From the Desk of Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

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Yom Kippur Update

Schedule and Program Information

We are making some changes in the format for Yom Kippur to Assure a Moving Experience

Join in for beautiful and deeply moving services led by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg and Cantor Andrew Erman , with participation from Cantor Isaac Boudaie, Andrea Beth Vassilev, Dr. Isaac Norman and musician/accompanist, Diane Brownson. Services will include music by world-class choirs and cantors.

People who want a virtual “Seat by the Eastern Wall” can still register and donate through Eventbrite.  Log in information and password to zoom will be sent to all who enroll through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rosh-hashanah-and-yom-kippur-services-brought-right-to-your-door-tickets-117615153089
Zoom Session will be used only for Yom Kippur Day- Torah Service, Musaf and Yizkor, stating at 10:00 AM.

BOTH KOL NIDRE at the start  AND NEILA at end of Yom Kippur will be streamed on  https://www.facebook.com/htbeland You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIy6AgIiXsTsTIgVTWY_2E-ScEV0GapKA

If you just want to watch, but not be in the zoom service, you can follow streaming on these same Facebook and You Tube sites. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. They can be made through Paypal.com to the temple@htbel.orgaccount or by clicking on the link below.

Follow Yom Kippur Day services on this link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww/featured
or check our Facebook page.

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Schedule of services:

YOM KIPPUR

Yom Kippur Eve- Kol Nidre . Sunday, September 27, Service 7:00 PM .streamed on Facebook and You Tube, not on Zoom

Yom Kippur and Yizkor, Monday, September 28 On Zoom and live streamed on Facebook and You Tube
Opening and Torah service:10:00 AM
11:00 AM Musaf 12:00 noon Yizkor

1:30 PM Special Guest presentation with Dr Yitzhak Brooks, MD, on
“ A Physician’s Personal Account of the Yom Kippur War”. Streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)

In lieu of full Mincha service, there will be an online  reading of the Torah portion and parts of Jonah in Hebrew and English at 5:45 PM.

Neilah starts at 6:15, Havdalah and Shofar at 7:15  Streamed on https://www.facebook.com/htbel   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)

About our Yom Kippur Presentation


Yom Kippur day, September 28, following Yizkor.1:30 PM
Special Guest presentation with Dr Yitzhak Brooks, MD, on
“ A Physician’s Personal Account of the Yom Kippur War
”. Streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)
On this Holy Day, in 1973, Israel faced an unprecedented existential threat from both north and south. This presentation includes a background of the Yom Kippur War and its effects on the Israeli society, as well as Dr Brook’s personal experiences and challenges as a battalion physician in the Sinai. A too often ignored look at the price Israelis  had to pay for their very   survival. A look at physical and psychological traumas of his his soldiers, the effect of religion on them, the cost of war in human life and suffering. Each day was a struggle for survival in the difficult war which threatened Israel’s existence.

Itzhak Brook, M.D., M.Sc., Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC. Bborn and raised in Haifa, Israel. MD from Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Medicine. He served in the Israeli army as a medic in the Six Day War in 1967 and as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur war in 1973.Completed  fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. He served in the medical corps of the US Navy for 27 years.

Dr. Brook has authored several hundred publications in scientific journals and ten textbooks. He authored the books:” In the Sands of Sinai- A physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War” and “My voice – a physician’s personal experience with throat cancer.”

September 26, Shabbat Teshuvah, The Sabbath of Return. Rabbi Weinberg will take your questions and give you a “Teshuvah”-an answer.Services at 10:30 AM (PDT), presentation at 12 noon.

Join us every Shabbat morning for our services, where we offer ” virtual” food for the heart and mind. Then, stay along with us and schmooze, share how the week went, share a good upbeat story or joke. Later on, we will be adding our afternoon favorite of Jeopardy and other social games. 
Every Saturday at 10:30 AM.( Pacific Time) until we are liberated from our bondage to the virus:

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High Holy Days at Hollywood Temple Beth El

Schedule and Program Information


What was a necessity caused by safety concerns has become an opportunity for multiple innovations for this High Holy Days season.
 
Join in for beautiful and deeply moving services led by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg and Cantor Andrew Erman , with participation from Cantor Isaac Boudaie, Andrea Beth Vassilev, Dr. Isaac Norman and musician/accompanist, Diane Brownson. Services will include music by world-class choirs and cantors.

 We will also have 2 special guest presentations by Richard Hirschhaut, Los Angeles Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee, on the state of Jewry today, and Dr. Yitzhak Brooks, on a personal look back at the Yom Kippur War. More information below).
 
