July 2021
Jerry Cutler
Rabbi's Message

Francis Salvador, a Jewish hero of the American Revolution, was born into a wealthy Jewish family in 1747 in England. The Salvadors came to America December 3, 1773. With the probability of a Revolutionary war on the Horizon, he quickly identified with the Patriotic cause.

Its leaders, impressed with his education and ability, accepted him into their ranks. Slightly over a year after arriving in Charleston, he was elected on December 19, 1774, to the First Provincial Congress of South Carolina. Salvador was the first person of the Jewish faith to hold elective public office. 

When the War of Independence finally came to pass, Salvador joined the Union Army. On August 1, 1776, during an official mission aimed at consolidating backcountry support, Salvador’s unit was ambushed and sadly, he was shot and killed. His death three weeks after the signing of the Declaration of Independence made him the first Jew to die for American Independence. In 1950 a plaque in Charleston’s City Hall Park was dedicated to his memory. Francis Salvador, true to his heritage, gave his life for new hopes of Liberty, Freedom and Understanding. Our ancestors fought long and hard to survive and give birth to new generations that would carry the banner of our proud heritage.

Wake up, dear friends, we have a commitment to the those proud American soldiers of all races and religions who fought together to save our American way of life…to the Six Million who perished in the Holocaust and a commitment to those of us who value our Jewish Heritage….and, believe me, that Jewish Heritage is priceless! Let us all be proud of our HERITAGE. As proud as Francis Salvador was to live a life dedicated to the basic commandments of our Torah and the basic precepts of life, liberty and justice carried down to us from generation to generation.

Be well, be safe and have a glorious 4th of July. 

Rabbi Jerry will use a small portion of this message and incorporate it into our Friday Night Shabbat sermon

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler


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This is a Streamlined Shabbat Service with special guests. You will be able to chat with us, share any news from your week, or send a virtual hug all via Facebook.

We will be chanting the Mishabeirach for global healing and reciting the Kaddish for the current yahrzeits. If you have the names of loved ones you would like to include, please let us know.

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However we will celebrate these special days takes a lot of time and money and we really could use the latter.

During the pandemic and quarantine, we have continued to livestream services. Unfortunately, our funds have diminished considerably and we need your help to continue.

As always, we plan to give you a spiritual, warm and joyful holiday, please join us.

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July Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!
Ross & Fern Bloom - 7/4/2021
Howard & Molly Murray - 7/12/2021
Shel & Arlen Stuart - 7/19/2021

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July Birthdays
And many happy returns!

Deborah Barnhart - 7/4/2021
Lois Bennett - 7/4/2021
Mitchell Blumenfeld - 7/4/2021
Roni Cohen - 7/8/2021
Harriet Crestol - 7/8/2021
Tatyana Feldman - 7/10/2021
Pamela Friedman - 7/12/2021
Aya Kimura Goldberg - 7/14/2021
Joe Ingber - 7/15/2021
Dorothy Lipsky - 7/16/2021
Irene Reznick - 7/20/2021
Gail Rund - 7/25/2021
Joseph Siegman - 7/30/2021
Irv Sobel - 7/30/2021
Leatrice J. Young - 7/31/2021

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Did You Know?
Jamie Lee Curtis Is Restoring Her Grandparents’ Synagogue in Hungary

By Maddy Albert Jun 8, 2021 from Kveller

There are so many reasons to love actress and Jewish mom Jamie Lee Curtis. But in case you need one more, we just learned that, in honor of her late father, Tony Curtis, the “Knives Out” and “Halloween” star is revitalizing her grandparents’ hometown synagogue in Mateszalka, Hungary.

Curtis, who is in Budapest filming her upcoming film Borderlands, shared her plans in an Instagram post on Sunday. She announced that she will partner with the mayor of Mateszalka (pop. 16,532) to turn the synagogue where her grandparents once worshipped into a “community center for celebrations and art and music,” as she called it. The synagogue, she wrote on Instagram, “is empty now, as the entire Jewish population was exterminated but the building stands as a living tribute to those who lived there and continue to live there.”
Curtis paid a weekend visit to Mateszalka to attend a “pre-opening” of the Tony Curtis Memorial Museum and Cafe — a museum dedicated to her father, a Hollywood legend who passed away in 2010 at the age of 85. “They have created a beautiful exhibition of images from his life and they have costumes from his movies and his paintings and awards,” she wrote, noting that the museum is just down the street from the synagogue.

Tony Curtis — who was briefly married to actress Janet Leigh (aka Jamie Lee’s mother) — was born Bernard Schwartz in New York; his parents, Helen and Emanuel Schwartz, had immigrated to the U.S. from Mateszalka. The museum will feature photographs from Tony Curtis’ life, costumes from his films, as well as his paintings and his awards. The Tony Curtis Museum will officially open on June 26, on Hungary’s special “Night of Museums,” when museums across the country run programs from dusk till dawn. So exciting!

The Curtis family’s synagogue in Mateszalka was originally built in 1857, and developed a rich history within the town’s Jewish community. In 1941, the town was more than 15% Jewish — it’s Jewish community numbered some 1,555 people. According to the Times of Israel, when the Nazis invaded in 1944, the Jews were rounded up and sent in cattle cars to Auschwitz, where the majority of them perished. Following the war, some 150 survivors had returned to Mateszalka, but after the failed Hungarian Revolution in 1956, many of the remaining Jews emigrated to North America or Israel.

Given this tremendous loss, the synagogue is mostly stripped of its furnishings and in dire need of repairs. Even so, the Jewish Heritage Europe notes that the synagogue “preserves interior architectural and decorative features including an elaborately painted ceiling.” The preserved features look beautiful, and we can’t wait to see how the space develops.
Curtis, 62, has been married to actor/director/screenwriter Christopher Guest since 1984; they share two children.

We are not surprised to see the award-winning actress engaged in the mitzvah of refurbishing the synagogue, as she has a history of helping her community. In 2011, Curtis sponsored the opening of a new inpatient facility for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she has served on the board of directors and been an advocate for the past 25 years. In addition to her dozens and dozens of movie and TV roles, she has published more than 10 children’s books, many with self-confidence themes, like “I’m Gonna Like Me” and “This is Me.” Aww!

This new initiative is very inspiring and meaningful, and we look forward to learning more about the museum and the synagogue restoration! Best of luck, Jamie, you’re a true mensch!

Thank you to Joie Magidow for submitting this article.

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