High Holy Day Services at the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre

October 7th, 2016 – If you’re looking for a way to experience Yom Kippur during the high holy days, there is nothing like visiting the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the new year. It is a time for fasting and forgiveness. Rabbi David Baron is the founder of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts, the largest arts and entertainment synagogue in the United States which owns the Saban Theatre. Rabbi David is an inspirational speaker and will be presenting a sermon entitled, “Jewish Resilience.” Stop by on The Eve of Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) which is Tuesday, October 11th. Yom Kippur is Wednesday, October 12th. This day represents the end of a 10-day period of repentance, which begins with the Jewish New Year.
There are so many celebrities expected. And the Saban Theatre is such an awesome place to meet and mingle with Hollywood’s Jewish Community.

Here’s the list of Rabbi David Baron’s guests that will be attending this year;

Moti Kahana
Moti Kahana. Photo courtesy of Moti Kahana


An Aleppo Rescuer of Syrian civilians and American-Israeli businessman who at
great personal risk provides humanitarian relief and aid in the barrel and chemical bombed
City of Aleppo in Syria through his organization Amaliah based in New York.

A Culver City resident and community college administrator whose life was miraculously spared
in a recent terrorist attack in Nice, France on Bastille Day, July 14, 2016. Krentzman, who is still
recuperating in a hospital in France, will talk about what happened to him in a videotaped
message from a hospital in France, where he is still recuperating.

Greg and Lola Krentzman. Photo courtesy Greg Krentzman

An expert on the topic of Islamic terrorism and Founder and
President of ACT for America, a national security organization, tells of her
family’s abuse and escape from Islamic extremists.

Brigitte Gabriel
Brigitte Gabriel. Photo courtesy of ACT for America

A Holocaust survivor who rose from modest beginnings as a pork belly trader
to become one of the most influential figures in the world of finance. Melamed
will tell of his family’s escape from Nazi occupied Poland to the United States via the
Trans-Siberian Railroad to Japan with the help of Japanese Diplomat Chiune Sugihara.

Leo Melamed. Photo by John Wheeler, Wheeler Photography

Officiating at the Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Services will be RABBI DAVID BARON, Founder of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts, the largest arts and entertainment synagogue in the United States which owns the Saban Theatre. The Rabbi’s sermon is entitled, “Jewish Resilience.”

Here’s more information on the High Holy Day Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Special Guests:

MOTI KAHANA – An American-Israeli businessman and philanthropist born in Jerusalem who has provided humanitarian relief for Syrian civilians, Moti Kahana financed the opposition group, which took Senator John McCain to visit war-torn Syria. Kahana rescued the last Jewish family from Aleppo, and recovered ancient Jewish artifacts, including Torah scrolls, in danger of destruction from synagogues in Syria. He has been called the Jewish Raoul Wallenberg for providing passports to hundreds of Syrian opposition members and their families. In 2013 he founded www.Amaliah.org based in New York City, which is now working in tandem with the Israeli Defense Force and Syrian local council, toward a goal of bringing over a million Syrians back home to a designated “Safe Zone” territory in Southern Syria on the border with Israel. Kahana is currently working on a book, Looking for God in Syria.

GREG KRENTZMAN – Thanks to www.JDate.com , the popular Jewish dating website, Culver City resident and Beverly Hills native, Greg Krentzman, had the good fortune of meeting his wife, Sophie, who in his hour of need, became his savior in life. On July 14, 2016 while on vacation with his wife and daughter, Lola, in Nice, France, a terrorist in a truck drove through a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 people and injuring more than 200. Greg Krentzman recently purchased an apartment in Nice and was taking pictures of the Bastille Day fireworks when his wife, a Parisian native, shouted out to him to move. Fortunately he jumped to the left, and survived, although the truck clipped his right leg, fracturing it in three places and crushing his foot. Krentzman’s nine-year-old daughter, Lola, broke her ankle during the attack. Greg Krentzman is a community college administrator, and the son of the late Paul Krentzman, an attorney and former president of Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles, CA.


