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

Our new phone number is 

Our address is:

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

What Makes Rosh Hashanah Beautiful
What Makes Rosh Hashanah Beautiful

We are pleased to announce the Honorable Sam Grundwerg, the Consul General of Israel for Los Angeles, will be speaking at our Yizkor service on September 19th.
Rabbi's Message

Jerry Cutler
Moving from one house to another is both a bore and a chore of the highest of proportions. Our Jewish people have been moving, mostly not of our volition, for thousands of years. We have always adjusted to our new surroundings and, more often than not, brought a resurgence of energy and prosperity to our new land.

Our family's move to Sherman Oaks wasn't as eventful. We didn't bring new energy and no discernible prosperity.

What we did bring is a family of four, three dogs, clothing and art we have amassed over the years.  LOTS of clothing and pictures...most of which have been in storage. Being that the square footage of our one level family home is less than the Westwood duplex we just left, there is absolutely no room to hang either one.  My kids and Lady Jeff have no compunction about discarding their excess wearing apparel or tchotchkes they have collected but, as I am by natural instinct (being brought up in an Orthodox home without any frills), a hoarder.

By virtue of that particular hang-up - there are one or two more - I have lots of personal memorabilia I have succeeded in keeping from Lady Jeff throughout the years.

So, why am I writing about my problems on the eve of the Holiest Days of the year? Simple.

We are moving from the old year to the new. As we move are we ready to make amends to those we have wronged? Are we ready to forgive spouses, children, friends for their mindless acts of silliness or braggadocio? Are we ready to commit to community service or become an active member in our Temple?

We must reflect on the old year and think ahead with renewed ideals, motivations, sacrifices.  

Anything that projects a more positive thrust will make the New Jewish Year of 5779 a year of fulfillment and the performance of good deeds, for you and those around you.

As for me and the excess clothing and around framed art 'treasures,' I intend keeping them and I don't care what Lady Jeff thinks.

(Just in case, anyone out there have room for a heap full of clothing - some new, some old, a bit shiny and slightly tattered, about 30 paintings and a plethora of ties?......and me?)

To all of you, I pray that your New Year is blessed with good health, good intentions, good investments in others and good kvelling.

With love and deep appreciation,

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Shabbat Shalom

Our Next Shabbat Service

7:30 pm on Friday, 
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


I was thinking.............Why do we only, "Rest  in 
peace ". Why can't we "Live in peace", too?

Israel is a place where Jews are not on their knees, 
and where no one will ever make them feel they are not entitled to live,  and don't properly belong.

 And then.................. an American tourist visiting 
Israel was taken to the Zoo, where his Intourist guide shared,  with  pride ,  how the Israelis fulfilled the  prophesy  of the Bible - " there  they  were, a wolf and a lamb - together". The visitor was dumbfounded:  "How do you do this?", he asked. Very simple, the Israeli answered,  "Every morning we give him a new lamb."

L'Shana Tova. Happy New Year. May the New Year bring  you  good health, Simchas, happiness, and many warm moments.

Stay well because all else is "Bubkiss". (Harvey Schechter)

 Arnold Charitan

Renew Ralphs Community Contributions Now!

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Please Register today!
For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at, 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.

CAT NPO# 92136
Ralphs Rewards Card
Donate to CAT while you grocery shop

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

Even if you registered as recently as August 2018, you are required to register again beginning September 1 st.  

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

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.  

Do you shop on Amazon?
Support CAT when you shop on Amazon!

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.

It's that time again and the Temple has sent out our 

Member/New Member/Seat Reservation forms. 

 If you have not received your form, or need extras, please contact the Temple office at 818-855-1301 and we will be happy to send to you what you need.  You can also print out the form

by clicking on the link below.


2nd Day Rosh Hashanah

Tashlich by the Sea at Whiskey Reds in Marina del Rey.  

Order off the menu and pay individually.  Please contact the Temple office at 818-855-1301 to make your reservation or by clicking on the link below to print out the form to send in.




2018 Tashlich Reservation Form


Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

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

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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Real Estate Tidbit from Lady Jeff Cutler

LA home prices drop for the first time since January

For the first time since  January, home prices in Los Angeles County fell month-to-month in July, according to a new report from  CoreLogic.

The median sale price for the month was $607,500,  down 1.2 percent since June, when home prices soared to a record-high $615,000.

LA's all-time price record had been shattered in each month leading up to July.
But real estate experts have predicted that Southern California's  hot real estate market could be cooling off. A recent analysis from Zillow found that the number of homes on the market with price cuts is up since the beginning of the year, suggesting that buyer interest may be waning.

