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Charlottesville and the Heart of America
We are still reeling emotionally from the horrible events of last weekend in CharlottesvilIe. I invite you to join in open discussion following Shabbat services, August 19, at noon..

I will share my own understanding of the world of brown and red terror leading up to World War II , based on my own historical research and then open the floor for discussion about the threats to our hearts and souls.
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We're working diligently to plan a wonderful High Holy Days experience! But before that, we have the Shabbat Concert on the 25th, which is going to be filled with beautiful and inspiring melodies! Will we see you there??? ... See MoreSee Less

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The White Supremacists-Nazis-KKK who disgraced our country in Virginia, must be seen for what they are: Enemies of America

They deny these words penned by the great Virginian, our Third President, Thomas Jefferson (founder of the University of Virginia, and author of the constitutional right of freedom of religion) in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

They also deny the promise of another great Virginian, George Washington, our First President, in his words to the Jews of America, words intended for people of all faiths:

For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens.
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Hollywood Temple Beth El is one of the oldest and most well known synagogues in Los Angeles. In the past, it has included illustrious members of the entertainment world including Louis B. Mayer, Edward G. Robinson, and Max Factor, founder of the cosmetic empire.Since 1998, we have been home to two congregations: one American (Ashkenazic) and one Persian. From time to time we have joint services.Today we have members from all over the world with an emphasis on Eastern Europeans, many of whom are Holocaust survivors and their children.We are an egalitarian congregation and knowledgeable members are encouraged to lead various parts of the service. Those who wish to learn are welcome to join us on Shabbat mornings when Rabbi Weinberg teaches about the Torah and Judaism. The Rabbi conducts Bar and Bat Mitzvah instruction for children and adults. Keep in touch with us for upcoming concerts and our monthly Friday night Shabbat Service. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.