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Rabbi's Message

Jerry Cutler

Another year is around the corner....God fashions something new every day so we can be born anew and our lives restored to wholeness through many possibilities. This is really the purpose of the New Year.  Rosh Hashana expresses renewed hope and possibility. It is a new opportunity, a new beginning, a new start.

There is the story of an angry reader who storms into a newspaper office waving the current edition. He asks to see the person responsible for writing the obituary column.  He was referred to a reporter and angrily opens the paper and points to a notice of his own obituary. "As you see, I am very much alive. I demand a retraction!" he bellows. The reporter replies, "I never retract a story.    But, I'll tell you what I'll do...I'll put you in the birth column and give you a fresh start."

On Sunday night, the 29th  of this month, we will all be given an opportunity for a fresh start.    We will be inscribed in the "Sefer HaChayim, "The Book Of Life." We, then, must justify the gift of life. We do this in many ways.   By being aware of its preciousness and its fragility.... By developing to its fullest the potentialities and sensitivities that come with life.... By putting our intelligence to work in sustaining and enhancing the conditions that make life possible.... By cherishing the human habitat and shielding it from devastation and depletion.... By using our free will to the utmost in advancing the cause of life; and, finally.... By celebrating and enjoying life itself.

To our loyal congregants and friends, from me, my wife, Rebbitzen Jeff, Chelsea and Tess, we wish you a glorious 5780 filled with Good Health,  Happiness, Laughter, Pleasant Surprises, A Sane World Void of Hatred and Anti-Semitism, Hit and Runs, Merciless Shootings, Homeless Men, Women and especially Children, An End to War, Avarice and Greed. A Free Jewbilant  Israel!

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Our Next Shabbat Service

7:30 pm on Friday, 
September 6, 2019 


Going west on Wilshire as you approach Warner Blvd., one long block west of Beverly Glen, turn into the driveway that has the sign "Church Parking" and park on levels P2 or P3. Take the elevator up to P1 (which is also the lobby). Services are in the Town Hall room directly across from the elevator.


We absolutely adore our incredibly talented CAT choir! During rehearsals last week, the fire alarm went off (don't worry, everything turned out fine) - so we took advantage of the situation and asked the choir members to introduce themselves. We're truly blessed to have them be a part of our CAT family.

Arne's Corner

Du Fahrshtasht Yiddish?

            My friend and occasional business associate, Ray Monahan,  who I believe to be surprisingly propitious at languages, explained his  confusion with some Yiddish words. He says, Katchkeh, Chatchkeh, and  Potchkeh all sound the same to him. You know, he could be right. His  inquiry made me realize how strange these words must sound to the 
unknowing ear.

            I explained, "Katchkeh is a duck, Chatchkeh is a trinket, 
and Potchkeh is a slap". Upon receipt of this information, my friend,  the gentle gentile smiled knowingly, his lips silently, repetitively,  narrating, "katchkeh, chatchkeh, potchkeh, as he stored it into his  memory bank. Then he paused and said, "The next time we go to dinner at  Shanghai Gardens I'm going to order the Peking Katchkeh, I feel so tribal".

Arnold Charitan

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Monthly Events
Services, Dinners, High Holidays 
( Dates are subject to change)


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

Sunday- September 29, @ 8:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Services 
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Monday - September 30, @ 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah Services 
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Tuesday - October 1, @ 11:00 am
Tashlich By The Sea
Whiskey Red's
13813 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Reservations Must Be Made for Brunch
RSVP: Temple office 1-818-855-1301

Tuesday - October 8, @ 8:00 pm
Kol Nidre Services 
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Wednesday - October 9, @ 10:00 am
Yom Kippur Services
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2
Yizkor: 1:00 pm
Ne'elah: 5:00 pm

Friday - November 1, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

Friday - December 6, @ 7:30 pm
Shabbat Services 
Belmont Village - Town Hall
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Parking at Belmont Village starting at P2

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I will be with you every step of the way. That is my promise, that is my commitment. 

