March 2020

Creative Arts Temple
P.O. Box 241831
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Jerry Cutler
Rabbi's Message

The evening of Monday, March 9, Purim begins. That whacky Holiday dedicated to the obliteration of that bad hombre, Haman, is literally around the corner. It is the time to read The Megillah, The whole Megillah! And when the dastardly Haman’s name is mentioned by the reader, we stamp our feet, blow our horns and groggers, bang on our drums and use other methods of noise making to obliterate the name of, of, of…it’s even difficult for us to print it!

The edited story is as follows...a glamorous Jewish girl urged on by her cousin or uncle (we have yet to make up our minds which branch of the family tree he is) Mordecai, to vie for the position of the Persian King’s wife after the original one, Vashti, vacated her title after she displeased the King Ahasuerus. Truth be told, she didn’t vacate willingly. 

A beauty pageant was proposed to choose the lucky girl who would replace the queen. Every pleasant looking girl of all dimensions entered the contest…including the beautiful Jewish girl, Mordecai’s cousin/niece, Esther.

Esther had to hide her Jewish identity as Jews were the target of anti-Semitic slurs even in those years. Some customs among hateful, ignorant and pitiful people never die. To make a long story even shorter, Esther wins the beauty contest and the King is completely enamored with her appearance, intelligence and cooking dexterity.

Esther conceals her religious affiliation at the behest of Mordecai, who gets a job watching the front gate of the King’s Castle. He is now able to safeguard Queen Esther who, hopefully, will change the King’s opinion of Jews which has been sullied with untruths and scandalous lies by Haman, an advocate and loyal follower of Louis Farrakhan.

The Purim Holiday has been building up momentum, especially in Israel, where it is celebrated with the wearing of costumes, the blaring of car horns and anything else that emits a loud sound.

As for me, I don’t hold this celebratory time as an occasion to fill the air with ear shattering sounds as I believe the story of Purim is basically an homage to our beautiful women who, for the most part, have been overlooked and unheralded throughout history.

Esther the Queen has been a worthy hero throughout many generations. She had all the attributes that we cherish. And, we the Jewish people, cherish and hold our women in the highest esteem. I look forward to seeing you at services this Friday at which time I will disclose some of my other un-Orthodox beliefs about some stories of the Bible.

Please be well and Bless each and every one of you.

Rabbi Jerry (Jake) Ram Cutler

Our Next Shabbat Service

Belmont Village
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Friday, March 6, 2020
at 7:30 pm  


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.

Coronavirus Information

Since the coronavirus is on everyone's mind these days, this article will hopefully alleviate some of your fears. It is copied as it was received.

If you have a runny nose and sputum when you have a cold, you cannot be a new type of coronavirus pneumonia, because coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough without runny nose. This is the simplest way to identify. Please tell your friends that if you know more about medical knowledge, you will have more awareness of identification and prevention. 

The Wuhan virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed at a temperature of 26-27 degrees (centigrade) . Therefore, drink more hot water. You can tell your friends and relatives to drink more hot water to prevent it. Go under the Sun. It has been cold recently, and drinking hot water is also very comfortable. It is not a cure and is good for the body. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink ice, remember!
Doctor's advice about coronavirus:
1. It is pretty large in size (cell is about 400-500nm diameter), so any normal mask (not just the N95 feature) should be able to filter it out. However, when someone who's infected sneezes in front of you, it will take a great 3 meters (about 10 feet) before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 
2. When the virus drops on metal surface, it will live for at least 12 hours. So remember if you come in contact with any metal surface, wash your hands with soap thoroughly. 
3. The virus can remain active on fabric for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent should kill the virus. For winter clothing that does not require daily washing, you can put it out under the sun to kill the virus. 
About the symptoms of the pneumonia caused by Coronavirus:
1. It will first infect the throat, so the throat will have the dry sore throat feeling which will last for 3 to 4 days
2. Then the virus will blend into the nasal fluid and drips into the trachea and enter the lungs, causing pneumonia. This process will take 5 to 6 days.   
3. With pneumonia, comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You will feel like you are drowning in water. It's important to go seek immediate medical attention if you feel like this. 
About prevention:
1. The most common way of getting infected is by touching things in public, so you must wash your hands frequently. The virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 mins, but a lot can happen in those 5-10 mins (you can rub your eyes or pick your nose unwittingly).
2. Aside from washing your hands frequently, you can gargle with Betadine Sore Throat Gargle to eliminate or minimize the germs while they are still in your throat (before dripping down to your lungs). 
Dear Members, take extra care and drink plenty of water as each of you is very important to us.
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Monthly Events
Services, High Holidays 
(Dates are subject to change)

Friday -
March 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Friday -
April 3, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Friday -
May 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Friday -
June 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Friday -
July 3, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Friday -
August 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

All High Holiday services held at:

Westwood United Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Friday - Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday - Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Sunday - Kol Nidre
Sept. 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Monday - Yom Kippur
Sept. 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Friday -
October 2, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Friday -
November 6, 2020 @ 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 4, 2020 @ 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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All of us at the Creative Arts Temple extend their deepest sympathies to our President, Arne Charitan, and his family on the passing of his beloved wife of 72 years, Gladys. She will be missed.

