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Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

This is from me... the fortunate Rabbi of the Creative Arts Temple.
I know you will agree with me when I say that our services are extraordinary. We have worked for well over thirty years to keep our temple afloat. Each succeeding year has been harder than the one before to make ends meet.
As you might have read, my wife, Jeff, has become a bona fide real estate agent. She became one out of necessity since she doesn't take a salary from the temple for the work she does. This year we will need someone to assist Jeff with the running of the Temple so that she can sell a house or two or ten and make enough money to buy CAT a building.
However, until such time, we hope you have it in your hearts to become a member if you're not already. Please also consider raising your yearly pledge. It will be a great help to the temple. And, remember to send in your memberships as soon as possible.
Also, we have to pay our cantor who is working for very little because he likes me - he REALLY likes me. How long that will last only the Good Lord knows. Right now I'm being as nice to him as possible but Lady Jeff is getting a bit jealous.
Seriously speaking, Paul Dorman is our selling point. He enhances every service and rehearses with our singers every single month. We are all stepping up our Temple workload so that we will continue to have the most enjoyable Friday nights and High Holidays in LA.
This year we will be offering three classes...."Bar and Bat Mitzvah" lessons to young and older; "Conversational Yiddish" and "The Ongoing Jewish Experience; - From the Shtetl to Broadway."  (If you are interested, please hit reply to this email and let the CAT office know which program you will be interested in.)
If you have any questions call me at the Temple office and we will talk.
With love and Torah blessings,  

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Shabbat Services

This month we will be celebrating Father's Day and Flag Day.

7:30 pm on Friday, 
June 2, 2017
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.

Cantor Paul Dorman
Friday Night Cantor

Cantor Dorman has planned another exceptional musical evening. This month we will be celebrating Father's Day and will be joined by a growing and impressive group of singers who will back him up and perform as soloists as well. 

Thank you, Cantor Paul, we're really lucky to have you part of our family.

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Arne's Corner

    On the eve of Pres.Trump's visit............

               I am deeply disappointed that the president hasn't moved the U.S. Embassy to Israel's capital. On the other hand, he is not demanding a settlement freeze. Go figure................

               America's Jews are worried. And, rightfully so - the world is a cesspool of anti-Semitism. The resurgence of anti-Semitism we've been witnessing around the world - especially in Europe - is also escalating here in the U.S. In New York City, alone, anti-Semitic incidents were up an astounding 94% over the first two months of 2017 as compared to last year.

               No Jew, anywhere, should ever have to live in fear.  All people of good will and good conscience must join forces to root out anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry. Can I see a show of hands, what are the chances of this happening?

               Arnold Charitan
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Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

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

Monday, July 3
Early Bird Membership Deadline

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

Friday - August 4 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - September 1 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Wednesday, September 20 @ 8 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah Services
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Thursday, September 21 @ 10 am
Rosh Hashanah Services
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Friday, September 22 @ 10 am
Mother's Beach
Marina del Rey

Friday - September 29 @ 8:00 pm
Kol Nidre Services
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Saturday - September 30 @ 10:00 am
Yom Kippur Services
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Saturday - September 30 @ 7:30 pm
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Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Daniella & Steven Zax 6/1/2017
Malcolm Marmorstein & Barbara Fleming-Marmorstein 6/3/2017
Robert & Adrienne Leevan 6/12/2017
Gerald & Joan Doren 6/21/2017

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Maureen Goldberg 6/1/2017
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Barbara La Pearl 6/3/2017
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Bari Smith 6/5/2017
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June Miller 6/8/2017
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Godfrey Harris 6/11/2017
Cipora Kricun 6/16/2017
Arlene Ray 6/17/2017
Alice Eisenberg 6/20/2017
Susan Rothman 6/20/2017
Linda Schwartz 6/20/2017
Wendy Carter 6/21/2017
Louis Zigman 6/23/2017
Paul W. Glass 6/27/2017
Fern Field Brooks 6/28/2017
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Stanley Karp 6/30/2017

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Review from the Pew
by Rabbi Jerry Cutler


Liev Schreiber portrays Chuck Wepner also know as the "Bayonne Bleeder," a has been club prize fighter who is, thanks to promoter Don King, taken from obscurity and offered a chance to fight of all people, Muhammed Ali. It's the chance of a lifetime and since Wepner is not 'bloody stupid' he accepts, much to King's delight who promotes the match with the slogan, "Give the White Guy a Break."
The main drawback to Wepner as a fighter is that he is a bleeder, hence the monicker, "The Bayonne Bleeder." 

He turns the fact that he can take a punch in the face and bleed profusely into a living. In Werner's last match before fighting Ali, he received 120 stitches. His opponent was Sonny Liston. Wepner wasn't a bad fighter, 30 wins and 9 losses, just not very good and only a few IQ points smarter than the corner stool.

His wife, Phyllis, a bright and savvy Elizabeth Moss, is wonderful. (It is said that Wepner on the eve of the Ali fight told her to wear her sexiest nightgown because that night she was going to sleep with the heavyweight champion of the World. Following the 15 round match resulting in 23 stitches and being knocked down for the only time in his career, he returns to their hotel room and there is Phyllis in her slinky nightgown. She looks at his battered face and asks, "Okay big shot, do I go to Ali's room, or does he come to mine?") Eventually, Wepner's drinking and penchant for women, leads to a divorce.