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September Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Jonathan & Eva Ellman 9/3/2019
Earl & Aya Kimura Goldberg 9/7/2019
Mitchell & Rochelle Blumenfeld 9/20/2019

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A Thoughtful Remembrance 

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

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September  Birthdays
And many happy returns!
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Robby Fraser 9/1/2019
Dee Ann Simon 9/8/2019
Sharon Karp 9/14/2019
Elaine P. Schulman 9/14/2019
Norm Crosby 9/15/2019
Ken Bittecks 9/21/2019
Art Metrano 9/22/2019
Warren Sefton 9/22/2019
Ann Radow 9/24/2019
Paul Bernstein 9/26/2019
Rabbi Jerry Cutler 9/26/2019
Etan Markowitz 9/27/2019
Murray J. Smith 9/28/2019
Laurie Waldstein 9/29/2019

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August Tributes
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Dee Ann Simon In memory of Lawrence R. Simon
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Review From the Pew
Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

David Crosby: Remember My Name | Official Trailer HD (2019)
David Crosby: Remember My Name | Official Trailer HD (2019)
Have you ever regretted learning too much about about an artist? For instance, after seeing "Ray" (the biopic of Ray Charles starring Jamie Foxx), I was disappointed in the man I worshipped for his soul and his undeniable talent. I still listen to his music, however, and even thought I know he was no saint- I still respect him.

"David Crosby: Remember My Name", a documentary about the iconic David Crosby, a collaboration between director A. J. Eaton and producer Cameron Crowe, depicts events on his latest tour. Enigmatic and incredibly talented, Crosby is a definitely a member of music royalty since the 1960's. Initially, he appeared with The Byrds followed by the highly successful Crosby, Stills and Nash of which he was a founding member. During his interview, he had the chance to redeem his reputation....a blemished reputation I wasn't aware of. His band mates refuse to speak with him and past lovers still hold a grudge. He didn't come off as someone I would like to have at my dinner table.

In this ever evolving world, which is growing into one of more gentility and awareness of the female voice and suffering, I had little patience watching a testosterone laden film lacking vulnerability and consciousness outside the ego...Crosby's ego that is.
"David Crosby: Remember My Name," left me wanting more from a man who can look back at his life with more than regret, but a desire for action to continue on with love and a chance to redeem himself.

The film was a disappointment, as far as gaining more of an understanding and likability for Crosby, but a good insight to some '70's music history from someone deserving of his accolades and contribution to the arts.

2 Bagels out of 4
Respectfully submitted by Chelsea Cutler R.D.  (Rabbi's Daughter)

Review From the Pew
Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

After The Wedding | Official Trailer HD (2019)
After The Wedding | Official Trailer HD (2019)

Bart Freundlich is a talented Writer/Director whose credits include the critically acclaimed, "The Myth of Fingerprints," as well as Showtime's "Californication" and, a favorite series of mine, "Mozart In the Jungle."

Freundlich was at the helm of "After the Wedding" as well as writing its screenplay.

Starring Julianne Moore as Theresa Young, a rich benefactor and president of a successful business, is thinking of pledging much needed funds to an orphanage in Calcutta. But, before the transaction becomes a reality, she insists on meeting with the orphanage director, Isabel (Michelle Williams) in New York.

At first, Isabel balks at the request as she initially left New York with a broken heart and has no desire to return.  However, the orphanage is bankrupt and in dire need of funds. Reluctantly, she returns to the Big Apple.

She arrives when Theresa and her husband, Oscar Carlson (Billy Crudup), are planning a wedding reception for their daughter, Grace (Abby Quinn). Isabel wants to return to Calcutta as soon as possible, but is convinced to stay for the wedding.
Freundlich has written and directed an old-fashioned script better suited for movie-goers of many years ago. The actors are competent but their performances are uninspired.

"After the Wedding" is at best a slight diversion from the Headlines, filled with familiar faces and a familiar plot.

 2 Bagels out of 4

Review From the Pew
Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

The Art of Racing in the Rain | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX
The Art of Racing in the Rain | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

The Art of Racing in the Rain

  I, like millions of others, love dogs. We have three of them at home. Two little ladies, a Maltipoo and a Shitzu Bichon. The third is a very large Chocolate Labrador. When I take the three of them for a walk, I am often stopped by people I don't know inquiring how much I charge for dog-walking.

But, I digress. The lead actor in "The Art Of Racing In The Rain" is Enzo, an adorable Golden Retriever who, when the film opens, is obviously advanced in dog years and lying in a puddle of "my own making" spoken by acting icon, Kevin Costner.

When Enzo's master, Denny (Milo Ventimiglia) a compassionate race car driver returns home, he gingerly and lovingly lifts his old buddy and gently carries him to his bed.  In a series of flashbacks, we are privy to how Denny picks Enzo out of a group of adorable Golden Retrievers and how they eventually bond.

Enzo is now an integral part of Denny's life. He gets to zoom around the track in Denny's race car; is present when Denny falls in love and eventually marries Amanda Seigfried and many other of life's experiences. The happy and the sad.

Throughout, Costner's raspy voice expressing the thoughts of Enzo, is delivered with wisdom and not too much humor which is sorely lacking especially when a dog is featured in a film that tries too hard to tug at the heart strings.

