Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 6 May 2012

Hollywood Temple Beth El

Newsletter and Review

May-June 2012

Saturday, May 12th, 9:30 am – Special Service with Guest Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

Saturday, May 19th, 9:30 am – Special Guest Speaker Mitch Hamerman of the Jewish Federation

Friday, May 25th, 7:30 pmA Heartfelt, Joyous Service with Cantor Rebekah Mirsky & Rabbi Ira

Monday, May 28th, 9:30 am – Shavu’ot / Yizkor / Memorial Day Service

Saturday, June 9th, 9:30 am – Cantor Alexander Berkovich returns for an Inspirational Service

Friday, June 29th, 7:30 – Pre-Independence Day Shabbat Service with Special Guests




By M. Kupferwasser, HTBE Pres.


I am very happy that our HTBE community celebrated a family style Passover which included many new guests. I would like to thank all of you who came to our Passover Second Seder and contributed with your presence, generous donations and tremendous amount of work to produce this event.

I welcome you to join us in our Saturday morning services and come and hear the inspiring and uplifting sermons from our Rabbi Ira, and enjoy our “homey” Kiddush/Luncheon.

My goal for HTBE is to celebrate the welcoming of Shabbat on all Friday nights with musical and uplifting services to end the stressful weeks with a relaxing experience.

We are offering for now only one Friday night service per month. In order to have additional services, we would need sponsors.

I intend to continue having a participatory community where all new ideas are considered and welcomed. Many events are planned and I welcome any new ideas you might have. We are soon starting to plan our High Holidays and you will be receiving your membership package sometime in June.  Join our committees to make this a thriving community.



Special Saturday Services


May 12th: Rabbi Norbert Weinberg will be officiating and speaking with his usual spirit and wit.

May 19th: Special guest speaker Mitch Hammerman of the Jewish Federation will talk about the Jewish Federation; its mission, and its history.

June 9th: Cantor Alexander Berkovich returns to lead services and speak.  He will also be returning for High Holy Days


Kiddush Luncheon and

Torah Talk follows all services.


Friday Evening Service


May 25th: Cantor Rebekah Mirsky returns with her beautiful voice, and inspiring melodies. She will join Rabbi Ira for a special heartfelt and joyous musical service.

June 29th: Pre-Independence Day Shabbat Service with special guests. Join us as celebrate Judaism in the USA.


Oneg (Refreshments) follows all Friday Services.  


Please Note:  We are always looking to get people involved. If you can lead prayers, sing, chant Torah, or would like to make a speech or presentation, please call or email Rabbi Ira

(818) 486-9685



Be a Part of the Blessing of HTBE. Consider contributing to any of the following Funds:


Education Fund

Events Fund

Kiddush Club

Music Fund

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Please contact Rabbi Ira or Marcelo at (323) 656-3150, or


Join the HTBE Volunteer Choir

Rehearsals for special events and High Holy Days starting.

Casual rehearsals are on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at HTBE.

Directed by Nancy Campeau

Call Rabbi Ira (818) 486-9685 or HTBE office (310) 656-3150

Rewarding and fun!!




High Holy Days are closer than you think.  We are already planning to build on our success from last years.

We need you help!!

Take part in any of the following:

Volunteer Choir, Torah Chanters, Service Leaders, English and Hebrew Readers, Speakers, Ushers, Greeters, Mailings, Phone Calls, Internet Posting, Office Maintenance, etc. Or, let us know what you’d like to do for High Holy Days.


Call  the Office at (323) 656-3150 or Rabbi Ira: (818) 486-9685


Torah Talk Continues

Casual, personal, and lively discussions about real life lessons and issues of the Torah.  Please join us Saturdays around 1 pm, after Kiddush luncheon..


Check out our Website is a great source of information, education, and links to all kinds of HTBE and Jewish articles and archives.


Our Passover Community Seder turned out to be an overwhelming success. It was not easy to outdo last year’s Seder, but thanks to the hard work, contributions, and participation of so many people: We did it!!

First, we have to acknowledge Carmen Fraser, whose vision and tireless efforts really made it happen.  She directed the Passover Committee (see list) to produce a truly elegant and participatory event.

We added an accordion player Amnon Charesh who added an international flavor, and Choir Director Nancy Campeau, as well as Cantor Beth added their beautiful voices. What really made the Seder a community event was the participation of congregants and friends from every table. Rabbi Ira ran around Neiman Hall from table to table to bring a plethora of voices into the mix. Community singing and dancing were included as well.

In addition, we had an amazing multi-media presentation during the dinner which included pictures and music of the rich history of HTBE. So many of our long standing members had an emotional stroll through Memory Lane, and some of our newer friends got a taste of our ninety year history. Many thanks go to Tippy Felzenstien for operating the equipment.

Also, the food was great! We thank Kosher Buffet for the excellent fare and service.

We are already thinking about how to improve our Community Seder for next year. It won’t be easy but we are confident that it can be done with your help.




These programs are either in place or coming soon. We want HTBE to be a full services institution where you can find your place to with friends, family, and community in a positive, encouraging, and supportive environment, where we can all thrive and grow.

Please contact Rabbi Ira if you have any questions, are interested in attending, or would like to facilitate any of these activities, or if you have ideas that are not listed here.

Rabbi Ira: (818) 486-9685,




We have congregants and friends who need rides to services and events. Enjoy someone’s company while doing a mitzvah.  If you need a ride, or if you can provide one: Please call (323) 656-3150




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Rabbi Ira and Cantor Beth are available for your celebration or observance; together or individually.

We can also provide musicians, DJs, videographers, photographers, etc.

Call or email for a free consultation: (818) 486-9685 or


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