Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 7 July- August 2012

Hollywood Temple Beth El

Newsletter and Review

July – August 2012

Saturday, July 28th, 7:30 pm – Tisha B’Av Program and Service with Guest Speaker from the ADL

Saturday, August 18th, 9:30 am – Special Guest Cantor / Composer Seth Ettinger

Friday, August 31st, 7:30 pm – Cantor Alexander Berkovich Returns



By M. Kupferwasser, HTBE Pres.


By the time you read this message you will already have received your High Holiday package. (If not, please let us know and we’ll send one to you immediately.)

I believe that it is our duty to continue with the legacy of HTBE after our 90th year of existence.  This can only happen with your cooperation and involvement in the activities of our community.

Indifference is another choice you can make, but I don’t have to say what the consequences might be.

Therefore, why not support HTBE, as the Conservative Jewish community of West Hollywood?

I have to say, with great pride, that several of our members have expressed their appreciation for the support they have found in our Temple during difficult times. This makes me feel that we have achieved a close sense of community.

Please join us in our efforts to revitalize our Temple. I hope that in these coming High Holidays, your presence will enlighten our services.

Please feel free to contact me, Rabbi Ira, or any board member with your thoughts and feelings. Thank you for your continued support of HTBE.


Special Services

 Tisha B’Av Program & Service

Saturday, July 28th, 7:30pm Shabbat snacks and Havdalah followed by service and speaker from Anti-Defamation League. (See flyer.)


Erev Shabbat Potluck and Family Musical Shabbat

Friday, August 10

Potluck dinner at 6.30 pm

Short Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7.30 pm, and a lot of singing


Saturday, August 18th, 9:30am  – Cantor/Composer Seth Ettinger

 Kiddush Luncheon and    Torah Talk follow service.


Erev Shabbat Service  

Friday, August 31st, 7:30 pm

Cantor Alexander Berkovich will return to HTBE to arouse our Shabbat spirit and give us a taste of the upcoming High Holy Days. (See flyer.)

Oneg (Refreshments) follows.





 Weekly Shabbat Services

Saturdays, 9:30am, followed by:

Kiddush Lunch and Torah Talk


 Friday Services

Second and Last Friday of each month,

Second Friday nights Potluck starting at 6.30 pm

Last Friday nights starting at 7:30 pm, followed by Oneg.

Please Note: There will be

no Friday Service July 27th



July 27th to July 29th


HTBE has a limited number of tickets at half price, only $5!! Tickets are good for all three days and include free parking HTBE keeps all the proceeds.    See back page for more info.



\Saturday, August 25th, 8 pm

 Join us at world renowned Laugh Factory for a comedy show that will be a real yuk-fest, and HTBE will keep the proceeds of all tickets purchased through us. Tickets are $12 (regularly $20), and there’s a two drink minimum. Only 40 tickets are available. Don’t miss out! Get yours today!! Please contact our office at (323) 656-3150


Be a Blessing to HTBE.

Please contribute to the following Funds:

      *Education Fund

     *Events Fund

     *Kiddush Club

*Music Fund

     *Rabbi Discretionary Fund

Contact Rabbi Ira or Marcelo (323)656-3150 or

HTBE Board

Marcelo Kupferwasser – Pres.

Joe Alexander

Simon Bril

Carmen Fraser

Lilian Kupferwasser

Reeva Sherman

Daniel Wolfberg




Joe Alexander – Chair

Marcelo Kupferwasser

Joel Rosner

 Events and Promotions

Barbara Moorman

Joel Rosner

Lilian Kupferwasser

Kiddush / Oneg

Lilian Kupferwasser – Chair

Malka Galowinski

Barbara Moorman

Elisabeth Wolf

Simon Bril


Carmen Fraser

Bikur Cholim


 Religious School


 Persian / Middle East Liaison

Kavous Ghanooni

 Russian / Yiddish Liaison

Vera Berger

Lyuba Yakovleva

Asya Marder

Israeli Liaison

Dina Mandel

Lyuba Yakovleva

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


HH Days are getting close.

We need you help!!

 Participation Opportunities:

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

Call Rabbi Ira: (818) 486-9685

or the Office at (323) 656-3150


Join the HTBE Volunteer Choir

Rehearsals for HH Days are on Mondays at 7:30 p.m

Starting July 16th at HTBE.

Directed by Nancy Campeau

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

Rewarding and fun!!



HH Day Schedule


September 8th, 8 pm

 Erev Rosh Hashanah

September 16th, 7:30 pm

 Rosh Hashanah – 1st Day

September 17th, 9 am

 Rosh Hashanah – 2nd Day

September 18th, 9 am

 Shabbat Shuvah

September 22nd, 9:30 am

Kol Nidre / Erev Yom Kippur

September 25th, 6:15 pm

 Yom Kippur Day

September 26th

Morning Service, 9 am

Yizkor, 11:30 am (approximate)

Healing Group, 4:15 pm

Mincha, 5:15 pm

Ne’ilah, 6:15 pm

In The News

Pre-Independence Day Shabbat Service Success

 On Friday, June 29th, we tried something different in honor of Shabbat and Independence Day. Rather than bring in a guest to officiate our monthly musical Friday evening service, we had fellow congregants participate in leading and participating in the service.

