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Elul Sermons

Sermons in the month of Elul (just prior to Rosh HaShanah) are meant to have a different tone to help you prepare for the holy work necessary during High Holy Days. 

If you missed a few services, or would like to listen again, two are included below. Just click on the link. See you soon ~ L’ Shanah Tovah!


Ki Teitze:


Rabbi Cantor's Corner

                                                        Simchat Torah!

Now is the time to rejoice in our Torah, to commit to study, and put into action all of the good work we did over the High Holy Days. 

A hearty THANK YOU to ALL of the AMAZING volunteers, and their leaders; Diana Wolff, Wendy Wengrow, Dan Spector, Judy Fradkin, Saundra Reichard, Mark Reichard, Elias Resnisky, and Mark Tannin. To EVERYONE involved, our Holy Days were extraordinary and they couldn't have been done without you! The musicians, soloists, and service participants were better than ever.  ~ We were all lifted to new heights! 

Join us October 5th for our Simchat Torah celebration where we dance, sing, and unroll the Torah around the Sanctuary to hear the beginning and end of our wondrous scroll chanted by Wendy Wengrow and Mark Reichard! 

              ✡️Friday night Shabbat Dinners at the NY Deli Return ✡️ 

We will gather @ 5:45pm at the New York Deli once again to share in Shabbat camaraderie before services. Please remember to order as soon as you arrive as we tend to overload the kitchen with our orders and will get out in a more timely fashion for services!! 


On October 19th we will start a NEW tradition and opportunity for more CAMARADERIE!! We will have the family service from approx. 6-6:30pm. At 6:30 we will have a monthly COMMUNITY POT-LUCK SUPPER!! 


People were arriving for services and families were eating and it was too exclusionary and just not our style or who we are as a whole. So now, we are going to try something new for the New Year! For both of our Friday services NO ONE will ever have to eat alone. You can have the complete Shabbat experience - either at the NY Deli, or at our Community Pot-Luck. We will always provide pizza - feel free to bring whatever else you'd like or just yourselves... there's usually plenty of food to share! 


Additionally, we always have a bagel brunch after our Saturday service so if you'd like to bring a salad or dessert to enhance that, please contact Judi Fradkin, our Hospitality Maven! 


Starting in November our Temple Emet Choir and Band will be performing at every Saturday before service. Come join us and support their efforts ~ lend your voice to theirs and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!! 

October 9th is a special Movie Matinee:     A Star is Born!!
AMC Del Amo with dinner to follow at Johnny Rockets! Watch your email for movie time. 

October 13th is our 4th Annual Pet Blessing in honor of Parsha Noach! (Noah's Ark) You don't have to have a pet to join us ~ Come enjoy some Bagels, Mimosas, & More ~ and share the joy! Sponsored once again by Beth Eidman and Stuart Joseph 

Our choir and band have gotten off to a really great start. If you are interested in helping to elevate us with your musical gifts and want to have some fun with friends ~ this is for you! Please contact Dan Spector at

I was honored to be asked by our Mayor to give the Invocation at the State of the City of Torrance Luncheon. It's wonderful to hear how our great city is developing and to know what an important part we play by being the only Jewish Synagogue.  

Below is a photo of Mayor, Pat Furey, our President Diana Wolff, and me at the luncheon. We had a table of 10. President Diana Wolff and her husband Tony Wolff attended. Past Presidents Mark Reichard and Terry Schneier, Board Members Sue Jones, Judi Fradkin, and Harriet Allyn, Members Bud Friedman, and Sherry Silver were there to support Emet as well, thank you for attending! 

If anyone would like to see the Invocation I gave for this State of the City Luncheon or the one I gave last month on 9/11 for Torrance City Council please either click on the links below or go to our Temple Website to the "Community" page. 


Details will be coming out over the next few weeks about our Educational programs. Please note the dates and times and join the journey toward elevation of mind and spirit! 

May 5779 be good to you!
~ Rabbi Cantor Didi 
Mon, December 10 2018 2 Tevet 5779