BRIGITTE GABRIEL – Born in Lebanon, Virginia Beach-based Brigitte Gabriel is the Founder and President of ACT for America, the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots national security organization with 300,000 members and more than 1,000 chapters around the country focused on education, engaging and mobilizing citizens and elected officials to impact legislative outcomes to protect America. To date, ACT for America has driven the education process towards the successful passage of 43 bills in 22 states. After her home in Lebanon was blown up by Muslims and Palestinians in 1975, Gabriel decided to go into the line of work she is in, following her late parent’s advice: “Let your actions speak louder than words.” Brigitte Gabriel is one of the leading national security experts in the world – providing information and analysis on the rise of Islamic terrorism. She has addressed the United Nations, the Australian Prime Minister, members of the British Parliament/House of Commons, members of the United States Congress, the Pentagon, the FBI, and many others. She is a regular guest analyst on Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC, to name a few. Gabriel is the author of two New York Times Best Sellers, Because They Hate Me and They Must Be Stopped. She will be knighted on October 5, 2016 in Rhodes, Greece, by Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, for her work with ACT for America. She speaks Arabic, French, English and Hebrew.

LEO MELAMED – A Holocaust survivor who rose from modest beginnings as a pork belly trader to become one of the most influential figures in the world of finance, a visionary who pioneered and revolutionized the modern financial futures industry with the creation of the International Monetary Market and by introducing Globexâ, the world’s first futures electronic trading system. Melamed is Chairman Emeritus of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Inc., the world’s largest futures market, as well as Chairman of the Chicago based Melamed & Associates. He is the author of several books, including; “Escape to the Futures”, which chronicles his memoirs as an 8-year-old Jewish boy who, along with his parents, escaped Bialystok, Poland during the time of the Holocaust with the help of a life saving transit visa provided by Chiune Sugihara, the Vice-Consul for the Japanese Consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania. Sugihara risked his career and his family’s lives, by helping nearly 6,000 Jewish refugees escape from German-occupied Poland and Russian-occupied Eastern Poland during the time of the Holocaust. Chiune Sugihara, although not as recognized, saved six times more Jewish lives during the Holocaust than Oskar Schindler, who was brought to the world’s attention in the film Schindler’s List. The story of the Melamed family’s escape from Poland, miraculously outwitting the Nazis, spanned three continents, six languages, and the Trans-Siberian railroad to Japan ending happily in the United States in 1941.
Performers and Service Readers for the High Holy Day Services:
MARY HART, Iconic Former American Television Personality for Entertainment Tonight (October 12th)
LEONARD MALTIN, Renowned American Film Critic and Historian (October 11th)
MICHAEL BELL, Actor (“Rugrats,” “The Smurfs”) (October 12th)
CORKY HALE, World Renowned Harpist (October 12th)
JULIE HAGERTY, American Film and Television Actress (October 11th)
LOREN LESTER, Actor (“American Wedding,” “Batman: The Animated Series”)(October 12th)
CURT LOWENS, Holocaust Survivor, Hero of the Dutch Resistance and Actor (Film, Television and Stage) (October 12 – Yizkor service)
STEPHEN MACHT, Actor (“Suits,” “The Monster Squad”) (October 11th)
MICHAEL FITZPATRICK, World Renowned Cellist (October 12th)
DR. JUDEA PEARL, Father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (October 11th)
STEVE TISCH, Chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants and American Film Producer (“Forrest Gump” – Academy Award-Wining Producer) (October 12th)
SHARON FARBER, Three Time Emmy Award-Nominated Composer and Music Director for the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre (October 11th and 12th)
ILYSIA J. PIERCE, Cantor, Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre(Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” First National Tour) (October 11th and 12th)
JORDAN BENNETT, Cantor, Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre (Lead in “Les Misérables” on Broadway) (October 11th and 12th)
ADRIENNE BARON, Noted Vocalist (October 11th and 12th)
The creative services will also feature the temple’s choir comprised of singers from theLOS ANGELES OPERA and the LOS ANGELES MASTERS CHORALE (October 11th and 12th)
Instrumentalists for Kol Nidre (October 11th) will include: LIESEL ERMAN, Harp, ALEXANDER KALMA, Violin, DIMITRY OLYEVSKY, Violin, RONI SILBERSTEIN,Flute and GARIK TERZIAN, Cello
Instrumentalists for Yom Kippur will include: ALEXANDER KALMA, Violin, DANIEL JAKUBOVIC, Guitar and GARIK TERZIAN, Cello
The High Holy Day Services will include:
The sounding of the Shofar was heard on the first of the High Holy Days, the Eve of Rosh Hashanah, that began the Jewish New Year 5777 on Sunday, October 2nd, believed to be the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar; it is a day of prayer and fasting for Jewish people around the world. The Eve of Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) on Tuesday, October 11th, and Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 12threpresent the end of a 10-day period of repentance, which begins with the Jewish New Year 5777, Rosh Hashanah, on Sunday evening, October 2nd continuing through Tuesday, October 3rd. Historically, it is on the 10th day between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur on which Moses completed and brought down the second set of commandments from Mount Sinai, signifying that God had granted atonement for the people’s sin of the Golden calf.

