July 2023

Rabbi's Message

Message to follow.

Rabbi Jerry wishes you all a very good Shabbas. We hope to see you at our Shabbat Service on July 7th at 6:00 PM.

Rabbi Jerry

Dear Members and Friends,

I hope this message finds you in good health and high

spirits. As a valued member of our community, we wanted

to take this opportunity to connect with you regarding the

upcoming High Holidays.

Sadly, we have not been in touch earlier due to financial

constraints that recently affected our Temple. The

expenses associated with last year’s Holiday services,

unfortunately, depleted our available funds. As a result, we

are facing challenges in planning and organizing this year’s

services. However, we have been diligently exploring

alternative options that we believe may be of great.

interest to you and the community.

In an effort to provide a unique and memorable

experience for the Holidays, we are considering hosting

the services in a Desert setting this year. Our proposal

entails arranging affordable accommodations at a local

hotel where we can come together for Rosh Hashanah

and/or Yom Kippur. The Desert environment will offer

tranquility and a serene backdrop for our spiritual


Our plan is to commence the evening with a meaningful

and heartfelt dinner, followed by the High Holiday service.

The following day, we will continue with the service and

conclude with a delectable lunch fostering a sense of

community and camaraderie. On Yom Kippur, it would be

break the fast.

For those of you who would prefer not to drive, please let

us know and we can make arrangements for a chartered


We understand that this might be a departure from our

traditional service format, but we believe it presents a

unique opportunity for us to gather in a different setting

while maintaining the sanctity and significance of the High

Holidays. We would be grateful for your thoughts and

feedback on this proposed plan, as your input is invaluable

to us.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any

questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can contact our

office at 310-720-9618 or email us at


We truly value your involvement and look forward to

hearing from you soon.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Blessed and Joyous

upcoming CAT High Holidays.


CAT FNL (Friday Night Live) on Facebook Live


In your home


We will be meeting on

Friday, July 7, 2023. at 6:00 pm

Save The Date - Next service:

Friday, Aug 4, 2023. at 6:00 pm



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You will also be able to view it on Our Website (creativeartstemple.org) and on YouTube as well. 

This is a Streamlined Shabbat Service with special guests. You will be able to chat with us, share any news from your week, or send a virtual hug via Facebook.

We will be chanting the Mishabeirach for global healing and reciting the Kaddish for the current yahrzeits. If you have the names of loved ones you would like to include, please let us know.

Renew Ralphs Community Contributions Now!

Please Register today!
For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at www.ralphs.com, or if you are having a problem registering call the temple office at 310-720-9618 and we will help you. 

Also, if you don't have computer access, you can call Ralphs at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.

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Donate to CAT while you grocery shop

Participants are required to register for the new term online at www.ralphs.comor by calling Ralphs at 
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Please Note!!
The Scan Bar letters will no longer work at the register.

To verify if Creative Arts Temple is your charity of choice, look at the very bottom of your receipt next time you shop at Ralph's. It should say "At your request, Ralph's is donating to Creative Arts Temple." If you do not see that, you will need to register through the Ralph's 

June and July Anniversaries

Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

June and July Anniversaries

Daniella & Steven Zax 6/1/2023

Robert & Adrienne Leevan 6/12/2023

Gerald & Joan Doren 6/21/2023

Howard & Molly Murray 7/4/2023

Ross & Fern Bloom 7/19/2023

With a donation of Chai ($18) or above, CAT will mail out a tribute card in your honor of Birthdays, Anniversaries, Get-Well-Soon wishes, Congratulations and In Loving Memory.

Baby Congrats
Happy Birthday Card

Happy Anniversary CArd


You now can Order Tribute Cards, Remember A Yarzheit, Make donations to the Services, or Order a Plaque through your Temple Talk Email or on our website. 

Just click on the link and choose what kind of donation you would like

to make.  

Paypal is secure and safe. You can choose to use your credit card or through your bank. Once we receive your information, we will send you a confirmation email to let you know that we are in receipt of

your donation.

Or, you can call the office or just send a donation in the mail.

Click here to make your donation with PayPal.

or go to our website at creativeartstemple.org

You can now make a donation through Venmo. Our username is @CreativeArtsTemple-10

June and July Birthdays

And many happy returns!

Lois Sefton 6/1/2023

Barbara La Pearl 6/3/2023

Harriet Diamond 6/9/2023

Godfrey Harris 6/11/2023

Cipora Kricun 6/16/2023

Susan Rothman 6/20/2023

Linda Schwartz 6/20/2023

Wendy Carter 6/21/2023

Louis Zigman 6/23/2023

Herman B. David 6/25/2023

Paul W. Glass 6/27/2023

Fern Field Brooks 6/28/2023

Barbara Fleming 6/30/2023

Stanley Karp 6/30/2023

Roni Cohen 7/4/2023

Joe Ingber 7/4/2023

Deborah Barnhart 7/8/2023

Aya Kimura Goldberg 7/14/2023

Mitchell Blumenfeld 7/16/2023

Gail Rund 7/25/2023

Irv Sobel 7/30/2023

Irene Reznick 7/31/2023

April Tributes

Your Thoughtfulness is Truly Appreciated

Click here to make a tribute donation

or go to our website at creativeartstemple.org

Service Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!