"It's not unusual for a regional median sale price to fall back a bit from an all-time high," says CoreLogic analyst Andrew LePage.

But year-over-year price growth is also slowing a bit. LA County prices rose 5.7 percent in July compared to July 2017. That's the lowest yearly increase in 18 months.

Rising  mortgage interest rates  are making even small jumps in sale prices significantly more difficult for buyers to cover. It's possible that many home shoppers are simply unable or unwilling to buy.

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September Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Jonathan & Eva Ellman 9/3/2018
Howard & Sheila Krupnick 9/3/2018
Arnold & Sue Kogen 9/6/2018
Earl L. & Aya Kimura Goldberg 9/7/2018
Mitchell & Rochelle Blumenfeld 9/20/2018

September  Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Dee Simon 9/8/2018
Marty Trugman 9/10/2018
Melville Glickman 9/13/2018
Stacey Levine 9/13/2018
Sharon Karp 9/14/2018
Elaine P. Schulman 9/14/2018
Norm Crosby 9/15/2018
Ken Bittecks 9/21/2018
Art Metrano 9/22/2018
Warren Sefton 9/22/2018
Ann Radow 9/24/2018
Paul Bernstein 9/26/2018
Rabbi Jerry Cutler 9/26/2018
Etan Markowitz 9/27/2018
Murray J. Smith 9/28/2018
Laurie Waldstein 9/30/2018
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August Onegs
Thank you to our sponsors!

Sherwyn & Edythe Horwitz In honor of Sherwyn's birthday
Steven L. Kaplan In honor of Steven's birthday

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

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Refuah Shleima

CAT wishes speedy recoveries to

August Yahrzeits 
May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

Marc & Barbara Barenfeld In memory of Lena Barenfeld
Ralph & Cynthia Bovitz In memory of Jacob Schiff
Myles Burton In memory of Richard Perozzi
Arnold & Gladys Charitan In memory of Dr. Jeffrey Charitan
Harriet Diamond In memory of Martine Feuerman
Bonita Fainchtein In memory of Enrique Fainchtein
Tisha Fein In memory of Irving Fein
Jay & Lois Foonberg In memory of Esther Foonberg
Earl & Aya Kimura Goldberg In memory of Sarah Clara Goldberg
Harold Lubick In memory of Eldrie Joan Lubick
Warren & Lois Sefton In memory of Harold Schneider
Dee Simon In memory of Lawrence R. Simon
Nicole-Marie Slayton In memory of Phyllis Slayton
Tootsie Veprin In memory of Samuel Veprin and  Harry Raphael

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 Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler


Black Klansman - Official Trailer - Movie Trailers

Director Spike Lee has given us an important message that should resonate throughout the world with hope, glory and an indelible imprint on history.

Hatred and inequality, once again, come to the fore this time with a hard-hitting message delivered by one of America's iconic directors. Very simply, it is the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who broke barriers as the first African-American Detective to serve on the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Not long after his arrival, Stallworth is given orders to infiltrate and expose the area's Ku Klux Klan and expose their vitriolic and misguided hatred of Blacks and Jews. Given that his color will not sit well with the hate mongers, a white detective Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) is ordered to take his place at the meetings. In the solitude of his office, Stallworth would communicate with members of the KKK including its leader, David Duke (Topher Grace) who becomes enamored with Stallworth's profound hatred of Negroes and commands his 'officers' to make him a card-carrying member of the inner circle of his venomous organization. It is the visible Flip who is ecstatic to be welcomed into the group.

Interjecting actual newsreel films of the KKK's spreading of their maliciousness at various gatherings throughout the film, Lee doesn't hesitate to disguise his feelings as he superbly interjects deprecating humor and pathos never once relinquishing the deep animosity he feels towards them.
"BLACKkKLANSMAN" brings a visible message to a blind populace who turn their heads and close their minds to the threat of the foundations of our country by decadent groups of people who hate others because of the color of their skin or the different way they worship.
It is a good film powered by an ever-present story that mars the fabric of our country and our lives. We are indebted to Mr. Lee for his courage and his vision for educating those Americans who walk with blinders and are incapable of seeing the threat that still looms heavy in our country.

