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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 am in 7th grade at Paul Revere Charter School. I love all types of dance from jazz to ballet, and I enjoy traveling, making and editing videos, and having fun with my friends. My parents are John and Jamie Adler and I have 2 brothers, Jake and Philip, who both had their Bar Mitzvahs here at Temple Emanuel.

For my mitzvah project I am volunteering at The Vanderpump Dog Foundation. It is an incredible rescue organization that places homeless dogs into loving homes, and raises awareness for the overpopulation and cruelty to dogs all over the world. I love dogs and our family actually has 2 rescue dogs that I can’t imagine where they would be if we did not adopt them.   I would like to thank Rabbi Bassin, Cantor Weiss, and Kalanit Kamara for helping me prepare for my Bat Mitzvah.

"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"

                                                                           – Anne Frank

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I am a 7th grader at El Rodeo school. I enjoy dancing, listening to music, photography and playing with my dog Matilda. I am so grateful for my older brother Sam and my parents, Emily and Jeff Wolf. I am so lucky to have such supportive friends and family.For my Mitzvah Project, I am working with Rabbi Bassin and Save the Syrian Children to collect supplies for Syrian refugee children.

We are collecting clothing and teaching younger kids about the struggles of refugee children.I would like to thank Rabbi Bassin for helping me understand my Torah portion and for being such an inspirational role model. I would also like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss and Shelly Kamara for spending their time to help me prepare for my Bat Mitzvah.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

                                                                                                                     – Walt Disney




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Hi, I am Maya Gibson. I am in 7th grade and I am 13 years old. I attend City Charter Middle School. I have been a soccer player since I was 5 and currently I play for Culver City Football Club. I am also a huge fan of art and all things involving creativity.

My parents’ names are Karen and Terel Gibson and I have a sister named Aliza who is eleven years old. I have a dog named Lu.

For the past couple of months, I have been working with Tree People to improve our environment. I have planted trees, cleaned up parks, and placed mulch in native plants. I am raising money and will donate the proceeds to Tree People. After working with Tree People, I have developed a new interest in protecting the environment.

I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin, Cantor Weiss, Jodi Shapiro, my religious school teacher, and Shelly Kamara, my Hebrew tutor.

“The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out.”

                                                                                                                – Author Unknown






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My name is Noor Nora Houriani. I am currently in 7th grade at Hawthorne School where I recently won the Aristonian Award for academic excellence. I like to play piano and tennis and I enjoy spending time with my friends.

My parents are Mehrdad and Noushin Houriani. My siblings are triplets and I have two brothers and one sister. Their names are Amir, Rodney, and Arianna. We also have a big German Shepherd named Maverick who is one and a half years old.

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


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”


                    ― Robert Frost


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