The movie loses some of its momentum following the bout as Wepner turns to drugs and petty crime. Watching Anthony Quinn's masterful portrayal of Primo Canera's 1962's "Requiem for a Heavyweight" over and over, doesn't help the slow demise of Wepner. He befriends a beautiful bartender, Naomi Watts, and a relationship ensues. Ms. Watts, one of Hollywood's most beautiful and talented actor's, is given much too little to have any positive effect on the screenplay. In the end, it is Schreiber's excellent portrayal of Wepner that is the focal point of the film. He is Wepner! He is a consummate actor who delves into his role and makes "Chuck" a far better movie than it deserves to be. It was believed that Wepner's story was the basis for Stallone's "Rocky" films. In fact, he sued Stallone and settled out of court. If you are into boxing, go see it. If you appreciate terrific acting, definitely see it.

2 1/2 Bagels and a shmear out of 4

Review from the Pew
by Chelsea Cutler

If you go for one thing, let it be for the electrifying eruption from the crowd after each number.  It's almost as if Obama has just walked on stage at Notre Dame's graduation or Frankie Valli has taken the microphone after a "Jersey Boys" performance, which he did.  His speech was, "How about this cast, huh?"...the electricity must have left him speechless.
It's a great feeling you get from "Jersey Boys".  The show always makes for a good and uplifting night, "Oh What A Night"!  I know this firsthand.  I was the merchandise girl for "Jersey Boys" on Broadway and would close up shop a few minutes after the show started to stand at the back of the theatre and swoon over "Frankie", played then by Jarrod Spector, and awe at the performances.  Wow!  I felt like the luckiest girl in New York...and Jersey...and California.  I'd have to rush back before intermission and then repeat it again for the second act.  It was pure magic.  I wasn't sure how I'd feel about seeing it in LA with Mark Ballas as Frankie Valli, dance pro with "Dancing with the Stars", an incredible mover who I knew played the guitar and sang, but could he pull off the power and top of Mount Everest reaching notes?
On a high note, Mark Ballas did, he got there.  He happened to be the last "Frankie" on Broadway before the boys closed their doors on January 15th of this year.  Ballas and the rest of the gang got the audience going with their choreography, their harmonies, and their wonderful characters.  Ballas as Frankie, Matthew Dailey (Tommy Devito) - the wheeler dealer of the group who saw a special something in the young Frankie, Keith Hines (Nick Massi) - adorable, prissy, quite funny bass, and Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio) - the sensible, innocent, writing genius, really are infectious.  One woman moved during intermission to an open seat next to me stating "I was sitting next to a singer...".  But the entire audience begins to happily wiggle in their seats, verbally react to what's happening on stage in a way I can imagine the boys from Jersey doing at a film on a Saturday afternoon, and sing along or at least acknowledge their love of the song being performed.

As for the show, Los Angeles is a more laid back town, not known for its bigger than life stage gestures but for ones fit for the screen.  This is how "Jersey Boys" came off at the Ahmanson in Downtown Los Angeles.  It's a production that's satisfying and moves well.  It's a crowd pleaser, especially if you haven't seen it.  But you can never really go wrong with being in the audience for "Jersey Boys". 

If you haven't seen it yet, go and you'll be transplanted to '60's Jersey with the best tour guides in town!  They'll wine and dine you, serenade you, and make you feel like the luckiest girl...or guy around.

Review from the Pew
by Rabbi Jerry Cutler


The latest drama to depict the iconic English Prime Minister Winston Churchill on film concentrates on his later life in politics as he tries to recapture his stature and worldwide fame as a brilliant tactician and leader.

It opens a few days prior to June 6, 1944 - the infamous D-Day invasion.  As hundreds and thousands of Allied soldiers are preparing to attack Nazi-occupied Europe, Churchill, wanting desperately to re-instate himself in the eyes of the allies as an invincible leader in the free world, disagrees with the plans.  He fears, the way it has been set up, thousands of young allied soldiers will be slaughtered. General Eisenhower, Commander of the D-Day operations and British military commander, Field Marshal Montgomery, object to his decision and his presence which is a severe blow to his ego and status.

 "Churchill" is blessed with outstanding performances by Brian Cox as Churchill and Miranda Richardson as Clementine. As director Jonathan Teplitzky guides Churchill through his outbursts and various mood changes, it is the seemingly invincible Clementine who is always there to calm his temperament.  Never relenting, Churchill, thinking about his stature in history which he believes is shrinking in the eyes of his contemporaries, vociferously countermands Eisenhower, played by a very competent John Slattery, who adamantly refuses to change his mind.  The D-Day invasion will proceed as planned.

Churchill resorts to tantrums and bouts of drinking.  Once again, it is Clementine's strength and commitment to her illustrious husband that settles him down.  We are privy to a side of the great man never exhibited in film before.  We sympathize with his efforts in trying to regain his withering stature.  The guilt he harbors for his prior mistakes while serving as Prime Minister of England is a driving force behind his rants as he feels Eisenhower is wrong in his calculations.  But, we also feel his compassion as he pleads for the lives of thousands of young men who will most assuredly lose their lives.

 "Churchill" the movie, does not come off as smooth as it should and you might have some difficulty in following the action.  However, you will be transfixed with Cox and Richardson in the pivotal roles as well as the historical events.  If you are a history buff, you will be satisfied and if you are a movie goer who delights in terrific acting, you will not be disappointed.

 2 ¾  Bagels out of 4

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