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Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

Father's Day may not be as rewarding as Mother's Day and that's because what does one bring a dad?
A bouquet of flowers? A bottle of perfume? A trinket? A spa day? Do you schlepp him out of the house for lunch at Souplantation when he'd rather be watching a sporting event on TV?
A few years ago...actually more than a few years ago when I was in college, Mrs. Cole, my creative writing teacher, asked the class to write an essay on the person who had the most positive impact on our life.
We all handed in our reports the following week. Mrs. Cole stepped in front of our class and said, "out of all the submissions only one of you wrote that the person you admired most was your father." Guess who that person was.
She asked me to read it to the class. I did so with a bit of embarrassment and pride. That was on a cold January day. When Father's Day came around, I once again found it difficult to come to terms with a gift to get him. In the past, it was socks, ties, a tie clip to go with the ties and a book about the history about the Jews of Poland. Money was scarce and this year I wanted to get him something of a more personal nature.
Then it dawned on me. The story I had written for my assignment. Would it be enough of a gift? I had never told him of his being my choice for the special person in my life. I put the paper in a gift box, wrapped it with a ribbon and gave my special present to him.
Immediately, he admonished me for spending money on a gift for him. I told him not to worry, as the only cost was my time. "Time is even more precious than money," he said. He opened the box and picked up the paper. He started to read it. Tears welled up in his eyes. When he finished he stared at me for what seemed much longer than the few seconds that passed into the chasm of eternity.
He looked at me and simply said, "Jerrela, of all the gifts you gave me over the years, the socks, the ties, even the one good report card, this one I will cherish because it comes from your heart. I will keep it forever."
And, he did until the day he passed. On September 26, the date of my birth...maybe he didn't like it as much after all.
Happy Father's Day, my revered father, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Cutler

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler
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7:30 pm on Friday, 
June 1, 2018
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Arne's Corner

D on't Give Up Until The Fat Lady Sings.

 For Fifty One Years...Since the incredible victory of the "6 day war" (June 1967), the world has turned its venom on Israel, because, when Israel was considered to be the underdog, and a pushover among nations, everyone loved the seemingly hapless little State which had nothing going for it.

But, as Israel showed the world that it was a real country, and that Jews weren't the hapless and helpless pacifists in need of other people's charitable protection and pity, all of a sudden, Israel is portrayed as the neighborhood bully.

For years and years, people have been writing and saying that Israel is getting an extremely undeserved bad rap, and what Israel really needs, is better "P.R." And unless or until Israel does something soon, to turn its image around...Israel may not survive.

In spite of what you may have read in the Jewish Journal, the L.A. Times, the NY Times,  Move-On.Org , etc. and/or watched on CNN and MSNBC, etc...........facts are facts. In less than 2 years, with the presidency of Donald Trump and his pro-Israel ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley..........Israel is RIDING HIGH, with no sound from the Fat Lady.

Until I hear the Fat Lady sing..............Israel didn't surrender to the world of anti-Semites and America still became the greatest Republic on the planet.                 
 Arnold Charitan
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Services, Dinners, High Holidays 

Friday - June 1 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - July 6 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd

Friday - August 3 @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
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10475 Wilshire Blvd

Sunday - September 9, 8:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Monday - September 10, 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

Tuesday - September 11, 11:00 am
Tashlich By The Sea
Whiskey Red's
Marina del Rey

Tuesday - September 18, 8:00 pm  
Kol Nidre
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.

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Real Estate Tidbit from Lady Jeff Cutler

The Best Housing Markets for Home Flippers

House flipping activity  surged to an 11-year high  this year, with more than 207,000 homes flipped, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data firm. But the key is knowing where to be and when. The sweet spot for successful home flipping is finding the neighborhoods just emerging as the next hot neighborhoods in a city. The average profit for a housing flip in 2017 was $68,100.® ranked the 200 largest metros according to the share of all home sales categorized as a flip (defined as any type of home that is bought and resold within a three- to 12-month period). Researchers limited their rankings to two metros per state for geographic diversity and only included markets where the average profit was at least $30,000.

The following are the best housing markets for home flippers:

1. Nashville, Tenn.
  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 4.1%
  • Average flip profit: $87,200
2. Fresno, Calif.
  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.5%
  • Average flip profit: $53,200
3. Palm Bay, Fla.
  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.3%
  • Average flip profit: $71,500
4. North Port, Fla.
  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.3%
  • Average flip profit: $85,300
5. Baton Rouge, La.
  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.2%
  • Average flip profit: $70,000
6. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.1%
  • Average flip profit: $65,800
7. Los Angeles
  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3%
  • Average flip profit: $169,400
8. Lubbock, Texas
  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 2.7%
  • Average flip profit: $46,000

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Review From the Pew
By Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

The Seagull

The Seagulls
The Seagulls
If you are still pondering as to whether Annette Bening is the reigning queen of today's American Cinema (that is if you have nothing more important to ponder about), ponder no more because once again she delivers a brilliantly crafted and flawless performance as Irina Arkadina's in Anton Chekov's classic, "The Seagull."  

