The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts has added Hazzan Nathan Lam to its clergy team.
Lam joins Rabbi David Baron of the Temple of the Arts, cantor Ilysia Pierce and music director Sharon Farber for the congregation’s monthly Shabbat services as well as on major holy days.
His first service with Temple of the Arts will be “Gospel Shabbat” on March 25, held both in person at the temple’s home, at the Saban Theater on Wilshire Boulevard, and live.
Lam, who previously served as cantor at Stephen Wise Temple, will also serve as chief curator for the congregation, which describes itself as a musical and cultural hub. In this role, he will organize at least three concerts each year, according to Baron.
“He has a rich history of working with so many people in the music business – we will use his resources to bring special experiences to our Saban theater scene,” Baron said. “He’ll take care of that. It’s very exciting, the future ahead of us.
Temple of the Arts aims to make Judaism accessible through music, art, theater and film.
More than 800 homes listened when Milken Community School held its third annual State of the School Address on January 31.
Milken School Principal Sarah Shulkind gave the speech, highlighting student programs including L’Dough V’Dough, a challah-baking partnership with the LA Holocaust Museum. She also talked about the school’s five strategic priorities.
“Our goal is to make Milken a model pluralistic Jewish community school that shapes the future of Los Angeles and beyond,” Shulkind said during his “Now’s Our Time” address.
Participants in the virtual program included Milken Board Chair Lise Applebaum.
The Milken Community School honored the rabbinical director of Milken, Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin. Affectionately known as Rabbi BK, Bernat-Kunin celebrates 30 years of teaching at the school.
During a virtual program, a handful of community leaders praised Bernat-Kunin, including Milken School principal Sarah Shulkind, Michael Berenbaum, Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, the former principal of the Rennie Wrubel School, Rabbi Richard Camras of Shomrei Torah Synagogue and Caroline Camras; and the Chief Rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom, Ed Feinstein.
“He is the Jerry Seinfeld of the intellectual and philosophical world,” Camras said. “He takes the obvious things in this world…and presents them in a way that challenges us to think more deeply about all the things we need to think about to grow our souls, to build community, to connect more deeply. to the Torah and to God.
“He lives the values he preaches,” Berenbaum said.
In presenting Bernat-Kunin with her award, Milken board member Janine Winkler Lowy likened the classroom environment that Rabbi BK creates for his students every day to a sacred space.
“You have rendered a rabbi almost speechless,” Bernat-Kunin said as he accepted his award.
Rabbi BK’s professional milestone coincides with Milken’s 30th birthday. Founded in 1991, Milken hosts a gala ceremony on May 1 to commemorate three decades of nurturing future community leaders. The program takes place at Warner Bros. Studios. in Burbank and honors Wendy and Ken Ruby; Nurit and Rich Robin; and Vivienne Friedman.
“This promises to be the celebration we’ve all been waiting for,” Applebaum said.
For more information on the upcoming gala celebration, visit milkenschool.org.
Beit T’Shuvah’s first in-person gathering since the start of the pandemic was held on the outdoor garden terrace of the SLS Hotel and honored Susan Krevoy with the Majesty Service Award.
More than 90 men and women turned out for the 15th annual Circle of Majesty luncheon Feb. 24 to celebrate Krevoy, a psychologist who has served on the board of directors of Beit T’Shuvah since 2000. Within the organization, she started a therapy program. made up of volunteers, and she participated in the Los Angeles Marathon with the Beit T’Shuvah team.
During the afternoon, the president of Beit T’Shuvah, Annette Shapiro, presented the family of the late Ronnie Stabler, one of the founders of the Circle of Majesty, with a plaque which will hang on the wall of remembrance. from Beit T’Shuvah; Ronnie’s granddaughter, Jordan Sholem, offered words of remembrance for her grandmother; and Beit T’Shuvah founder Harriet Rossetto spoke about Judaism as a path to wholeness.
The leadership of Beit T’Shuvah expressed their gratitude to those who showed up. “As addiction continues to impact our community, now more than ever before, Beit T’Shuvah is immensely grateful to those who support us in providing accessible and integrated care to those seeking recovery.”