God Bless America.  God Bless Spike Lee.
Rating the film with Bagels is a bit demeaning to the effort and content of its production team. Thanks.  J

Review From the Pew
By Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Ain't Too Proud 
(The Life and Times of the Temptations)

Official trailer: Ain't Too Proud
Official trailer:
 Ain't Too Proud

It was a special night at the opening of "Ain't Too Proud" (The Life and Times of the Temptations) at The Ahmanson. Up in Heaven everything was aligned in its proper position; the moon, the constellations, the comets, the meteors ... . As for the stars, they were aglitter on stage prepared to deliver what can only be termed as a 'Bombastic Performance' for the pleasure of the packed audience whose expectations were sky high.
I am pleased to write that expectations were not disappointed - not for a wall to wall metric system's millimeter which is approximately  0.04 of an inch.

Directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, "Ain't Too Proud" soared from the opening curtain to the end of the second act when the final curtain came down. And, the actors still continued, as if the rush of their performances hadn't caught up to them.

Starring Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franks, Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks and Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin and a host of some of the most amazing talented performers you have ever seen. The dancing and singing was totally appreciated by the gracious audience who's explosive applauding and never ending cheers, expressed approval after every memorable song and brilliantly synchronized dance step.

Following the performance and on the way back home, my wife and I lamented the fact that time marched on and left a multitude of fans behind as the music, lyrics and dance moves faded into oblivion.

However, legacy left behind is never lost. Thanks to Otis Williams and The Temptations, a whole new generation will come to better understand what us 'old timers' snapped our fingers and tapped our toes to when listening to the best music this side of Heaven.

"Ain't Too Proud" is the quintessential essence of pride and accomplishment brought, once again, to exuberant life by "The Temptations."    
4 Bagels out of 4

News of the Today

Why Is the LA Unified School District Pushing a Palestinian Narrative?

The Los Angeles skyline. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The below letter was sent to LA Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Austin Beutner.

Dear Superintendent Beutner,

Since you are new to your position, you may not be aware that on October 19 and October 21, 2017, the LAUSD co-sponsored a continuing education workshop for K-12 teachers entitled "Learning About Islam and the Arab World." Both were full-day workshops ( 8 am to 5 pm), held at the UTLA's Helen Bernstein Professional Development Center.

[The Israel Group] reviewed the workshop's co-sponsoring organization - The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FORUSA) - as well as the workshop's educational handouts, agenda, and presenter list. This examination made extremely clear that the entire agenda of the workshop was to religiously and politically indoctrinate teachers to promote a state of Palestine, Islam, and the Palestinian cause, while blatantly vilifying and polarizing Jews and Israel based on false history and statements, lies, and standard antisemitic canards.

For a more detailed overview, please see  The Israel Group's initial report.

Unfortunately, the workshop co-sponsored by LAUSD constituted a one-sided official condemnation of core Jewish religious beliefs and right of self-determination. It violated the rights of Jews under the Free Exercise and Establishment clauses of the First Amendment, subjecting those involved to liability for damages. See Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights v. City & Cty. of San Francisco, 624 F.3d 1043 (9th Cir. 2010).

In addition, because one of the workshop's day was held on a  Saturday - the Jewish Sabbath - the LAUSD inhibited the ability of observant Jews to attend. This scheduling decision further limited the Jewish perspective and ability to counter the propaganda and factually inaccurate statements about Israel at the workshop.

It should also be noted that The Israel Group learned that FORUSA and several presenters and educational content providers at the workshop are highly involved with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. California passed a law, Assembly Bill No. 2844 (codified at Public Contract Code Section 2010), forbidding government agencies (or companies doing business with California government agencies) from participating in any boycott of a sovereign nation, including Israel, which includes the BDS movement.

