If you missed this past year's High Holiday services, you missed a resounding spiritual outpouring from everyone who participated in bringing the Jewish New Year to a crescendo. And, the joy left within the Sanctuary and hallowed halls of the Westwood United Methodist Church, still reverberates with high emotion, positive feelings and laughter.
Prayers and selected songs chanted by The CAT Eclectic Electric Choir, was thrilling and at times bombastic led by our Charismatic Choral Conductor, Gary Nesteruk. Nolan Porter and his wife, Patrice Zappa Porter came as close as humanly possible to a standing ovation in the midst of a solemn service with their rendition of, "Freedom." Cantor Elizabeth Cohn solemnly chanted the prayers in the age-old melodies, Cantor Chelsana, who missed Rosh Hashana due to an earlier commitment to Renee Taylor and her cats (don't ask), was her usual perky and sensational self, singing her chosen prayers and meaningful songs.
My profound thanks and deep gratitude to you, our congregation, Katy Haber without who, our ark openings and Torah readings by Yossi Oseary, would have been very chaotic. And, lest I forget, those lovely CAT Ladies who cheerfully welcomed all of you as you entered the Chapel and handed out your seat locations.
Also, the guy and gals who came to our house in the Valley, and helped send out Tickets and Warm Wishes for the Holy Days. I'd be remiss if I were to forget our Worker Bee, Janice, who is in constant contact with everyone and sometimes acts as my conscience. She is indispensable as is our once a year visitor from Chicago, Jackie Bonds, who has built an Ecumenical Bond with each and every one of us. She is the Pope's emissary and an important cog in our well-oiled machine that keeps us and our proud Jewish heritage moving towards bigger and greater every day miracles.
And, once again, the gal with the strange nameof Jeff, who orchestrated the entire service, as she has been for 40 masterful years, a personal note of gratitude.
Jeff, you have motivated me beyond my own expectations and have made Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler feel like a real Rabbi who made a difference. You have been the quintessential Rebbitzen who has ingratiated herself to the Jewish community via the Chabad Telethon and our successes as a Temple. You have followed the essence and carried out the words you uttered upon your conversion 36 years ago...They are the words of our Biblical Heroine, Ruth ,who uttered the following Biblical words,
"Wither Thou Goest, I shall go, Your people shall be my people." How lucky can a Rabbi get?
To each of you, A Happy, Healthy, Meaningful 5780.
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.
High Holidays at CAT
Calling all the photographers who snapped those pictures and filmed those videos during our High Holiday services!
We would love to see all those special moments that you collected. Our staff was too busy tending to our patrons to take pictures, so if you have pictures or videos you would like to share, would you send them to email@example.com? We will post them in our newsletter and mention your name.
High Holiday Services, as always were great, 2nd to none. Our esteemed Rabbi, the 2 Cantors Liz and
Chelsana, the choir, Tanja Solnik, Gary at the piano, the "readers", the volunteers, and Rebbitzin Lady Jeff the Conductor, that made it all work. OUTSTANDING! Thank you!
Judaism High Holidays are finally at an end. I'm talking, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah all rolled into just short of one month. In the meantime, In Israel, Bibi couldn't manage to form a gov't, so he handed the gavel back to President Rivlin who has now given Benny Gantz (Blue and White Party) 28 days to see what he can do to form a presiding gov't. What are his chances? He has 32 seats plus 8 more from the Arab parties -going in. Minimum 62 seats are needed. IF NOT, the Knesset gets the ball to see what it can do. IF NOT, Israel goes to a 3rd election.
It's the "system", not the candidates. In Israel, voters vote for a "party". AND, anytime 2 Jews get together, you get 3 opinions.
Creative Arts Temple would like to thank all those who donated to Sova this year. We are told this was one of our best years with 185 pounds of food being collected. We couldn't have done it without you! Thank you!
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For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at
www.ralphs.com, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on 'Enroll Now'.
If you don't have computer access, please call Ralphs at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.
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Participants are required to register for the new term online at
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You will be asked for The Creative Arts Temple NPO number. It is NPO# 92136
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
WE HAVE NEW GELSON'S DISCOUNT CARDS! Gelson's Discount Cards
Yes, it is Hanukkah all through the year. Gelson's has offered to provide the temple with discount coupons.
They are for $5 off your entire order of $25 or more. Pick them up at a Friday night service or call the temple for your coupon(s). Gelson's will honor any expired coupon. Take one or a few!
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f you want Amazon to donate to Creative Arts Temple, you need to start each shopping session at http://smile.amazon.com and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.
I will be with you every step of the way. That is my promise, that is my commitment.
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A Thoughtful Remembrance
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You now can Order Tribute Cards, Remember A Yarzheit, Make donations to the Oneg Shabbat Table, Order a Plaque through your Temple Talk Email or on our website.
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