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Rabbi's Message

Jerry Cutler
Purim was prominent at our March Shabbat service as a Dr. Seuss parody (Dr. Seuss-shan Purim Parody) written by two clever Jews was read.

Our attendance was buoyed by the presence of some wonderful Valleyite friends of Debbi Lewin who came to give her additional comfort following the December passing of her beloved mother, Ann Safier.

Our readers, who weren't given advance notice of their starring roles, graciously stepped up to the front of the ark and bravely read their parts garnering many laughs along the way. The only fly in the proverbial ointment was when they read the name of Persian King Akhashverosh.
After slaughtering the name a number of times, Rabbi Cutler stepped in front of our CAT Cast of Courageous Characters, and had them repeat each syllable of the King's name, A-khash-vay-rosh. It didn't help.

To the following performers, on behalf of the congregation and producer, Chelsea Cutler, we thank the following people...
Fern Field Brooks, Ashley Cornell, Debbi Lewin, Natalie Karsenty, Arne Charitan, and Rabbi Jerry Cutler as Haman.

In our April service, we will be celebrating Passover. Our special guest performer will be Barbara Minkus who will sing a song dedicated to Rabbi Cutler from their Catskills days.  We will be having a theater party for her appearance at the Pico Playhouse. More information to follow.   

Our Next Shabbat Service

7:30 pm on Friday, 
April 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

Learn from their mistakes.

The recent 74% increase in anti-Semitic  incidents in Europe is the direct consequence of the wave of - unvetted  migration.

Anti-Semitism is Anti-American  Antisemites, whether on the far right, on the  far left, or among the radical Islamists, hate Jews for different 
reasons. Their hatred is a threat to the core values of American 
society: democracy, free speech, and freedom of religion. We should not 
sit idly by in the face of this imminent threat.

To combat these radical movements, we must use  all legal resources at our disposal to research, analyze, document and  ACT against extremist individuals and organizations that pose these  dangers to our community. The time has come to stop being passive and  risk-averse.  Speak up, act up. Support CAT...our voice must be heard!

 Arnold Charitan

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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

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

To verify if Creative Arts Temple is your charity of choice, look at the very bottom of your receipt next time you shop at Ralph's.  It should say "At your request, Ralph's is donating to Creative Arts Temple."  If you do not see that, you will need to register through the Ralph's 

Gelson's Discount Cards

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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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.

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


Friday - April 5, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

F riday - May 3, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

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

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

Monday - September 30, @ 8:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Services 

Tuesday - October 1, @ 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah Services 

Wednesday - October 2, @ 11:00 am
Tashlich By The Sea

Tuesday - October 8, @ 8:00 pm
Kol Nidre Services 

Wednesday - October 9, @ 10:00 am
Yom Kippur Services

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

Friday - December 6, @ 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. 

Also, a FREE mezuzah hanging on your new home from our esteemed Rabbi. 


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March Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Michael & Lynn Zaifert 3/10/2019
Douglas & Roni Cohen 3/27/2019

March  Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Shirley Leibowitz 3/5/2019
Daniel Paulson 3/9/2019
Helen Richman 3/14/2019
Mathew Millen 3/15/2019
Lee (Lisel) Bernstein 3/20/2019
Dr. Stephen Weisberg 3/21/2019
Elaine Sperling 3/26/2019
Danton Rissner 3/27/2019

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February Onegs
Thank you to our sponsors!

Fern Field Brooks In memory of Betty Field 
Ed Lazar In honor of Ed's late wife Phyllis' birthday
Nathan & Elaine Sperling In honor of Nathan and Elaine's anniversary
Tootsie Veprin In honor of Tootsie's birthday

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

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February Yahrzeits 
May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

Alan & Sharon Archer In memory of Sylvia Rosenberg
Ralph & Cynthia Bovitz In memory of Martin Yasser
Fern Field Brooks In memory of Alice Eisenberg, William Field, & Betty Field 
Norm & Joanie Crosby In memory of Jack Crosby
Murray & Ronna Damen In memory of Joseph Solomon
Ruth DiPietro In memory of Abraham Moses
Mike Drake In memory of Bridget Drake
Alan & Karen Elias In memory of Harriet Elias
Faye Frankel In memory of Anna Dervin
Martin & Phyllis Gilmore In memory of Lenore Gilmore
Lorain Goldberg In memory of Esther Chotiner
Sheri Gussman In memory of Martin & Florence Gussman
Gladys Jaffe In memory of Sylvia Rosenberg
Ava Kahn & Mitch Richman  In memory of Bea & Harry Boykoff and Marvin Kahn
Bill & Gail Landers In memory of Lucille Chickie" Bercovitz"
Joann & Yossi Oseary In memory of Max Zaifert
Arlene T. Sidaris  In memory of Andy Sidaris
Dee Ann Simon In memory of William Simon
Lea Sverdloff  In memory of Eli Sverdloff
Tootsie Veprin In memory of Billy Veprin

If you made a donation in memory of your loved one and you don't see it here, it is because it was received after publication deadline and will appear next month