People who want a virtual “Seat by the Eastern Wall” can register and donate through Eventbrite. Your presence will be visible on our zoom screen and you will be able to join in with the Cantors for parts of the services. Log in information and password to zoom will be sent to all who enroll through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rosh-hashanah-and-yom-kippur-services-brought-right-to-your-door-tickets-117615153089
 
First night Rosh Hashanah and Neila at end of Yom Kippur will be streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww
 
If you just want to watch, but not be in the zoom service, you can follow live streaming on these same Facebook and You Tube sites. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. They can be made through Paypal.com to the temple@htbel.orgaccount or by clicking on the link below.
Help us bring the values of Judaism too ur community by donating here

 

Schedule of services:

ROSH HASHANAH


First Night. Friday Evening, September 18, 2020. 8 PM. Live- streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)
 
 
Rosh Hashanah. 1st and 2nd Day, Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20. 10:00 AM. On Zoom and live streamed on Facebook and You Tube


Special Guest Presentation:

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, Sept 20: At 1:00 PM, Rabbi Weinberg interviews Richard Hirschhaut, Los Angeles Director of the American Jewish Committee, on “The State of American and World Jewry Today”. Live- streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)

YOM KIPPUR


Yom Kippur Eve. Sunday, September 27, Service 7:00 PM .On Zoom and live streamed on Facebook and You Tube
 
Yom Kippur and Yizkor, Monday, September 28 On Zoom and live streamed on Facebook and You Tube
Opening and Torah service:10:00 AM
11:00 AM Musaf 12:00 noon Yizkor
 
1:30 PM Special Guest presentation with Dr Yitzhak Brooks, MD, on
“ A Physician’s Personal Account of the Yom Kippur War”. Live- streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)
 
In lieu of full Mincha service, there will be an online  reading of the Torah portion and parts of Jonah in Hebrew and English at 5:45 PM.
 
Neilah starts at 6:15, Havdalah and Shofar at 7:15  Live- streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)

About Our Guest Presentations:

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, Sept 20: At 1:00 PM, Rabbi Weinberg interviews Richard Hirschhaut, Los Angeles Director of the American Jewish Committee, on “The State of American and World Jewry Today”. Live- streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)
Rabbi Norbert Weinberg interviews Richard Hirschhaut, the Los Angeles Regional Director of the American Jewish Community. Presented for Rosh Hashanah, Day 2, Sept. 20, for Hollywood Temple Beth El. Issues covered: 1)The opening of the Arab World to Israel with the UAE establishing of diplomatic relations 2) What are we experiencing in terms of extremism of bithleft and right in the uS ? 3) What is happening with Balck-Jewish relations today 4) Are our youth being intimidated on campuses for expressing their Jewish identity?
Richard S. Hirschhaut became Director of AJC Los Angeles in September 2019. He is the organization’s chief strategist and principal spokesperson in advancing AJC’s global advocacy mission in Southern California, leading a vibrant leadership network and talented professional team.
Rick brings to this position more than 30 years of civil rights, humanitarian, and Jewish communal advocacy, serving in senior professional roles across the U.S. with the Anti-Defamation League, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and American Friends of Rambam Medical Center.
Yom Kippur day, September 28, following Yizkor.1:30 PM
Special Guest presentation with Dr Yitzhak Brooks, MD, on
“ A Physician’s Personal Account of the Yom Kippur War
”. Live- streamed on www.Facebook.com/htbel/live   and You Tube at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIqJSPikcnCs0-7vD2PWww for the whole Jewish public ( not on Zoom)
On this Holy Day, in 1973, Israel faced an unprecedented existential threat from both north and south. This presentation includes a background of the Yom Kippur War and its effects on the Israeli society, as well as Dr Brook’s personal experiences and challenges as a battalion physician in the Sinai. A too often ignored look at the price Israelis  had to pay for their very   survival. A look at physical and psychological traumas of his his soldiers, the effect of religion on them, the cost of war in human life and suffering. Each day was a struggle for survival in the difficult war which threatened Israel’s existence.
Itzhak Brook, M.D., M.Sc., Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC. Bborn and raised in Haifa, Israel. MD from Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Medicine. He served in the Israeli army as a medic in the Six Day War in 1967 and as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur war in 1973.Completed  fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. He served in the medical corps of the US Navy for 27 years.
Dr. Brook has authored several hundred publications in scientific journals and ten textbooks. He authored the books:” In the Sands of Sinai- A physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War” and “My voice – a physician’s personal experience with throat cancer.”