The service started with songs to welcome Shabbat, led by Rabbi Ira. Then Dianne Powell led the Evening Service, with a special reading by Barbara Moorman. Rabbi Ira then told an engaging story that illustrated the importance of maintaining our Jewish values and identities. Then, Barbara Drotow did a great tribute to America and HTBE (despite being sick). She sang Jewish and patriotic songs, and she shared several “rabbi” jokes. Finally, Michael Sherman read a beautiful piece he wrote with a friend about being an American.

Everyone left feeling uplifted and proud to be Jewish-Americans associated with HTBE. Lively discussions and schmoozing ensued as we shared in our Oneg Shabbat after the service.

We look forward to building on the success of this service to create a new sense of pride, participation, and belonging at HTBE,

Please Note that we are always looking for new people to get involved. If you can lead prayers, sing, chant Torah, or would like to make a speech or presentation, please contact Rabbi Ira at (818) 486-9685 or



Reflections by Rabbi Ira

Dear Congregants and Friends,

I am very big on the celebration of life through Judaism.  However, I am also well aware of the fact that there are times to acknowledge, observe, and commemorate sorrows and sadness in Jewish history and in our lives. Early summer is a sad season in the history of the Jews.  We have the observance of Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, which memorializes the day of the breach of the walls in Jerusalem in the year 70.  This led to what is considered the saddest day in the Jewish year:  Tisha B’Av, the day in which both the first and second Temple were destroyed, in the years 586 B.C.E. and 70 B.C. respectively.  There are many other events that took place throughout Jewish history, from the time of Moses until the Modern Era, that have made this a particularly unhappy time of year.

Despite the sadness, as Jews, we continue to celebrate life through our heritage, and through our connection to each other and to G-d.  This year, both Shivah Asar B’Tammuz and Tisha B’Av come out on Shabbat, and the Rabbis have ruled that Shabbat trumps a fast day.  So, Shivah Asar B’Tammuz and Tisha B’Av are both observed a day late on Sundays, July 8th and July 29th.

This teaches us a valuable lesson. We must find ways to let the blessings and joys in our lives outweigh the sorrow. It is not always easy, but what choice do we have. We cannot change history and we cannot control everything that happens in our lives. However, we can at least try to maintain a positive attitude and perspective on the great gift of life and connection that we all have.

After Tisha B’Av, we have the seven weeks leading to High Holy Days. This is a chance to raise our spirits and prepare for the Days of Awe. Let us all remember and embrace the fact that life goes in cycles, and that there will be sorrow and suffering in our lives, but there will also be celebrations and joy.

At HTBE we have had sorrow in the past year, as we have lost congregants and friends. Most recently Tanya Radzinskaya, mother of Paulina Blyumkin, passed away.  Please read the following article written by Paulina’s daughter that truly emulates the idea that there is a balance between sadness and joy, even during the time of great loss.




My name is Rachel Blyumkin, and I would like to thank everyone that attended my grandmother, Tanya Radzinskaya’s, funeral. This is the first funeral I have ever attended and it meant a lot to have all of your support.

I would like to share with you a few words about my grandmother. My grandmother was strong, brave, and loving. She never complained and did everything in her power to make her family happy. She would always walk into a room smiling. People were always attracted to her positive energy. She loved to cook and host dinners. What made my grandmother special was her wisdom. She always had an answer to everything. She taught her family so many life lessons that help us live our lives every day.

To those of you who are parents or grandparents, you may easily understand and connect to the qualities my grandmother had. I, on the other hand, am an 18-year old girl, who had a harder time truly understanding how much love, passion, strength, courage, and wisdom my grandmother used every day of her life to make those around her happy. I believe that all people have a mission in life. And, maybe my grandmother’s mission was to raise her family and share her passion for life with those around her.

As cliché as this may sound, one last lesson my grandmother taught me is that life is short and we should all enjoy every day as if it were our last. We all spend time stressing out about the small materialistic things in life. What matters most are the people in your life and the roles that they play in helping shape you as a person. Thank you for allowing me to share with you my thoughts.



Our 60/90 year Diamond Jubilee is coming after High Holy Days, and we hope that you will be a part of this momentous occasion. We are forming committees, setting up interest and brainstorming meetings, and encouraging everyone and anyone to add their voice, perspective, experience, skill, time, resources, muscle, etc., etc. This is going to be a huge and memorable event: Don’t miss out.

HTBE is a precious historical landmark.  Just about every Jew in Los Angeles has some connection to us; whether it is from membership, or attendance at a wedding, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, services and/or programs.

 Here’s your chance to ensure our future and legacy. Be a part of the HTBE 60/90 year Diamond Jubilee!!

Programs and Services Offered at HTBE:


We are expanding our programs, services, and activities to meet your needs and the needs of the community.

Please be a part of and/or recommending family and friends to the following programs:

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class, Adult Education, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training, Counseling Sessions, Conversion Program, Dance Class, Grief Support Groups, Hiking Group, Interest Groups, Private Tutoring for Children and Adults, Religious School (this fall), Sing Alongs, Talent Nights, Torah Talk

HTBE is a place to connect with friends, family, and community in a positive and supportive environment.

Please contact Rabbi Ira with questions or suggestions at (818) 486-9685 or

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