After The Israel Group publicized the workshop, Congressman Brad Sherman wrote to your predecessor, Superintendent King. Among other things, Congressman Sherman wrote:
  • "[The Workshop] material is not just false, but is anti-Semitic and should have raised immediate red flags with LAUSD."
  • "It is quite alarming that taxpayer money was used to compensate LAUSD teachers who through no fault of their own, enrolled in courses that arm them with inaccurate information in their classrooms, and perpetuate ancient biases."
  • "Additionally, I am concerned that LAUSD would promote an education program on the Middle East established by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FORUSA), an organization who openly supports Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), a highly polarizing movement that singles out Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, and has led to anti-Semitic hostility. The BDS movement is adverse to the foreign policy of the United States."
Congressman Sherman then wrote: "It is my understanding that 'Learning About Islam and the Arab World' has concluded and FORUSA must apply for a five-year renewal. LAUSD now must not only reject renewal for the workshop and sever ties with the organizer, but reform the process for approval of continuing education course material." [Emphasis added.]
The Israel Group made several demands of the LAUSD, among them, to:
  • Not reschedule another workshop on this topic until a complete investigative review of the co-sponsoring organizations, presenters, educational information, and the entire vetting process has been completed;
  • Inform The Israel Group and the public at large about any LAUSD investigation and public discussions regarding this topic;
  • Implement safeguards and protocols to prevent similar future occurrences;
  • Require that both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict be properly represented in such workshops, rather than using only anti-Israel activists and organizations; and
  • Have the publicity, literature, and registration forms of future workshops clearly indicate that controversial topics that will be taught (such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), instead of insidiously hiding it from the public.
We also remind the LAUSD that pursuant to Section 2010 of the California Public Contract Code ("PCC 2010"), any state contract with a value of $100,000 or more requires a written certification that the contracting party does not have a discriminatory policy against a sovereign nation or people, such as Israel. The provider of the workshop, as a supporter of the so-called "BDS movement," should be considered to have a discriminatory policy under PCC 2010. We ask that LAUSD review PCC 2010 and the specific certification requirements for contracts contained in Section 7.65(d) of the California State Contracting Manual to ensure that LAUSD is in compliance with applicable state law whenever it enters into qualifying contracts in the future.

In sum, LAUSD is required to obtain certification from applicable contracting parties that they are not engaged in discriminatory boycotts against Israel.

To date, the only response The Israel Group has received regarding our demands was a letter (dated October 20, 2017) from Mr. Jefferson Crain, LAUSD Executive Officer of the Board, stating:
"[T]he District reiterated the reasons why the course was approved for inclusion as a salary-point class. It is important to note, evaluations received by Human Resources indicate the course received satisfactory ratings by participants."
It has been some time since The Israel Group first brought this matter to LAUSD's attention, but it hasn't yet been rectified. We request that LAUSD favorably respond to this letter within 30 days. If this matter is not resolved to The Israel Group's satisfaction, we are prepared to take all appropriate actions to remedy the situation.

Jack Saltzberg
Founder and President
The Israel Group
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Test For "Older" Kids

01.  After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the   grateful   citizens would ask, Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone   would   answer, I don't know, but he left this behind. What did he leave   behind ?________________

02.  When the Beatles first came to the  U.S. In early 1964, we all watched them  on The ____ ___________ Show.

03.  'Get your kicks, __ _________ _______.'

04.  'The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to  _____ _ _____.'

05.  'In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ____ ____ ____ ____.'

06.  After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we 'danced' under a  stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the  '_____'

07.  Nestle's makes the very best....  _________.'

08.  Satchmo was America 'S 'Ambassador of Goodwill.' Our parents shared this  great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was
______  ___________.

09.  What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______.

10.  Red Skeleton's hobo character was named ______ ___ ________ and Red always  ended his television show by saying, 'Good Night, and '________   ________ '

11.  Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their   ______ _______.

12.  The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front  was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ___ &  _______.

13.  In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, 'the day the music died.'  This was a tribute to _______ ____________.

14.  We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it.  It was called __________.

15  One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that  we twirled around our waist. It was called the ______ _____  .    

16.  Remember LS/MFT _____ _____/_____ _____ _____?

17.  Hey Kids! What time is it? It's _____ ______ _____!
18..   Who   knows what secrets lie in the hearts of men? Only The _____   Knows !
19.  There was a song that came out in the 60's that was "a grave yard smash".  Its name was the ______ ______!
20.    Alka   Seltzer used a "boy with a tablet on his head" as its   Logo /Representative. What was the boy's name? ________


01 .The   Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet
02. The Ed Sullivan Show
03.    On   Route 66
04.  To protect the innocent.
05 .The   Lion Sleeps Tonight
06.  The limbo
07.  Chocolate
08.  Louis Armstrong
09.  The Timex watch
10.  Freddy,   The   Freeloader and 'Good Night and God Bless.'
11.  Draft cards (Bras were also burned. Not flags, as some have guessed)
12.  Beetle or Bug
13.  Buddy Holly
14.  Sputnik
15.    Hoola -hoop
16.  Lucky Strike/Means Fine Tobacco
17.  Howdy   Doody   Time
18.  Shadow
19.  Monster   Mash
20.  Speedy
Send   this   to your 'older' friends, (Better known as Seniors.)
It will drive them   crazy !
And keep them busy and let them forget their aches and pains for a   few   minutes.

Creative Arts Temple

P.O. Box 241831
Los Angeles, CA 90024

(818) 855-1301
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