 

Register Now for the High Holy Days. Click on this button
Help us bring the values of Judaism too ur community by donating here

Join us every Shabbat morning for our services, where we offer ” virtual” food for the heart and mind. Then, stay along with us and schmooze, share how the week went, share a good upbeat story or joke. Later on, we will be adding our afternoon favorite of Jeopardy and other social games.
Every Saturday at 10:30 AM.( Pacific Time) until we are liberated from our bondage to the virus:

NOTE: WE HAVE CHANGED THE ZOOM MEETING SETTINGS.  BE SURE TO CALENDAR US IN WITH OUR NEW ZOOM LINK OR PHONE MEETING ROOM.
10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  every week on Saturday
Join Zoom Meeting
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By phone
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You can also follow our service and discussion on https://www.facebook.com/htbel/live
Recorded on You Tube ( Temple HTBEL Channel) at
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIy6AgIiXsTv_d2VROjAoOA6tjbsgC9Ym

You can find Rabbi Weinberg’s comments on
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West Hollywood, CA 90046


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EREV ROSH HASHANAH

Friday Evening
September 18th 2020
8:00 PM

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1

Saturday
September 19th 2020
10:00 AM

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2

Sunday
September  20th 2020
10:00 AM

Be part of a truly inclusive, participatory and tremendously welcoming community

SHABBAT SHUVA
Sunday
September  26th 2020
10:00 AM

KOL NIDRE
Sunday
September 27th 2020
Candle lighting 6:30 PM; Service 7
:00 PM

YOM KIPPUR and YIZKOR
Monday
September 28th  2020
10:00 AM

SUKKOT
Friday
October 2nd  2020

PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND DONATE
Fellow Congregants and Friends

Reserve Zoom
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This past year we have been overwhelmed by the ferocity of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our community has experienced the hardships that have been brought to bear.  Exhausting and frustrating though this time has been, we have held our congregation together.  Despite the difficulties, our family has stood strong. We have supported each other, helped each other and prayed together.

Our family has remained intact throughout with the determination and hard work of Rabbi Weinberg and with help from Marcelo Kupferwasser, Joe Benloulou, Judy Alcalay, Douglas (Yoni) Workman, Geoff Buck and others.  We keep Shabbat with our weekly Zoom Shabbat services.  Our services have been innovative and I am excited to see our growing outreach and the participation of new and younger people who join us via Zoom and our Facebook Live broadcast.   Our gratitude to Rabbi Weinberg, Joe, Marcelo, Yoni, Geoff, Judy and everyone who participates and helps to maintain and sustain us.  You epitomize the unquestionable strength and character of our community and we are encouraged by you.

The fight against this pandemic continues however.  With that we have faced ever changing legislative restrictions.  As a result we have had to plan and replan and make changes to the replans for High Holy Days.  Because of the recent COVID surges in Los Angeles we will not hold in person congregation services for High Holy Days this year.

Our plan is to live stream our services on
Zoom, Facebook and Youtube.

We are sending a special invitation to everyone to please join us for services on one of these platforms.  We will raise our voices together as joyously as we have ever done.  We will still see each other and still greet and welcome and laugh with each other.

This year we are not charging for streamed services.  If you are participating on Zoom you must pre-register through Eventbrite.com to get the Zoom ID and passcode for our meeting. 

Now we have said we are not charging for High Holy Days Services.  So how can we expect to survive this year and next?  We must depend on your generosity.

This bears repeating “WE ARE DEPENDING ON YOUR GENEROSITY, Please donate”.
More than ever we are asking you to get your regular membership.  In addition please donate generously.  We cannot survive without your donations.  If you would like an Aliyah for High Holy days you may still participate in the service and perform this honour only on the Zoom platform.
The 100th anniversary of our shul is less than 2 years away. We hold our collective breath, waiting for these unprecedented times to end.  We wait for that grand moment when we can all exhale and take in a sweet breath of fresh air and join together again for live services and to celebrate the momentous occasion.  However, we will not be here for that celebration if you do not donate today to sustain us.
We are all hard at work putting together High Holy Days services that will be embracing, and welcoming to everyone.   We do understand that some of our members may not know how to access the services on Zoom, Facebook or Youtube. You will need either:
  • a cell phone
  • Or a tablet
  • Or a computer.

Now this is where the youngsters in the family or your household will be handy.  On the days of High Holy Day please ask your helpers, children, grandchildren or even a neighbor with whom you are comfortable, to get you logged into Zoom or Youtube or Facebook Live so that you may participate with us.  Having said that, keep in mind we are in a pandemic. Please limit your contact only to those with whom you are safe.
Invite them to join you and us to be a part of the celebration of the New Year and Yom Kippur.
If you are not able to get help to setup please call the synagogue and we will do our best to get you setup so that you can enjoy the holiday services.

Here are a few of the other changes we are making for this year’s High Holy Days.