At the screening, I sat next to a highly respected movie reviewer who is someone I admire greatly. He told that his dog of many years, just passed away. Throughout the film, I felt his pain as Enzo grew older and less active.

I don't know how he felt about "The Art of Racing in the Rain," but I hoped that he liked it better than I did.
2 Bagels out of 4

Food for Thought 
BRYEN: At The Risk Of Further Upsetting Ms. Tlaib
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Rashida Tlaib was in tears over the conditions in which her grandmother lives in the West Bank, and furious that her mother, an American citizen, was forced to go through a "check point" from Israel once in order to visit her. "As a young girl, visiting Palestine to see my grandparents, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints - even though she was a United States citizen and proud American." She was so sad. Teary. Emotional. Distraught.
In light of that ...

Is it insensitive to point out that international Arab wars in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, terror wars (so-called intifadas) in 1989 and 2001, and rocket wars in 2006, 2009, and 2014 have all been started by Arab states or Palestinian leaders against the state of Israel with the intention of destroying it?

It is, perhaps, rude to point out that in the 1949 war of annihilation he declared on Israel, the King of Jordan scooped up the territory that had been allocated for a Palestinian-Arab state. It's probably uncharitable to mention that he annexed the Palestinian-allotted territory in a move recognized only by Great Britain and Pakistan, but no one was moved to do anything about it. And pitiless to mention that Tlaib's grandmother was thus illegally occupied from 1949 - 1967. By Jordan. And thick-skinned, perhaps, to point out that Israel only entered the Palestinian picture when the Jordanian king - in a mind-bogglingly stupid moment - entered 1967's Six Day War on the fourth day and managed to lose all of his illegally held possessions.

And given what Ms. Tlaib considers to be her grandmother's suffering, it seems hardhearted to point out that there were no checkpoints during the Jordanian occupation because no Israeli person - no Jewish person - ever passed from Israel into Jordanian-held Jerusalem at all between 1949 and 1967. No Jewish person could pray at the holiest of Jewish sites and  58 synagogues on the eastern side of the city were dynamited and destroyed. And no Jordanian or Palestinian person was permitted by Jordan to pass from Jordan into Israel during that period for work, medical care, or school.

It really is harsh to point out that after Israel acquired the West Bank territory and, in the course, defending itself from the king's weak-mindedness, Palestinian workers were permitted to travel to and work in Israel - and still are. Some  100,000 - 110,000 Palestinians currently work in Israel and another 30,000 work in West Bank communities. Is it callous to note that those checkpoints were the result of Palestinian terrorism that ended any hope of free or casual passage?

No. It is not.
It thus seems fair to note that while not one Jordanian was killed by a terrorist Palestinian to liberate "Palestine" from the Jordanian government in the 19 years of occupation,  2,143 Israelis have been killed and nearly 10,000 wounded by Palestinians in deliberate attacks. It seems fair also to emphasize the word "deliberate." Dead Jews were the goal. Fair, too, to remind her that 19 of the dead and 172 of the wounded were victims of a  massacre during a Passover Seder; Nava Applebaum and her father David were murdered sitting in a cafĂ©  the night before her weddingKobi Mandell and Yosef Ishran, two 13-year-old boys, had their heads smashed against rocks; 3-month-old Hadas, 4-year-old Elad, 11-year-old Yoav, and parents Ruth and Udi Fogel were  murdered in their beds. Eighteen people, including Americans Malki Roth and Shoshana Yehudit Greenbaum, were killed in a Sbarro pizza parlor (their killers received an  estimated $910,823 in "salary" from the Palestinian Authority).

There are 2,132 others to be named and remembered.

Israelis live not only with checkpoints, but with intrusive security in airports, schools, shopping centers, concert halls, and other places because all have been attacked by people - Palestinians, not Costa Ricans or Laotians or Nepalese - intent on killing them.

And yet, Israel is here, strong, vibrant, growing, democratic, and tolerant of everyone except those openly dedicated to its destruction.

If that further upsets Ms. Tlaib, so be it.

Shoshana Bryen is senior director of  The Jewish Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Ben & Jerry's Israel Factory: #BehindTheScenes with Eylon Aslan-Levy (Episode 2)
Ben & Jerry's Israel Factory: #BehindTheScenes with Eylon Aslan-Levy 

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream   is now available in   Israel in the following flavors:
Wailing Wallnut
Mazel Toffee  
Oy Ge-malt  
Mi Ka-mocha
Bernard Malamint
Berry Pr'i Hagafen
(This one totally cracks me up!!!)
Choc-Eilat Chip
Simchas T'Oreo
It should be noted that all of these flavors
come in either a cup or a Cohen.

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Creative Arts Temple
P.O. Box 241831
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