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Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills is one of Southern California's premier Reform Jewish congregations. We are a proud synagogue serving West and Greater Los Angeles. Our temple community consists of multi-cultural, traditional, and non-traditional families; as well as single, interfaith, gay, and single-parent members.


I attend Harvard Westlake School with my older sister Madi, and am an alumna of Mirman School, where my younger brothers, Jake and Josh, currently go. I love trying new things and am open to new opportunities. I enjoy traveling and have been lucky enough to travel to what I believe are some of the best places on Earth, including this past summer’s trip to Israel. I also love to bake, play guitar and hang out with my friends. I am so excited to have my Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel, which has been my temple for as long as I can remember. I have made so many memories at this temple and with the people in it, and I cannot wait to add my Bat Mitzvah to that list. I am so thankful to Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss, Kalanit Kamara, Tannaz Lavian and my parents Davina and Edward (Z"L) who have put in so much time and effort into making my day so meaningful and special.

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I am in the 7th grade at The Harvard-Westlake School. I like dancing, tennis, volleyball, fashion, debate and photography. My parents are Nancy and Stephen Paul and I have two older brothers, Spencer, who is 17 years old and Matthew, who is 15 years old.

My favorite place is Camp Pinecliffe, where I spend the whole year looking forward to these 7 weeks of summer camp. For my mitzvah project, I wanted to bring cheer and good wishes to sick kids who love camp as much as I do.  My camp friends and I designed tote bags and created personal cards for hundreds of kids at Camp Round Up River Ranch, a camp for children who are very sick and want to enjoy having a fun camp experience while not thinking about their illnesses. The tote bags are a way for them to bring home their memories of their summer experience.

I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss and Shelly Kamara for helping me prepare for my Bat Mitzvah.

"If you can dream it, you can do it!"

                                            –Walt Disney


"She believed she could, so she did!"

                                        –CS Lewis


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Hi, my name is Aden Lepp. I am currently in the 8th grade at John Burroughs Middle School. At Burroughs, math has been my favorite subject. My parents are Marc and Debby Lepp. I have a younger brother, Jonas, and a younger sister, Hannah.

My mitzvah project involves helping young children in preschool learn about the Jewish holidays. I work with the preschool and teach the children what each holiday is about and why it is important. This gives the children early exposure to Judaism. Since some kids never get a chance to experience a religion other than their own, I am grateful for my opportunity to help these kids. I teach the kids on all of the major widely celebrated Jewish holidays.

I would like to thank Josh Goldberg, Shelly Kamara, Rabbi Aaron and Rabbi Bassin, Cantor Weiss, and Judy Kandel for all of their help leading up to my Bar Mitzvah.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

                                                                                  -- Nelson Mandela

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Hi, my name is Joey Simon.  I am in the 7th grade at El Rodeo, where my favorite subject is science.  My parents are Cheryl Zoller-Simon and Jon Simon and I have a kitten named, Cookie.

I love playing basketball and football in my local recreational leagues and was thrilled that my team won the Football Championship last year!

For my mitzvah project I am volunteering at NKLA Pet Adoption Center and am raising funds to help their cause.  The reason I chose this adoption center is because this is where I got Cookie and it is one of the only centers in Los Angeles that preserves the life of the animals that are not adopted.

I would like to thank my parents, Shelly Kamara, Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin and Cantor Weiss for their support in helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah.


“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

                                            - Michael Jordan

"I hope this huge step brings me to great places."

                                      - Joey Simon

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