Shabbat Sponsors:

Debby and Ken Bitticks - Oneg Sponsor

Brett Barenholtz - Oneg Sponsor

Elaine Schulman - Oneg Sponsor

A special thank you to Joey English. the longest-running radio show in the desert - for her shout-outs

Click here to make a donation or go to our website at creativeartstemple.org

Get Wells

Refuah Shleima

CAT wishes speedy recoveries to:

Debby and Ken Bitticks, Gregory Cruz, Godrey and Barbara Harris, Andrew Martin, Burt Newmark, Donna and Peter Paul.

June Yahrzeits 

We thank those who have made a donation in memory of your loved one.

Ross & Fern Bloom,

In memory of Harry Bloom

Ralph & Cynthia Bovitz,

In memory of Ann Bovitz

Murray & Ronna Damen,

In memory of Nettie Solomon-Sonnenberg & Herbert Fundamensky

Harriet Diamond,

In memory of Jack Lefkowitz

Jacalyn Feigelman,

In memory of Stuart Feigelman

Lorain Goldberg,

In memory of David Chotiner

Stanley Paperny,

In memory of Jeanette Paperny

Daniel Paulson,

In memory of Philip Paulson

Dee Ann Simon,

In memory of Harry D. Davis

Dee Ann Simon,

In memory of Nathan & Lena Goldberg

May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

If you made a donation and you don't see it here, it is because it was received after the publication deadline and will appear next month

An inspiring story of a school that relocated to escape the Nazis

Reviewed by CAT member

Stephen Maitland-Lewis


There is no shortage of books on the Holocaust and the overall inferno of the Hitler years.

Reading anything from the vast published material on this subject is bound to evoke obvious disgust and horror. Yet, the question remains: how could this have happened in the 20th century, in a country which hitherto was considered one of the foremost cultured and educated of all civilized nations?

Deborah Cadbury in her The School That Escaped the Nazis skillfully evokes another, more heartwarming emotion, and this book goes a long way to confirm that amid the carnage of that era there were instances of profound goodness and human decency.

Anna Essinger, a young German schoolteacher, had established a small progressive school in southern Germany. She saw the writing on the wall when Hitler came into power in 1933. She had read Mein Kampf and abhorred its wicked ideology.

With an abundance of courage, determination, and pure defiance, in spite of her limited resources, she succeeded in relocating her school to the rural county of Kent in southeast England. The school flourished and soon attracted a number of English pupils as well as teachers. Before long, as a result of Nazi regulations which made it impossible for Jewish teachers and pupils to remain within the German school system, there was an additional influx of pupils and highly qualified academic staff.

The school swiftly earned a fine reputation and enjoyed good relations with its neighbors. The local villagers were largely friendly, supportive and hospitable. But, in 1939 upon the outbreak of war, the school faced new challenges. Many of the German staff and the older students were interred as enemy aliens far away from Kent. The locals, who had treated the school and all those connected with it with respect, now treated it with suspicion. The school’s neighbors shunned it.


The British Government requisitioned the school’s strategically important premises for British military purposes, and another evacuation was necessary. On short notice, Essinger found a decrepit mansion for the school, two hundred miles away. Simultaneously, the school was struggling to take in as many Jewish children as it could among those who had remained in Germany. Additionally, the school admitted countless others whose parents the Nazis had kidnapped and sent to concentration camps throughout Germany and Poland.


The author recounts the testimony of many of the students who described how they left their homes and families only to struggle with the differences in culture and a new language, as well as with the heartache of not knowing whether they would ever reunite with their parents and other family members. Essinger and her colleagues had to deal not only with the academic and overall well-being of her pupils but also with the immense trauma that they were suffering.


The school became a home for the children, a haven of love and warmth where they could live peacefully and without fear of being bullied and treated as outcasts in their native Germany. They formed lifetime bonds and a great many succeeded as adults in their chosen fields.

Essinger and her colleagues created a loving home for approximately nine hundred pupils between 1933 and 1948 when the school finally closed. Despite all the miseries and suffering that the children and the German staff members, had endured, she created a happy and productive environment. To describe reading about this period of history as a joyful experience is counterintuitive. However, Deborah Cadbury succeeds in delivering an uplifting and inspiring book about the challenges that Essinger, her pupils, and her colleagues faced. So many books on the Holocaust focus heavily on statistics that in time one becomes almost immune to the savagery. Case studies of specific named individual children, some as young as eight, who arrived at the school traumatized and how they fared carry more weight. Cadbury illustrates the teamwork between teachers and pupils who together faced hurdles and survived.