  • We are producing a COVID-19 specially abbreviated Machzor. This will be a version of our own HTBE High Holy Days Machzor. This will be available only as an Electronic (PDF) version.This will be available by donation only and of course will be yours to keep on your device.  You may print it to follow the services as you see fit.
  • We are producing a limited number our 5781 Yizkor Memorial book in black and white printing only.We will also produce an electronic (PDF) version that will be sent everyone who has made a donation and submission for Yizkor memorial. We implore donors; please send us an email address so we can send you the electronic copy.On special request we will send a hard (paper) copy to those persons who do not have an email account.
  • 10 seats (Minyan) are reserved for persons who would like to be in the shul for High Holy Days and participate in the services.These persons will be required to use the same seat throughout the High Holy Days, maintain social distance from others, wear masks, pass temperature checks to enter the building, answer health questions and have their own tallit and Kippas.They will be asked perform certain tasks assigned i.e. carrying/raising Torah, open Ark etc. We ask if you participate in this honour, please make a donation to the shul.  First come first serve availability.

Message from  Rabbi Norbert  Weinberg

There is a phrase in the Torah that is used to described troubled times: “You shall grope at noon as a blind man gropes in the dark; Deut 28:29.”

To this, one of the rabbis commented:
What does it matter to a blind person whether it is dark or light?
He cannot see in any event, so why does the verse speak about a blind man in the darkness?
I continued to ponder the matter until the following incident occurred to me. I was once walking in the absolute darkness of the night, and I saw a blind man who was walking on his way with a torch in his hands. I said to him: My son, why do you need this torch if you are blind? He said to me: As long as I have a torch in my hand, people see me and save me from the pits and the thorns and the thistles. (Megillah 24b)

There are times when we feel things are so dark, that even those who have sight are themselves in the dark as to what must be done. We have worries about the pandemic, social unrest, economic and political issues.  So, it is natural that we feel that we are groping about vainly in the darkness.

That is where our religion comes in.   As Jews, we are taught to keep a collective memory of much greater darkness, repeatedly in our history-slavery, destruction, exile, genocide. Yet, through all this, we have managed to get up on our feet, create light where there was darkness, and move forward. That is the power of our faith; that is the theme of our Jewish High Holy Days, the faith that we can pick ourselves up, together, and move forward, to a better day.  So, how can we help shed light for you, for these High Holy Days, under conditions we had not imagined in the lifetimes of most of us, certainly not in these United States.

If you cannot come to us this year, we will come to you!  We will bring the light right into your living room!

The Cantor and I will prepare a beautiful and moving service for you.  We will present a mix of the classic melodies of this sacred season and words of wisdom to brighten you up. Services will be televised live from our synagogue through Zoom.com, YouTube or Facebook. You will be able to participate on your computer screen or iPad, on your TV screen, and even on your phone! (If you don’t have the technical tools and experience, your family members or friends can help you set up for viewing. Just ask them, and they will be happy to do it for you.)

For public safety, we will be admitting only a limited number of attendees to the live service.  Only those who have the OK from their doctors may attend. You will be required to pass a temperature check at the door, wear protective face mask, and follow all the health precautions required by our health agencies. Everything that we do for this year’s High Holy Days will focus on the well-being of all our participants, whether our staff or our members.

Almost two centuries ago, when there was a similar plague in Eastern Europe, Yom Kippur services were cancelled. There was no technology then to bring people together—and no medicines either.   This year, for all the concerns, our healing skills are far greater than before, and the tools we have to come together, even at a distance, are also greater than have been before.

Let us shine a light for you this year so you won’t feel that you are groping in the dark.
Come, pray, meditate, expand your heart together with us this High Holy Days season.
May God bless us all with health in this New Year,
L’Shanah Tovah u’Briah- For a Good and healthy year,

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

Message from  Cantor Andrew Erman

Dear Members and Friends of Hollywood Temple Beth El,
I appreciate the opportunity to return to Hollywood Temple Beth El this year to serve as your High Holy Day cantor.  For those of you who do not know me, I would like to introduce myself.

I was born in Los Angeles and, from a young age, I loved to sing.  I grew up singing in several school musicals and serving as a junior cantor at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks.  As a teenager, I began studying cantorial music under Hazzan Alan Michaelson (z”l) of Temple Adat Ari El, who taught many of the leading cantors in Los Angeles.  By the time I was 15 years old, I had served as guest cantor at Temple Adat Ari El and performed on the Israel Today radio and television programs.  After graduating from college, I continued to train to be a cantor with Hazzan Michaelson and Hazzan Jeremy Lipton of Temple Beth Am.

Since 1987, I have officiated as High Holy Day cantor at congregations throughout the United States.  I have also served as year-round cantor for three synagogues in the Los Angeles area – including Hollywood Temple Beth El in the 1990s with Rabbi Norbert Weinberg, officiating at Shabbat, High Holy Day, Festival, B’nai Mitzvah, wedding, and funeral services.  Over the years, I have collaborated with congregations to design services that have both traditional and modern melodies.  I have also encouraged congregants to join along with me during services to create a more meaningful experience.