May her memory be a blessing.
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The sturdy but heavy wooden ballot boxes used in the 1951 Knesset elections continued in use for over twenty years. Courtesy of GPO
Third time in a year, and Israeli voters are still boxed in

The Israeli voting method hasn’t changed much over seven decades but modern materials have radically transformed the make and model of our ballot boxes.

By  Rachel Neiman   FEBRUARY 27, 2020, 8:20 AM
Israel 21C

Israel will hold the third round of elections in the span of a year on March 2nd, 2020, one week before the Purim holiday.

In what can only be described as an unintended yet ironic coincidence or perhaps out of an innate sense of sarcastic Jewish humor, Purim gets its name from the word “pur” or “lottery”. It turns out that some of the same companies which manufacture the kits used in our election process – consisting of ballot boxes, chits, envelopes and privacy screens – also supply lottery equipment. It makes sense, but who knew?

Over  seven decades , the physical layout of the Israeli polling station has stayed more or less the same. What has changed is the size, shape and type of materials used in our ballot boxes.

Ballot boxes are defined as“A temporarily sealed container… with a narrow slot in the top sufficient to accept a ballot paper in an election but which prevents anyone from accessing the votes cast until the close of the voting period.”
Photographers documented the construction of sturdy wooden ballot boxes used in the 1951 Knesset elections. Photo courtesy GPO

Taking pride in the new State of Israel’s democratic process, official government photographers were dispatched to document the construction of sturdy wooden ballot boxes to be used in the 1951 Knesset elections. The name and number of each polling station was painstakingly lettered by hand on each box.
Secured with rope and lock, the wooden ballot boxes became a backdrop to the now photographic cliché of politicians casting their vote at the polling stations.
1951 elections for the second Knesset. Opposition leader Menachem Begin casting his vote in Tel Aviv, while P.M. David Ben-Gurion casts his vote in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy GPO

Polling stations would be set up in kibbutzim, religious Jewish and Arab communities – all with the same wooden box.
Voters cast their ballots across Israel. Photo courtesy GPO

But clearly, wood boxes had their day. In 1959, Minister of Foreign Affairs Golda Meir was photographed at her Jerusalem polling station, placing her ballot into a well-worn wooden box. By 1973, at the Jerusalem municipal elections, Prime Minister Meir was now slipping her envelope into a shiny plastic container.
“One word: Plastics.” Wooden boxes were originally used but by the early 70s, polling stations had switched to plastic ballot boxes. Photo courtesy GPO

New materials came into use. In preparation for the 1969 Knesset elections, government photographers documented the special metal ballot boxes constructed for Israel’s merchant marine. Even sturdier plastics were put into use in the 1980s.
Metal ballot boxes were constructed especially for Israel’s merchant marine in 1969. Even sturdier plastics were put into use in the 1980s. Photo courtesy GPO

In the early 1990s, perhaps in acknowledgment of their back-breaking heaviness or possibly in response to complaints from polling station personnel, lightweight polycarbonate and paper-covered cardboard ballot boxes began to appear.

RIGHT: Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir presenting his identity card at his polling station in Tel Aviv, 1989. LEFT: IDF Chief of Staff Ehud Barak voting at a field polling station during elections for the 13th Knesset, 1992. Photo courtesy GPO

And finally, in the early 2000s, the corrugated blue cardboard ballot boxes still in use today.
Although far from perfect, paper ballot voting may be more secure than today’s electronic methods. Photo courtesy GPO

A word about the amount of paper used in each election. In a recent blog post, Jerusalem-based print house  Text Ratz  calculated that in the 21st Knesset elections of April 2019, each polling station used 1.92 tons of paper for ballots, 9.2 tons for envelopes, and 4.5 tons for the cardboard trays and privacy screens.

On one hand, that’s a lot of trees. On the other hand, although far from perfect, this  old-fashioned method  may be more secure than current electronic voting methods which are still vulnerable to meddling on a mass scale.

So, while Israel’s low-tech method isn’t tamper-proof, it has some advantages – not to mention, generating one of the all-time favorite Israeli movie scenes in Ephraim Kishon’s 1961 classic Sallah.
If you have the inclination to do a little baking before the holiday, here is a little inspiration for you. Just remember, if you have any extras, let us know, we will be right over to collect the excess........ if there are any.
Chocolate covered Hamentaschen
Chocolate covered Matzah