This book is a worthy edition to the countless books written about this painful historical period. The school was devoid of any form of religious syllabus or practice but nevertheless, Anna Essinger, as the author states, “fulfilled in her own way, the old Hebrew saying, ‘Tikkun Hoaolam’ — ‘mend the world.’”


This piece originally appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Roots Music & Beyond
KPFK 90.7 FM
6-8 a.m.

New Christy Minstrels, Art Podell, was a Greenwich Village folk singer in 1958. In the rush to capitalize on the folk boom, Columbia Records signed Podell and partner Paul Potash and, as the duo “Art & Paul,” they released two albums in 1960 and ’61, which are sought-after today by folk music aficionados.

"I thought I was watching and listening to Will Rogers with an Ivy League education and maybe that's true, but your humor and songs - both touching and delightful - was better and much more enjoyable than his lasso"
-Herb Freed, Film-maker, novelist, and friend 
If you are a fan of the classic folk music of the fifties/sixties, this might be the program for you. 
Add to that some flavors of old-time jazz and bluegrass. We'll be catering to your musical pallets while offering some wonderful premiums to help support KPFK.
Roots Music & Beyond celebrates ten years on air in March!
Third Saturday host: Art Podell art@artpodell.com,a bona fide Greenwich Village folkie, one-half of the legendary duo Art and Paul and an original member of The New Christy Minstrels, and Professor.

Fern Field Brooks, author of Letters to My Husband, has written a new meowmoir on her cat called Destiny's Children. You can order this charming book at http://www.books2cherish.com. Temple members and friends can add "Temple Member" to your shipping instructions and 10% of all sales will go to C.A.T.

"LOVED IT! A clever and refreshing approach to a memoir!"
Mary Lou Belli, Director, Author, Teacher

"Wow! Destiny is incredible! I read it in two evenings and was absolutely enthralled. This book is one in a million!"
Laurel D. - Miami

"I Love Destiny and Fern! I was concerned for Destiny on every adventure, felt relieved when all was well, and eagerly await the rest of the series! Engaging. Charming. Insightful - about cats and humans!"

Dr. Linda Seger, Author, Script Consultant, Lecturer

Did You Know?


By Abigail Klein Leichman

Israel 21c

With the work from anywhere movement firmly in mind, a Tel Aviv startup has created an innovative new screenless laptop with a virtual display so you can work absolutely anywhere.

Sightful, a startup based in Tel Aviv, is rolling out what it calls the world’s first augmented reality (AR) laptop following nearly three years of under-the-radar development.

Designed for the “work from anywhere” movement, the 13-inch Spacetop takes full advantage of AR to transform the area around users into 100 inches of virtual screen space.

Spacetop’s multi-monitor “Canvas” can display all open apps and windows, overlaid on the real world yet invisible to anyone except the user wearing the customized NReal AR glasses that come with the device. There are no gesture controls to learn, and no external hardware to integrate.

Sightful launched its Spacetop Early Access promo on May 18, inviting 1,000 early adopters to reserve their own machine for $2,000.

“Two worlds sit at a crossroads: Laptops are the centerpiece of our daily working lives, but the technology has not evolved with the modern, work from anywhere, privacy matters, ‘road warrior’ mentality,” said Tamir Berliner, CEO and cofounder of Sightful.

“Meanwhile, augmented reality is full of potential and promise, but is yet to find its daily use case. We are at the perfect moment for a significant paradigm shift in a device we all know and love, and Spacetop Early Access is the first step in that journey,” said Berliner.

Human-computer interaction

Berliner and cofounder/COO Tomer Kahan, both formerly with AR technology company Magic Leap, are spatial computing veterans. Berliner cofounded PrimeSense, which was acquired by Apple in 2013, and Kahan was an executive with N-trig, which Microsoft acquired in 2015.


Sightful, their joint human-computer interaction (HCI) venture founded in 2020, hired more than 60 employees to reinvent the laptop experience. The staff encompasses expertise in product management, UX/UI, core software, cloud, applications, marketing, computer vision, systems and design.

Between reality and AR

Marvin Tien, partner at Corner Ventures, called Spacetop “the bridge between reality and augmented reality, combining the utility and versatility of a laptop with the magic of painting information on the world around us.”

Tien said that as an investor in Sightful, “Corner is committed to leveraging all its connections across Asia Pacific, Europe, and anywhere else in the world where our network may reach to help align the Sightful team with the right leaders across spatial computing, personal computing and product innovation.”

The Spacetop computer is powered with Qualcomm’s chipset and 5G based module, and made by laptop hardware manufacturer Wistron, based in Taiwan.

“Our company infrastructure dedicated to R&D and innovation thrives on world-changing ideas,” said Ray Wah, Chief of Product and Strategy at Wistron.

“The Spacetop Early Access program launching today will reach some of the most influential early adopters in the world and, as Spacetop expands, they can leverage our global manufacturing leadership to achieve the scale they need to usher in this new era of personal computing.



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