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Brigitte Gabriel, Greg Krentzman, Moti Kahana, Leo Melamed Special Temple Of The Arts Yom Kippur Guests

Rabbi David Baron

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2016 – 2:47 PM

Special guests will highlight High Holy Day services at The Temple of the Arts, the largest arts and entertainment synagogue in the U.S. and owner of the historic Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd.

Services will be held on the Eve of Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 (5777) and starting at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12 for Yom Kippur.

Said Rabbi Baron: “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.”

Baron’s sermon will be “Jewish Resillience and guests will include:

• Moti Kahana, an American-Israeli businessman and philanthropist born in Jerusalem who has provided humanitarian relief for Syrian civilians. 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 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 more than 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. (Oct. 11).

• Greg Krentzman—On July 14, while on vacation with his wife and daughter, Lola, in Nice, France, a terrorist in a truck drove through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 people and injuring more than 200. Krentzman recently purchased an apartment in Nice and was taking pictures of the fireworks when his wife, a Parisian native, shouted 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 9-year-old daughter, Lola, broke her ankle during the attack. Krentzman is a community college administrator, and the son of the late Paul Krentzman, an attorney and former president of L.A.’s Stephen S. Wise Temple

Krentzman will participate in the services via a special videotaped message since he is still recuperating in a hospital in France. (Oct. 12).

• Brigitte Gabriel—Born in Lebanon, Virginia Beach-based 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 toward the successful passage of 43 bills in 22 states.

Gabriel is one of the leading national security experts in the world ­ providing information and analysis on the rise of Islamic terrorism. She is a regular guest analyst on channels including CNN and MSNBC and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Because They Hate Me and They Must Be Stopped. (Oct. 12).

Leo Melamed is a­ Holocaust survivor who rose from modest beginnings as a pork belly trader to become a leading figures in the financial world. He created the International Monetary Market and introduced Globex, 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 Leo Melamed: 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 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 (Oct 11).

High Holy Day Services will be conducted in the Winnick Family Auditorium on the ornate Harold Kapelovitz bimah, which includes a tapestry recreation of  artist Marc Chagall’s “The Journey of the People.” Now celebrating its 24th anniversary, The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre’s  mission is to promote religion through music, drama, arts, film and dance.

For more information about Beverly Hills’ Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre,  call 323-658-9100 or visit

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