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Beri Schwitzer

Teacher Spotlight: Adiv Zelony

ADIV ZELONY was born and raised in Los Angeles; attended and graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in International Relations. He spent his junior year abroad in Israel and two weeks after graduation made Aliyah. He served in the Israeli navy for two years and finished his naval career with the rank of sergeant. He met […]

Beri Schwitzer

Volunteering Creates Bonds

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said that “What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but text people. It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read; the text they will never forget.” This quote reminds me so much of the warmth and kindness that radiates through our hallways during Learning […]

Cyd Friedman

Busy Month Ahead

We have such a wonderful and busy month ahead! But before I get to all of that, I just want to say THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers and congregants! Being at a variety of events over the last month just reminded me of how fortunate we are. We have celebrated and mourned together quite a bit; from […]


Have you ever been Jewbarrassed? It’s a word that describes the embarrassment of feeling we’re supposed to know something Jewish, but we don’t. For example, we might feel Jewbarrassed when people sing birkat hamazon, grace after meals, and everyone but us seems to know the words. Or, maybe we feel it in that moment of not being sure whether […]

Beri Schwitzer

Teacher Spotlight: Steven Duchin and Hillary Block

In an effort to introduce our Congregational Learning Center team to the community, we will feature teacher spotlights in the Family Record. This month we would like to introduce you to our two amazing enrichment specialists: Steven Duchin (Music) and Hillary Block (Art). Both Steven and Hillary (along with Chelsea Egenberg) are an integral part of our Wednesday […]

Cyd Friedman

Gratitude about CBT

Have you taken a few minutes lately to feel gratitude? Besides the reasons in your personal lives to be thankful for, what about your CBT family and home? I am so grateful to my Beth Torah family, and want to say thank you to all of you in making our home such a unique and special place. Let […]

Synagogue Mascot

The board and I have recently finished reading How to Attract Millions of People to Your Synagogue by Rabbi Abel Bodyman. The chapter that resonated with us the most was about creating a brand for the synagogue. A distinct brand will help people remember our synagogue. Most communities brand their shul with a logo or tagline and, since we […]

Beri Schwitzer

40 Cups of Coffee in 2018

My parents had a framed quote from the Talmud that hung over our fire place for most of my childhood. Its message: “Who is wise? One who learns from all.” The quote stuck with me stressing the Jewish value of seeking wisdom as well engaging those around you. It’s the knowledge we gain from others that can motivate […]