Since our last High Holy Day services in 2019, our lives have significantly changed.  I believe that this year’s High Holy Day services will be very special.  Many of you will join us via computer while some of you may join in person.  Either way, we will have an opportunity to come together in song, in prayer, and in community as never before.

I look forward to sharing this unique High Holy Day experience with you and your family.
L’Shana Tova,
Cantor Andrew Erman

Other Service Participants
In addition to Rabbi Weinberg and Cantor Erman, we will be joined by:
Dr Isaac Norman
Cantor Isaac Boudaie,
accompanist Diane Brownson,  and others

We will also bring you some of the best Cantorial music from a variety of outside sources

EXCITING THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT HTBE

COUNTDOWN TO HIGH HOLY DAYS

Come Blow Your Horn
And Bring The Walls Down Like Joshua

High Holy Days Schedule

First Night. Friday Evening, September 18, 2020.   8 PM start
Rosh Hashanah. 1st and 2nd Day, September 19 and 20.   10 AM start
Yom Kippur Eve. Sunday, September 27, Candle lighting 6:30 pm.   Service 7::00 PM
Yom Kippur and Yizkor
Torah service and Musaf 10 AM start
Martyrology and Yizkor
No Minchah service.  Open discussion on zoom.  Topic to be announced.
We will have a recorded reading of the Torah and part of Jonah for those who  want to follow at 5:45 PM.
Neilah start at 6:15, Havdalah and Shofar at 7:15

Shabbat Service
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HTB Education Series
Our current series of “Jew around the world”

Set us in your calendars so you won’t miss!!!

August 22 :The Jews of the Maghreb  (North West Africa)

Joachim Benloulou will speak on The  Jews of the Morocco and the Maghreb at 12 noon,  following Shabbat services on line at Hollywood Temple Beth El on Saturday, August 22 at 10:30

Other upcoming lectures

Spanish Jewish Music History
Other lectures and speakers from other countries are planned.
Crypto (Hidden) Jews.  Moranos and early South American Jewish History
Mr. Henriques will be presenting from Jamaica via Zoom.
History of Jews in Caribbean, particularly Jamaica.  Presenter Ainsley Henriques.
Jews of Yemen.  Presenter Rabbi Weinberg.  August 29.

If you have an idea for a lecture series please send us an email or call us.

Toda Raba   Thank you!

As we prepare the New Year in this time of uncertainty and disruption, our congregation is greatly appreciative of the generous donations and contributions of the organizations that continue to support us.

Special thanks to

Mt. Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries,

Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary

Groman Eden Memorial Park and Mortuary

Malinow and Silverman Mortuary

Home of Peace Memorial Park & Mortuary

Chevra Kadisha Mortuary

……for their financial support and sponsorship of our High Holy Days Services.

High Holy Days Membership Fees and Dues

☐  Membership: One Adult – $300
☐  Membership: Students- $75
☐  2020 HHD Minyan

– Suggested donation $100.00.  Only 10 Family seats available.

   Must be reserved by September 10th, 2020

OTHER

 Book of Remembrance –  $18.00 per name
Memorial Plaque Maintenance Donation  –  $18.00 per Name
New Memorial Plaque – $500.00
Sisterhood –  Membership $36.00/year
Sponsor a High Holy Days Machzor* – (Minimum  Donation $36.00)
Soft (PDF) High Holy Days Machzor (download) – (Donation $18.00)
My Donation Amount: $
*Sponsor or Honouree’s name will be entered in High Holy Days Machzor

Special High Holy Days Honors

Aliyah
Rosh Hashanah – – $100.00
Yom Kippur: – $100.00

Ark Openings/Closings –  $18.00

Rosh Hashana Day 1  or  Yom Kippur
Hold the Torah  –  $100.00 Annual Giving

In this coming year we appeal for your generosity in giving.  Your commitment is valued and greatly appreciated.
Donations may be made in single lump sum or on a monthly plan.  If you are able, please consider donating at a level show below.

Community Builder  –  $18 – $150
Listing in our recognition booklet
High Holy Day Honor – To be determined

 Friends Circle  – $151 – $500
Carry a Torah on Kol Nidre
Above plus invitation to special appreciation event
Special HTB Donor “T” Shirt

 Leaders  –  $501 -$3000
Above plus Invitation to special Leaders Society appreciation event
1 copy of High Holy Days Machzor signed by Rabbis Weinberg
Dinner with the Rabbi
Aliyah on High Holy Days

Benefactors  Society –  $3001 and above
Above plus Invitation to special Leaders Society appreciation event
Dinner with the Rabbi
Family Household High Holy Days tickets
Aliyah on Rosh Hashana Day 1 and Yom Kippur

ORDER INFORMATION

Memorial Plaque Appeal

Over the years and generations your loved ones names have been inscribed in our Temple’s Memorial Plaques.  We honour their life, love and commitment to our synagogue.

