Bar Mitzvah portion, "Yitro."  Every eye in the packed sanctuary was on me. After all I was the son of the esteemed scholar and orator, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Cutler. Everyone posted a smile of anticipation and a nod of anticipation. I chanted the words all the while feeling that I was an integral part of a glorious 4,000 year history.

I was chanting for me and the millions of my Jewish brothers and sisters who, just a few years prior, had perished in gas chambers never fulfilling their opportunity to enter the iconic vestibule of Jewish adulthood. When I finished, I walked to the lectern and told the congregation that a heavy burden was placed on my shoulders and that I accepted the challenge of becoming a Bar Mitzvah graduate so that I could be the emissary of those young martyrs and together with them fulfill the commandments of our forefathers and to be kind and perform good deeds.

I looked over to my father who was crying. I had no idea if he was crying about my delivery or the fact that I had chucked the speech he had written for me about the portion of the week and substitute the one I had written and delivered.

With some trepidation I walked over to him (my mother was sitting  in the women's section). He stood on his tip toes to reach my forehead and whispered, "I love you, Jerryla." 

On this month dedicated to love, may I extend my love to each and every one of you, my children, grandchildren and of course, to Lady Jeff who is my strength and the embodiment of love.
Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Shabbat Services

7:30 pm on Friday, 
February 2, 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

            Anti-Semitism  didn't happen in a bottle, it isn't anecdotal, and it didn't just happen ONCE.  Hatred for Jews extends throughout the history of mankind, from the very beginning - to the writing of the Torah - to the ceaseless attacks, today, on the Jewish people and the State of Israel. No, I can't explain it (anti-Semitism) and I have never seen or heard a plausible explanation from others a lot smarter than me. And yet, despite all and everything, Israel is "flourishing."

            In comparison, the Palestinians are (with few exceptions) oppressive and dysfunctional, They have deprived, starved, beaten and murdered their own kind.  As if, these "tyrants" would be gentle and kind, if only the Israelis would not move the embassy. Yes, I've heard the many "appeasement" proponents. However, history tells us, appeasement doesn't work for our side.

            In my view, the Palestinian of today, must abandon the goal of eliminating the Jewish state. Then, and only then, can they build their own economy, society and culture. I have no such expectations. It's a "shonder" that neighbors cannot live in peace and harmony.
 Arnold Charitan
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Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

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

Friday - March 2 @ 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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Real Estate Tidbit from Lady Jeff Cutler

U.S. Housing Market Has Gained Back All $9 Trillion in Value Lost During Recession, but Uneven Recovery Means
Some Markets Still Lag

The U.S. housing market has gained back all  $9 trillion in value it lost when the market collapsed, but the uneven nature of the crisis and subsequent recovery has left many housing markets trailing behind, while others surge further ahead.

More than half of the nation's largest housing markets have regained all of the value lost during the recession, with the typical U.S. home worth $55,200 more than it was at the bottom of the housing bust, according to a new Zillow┬« report.

When the housing bubble burst in 2007, home values plummeted, and the typical American home lost 23 percent of its value. Since then, national home values have returned to their previous level, but the recovery has not been the same in all regions of the country. 

West Coast markets have seen the strongest gains in home value, driven by healthy job growth and limited inventory exacerbated by limitations on new construction. 

The Bay Area's housing recovery stands out when compared to other markets that saw similar home value appreciation because it has more than regained all of its lost value. Strong, high-paying job markets and persistently limited inventory sent prices skyrocketing, leading to the Bay Area having the most valuable housing markets in the country.

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February Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Barry & Cindy Smith 2/14/2018
Nathan & Elaine Sperling 2/14/2018

February  Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Sara Silver 2/2/2018
Doris Felsen 2/4/2018
Dimitry Svetlitsa 2/6/2018
Tootsie Veprin 2/10/2018
Debby Bittecks 2/18/2018
Aaron Bush 2/19/2018
Eunice Brown 2/20/2018
Joel Diamond 2/20/2018
Barbara Lee Schulz 2/21/2018
Dale G. Pressman 2/22/2018

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January Onegs
Thank you to our sponsors!

Fern Field Brooks Oneg in memory of Norman G. Brooks
Ron Fields In Honor of his birthday
Sherwyn & Edythe Horwitz  In honor of Sherwyn and Edythe's anniversary

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CAT wishes speedy recoveries to

January Yahrzeits 
May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

Lois Bennett In memory of Sydney Bennett
Joni Berry & Stephen Maitland-Lewis  In memory of Esther Maitland-Lewis, Jody Berry, and Clara Davis
Ralph & Cynthia Bovitz In memory of Sam Bovitz
Arnold & Gladys Charitan In memory of Jack Charitan
Sidney & Harriet Crestol In memory of Louis Crestol
Norm & Joanie Crosby In memory of Jack Crosby
Mike Drake In memory of Bridget Drake
Lowell & Penny Dreyfus In memory of Rose Dreyfus
Stephen Ellman In memory of Leslie Ellman and Doris Ellman Cohen
Annette Erdman In memory of Naomi Egorin
Jay & Lois Foonberg In memory of Hyman Foonberg
Faye Frankel In memory of Anna Dervin and  Iris Rae Dervin
Jeff & Sheri Grossberg In memory of Allen Grossberg
Harry & Leann Hiles In memory of Zelda Balarsky
Susan Isaksen In memory of Myer Hodes
Leo Kagan in memory of Pauline and Mabel Kagan
Norman Kantor In memory of Charlotte Kantor and Jennie Kantor
Joann & Yossi Oseary In memory of Max Zaifert
Barbara Persten In memory of Alyce Block, Peter Block, Barry Block and Sherman Block
Danton Rissner In memory of Solomon Rissner
Warren & Lois Sefton In memory of Frances Sefton, Sidney Dee and  Bette Sefton
Bernard & Jane Shapiro In memory of Estelle Loeffler
Arlene T. Sidaris In memory of Bertha Smilowitz
Dee Simon In memory of Morton Goldberg
Phyllis Spear &  Irwin Schwartzman In memory of Sam Gomberg and Delphine Schwartzman
Joe Stein In memory of Gloria Stein
Andrew Stevens In memory of Charlotte Stevens
Emory & Lucy Weltsch In memory of Riza Weltsch
Louis & Fran Zigman In memory of Charles Newman

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