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Happy 4th of July

Rabbi's Message

Jerry Cutler
Elie Wiesel wrote that when the liberation of his concentration camp became a reality, there were no outbursts of joy. The inmates, he wrote, just did not have the feeling to rejoice or even the energy to cheer. Some of the survivors were Russians prisoners of war.  They grabbed some jeeps and machine guns, and they raced to Munich opening fire at will. They needed vengeance before they needed food.

The Jewish survivors to prove they were free, held services. They would have been justified to seize weapons to express their rage. It would have been their right. But, instead, they chose to recite the most ancient prayers for they knew this was morally right. They chose to be human and acting as authentic, they chose to forswear vengeance even in the face of astounding grief and provocation.

So, my dear friends, 'the message of the heart of Jewish tradition is to remain human in the face of inhumanity, to assert that it is possible to find some goodness even in a world gone mad.  This is the miracle of Jewish survival. When it is put to the ultimate test, it will practice restraint and reaffirmation of the dignity of our people.'   
We cannot let the horrendous events of recent anti-Semitic jibes and taunts against our people throughout the uncivilized world, jar our faith in humanity and ultimately affect our everyday lives. Let us continue to look to the bright and hopeful side of life, close our ranks and continue our quest in making  this world a more joyous and more productive place in which to live.

Join us at our monthly services and together let us bring light to the darkness and gloom.

Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Shabbat Shalom 

Our Next Shabbat Service

7:30 pm on Friday, 
August July 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.

Arne's Corner

John Henry Weidner, who is that you ask? So, let me  explain...........

This past week, while in NYC visiting with our  ultra-religious daughter, her ultra religious children and children's  children. They were asking me, the "alta zaidy", to tell them about one  of my life's most rewarding experiences. NO QUESTION, as I was blessed  with the honor of personally meeting, visiting, and shaking the hand of 
this great man.

Mr. Weidner, a hero of history's shameful holocaust, saved  the lives of eight hundred Jews, more than one hundred Allied aviators  and so many others who fled the nightmare of Nazism. The State of Israel  awarded Mr. Weidner with the Righteous Gentile Medal and planted a tree  along the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles for his work in the  Dutch-Paris underground.

When I asked why he risked his life, repeatedly, to save  so many. His answer was brief and to the point. He said, "They were  God's children, they were human beings."

A devoted Seventh Day Adventist, I will always remember him  as a soft-spoken, gentle and compassionate man, who spoke of his  harrowing adventures as if they were commonplace, everyday experiences. 
A rare and humble person, cloaked in anonymity. May G-d grant him  eternal peace and contentment.

We could never repay him.

            Arnold Charitan

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A New Date and A New Venue!

Please join Rabbi Jerry and Jeff in supporting 

Back from Off-Broadway!

A New Date and A New Venue!
Saturday, July 13th at 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 21st at 5:00 PM
at the 
 The Braid
2912 Colorado #102
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(and there's plenty of free parking)

Ticket Price: 
$15.00 + fees
 Click on the link below to get your tickets.

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


Tickets are Selling out!
Evelyn Rudie & Chris De Carlo (co-artistic directors of Santa Monica Playhouse) are proud to announce
 the return of Shelley Fisher's

 The Hebrew Hillbilly 

Sunday,  July 14 @ 6:30 pm

 for a Special Benefit Performance to support our cultural arts program. 
 Tickets ONLY $39.99

   Call  800 838-3006 
Click the link below to be directed to

 Santa Monica Box Office :  310-394-9779  text 1 
Shelley Fisher is the Hebrew Hillbilly®
Shelley Fisher is the Hebrew Hillbilly®
What the Critics Are Saying
"Memphis-native singer/songwriter, Shelley Fisher, rips the roof off the Santa Monica Playhouse with her bluesy, ballsy, autobiographical one-woman show, The Hebrew Hillbilly - while ripping at the heartstrings of her packed houses."
-Xaque Gruber (Huffington Post)
"The Hebrew Hillbilly Fifty Shades of Oy Vey!...delivers...a spitfire persona wrapped in a Dolly Parton-esque body..."
-Rod Stafford Hagwood (Sun Sentinel)
"Thanks to this talented lady from Memphis, TN - who is a dash of Mae West, and a pinch of Dolly Parton - the stage vibrates with her songs, anecdotes...and charm."
-Pam Price (

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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!