Your  help  is needed to maintain the memorial  plaques for your loved ones. To continue our service of honor to you and your loved ones, we ask for a yearly donation of $18.00 per plaque.
For your donation HTBE will ensure
  • the inclusion of your loved one’s name in our Memorial Book for Yizkor prayer
  • turning on of yahrzeit lights for your loved one
  • turning on of lights for your loved one at all Yizkor services
  • any necessary repair and maintenance of your loved ones’ plaques
  • email or US post reminders to you of the yahrzeit of your loved one
We thank you for your continued support of Hollywood Temple Beth El.  We welcome and greatly appreciate your generosity and ask anyone who is able, to give beyond the measure stated here.

Book of Remembrance / Memorial Book

 Honor the memories of loved ones

It is the tradition of HTBE to publish our High Holy Days Remembrance and Memorial Book as a loving reminder of those we held close.  This book offers a source of comfort to those of us who grieve and  honors the life and memory of our loved ones.  It includes the names of those who remember, the ones being honored as well as the special prayers and meditations for use when observing Yahrzeit. Prayers and meditations are written in Hebrew, English and Russian.

Names are not automatically renewed.  To include your loved ones please complete the form below.
Suggested Donation:  $18.00 per name

PLEASE PRINT NAMES CLEARLY
Deadline:  September 15 2020

YIZKOR DONATION

 PLEDGE TO DONATE AND SUSTAIN YOUR SYNAGOGUE

Thank you for your generosity.  Be sure to include the following in your pledge form.

Your Name:
Your Phone No:
Your Email:

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If you would like us to bill your credit card automatically please call us at
323-656-3150.

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Saturday Morning Virtual Shacharit Services

@10:30 AM (Pacific Time)


Isolation is everyone’s nemesis, so we are looking to combat it.


Join us every Shabbat morning for our services, where we offer ” virtual” food for the heart and mind. Then, stay along with us and schmooze, share how the week went, share a good upbeat story or joke. Later on, we will be adding our afternoon favorite of Jeopardy and other social games, once we figure out the tech specs to do it.


Zoom Logo in to Shabbat with us every Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) until we are liberated from our bondage to the virus:

Join with a web browser on a computer, smartphone, or tablet or call into the Zoom session with an ordinary telephone.

Call the Temple ((323) 656-3150) or email us (temple@htbel.org) before Shabbat to get the Zoom Logo link and phone numbers.

The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting.

Some Past Events

Hollywood Temple Beth El, The Consulate General of Poland, The Polish Film Festival and Beit Polska invite you to commemorate

The 75th year of the Liberation of Aushchwitz with the screening of

The Last Stage

7 P.M.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Hollywood Temple Beth El, in conjunction with the Consulate General of Poland-Los Angeles, the Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles, and Beit Polska (Jewish Renewal in Poland), is screening the historic Polish film, The Last Stage (Polish: Ostatni Etap), to mark United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day  on Monday, January 27, at 7:00 PM. This is a landmark film, the first feature film after the Holocaust, directed by a woman, Wanda Jakubowska, herself a former inmate at Auschwitz, and acted by former prisoners; it was based on the actual account of Mala Zimetbaum, who was executed at Auschwitz. This was a cinematic first in many ways, notable for the director’s struggle with her Communist Party supervisors in order to emphasize the Jewish victims. Many Holocaust films, such as Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, were influenced by her pioneering work. Jakubowska has been called “the grandmother of Polish cinema.”

Panel Discussion

Following the film, Rabbi Norbert Weinberg will moderate a brief panel discussion of this groundbreaking film. The Panel will consist of

1.) Jaroslaw Lasinski, Consul General of Poland

2.) Ms. Elizabeth Kanski, President of the Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles

3.) Rabbi Chaim Dov Beliak, Rabbinic advisor to Jewish Renewal in Poland and Beit Polska

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

Message from Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

Why do we need these High Holy Days?

Believe me, God is doing fine without our services, but we, his children, need them. To say that we live in contentious times is an understatement. Everyone’s grievance and grudge, however much justified, is multiplied and magnified by conventional and social media, to the point that we do not see or hear each other. We are the ones who need this time to shut off our gadgets and electronic “ smart” stuff, a time to clear all our circuits, empty the “trash” from our brains, and push “ restart” on ourselves. What do we need to achieve inside of ourselves these High Holy Days? It is echoed in a Confucian proverb which suggests the path we must take,” If there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”- Come and be with us. Pray, meditate, and study, in Hebrew or English, Russian or Farsi, set your hearts aright and begin the year anew here at Hollywood Temple Beth El.

