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Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

I was back again at Cedar Sinai - this time for a broken vertebrae I've been walking around with since I tried putting both feet into one pajama leg. I tried suing the pajama company for not including a "how to" set of instructions. The only one who accepted my case pro bono was an attorney who lived by the beach in Santa Monica. Actually, he lived on the beach, close to the sanitary facilities.

That's where he got arrested, but I digress. 

The operation was only an hour and a half. The recovery was five hours. I forgot to bring my Kindle, the kids were working, Jefferson was busy trying to sell another - yes, I said another house. So, I was alone for a couple of hours with a few lovely nurses stopping in every so often to check my vitals. They were the most delightful women who had gifts of gab. We gabbed about what else? Judaism, religion and faith.

One was a devout Catholic...that limited the strength of my appeal. The other grew up Catholic, but was "looking". I said, "look no more." After telling her of the glory of being Jewish, I promised to send her an introduction to Judaism book. She was very receptive. Another, more elderly, was a director of the nurses program at Cedars. Immediately, she walked in and started speaking Yiddish...Mama Loschen! She thoroughly enjoyed my fractured Yiddish and I, of course, enjoyed her expertise in the language I love. 

All in all, I had a terrific time there. The five hours, filled with a lot of laughs and good cheer, passed quickly. About the third hour, Jeff returned. My harem of women was complete.  And then, Lee Bernstein, one of our members who volunteers at the eighth floor information desk, walked in to see how I was doing. At this time, I was doing great! Sadly, it was time to go home. A wheelchair appeard with Jason, a young man, calling out my name. I raised my hand and he gingerly helped me into the chair, and Jeff at my side, may she never leave, the three of us went to the elevator and down to the first floor. Jason gingerly helped me into the front seat of Jeff's car and she drove us home.  I had this big smile of appreciation and gratitude for the time spent...and, thanks to Doctor Marcel Menachem Maya, I felt terrific.

I'd be remiss if I omitted my very special angel at Cedars, Dr. Richard Van Allen from The Bronx whom I first met when he surgically put stents in my leg to ward off a blood clot. He is a shining example of what a doctor should be and is most definitely a credit to the Hospital and our people. Come meet him in person at High Holiday services - if he's not on call.

When we returned home, Jeff guided me to my chair in the TV room and watched Harvey's continued onslaught of Houston. Nothing was spared. Thousands of homes gone. Houses, Freeways, Streets, Gardens now a wall of frightening gushes of water destroying everything in its wake. Memories, small treasures, precious photographs and keepsakes gone forever. A framily of six generations - grandparents, children and small grandchildren, drowned in their SUV. Water was meant for the survival of life, not to be the cause of death.  

My hospital stay and the joys shared now a blur. I was brought back to the ongoing reality and tragedy of life. What had God wrought - again?

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Shabbat Services

7:30 pm on Friday, 
September 1, 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.

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Jackie Bonds Has Returned

Hi Everyone -

I'm back at my desk in the office at 310-446-1800 anxiously awaiting your calls!   Of course, I will make sure that each of you have the "Best Seats in the House"!! But, if I haven't heard from you by today, Friday, the seats you had last year will be released and it will be first come first served. 

Because of postal problems, please send all checks and correspondence directly to me at:

Creative Arts Temple 1630 Hilts Avenue, Suite 107, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Love to All


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               L'SHANA TOVA!  As we welcome Rosh Hashana (year 5778).  My New Years wish list is replete with good intentions. The eternal optimist, I actually believe in you, and me. We Jews are in (G-ds) good hands - you can't do better than that.

               My New Years wish is for you and I to be kind, giving, and caring. To do our Mitzvahs without being asked or seeking recognition. To do the right thing, because it's the right thing to do. Tikkun Olam!

               It doesn't seem to matter what we Jews contribute.  We have always given far more that whatever we've received - wherever we called home. Henai Matov! Whether it was in the Arts, Entertainment, Sciences, Medicine, Math, Physics, etc. We made life better for mankind - "and you can take that to the bank".

               Am Israel Chai.
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Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

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
Break The Fast
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Real Estate Tidbit from Lady Jeff Cutler

Home prices in Los Angeles climbed again in July, breaking or tying a record for the fourth month in a row.

The median sale price in LA County jumped to $575,000 in July-a 1.1 percent. The highest price ever recorded in the area.

Though prices climbed the total number of homes sold dropped off 4.7 percent. 
A reduction in sales is typical between June and July, but this year that decline was particularly steep.

The smaller number of sales is due to the fact that an  unusually high number of homes sold in June. L ate-spring homebuyers bought a sizable chunk of an already tight inventory of homes for sale.  That  tight inventory  may help to explain the soaring prices across Southern California. 

The current surge in sale prices is reminiscent of the housing bubble that led to the mortgage crisis beginning in 2007, but today's market is less dependent on the risky loans that fueled the explosion in prices at that time.

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September Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Jonathan & Eva Ellman 9/3/2017
Howard & Sheila Krupnick 9/3/2017
Arnold & Sue Kogen 9/6/2017
Earl L. & Aya Kimura Goldberg 9/7/2017
Mitchell & Rochelle Blumenfeld 9/20/2017

September Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Robby Fraser 9/1/2017
Dee Simon 9/8/2017
Sylvia Brown 9/9/2017
Marty Trugman 9/10/2017
Melville Glickman 9/13/2017
Stacey Levine 9/13/2017
Sharon Karp 9/14/2017
Elaine P. Schulman 9/14/2017
Norm Crosby 9/15/2017
Ken Bittecks 9/21/2017
Marianne Kahn 9/21/2017
Art Metrano 9/22/2017
Warren Sefton 9/22/2017
Ann Radow 9/24/2017
Paul Bernstein 9/26/2017
Rabbi Jerry Cutler 9/26/2017
Etan Markowitz 9/27/2017
Murray J. Smith 9/28/2017
Beatrice Boykoff 9/30/2017
Laurie Waldstein 9/30/2017

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Review from the Pew
by Rabbi Jerry Cutler

Hamilton and The Hitman's Bodyguard

Within two days I saw a movie and a play.  They were diametrically opposed to one another. The first was "The Hitman's Bodyguard." The next night it was "Hamilton." The first night was very painful to my ears and my love for cinema. Those who get paid to review movies like the above, have definitely earned their wages with this one. The second is an homage to stage direction, acting, choreography, singing, costumes, scenery and theatrical brilliance.

My question to Ryan Reynolds and Samuel Jackson is simple.  Why "The Hitman's Bodyguard?" I am sure they have a plethora of scripts to choose from as both are world renowned and highly thought of within their craft.

It is a nonsensical movie with an abundance of pyrotechnical blasts placing undo pressure on the paying customers' eardrums.  Also, the unnecessary and constant barrage of the "f" word, oft times preceded with a word whose mere mention brings warm memories of softness, morality, caring and love. A dichotomous pairing of words, indeed.

As for "Hamilton." A debt of gratitude to Lyn-Manuel Miranda whose creative genius gave us this American classic. It is all at once vivacious, energetic, spirited and American!  With all the discord percolating throughout our country, remember that it is the freedom we share that makes it possible for us to create, appreciate and enjoy movies and legitimate theatre. It's what truly makes America Great!

My advice, save your money and go see "Hamilton" at The Pantages!

" Hamilton " on the Bagel scale of one to four
4 Bagels

"The Hitman's Bodyguard"
1 Bagel

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