Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 8, Sept-Oct 2012

Hollywood Temple Beth El Newsletter and Review

High Holy Days Edition: September-October 2012

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

Monday, October 8th, 7:30 pm – Simchat Torah Celebration

Saturday, October 20th, 11:45 am – ‘The Diet Diva’ will speak after Shabbat Service

Friday, October 26th, 7:30 pm – Congregant Participation Service




By M. Kupferwasser, HTBE Pres.


I would like to start my message by thanking those who have contributed with their valuable time and resources for the continuation and success of HTBE. Most of the help comes from our regular attendees on Friday nights or Saturday mornings. This is a small but mighty group of people.

With High Holidays right around the corner, if you have not purchased your tickets or membership, please do so.

The deadline for names to be included in the Yizkor book has been extended until September 7th.

I hope you will have a very enjoyable experience with us.  The Volunteer Choir is back and we have been fortunate to get help regarding the improvement of the sound system.

We are facing difficult times ahead and need to restructure our Board to face the challenges.

We need to receive nominations of people willing to serve in our Board.

We will have elections for Board members after High Holidays and have scheduled a meeting for Sunday, October 14 at noon.  We need help to set up a successful Membership meeting.

With the help of God and our members, I hope to continue with the tradition of HTBE as a thriving institution.




Saturday, September 8th, 8 pm


Erev Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 16th, 7:30 pm


Rosh Hashanah – 1st Day

Monday, September 17th, 9 am


Rosh Hashanah – 2nd Day

Tuesday, September 18th, 9 am


Shabbat Shuvah

September 22nd, 9:30 am


Kol Nidre / Erev Yom Kippur

Tuesday, September 25th, 6:15 pm


Yom Kippur Day

Wednesday, 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


Shabbat Sukkot

October 6th, 9:30am


Shemini Atzeret / Yizkor

Monday, October 8th, 9:30am


Simchat Torah Celebration

Monday, October 8th, 7:30pm


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



Friday, August 31st, 7:30 pm

Cantor Alexander Berkovich returns to HTBE to arouse our Shabbat spirit and give us a taste of upcoming High Holy Days with Rabbi Ira.


Friday, October 26tht, 7:30 pm

Congregant Participation

We are blessed to have so many talented congregants at HTBE. Join us for this special service where the abilities and spirits of our congregants will be featured to welcome Shabbat and you.


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




Weekly Shabbat Services

Saturdays, 9:30am, followed by:

Kiddush Lunch and Torah Talk

Bi-Monthly Friday Services


Last Friday of each month

with Special Guests

7:30 pm, followed by Oneg.


Second Friday of each month

Potluck dinner at 6.30 pm

Short Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7.30 pm with a lot of singing


HTBE Board

Marcelo Kupferwasser – Pres.

Joe Alexander

Simon Bril

Carmen Fraser

Lilian Kupferwasser

Reeva Sherman

Freddy Elfenbein



Joe Alexander – Chair

Marcelo Kupferwasser

Joel Rosner

Simon Bril

Events and Promotions

Barbara Moorman

Joel Rosner

Lilian Kupferwasser


Kiddush / Oneg

Lilian Kupferwasser – Chair

Malka Galowinski

Barbara Moorman

Elisabeth Wolf

Simon Bril


Carmen Fraser

Religious School


Persian / Middle East Liaison

Kavous Ghanooni

Russian / Yiddish Liaison

Vera Berger

Lyuba Yakovleva

Asya Marder

Israeli Liaison

Dina Mandel

Lyuba Yakovleva


High Holy Days

are getting close.

We need you help!!


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

Call Rabbi Ira: (818) 486-9685



Join the HTBE Volunteer Choir

Rehearsals for HH Days

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

Directed by Nancy Campeau

Call (310) 656-3150

Rewarding and fun!!



Monday, October 8th, 7:30 pm


After the success of last year’s celebration with the Iranian American Jewish Federation, we’re doing it again this year.

Get ready for singing, dancing, reveling, and rejoicing as we celebrate the great gift of Torah. We’ll be featuring live music, and we’ll have food and drinks. This is truly an event for all ages.



Saturday October 20th, 11:45 am

After Shabbat Service

MernaLyn, ‘The Diet Diva’ a featured author at New York’s Book Expo will be at HTBE to discuss her new book:


sent to The White House to work with the First Lady’s campaign on childhood obesity.


“The word ‘diet’ refers not only to the foods we eat, but also to the life we live… ‘The 10 Second Diet’ reveals the way to reverse the obesity epidemic in adults and children, and also how to restore civility and improve humanity to our ailing society…in as little as 10 Seconds!”…MernaLyn


Please join us for this fun and enlightening event!!


Please look around your home and garage to locate items in good condition that you no longer need, such as electronics, paintings, furniture, televisions, Judaica, jewelry, name-brand purses, high-end shoes, utensils, blenders, food processors, etc.

You can make $$ on your unused or lightly used items and  HTBE will make a percentage for selling and advertising the item on the auction website.

It’s a win-win situation!

But, most importantly, we need three volunteers to assist with this event.  No volunteers, no event!  It’s that simple



By Barbara Moorman


Saturday night, August 25th, 26 of our congregants and friends attended the renowned Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Four comedians kept us laughing and entertained while we enjoyed each other’s company.

The Laugh Factory was generous to let Hollywood Temple Beth El keep all the proceeds from the ticket sales.

An amusing aside is that several of our congregants that talk incessantly during Saturday morning Shabbat services, continued doing the same at our comedy night.  That alone was entertaining and laugh-inducing. I won’t mention any names!

I’ve heard only positive responses after the event and plan to have another comedy night in the near future, as well as other fun and topical events.

Karaoke and Pizza Night coming soon. Check website for updates:


Reflections by Rabbi Ira

Dear Congregants and Friends,

I can hardly believe that we are already embarking on the Jewish year 5773.  August 18th was Rosh Chodesh Elul, the new Jewish month of Elul, which marks just one month before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  Traditionally the Shofar is sounded each weekday in the month of Elul, to remind us that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are coming soon!!  The ten days from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur are called Aseret Yemai Teshuvah, The Ten Days of Teshuvah.  So, what does teshuvah mean?  Many say teshuvah means repentance, which is an acceptable translation.  However, teshuvah, is actually rooted in the Hebrew word shuv or tashuv, which can mean to turn, return or come back, or, to answer or reply.

It seems to me that this special time of year is our chance to look back at what we have done in the past year, and how that has affected who we are now; an opportunity to look at what we have done, or refrained from doing, that we are proud of and hope to build on, as well as a chance to be honest about the things we have done, or not done, that we hope we can change in the future.  It’s a time to acknowledge all the good and positive values that we really want to embrace and emulate, as well as a season to be honest about the habits and behaviors that have taken away from these ideals.  As important, it is the time to answer the voice inside us, and declare that we are going to take action toward improving ourselves, so that we can be the best that we can be.


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

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.


Programs and Services Offered at HTBE:

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

Be a part of and/or recommend the following programs, which are happening now or coming soon:

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class                                     Interest Groups

Adult Education                                                         Private Tutoring for Children and Adults

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training,                                          Religious School (this fall),

Counseling Session, Conversion Program                  Sing Alongs

Dance Class                                                               Talent Nights

Grief Support Groups                                                             Torah Talk

Hiking Group



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

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE – Like us on Facebook is a great source of information, education, links, and HTBE and Jewish articles and archives.



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


HOLLYWOOD TEMPLE BETH EL 1317 N. Crescent Heights Boulevard, West Hollywood 90046

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