 At the summer lakeside estate of Sorin (an always excellent Brian Dennehy), a group of friends and family, all of whom are in love, but not necessarily with their mate, arrive for a weekend of laughter and relaxation. Adapted from the iconic Chekov's classic play by Stephen Karam and directed by Michael Mayer.  Karam captures the essence of the humor and pathos of the great playwright especially when Elizabeth Moss as Masha is asked as to why she always wears black answers, "For my life."
 There is even the age-old entanglement of a love triangle between Nina (the wonderful Saoirse Ronan) a naïve young woman whose father cares for the estate and Boris (Corey Stoll) a famous writer who is Irina's lover. Irina, however, has her own love affair going with....Irina.The acting is uniformly excellent and Mayer's direction captures every nuance, frustration and whimsy.  The Seagull tends to tire midway but picks up flight towards the end. It's not a great movie but thanks to Ms. Bening, it's a good one and very much worth seeing.
 3 Bagels out of 4 bagels 

Review From the Pew
By Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

The School of Rock

Rock star wannabe Dewey Finn is kicked out of his band for being a bit too demonstrative. Desperate for money, he assumes the identity of his close friend and is hired as a substitute music teacher at a well-to-do prep school. Rob Colletti as Dewy is completely out of control.  All limbs of his body are loose and seem detached from his body as he takes control of the stage as a teacher of young kids who are introduced to the freneticism of Rock music much to the dismay of the uptight parents of the prep school.
The kids are, each and every one of them, the most talented bunch of young kids you will ever have the pleasure of seeing.  They sing, act, dance, play musical instruments and had the opening night audience cheering wildly from the inception of the play.  To be honest, when I was growing up, I thought a 'rock group' were a bunch of Biblical zealots stoning people who strayed from the law. Realizing who they really were, I still couldn't understand the spastic movements and cacophony of electric instruments. To this day, I still don't even though my son-in-law represents some of the top rock groups at William Morris Endeavor. However, it's easy to be caught up in the frenzy of the spirited music and performances of the artists on stage at the Pantages. They are 'crazy man' especially Colletti and Lexie Dorsey Sharp, the school's principal who has the power and range of anyone I have seen on the musical stage. She is awesome. Same goes for those adorable and multi- talented children. If you have a kid, any kid young or old, take them to see "School of Rock at the Pantages. They'll have a great time. My young wife did!
3 ½ out of 4 bagels

Review From the Pew
By Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Marlo (Charlize Theron), a suburb wife, is about to have another child....her third. We are introduced to her other two who are difficult to handle, as well as her husband Drew (Ron Livingston). Drew, like so many husbands, is unaware of the burden placed on their wives especially when the children are so close in age.

When her water breaks, Marlo is taken to the hospital by Drew (it's the least he can do - as a matter of fact, it's the least he does do). Whoever did the prosthetic on her stomach to make Ms. Theron appear pregnant must be a blimp builder as her tummy looks like she's about to give birth to sextuplets.

Now the mother of three demanding children, Marlo must change and feed the baby, prepare breakfast, make sure the kids are presentable and take them to school. The scene is made up of fast, blurring cuts as Director Ivan Reitman emphasizes the frenzied exhaustive preparation a 40ish mother of three young children goes through every weekday morning. His direction is right on as is the script written by his "Juno" collaborator, Diablo Cody, who injects laughter in to the midst of the most distressful circumstances.

When a night nanny, Tully (Mackenzie Davis), a gift from her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass) appears as a vision at her front frosted glass door, Marlo rejects her. The positive and assertive Tully talks her way in and Marlo's life goes through an immediate change. Both actors are brilliant as the movie, taking on a new dimension, begins to soar as Tully brings order to the chaos.

One night Tully convinces Marlo to take her to Brooklyn for a night out and leave the kids with Drew. As they cross the bridge Marlo giddily points out her old neighborhood's haunts to a receptive Tully. They party and drink as Marlo releases her anxieties to a receptive Tully.

"Tully" easily blends drama and comedy as Theron and Davis prove to be a formidable duo.
3 Bagels and a schmear out of 4

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