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Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

BREAKING NEWS....We are pleased to announce that Cantor Paul Dorman has returned from a year's sabbatical and will join Cantor Elizabeth Cohn, Nolan Porter , Patrice Zappa Porter and Chelsea Cutler in a special Shabbat service this Friday Evening dedicated to Mothers Day.

If there is anyone with a memory or story about your blessed mother, please email your sentiments before Friday to info@creativeartstemple. I will be proud to read your input at services. Only positive memories....please.

As for my mother Edna ...she was the quintessential mother who loved to extol the brilliance and positive virtues of her two sons, Irwin and Jerry. Needless to write that there wasn't too much to say as she had two mischievous children whose virtues weren't many and forget about their brilliance. So, her expressions of pride were mainly reserved for her husband, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Cutler and his accomplishments. Early on she would talk about my brother's appendix operation and my broken hand both attended to by her brother, Dr. Louis which time, she would segue into my uncle's accomplishments.

When Irwin and I were accepted at NYU, forget about it. She never wavered during a conversation to tell the person about her two brilliant children, both off whom were attending the prestigious University. And, when I was asked to join the faculty and my brother took a pulpit in Colorado Springs, her joy as a mother was never ending. Conversations with her friends were now peppered with our accomplishments - and those of her husband Abe were added only after she exhausted our deeds.

There is a special feeling of gratitude as I look back and think of my mother's praise....especially after we gave her such a difficult time trying to rein in two rambunctious and rotten kids especially when we were in our early and informative (when we discovered women) years. Even in those crazy growing up years we loved her.... how much more now that I reflect on what she had to endure and overcome without once losing her grace and striking beauty.

Happy Mothers Day Mom and a Happy and kvelling day to all of our sacred CAT mothers.

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler
Shabbat Services

7:30 pm on Friday, 
May 4, 2018
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

                     Israel's Birthday!

                On it's 70th anniversary the Israeli democracy is prosperous, thriving and vibrant. I hold my head up high. My Jewish heart is proud. No, I'm not physically there, but I'm "involved" as many of us are.

                Israel is a global leader of: Microchip Design, Medical Instruments, Water Mgm't and Desalinization, Agriculture, Missile defense, Robotic Warfare, etc. Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to population - in the world. Israel produces more scientific papers, and patents, per capita than any other nation. I could go on.

                Moses trekking through the desert turned right instead of left, and so now we find "natural gas" in the Mediterranean more than enough to achieve energy independence.

                There is this one negative............In managing its conflict with the Palestinians - Israel will have to live-by-the-sword for the foreseeable future.

                Am Israel Chai.

 Arnold Charitan
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Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

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

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

Friday - July 6 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - August 3 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Sunday - September 9, 8:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Monday - September 10, 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Tuesday - September 11, 11:00 am
Tashlich By The Sea
Whiskey Red's
Marina del Rey

Tuesday - September 18, 8:00 pm  
Kol Nidre
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Wednesday - September 19, 10:00 am
Yom Kippur
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Yiskor  12:00 pm
Neilah  5:00 pm

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I will be with you every step of the way. That is my promise, that is my commitment. 

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Real Estate Tidbit from Lady Jeff Cutler

Fed Raises Rates: What This Means for Mortgages

Los Angeles County's  median home price was $585,000 in March-an all-time record, according to real estate tracker  CoreLogic. That figure includes both singe-family residences and condos, which tend to be significantly less expensive.

Single-family homes sold for a median price of $620,000, while condos fetched $500,000. Both numbers were at least 8 percent higher than the corresponding medians in March of last year.

Even these figures, which include starter homes and smaller residences meant for one or two occupants, may understate the priciness of the LA market. Home shopping site Zillow calculates the median asking price per-square foot to be just under $416. That means that a  typical single-family home  of around 2,000 square feet could be expected to retail for about $832,000.

Obviously, though, prices are very  neighborhood dependent. In some parts of LA, that amount of money could go much further; in others, you'd be lucky to get a  tiny bungalow.