Days of Awe

5780

EREV ROSH HASHANAH
Sunday, September 29th 2019
7:00 PM
ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1
Monday, September 30th 2019
9:00 AM
ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2
Tuesday, October 1st 2019
9:00 AM
KOL NIDRE
Tuesday, October 8th 2019
7:00 PM
YOM KIPPUR
Wednesday, October 9 2019
9:00 AM
AND
SUKKOT
Sunday, October 13 2019
7:00 PM

 

Cantor Andrew Erman

Welcome Back to Cantor Andrew Erman

We are thrilled to welcome back to Hollywood Temple Beth El our former Cantor, Andrew Erman, who served in the 1990’s as HTBE’s Cantor together with Rabbi Weinberg. The “Dynamic Duo” are now back on the pulpit together. Cantor Erman was personally trained and mentored by some of Los Angeles’ greatest Cantors and has served as full time Cantor in local congregation, including Hollywood temple Beth El. Communities across the country, such as New Orleans, Washington DC, Portland and Wichita, have flown him in to serve as High Holy Days Cantor. In Cantor Erman’s words,” I work collaboratively with congregations to design a service that has traditional, modern, and familiar melodies. I encourage congregants to join along with me during services to create a more meaningful High Holy Day experience. “ We look forward to a moving High Holy Days experience with Cantor Erman

Hollywood Temple Beth El is blending Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish traditions this year, as it welcomes the participation of Dr. Isaac Norman, a noted leader of the Iranian Jewish community, to its High Holy Day Services, as well as Cantor Isaac Boudaie.  This is the congregation’s first experiment to meld such ancient and divergent Jewish traditions together with readings and commentary that reflect the mindset of contemporary American Jewry. Musical accompanist, Diana Brownson will also be participating.

Join us for the High Holy Days at Hollywood Temple Beth El.

Be part of a truly inclusive, participatory and tremendously welcoming community

Advanced reservations required for security purposes at www.eventbrite.com

For more information: (323) 656-3150

To keep up-to-date with all the latests events at Hollywood Temple Beth El please join our mailing list

High Holy Days Tickets, Membership Fees, & Dues

MEMBERSHIPS

One Adult Membership $300
Includes 1 High Holy Days tickets and Parking for High Holy Days.
Make Your Donation
Student Membership $75
Includes 1 High Holy Days tickets – NO Parking for High Holy Days
Make Your Donation

GENERAL ADMISSION

General Admission for High Holy Days Services Only $120
Includes 1 High Holy Days tickets – NO Parking
Make Your Donation
General Admission for High Holy Days Services & Parking $175
Includes 1 High Holy Days tickets and Parking for High Holy Days
Make Your Donation

Please note: We have only limited parking available as we share our parking lot. We recommend you  park in the neighborhood, or take Uber/Lyft, or public transportation. 

SPONSORSHIPS & MEMORIALS

Book of Remembrance:

$18.00 per name

Memorial Plaque Maintenance Donation:

$18.00 per name

New Memorial Plaque:

$500.00 

Sisterhood Membership

$36.00 per person 

Sponsor a High Holy Days Machzor:

Minimum Donation $36.00 

High Holiday Special Honours

Aliyah

Rosh Hashana Day 1 (Please specify which Aliyah) $100
1st Cohen, 2nd Levi, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th
Hold the Torah
Make Your Donation
Yom Kippur (Please specify which Aliyah) $100
1st Cohen, 2nd Levi, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th
Hold the Torah
Make Your Donation
Kol Nidre March of the Torahs and Holding Torahs $100
Make Your Donation

Ark Openings/Closings

Rosh Hashana Day 1 $36
  • Avinu Malkenu
  • Start of Torah Service
  • End of Torah Service
  • Musaf Amidah
  • Aleynu (in the Amidah)
Make Your Donation
Kol Nidre $36
Make Your Donation

Hagbah 1 & 2

Rosh Hashana Day 1 $36
Make Your Donation
Yom Kippur $36
Make Your Donation

Geliah 1 & 2

Rosh Hashana Day 1 $36
Make Your Donation
Yom Kippur $36
Make Your Donation

Annual Giving

In this coming year, we appeal for your generosity in giving. Your commitment is valued and greatly appreciated. Donations maybe made in single lump sum or on a monthly plan. If you are able, please consider donating at a level shown below.