Kol Nidre Service Highlights (The Eve of Yom Kippur) on Tuesday evening, October 11th, starting at 8:00 p.m. will include:
The Rabbi’s Special Guests, Moti Kahanaand Leo Melamed.
Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain Wall Street Journal writer, Daniel Pearl will talk about Daniel Pearl Music Month and sing the Hebrew song, “Mi Haish” (“Who Is The Man Who Desires Life?”) based on Psalm 34 from The Book of Psalms, composed by Baruch Chayat, arranged by Sharon Farber.

The text of the Psalm is as follows:
Who is the man, Who desires life, Who loves all his days, To see good

Guard your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit

Turn away from bad, And do good, Seek peace, And pursue it

Performance of Sharon Farber’s musical composition, “Selach Ianu” (“Forgive Us”)featuring cantors Ilysia J. Pierce and Jordan Bennett, Choir and Violin.
Jordan Bennett will sing “Shema Kloeinu”written by Max Helfman.
Adrienne Baron will sing “Ma Navu” written by Berry and Batya Segal, featuring a dancer from Keshet Chayiim Dance Ensemble, pianist Sharon Farber, flutist Ronit Silberstein and Choir.
Composer Lucas Richman’s “Kol Nidre” will be performed.
Composer Debbie Friedman’s “Might Shenerach” will be performed.

Yom Kippur Service Highlights on Wednesday, October 12th, starting at 10:00 a.m. will include:
A Yizkor Memorial Service (memorial service for the departed) will begin at 12-Noonat which the late Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth President, former Prime Minister, former Foreign Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate will be remembered. In memory of Shimon Peres, Leo Melamed will read a Yiddish poem, written by Avrom Sutzkever translated by Leo Melamed. Cantor Jordan Bennett will sing the Yiddish Folk Song, “Mamele” written by Mitchell Parish, Alex Alstone and Al Goodhart, with Yiddish by Miriam Kresyn. Cantor Ilysia J. Pierce will sing the song “Dance With My Father”written by Luther Vandross and Richard Marx. Rabbi David Baron will read a list of names of those of have passed over the last year and are now forever sealed in the Book of Life. Candles will be lit by Major Hagai Nir, who, since his release, has served 80 days each year in the Reserves. He took part in all the last operations, including Protective Edge, when he was with his company in Gaza for more than 40 days. He grew up in a Kibbutz with his two sisters and their parents. Their socioeconomic status was difficult. Hagai Nir has studied Law at IDC with the IMPACT Scholarship and next year will start his MBA at UCLA. Actor Curt Lowens will do a reading.
Cellist Michael Fitzpatrick will also play an original composition dedicated to the plight of the Syrian refugees.
Harpist Corky Hale will perform the song “Over The Rainbow” written by Yip Harburg(a Jewish refugee from Europe) and Harold Arlen (whose father was a cantor).
Singer Adrienne Baron will perform the song, “Band of Brothers” written by the late Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated film composer, Michael Kamen.
Rabbi Baron’s Guests, Brigitte Gabriel and Greg Krentzman via video from a hospital in France will speak.
From 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Rabbi Baron will lead a Question and Answer Session with his High Holy Day Special Guests, Moti Kahana, Brigitte Gabriel and Leo Melamed.
At 4:00 p.m. a 35-minute excerpt will be screened from the documentary film, “Never Again Is Now,” which investigates the troubling rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe. It is told through the eyes of a woman who fled to America to escape it in 2006. Evelyn Markus was raised in Holland by parents who witnessed the growing anti-Jewish violence of the 1940’s. Her parents survived the Holocaust when Allied forces liberated them in 1945. When Markus saw signs of the same disturbing trends returning to the Netherlands, she left the land her family called home for centuries. Today, she confronts the hatred that drove her out, and embraces her life’s mission – to prevent one of history’s darkest chapters from repeating. The documentary was produced by The Blaze TV in Columbus, Ohio, and premiered on November 19th, 2015, at The Blaze TV. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Evelyn Markus and her partner Rosa Zeegers who both appear in the film.
The Closing Mincha/Neilah/Havdalah Service will begin at 5:45 p.m. at which time the “Haleluya” written by composer Kobi Oshrat, Sharon Farber’s uncle, will be performed. The services will conclude at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre; 8440 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211. High Holy Day services will be held on the Eve of Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (5777) starting at 8:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (5777) starting at 10:00 a.m., including a
Yizkor Memorial Service (memorial service for the departed) starting a 12-Noon.
Young Adult memberships for ages 18 to 40 are available for a donation of $150. Children’s services, led by Karen Abrams, will also be held on the morning of Rosh Hashanah on Monday, October 3rd at 10:30 a.m. and on the morning of Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 11th at 10:30 a.m. This year the temple has partnered with Lyft to provide free transportation to and from the Saban Theatre for the temple’s Sustaining Members. For more information about tickets and Lyft services, please call the temple at 323-658-9100 or log on to www.bhtota.org.