Review From the Pew
By Guest Columnist, Chelsana Cutler


Betty Buckley LOVES Hollywood Pantages Theatre! |
Betty Buckley LOVES Hollywood Pantages Theatre! 
Tony Award Winner and New York Magazine proclaimed "The Voice of Broadway" - Betty Buckley returns to the stage as Dolly Gallagher Levi.  She sure knows how to carry an audience and make her character oh so loveable. It seems she was a bit under the weather as she wiped her nose continuously throughout the performance. However, it takes more than a runny nose to keep the immensely enjoyable Buckley from reaching a crescendo and captivating the audience. She truly is a legendary leading actress.
"Hello, Dolly!" Is a treat for the ears and eyes as the Victorian era is brought to life by vivid colors from the sets, costumes, and James Lapine's eye-for-detail direction.  The voices of the magnificently capable dancers are equally brilliant. Everything about this feel-good production at the Pantages was almost pitch perfect.
Horace Vandergelder played by Lewis J. Stadlen, was shorter than I remember.  I guess that was because I was only privy to the big screen version of "Hello Dolly," and not everyone can compare to the stately and vertically gifted, Walter Matthau, who portrayed Vandergelder opposite Barbra Streisand.  Stadlen's lines didn't roll off the tongue as simply, easily, and forgivably cantankerous as his character is meant to be, and it all landed on the harsh side of the comedy spectrum. In the second act he warmed up and settled in, receiving genuine hardy laughs from the audience.
Nic Rouleau and Jess LeProtto, who inhabited the roles of Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker respectively, were a fantastic team and perfectly balanced by the wonderful Analisa Leaming depicting Irene Molloy and adorably entertaining Kirsten Hahn who interpreted the role of Minnie Fay.
This is a delightful production and will leave you in awe of the talent and enormously successful effort by those on stage and leave you with a long uplifting glow.
3 ½  Bagels out of 4

News of the Day

Israeli spirits soar as Moon launch countdown begins.

If all goes well, the Beresheet unmanned spacecraft will lift off on Feb. 21 and land on April 11, making Israel the fourth country to reach the Moon.

By Abigail Klein Leichman   FEBRUARY 18, 2019, 4:01  PM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin received SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft as a national project in a meeting with leaders of SpaceIL and IAI, January 17, 2019. Photo by Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO

After eight years of preparations by 250 people, $100 million and a large dose of Israeli chutzpah, the  SpaceIL Israeli unmanned spacecraft Beresheet is scheduled for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center at 8:45pm February 21 local Florida time, aiming to reach the Moon on April 11.

At a prelaunch press conference, SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) officials and the project's main donor, Morris Kahn, were beaming as they described their pride in what will be the first-ever commercial, non-governmental mission to the Moon.
The name Beresheet ("in the beginning" or Genesis, the first word in the Bible) was chosen by popular vote. IAI Space Division General Manager Opher Doron quipped that maybe the craft's name should have been Chutzpah, which translates as "nerve," "moxie" or "audacity."
Indeed, Kahn said most people he approached for donations to put a spacecraft on the Moon thought he had lost his marbles.

"It was very difficult to raise money for this mission because it was really a mission impossible," said Kahn. "I didn't realize it was impossible and the three engineers who started this project didn't realize it was impossible, and the way we in Israel think, nothing is impossible. We dare to dream. And we really are making this dream come true."

The 160-kilo Beresheet craft, built at Israel Aerospace Industries, will be the smallest spacecraft ever sent to the Moon, and the first one from a small country (the predecessors were the United States, Russia and China).
Onboard is a time capsule containing hundreds of digital files including a nano Bible, details about SpaceIL, Israeli national symbols and Israeli children's drawings. The craft also carries instruments to measure the  magnetic field of the Moon.

In another very Israeli touch - as Israelis often get around the country by hitchhiking - Beresheet marks the first time a spacecraft will be hitching a ride to the Moon. It will be launched from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying three satellites.

SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby said there are five big challenges ahead for Beresheet: the launch itself, communication, withstanding the seven-week journey of more than 6.5 million kilometers, lunar capture and the actual landing.

"There is always some danger but we are convinced we will be successful," Anteby said, adding that cooperation with US space agency NASA has been a critical component of getting the project off the ground.

SpaceIL, an independent initiative started in 2011 by Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub, also was designed to inspire children to learn about science.
Antebi said the Education Ministry and Israeli Space Agency have prepared a kit for teachers to use with students on the day of launch and over the next two months "explaining what the spacecraft will do and encouraging the kids to think big and choose STEM subjects."

"The importance of the program is getting Israeli kids super excited about technology, to feel they can do anything," said Doron of IAI. "It's a great technological achievement but also a huge educational achievement."
For educators and parents outside of Israel, The iCenter has released  The Landing Page - An Educator's Launch Kit including STEM activities, Hebrew materials, stories, videos, Moon Party Spotify playlists, and more.

Watch ISRAEL21c for further coverage of the SpaceIL liftoff and journey.

Please make a note the Creative Arts Temple has a new phone number as of July 27, 2018. 

Our new phone number is  818-855-1301.  

Our address is:

Creative Arts Temple
P.O. Box 241831
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Creative Arts Temple

P.O. Box 241831
Los Angeles, CA 90024

(818) 855-1301
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