GIVING LEVELS & RECOGNITION

Community Builder $18-$150
  • Listing in our recognition booklet
  • High Holy Day Honour (to be determined)
Make Your Donation
Friends Circle $151-$500
  • Carry a Torah on Kol Nidre
  • Listing in our recognition booklet
  • High Holy Day Honour (to be determined)
  • A special HTB donor tee-shirt
Make Your Donation
Deborah Society / Leaders Nevi’im $501-$3,000
  • 1 copy of High Holy Days Machzor signed by Rabbis Weinberg and Rosenberg
  • Invitation to special appreciation event
  • Dinner with the Clergy
  • Aliyah on High Holy Days
  • Carry a Torah on Kol Nidre
  • Listing in our recognition booklet
  • High Holy Day Honour (to be determined)
  • A special HTB donor tee-shirt
Make Your Donation
Benefactors Society / Builders Bonim $3,001+
  • 1 copy of High Holy Days Machzor signed by Rabbis Weinberg and Rosenberg
  • Invitation to Leaders Society special appreciation event
  • Dinner with the Clergy
  • Family Household High Holy Days tickets
  • Aliyah on Rosh Hashana Day 1 and Yom Kippur
  • Aliyah on High Holy Days
  • Carry a Torah on Kol Nidre
  • Listing in our recognition booklet
  • High Holy Day Honour (to be determined)
  • A special HTB donor tee-shirt
Make Your Donation

Message from Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

Why do we need these High Holy Days?

Believe me, God is doing fine without our services, but we, his children, need them. To say that we live in contentious times is an understatement. Everyone’s grievance and grudge, however much justified, is multiplied and magnified by conventional and social media, to the point that we do not see or hear each other. We are the ones who need this time to shut off our gadgets and electronic “ smart” stuff, a time to clear all our circuits, empty the “trash” from our brains, and push “ restart” on ourselves. What do we need to achieve inside of ourselves these High Holy Days? It is echoed in a Confucian proverb which suggests the path we must take,” If there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”- Come and be with us. Pray, meditate, and study, in Hebrew or English, Russian or Farsi, set your hearts aright and begin the year anew here at Hollywood Temple Beth El 

Come Blow Your Horn And Bring The Walls Down Like Joshua

Sunday, September 15, @ 10:30 AM Join us for a free workshop, for all ages, on how to blow your shofar, on Sunday, September 15, at 10:30 AM. Everyone who attends High Holy Day services at the Temple will be given the opportunity to come up and participate in the great triumphant celebration of Rosh Hashanah with the sounding of the Shofar. The session will include the blessings of the shofar and its significance, as well as drills in getting the reluctant ram’s horn to sound the notes of the festival. There is no fee, but reservations in advance are requested to 323-656-3150 or email to temple@htbel.org . Participants should bring their own shofar, which can be bought in the many Judaica shops in Los Angeles, or online. There are also inexpensive child’s size shofars on the market. The Temple has a limited number available for use as well.

Come Blow Your Horn And Bring The Walls Down Like Joshua


Welcome to our Book Club 

  Last meeting was: Sunday, August 18 at 6:30 pm. 

Enjoy light refreshment, a glass of wine and terrific discussion. 

 

Check back soon for our next Book of the Month! 

 
 
AUGUST -  BOOK OF THE MONTH
EINSTEIN AND THE RABBI

by Rabbi Naomi Levy 

 

Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Award in the Religion/Spirituality of Western Thought Category -A bestselling author and rabbi’s profoundly affecting exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul
Einstein and the Rabbi is an inspiring and deeply affecting book for people of all faiths, Rabbi Naomi Levy sets off on a three-year exploration of the mystery behind a moving and mystical letter that Albert Einstein wrote to a grieving father about the unity that underlies all existence.  

 

FILM CLUB

Check back for our next Film. Our last was: 

 

Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 pm. 

Fiddler on the Roof - Sing-A-Long! 

Dress as your favorite character!   Raise your singing voice!
Donations: Adults $12,  Students $5 - -  advance @ www.brownpapertickets.com
Door $18.00  
Popcorn supplied. 

Hollywood Temple Beth El

1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd, West Hollywood

(323) 656-3150


Saturday Morning Breakfast and Study 9:15 AM

Join us every Shabbat morning, before services, for breakfast and learning opportunity with Rabbi Weinberg. The themes for the coming sessions are “ Prayer: Who Needs It?  Why We Pray, How we Pray, What We Pray For”, followed by a series of themes leading up to Rosh Hashanah.

Shabbat of Sukkoth, Oct 19. Breakfast and Study with Rabbi Weinberg, “ Koheleth, the first great Jewish pessimist.”

Shacharit Services start at 10:45 a.m.

Kiddush and schmoozing follow services!

Join us for Shabbat Games Afternoon featuring Jeporardy with HTBEL’s version of Alex Trebek.