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May Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Joshua & Tiffany Glass
Peter Mark & Helen Richman 5/10/2018
Stephanie Stern Lazarus & Tom Lazarus 5/30/2018

May  Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Pamela Phillips Oland 5/2/2018
Fern Bloom 5/3/2018
Caroline Lembeck 5/4/2018
Robert Leevan 5/11/2018
Martin Levine 5/12/2018
Gerald Doren 5/13/2018
Barbara Rae Levine 5/13/2018
Martin Gilmore 5/15/2018
Jennifer Crestol 5/16/2018
Joann Oseary 5/18/2018
Stephen Ellman 5/19/2018
Howard Klein 5/21/2018
Douglas Cohen 5/23/2018
Rochelle Blumenfeld 5/24/2018
Ronnie Trugman 5/24/2018
Marsha Heller 5/25/2018
Steven Zax 5/27/2018
Gloria Jennings 5/28/2018
Idell Goldstein 5/29/2018
Nicole Levisman Kessler 5/29/2018
Muriel Silver 5/29/2018
Steven Doren 5/30/2018
David Rothman 5/30/2018
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May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

Lois Bennett In memory of Harry Benson & Elizabeth Merensky
Charlene Block In memory of Beth Block
Ralph & Cynthia Bovitz In memory of Martin Yasser
Marc Bronstein In memory of Isabel Bernice Bronstein
Fern Field Brooks In memory of Betty Field
Alene Daniels In memory of Stanley Daniels
Annette Fields In memory of David Fields
Faye Frankel In memory of Nell Platzner,  Milton Frankel, Heinie Dervin
Sheila Gidlow In memory of Tillie Dorfman
Susan Glicksman In memory of Pearl Glicksman
Howard & Charlotte Goldberg In memory of Elizabeth Berman
Shirley Hellman In memory of Bessie Miller and Nathan Miller
Gladys Jaffe In memory of Morton Jaffe
Norman Kantor In memory of Hyman Kantor
Bill & Gail Landers In memory of Nathan Bercovitz
Harold Lubick In memory of Marvin Lubick
Joann & Yossi Oseary In memory of Janet Zaifert
Daniel Paulson In memory of Bess Paulson
Bernard & Jane Shapiro In memory of Caryn Sanders, John Loeffler, & Edward Stanton
Phyllis Spear & Irwin Schwartzman,  In memory of Marvin Gomberg & Jack Spear
Emory & Lucy Weltsch  In memory of Somon Weltsch

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Review From the Pew
By Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler



Intrigue, heartbreak, love, romance - all those ingredients deftly interwoven into director's Eran Riklis' latest 
psychological thriller, "Shelter."   The movie stars Lior Askenazi, Israel's perennial movie star (and deservedly so), Neta Riskin and Golshifte Ferahani, the latter two carrying the bulk of the drama.

Naomi (Riskin) a member of Mossad is assigned to guard Mona (Ferahani), a Lebanese spy who has defected to the Israelis.  They are hidden at a safe house in Hamburg, Germany with the Hezbollah on their trail.

Getting to know each other, the two women share their emotional scars stemming from longstanding mistrust and misunderstanding. Sworn enemies, Naomi and Mona eventually open their hearts to each other.... Naomi tells Mona of her husband's demise while taking a bullet meant for her and Mona relates her misfortune of having an affair with a man who leaves her taking their son. Naomi promises that whatever transpires, she will find Mona's child.

To bring some levity in their cloistered life, they play act as if going to a bar and dress up with wigs and clothing left in the apartment and administer makeup to each other.  It is a moment of levity and true kinship as, for those few moments, they feel and look like two giddy friends ready to party and not two desperate women fearing for their lives.

The climax is explosive as Riklis moves his cameras into the safe house for a fierce confrontation between the Hezbollah and Israeli soldiers. I won't expose the ending. Suffice to say, that "Shelter" carves another notch in Israel's film industry releases.

 3 Bagels out of 4

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