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


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

Sunday- September 29, @ 8:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Services 
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Monday - September 30, @ 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah Services 
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Tuesday - October 1, @ 11:00 am
Tashlich By The Sea
Whiskey Red's
13813 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Reservations Must Be Made for Brunch
RSVP: Temple office 1-818-855-1301

Tuesday - October 8, @ 8:00 pm
Kol Nidre Services 
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Wednesday - October 9, @ 10:00 am
Yom Kippur Services
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2
Yizkor: 1:00 pm
Ne'elah: 5:00 pm

Friday - November 1, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Friday - December 6, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

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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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Lois Bennett 7/4/2019
Roni Cohen 7/4/2019
Joe Ingber 7/4/2019
Deborah Barnhart 7/8/2019
Dorothy Lipsky 7/8/2019
Aya Kimura Goldberg 7/14/2019
Mitchell Blumenfeld 7/16/2019
Harriet Crestol 7/20/2019
Gail Rund 7/25/2019
Irv Sobel 7/30/2019
Irene Reznick 7/31/2019

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Your Thoughtfulness is Truly Appreciated

Lorain Goldberg  In memory of Alexis Crestol


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Ross & Fern Bloom In memory of Harry Bloom
Phyllis Spear & Irwin Schwartzman In memory of Jack Spear

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Review From the Pew
Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Maiden | Official Trailer HD (2019)

"Maiden" is an English documentary of Tracy Edwards, an adorable 24 year-old cook working on charter boats. A proud and no-nonsense  woman, she comes up with an outrageous and unthinkable idea.

She is determined to enter the 1989 all-male "Whitebread Round the World" yacht race with an all-female crew. Cat calls, filled with sexist supremacy, greet her enthusiasm trying to dampen her quest as a safety measure to the competitors who will be sailing the same ocean as she at the same time.

The unsinkable Tracy is undaunted and rounds up an enthusiastic group of women many of whom are interviewed in Alex Holmes' rewarding and ground breaking Documentary.

Finding a sponsor is not as easy as she had hoped. Tracy's unyielding chutzpa convinces the King of Jordan to sponsor her 'dream.'

Trying to win over her male competitors, stuffy press and paparazzi, Tracy and her crew don swimming suits to garner their attention.  It works!

"Maiden" is a bold attempt to bring Tracy Edwards' incredible journey to millions of others, like me, who never heard of her exploits and massive contribution to women's lib. She is an esteemed pioneer of the highest degree. And, as a proud father of 5 daughters, I applaud her.   "Maiden" is exciting throughout its 92 minute running time and her name will forever be enshrined in the annals of sailing history.

3 ½ Bagels out of 4

Review From the Pew
Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Official Trailer | Yesterday | SceneScreen


"Yesterday" is the name of a very famous Beatles song.  It is also the name of screenwriter Richard Curtis' bold and witty homage to four incredibly talented men who traveled the world and brought immense joy to millions of fans, young and old. 

The story line is at once brilliant, funny and very creative. Starring Himesh Patel and Lily James "Yesterday" charms from its inception to the end credits.

Jack (Patel) is a singer who works in a retail warehouse.  Like other entertainers, he aspires to be famous one day. Evenings and weekends
he displays his singing and writing talents at various clubs and dives. His manager and friend Ellie (James), has believed in Jack ever since they were classmates in high school. Theirs is a platonic relationship although Jack is oblivious to her underlying affection for him. Ellie tries to encourage Jack as best as she can but his hard work is for naught as no one knows or cares who he is except a few close friends and he has yet to get a high-profile gig.

Leaving Ellie's house on his bicycle one night, Jack fails to see an oncoming bus and is thrown into the air and loses consciousness. At that moment, an earth-shattering storm causes havoc to our solar system and the world goes through a monumental shattering power outage. The damage it causes is not physical. 

It does, however, affect the worlds memory.  It seems that no one in the world remembers The one except Jack, who remembers every song and every chord they ever wrote.

He starts to play and sing one Beatles song after another. Songs that everyone believes comes from Jack's creative genius mind. He is an instant star. Ed  Sheehan,   who is terrific, takes him on his World Tours where millions of new found fans idolize him. Sheeran's manager, a terrific Kate McKinnon who makes the most out of a small role, is simply brilliant.

A mega star, Jack still doesn't realize Ellie's deep affection for him. Feeling rejected, she leaves his entourage. Jack is still clueless.

Curtis and Director Danny Boyle have delivered a whacky, thought provoking and hilarious film.
Himesh Patel is a star and this film will catapult Lily James to super stardom. "Yesterday" is the most pleasing and fun-filled film in a long time. (Say that 10 times in a row.)
4 Bagels out of 4

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