Rabbi David Baron. Photo courtesy of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre

Rabbi Baron said, “All of my guests have incredible personal stories that exemplify the strength of the human spirit as carried out in their respective lives through their acts of courageous deeds and humane kindness, all the while remaining hopeful and determined in the face of great oppression and personal sacrifices. These are all inspirational and motivational messages we need to hear.”

The City of Beverly Hills has waived parking restrictions on both sides of Hamilton Drive, Gale and Tower, between Wilshire Boulevard and Gregory Way, and between Hamilton and La Cienega on the north side of the street. This will also apply to Hamilton, north of Wilshire. High Holy Day guests may not park in red or yellow zones or disable spaces without the proper placard. Parking Enforcement will waive permit parking restrictions and timed parking restrictions. Metered spaces are not exempt. Additional parking is available at numerous lots and garages in close proximity to the Saban Theatre. Fees vary.

The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre is now celebrating its 24th Anniversary. The temple was founded and incorporated on November 5, 1992.

High Holy Day Services will be conducted in the Winnick Family Auditorium on the ornate Harold Kapelovitz bimah, given as a gift from Mrs. Lee Kapelovitz in memory of her late husband. The bimah design was envisioned by Rabbi David Baron, with the assistance of his wife Adrienne Baron and Bruce Ryan. The goal was to create a dramatic living Jewish message of faith and peoplehood. Through the Rabbi’s efforts the temple secured the exclusive rights to recreate the magnificent tapestry of the legendary artist, Marc Chagall, entitled “The Journey of the People.” The original evocative work of art depicting the history of the Jewish people from Moses to King David hangs in Knesset in Jerusalem. The art deco elements of the temple’s proscenium were incorporated into the design of the pillars, Holy Ark and pulpits. Six backlit panels present 18 (chai) word concepts of Jewish faith and belief taken from the Torah.

The mission of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre is to promote religion through music, drama, arts, film and dance. Many of the artists in these various creative fields participate in the temple’s services. To learn more about Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre, please visit the website,
www.bhtota.org. Network with us at www.facebook.com/templeofthe arts and on Twitter @templeofthearts

The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre also broadcasts its Yom Kippur service on DIRECTV, Comcast, Time Warner and other cable channels through JLTV (Jewish Life Television). JLTV can be viewed locally in Los Angles on Time Warner Channel 469. For more information, please visit the website,




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