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.
HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICE SCHEDULE
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
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
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:
*Rabbi Discretionary Fund
Contact Rabbi Ira or Marcelo (323)656-3150 or RabbiIra@HTBEL.org
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
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
Marcelo Kupferwasser – Pres.
Joe Alexander – Chair
Events and Promotions
Kiddush / Oneg
Lilian Kupferwasser – Chair
Persian / Middle East Liaison
Russian / Yiddish Liaison
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!!
SIMCHAT TORAH CELEBRATION
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.
MEET THE “DIET DIVA”
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:
THE 10 SECOND DIET;
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!!
UPCOMING ONLINE AUCTION 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
COMEDY NIGHT WIN
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: HTBE.org
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
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 RabbiIra@HTBEL.org
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