SONG OF SONGS
Thank you Ahavat
Torah Rabbi Miriam Hamrell,
President Sochi and Executive Director, Linda Badger,
for joining us at Veterans Holiday Celebration 2016
and for Ahavat Torah's year round efforts
collecting clothes, new shoes and buying
new toys for our
active duty and their children.
Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Greg Lee, JWV California Department Commander
California State Commanders Veterans Council
Thanks for sharing our
now in our 55th year.
16 year Past Commander PAUL COHEN, Commander Chuck Schwartz
and HY ARNESTY of Post #603.
Condolences on the passing of our friend, MORT SCHECTER
Veteran of the Year.
WAR VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Col. Carl A. Singer
Immediate Past National Commander;
Maxwell Colon, Past National Commander;
Ira Novoselski, Past National Ciommander;
Department of California Commander;
Chaplain DOV Cohen
Department of California Chaplain
and National "End Homelessness"
with Chaplain Steve Sterry,
CIW Veterans In Prison Post #1
CIM Veterans In Prison
Posts #2, #3 & #4.
Resident Cantor Devorah Gottesman's
"Wounded Warrior" CD now on iPhone and
all music outlets. Please listen and download.
DEVORAH completed her 3,000 mile bicycle ride
From Hollywood, California to Jacksonville, Florida,
for The Wounded Warrior Project.
Check this site often for updates.
provides veterans services at CIW
California Institution for Women (Corona)
California Institution for Men (Chino)
and conducts religious services
at the California Institution for Women.
VIP Post #1 (Veterans In Prison) Programming
(Veterans who served honorably
and then became "justice involved." )
8 AM every Saturday at
California Institution for Women (Corona)
2014 Installation of Officers was performed
by California Secretary of Veterans Affairs,
Major General Peter Gravett;
2015 Installation by Chaplain
"JAMMIN' @ THE ONEG"
SPECIAL MUSICAL TALENT
always a part of our programs
Chaplain DOV reminds everyone that our
SHIR HaSHIRIM (SONG of SONGS)
Kabbalat Shabbat Interfaith Services
always begin at
Dairy Pot Luck;
bring your favorite dish
(no meat or shellfish, please)
Dairy and salads always correct.
Do you bake Kugel? Kichel? Knishes?
Bake or Buy and Bring!
Enjoy our very own
SHIR HaSHIRIM ORCHESTRA
Eli Shirim Lester
Chief Niggunist on guitar
Fisherman Phil Bell;
Percussion, Michael Levy;
Shofar Maven, Gerry Owen;
and other surprise guests:
Ester Shifren, Fumani,
Mark your calendar.
We welcomed and honored
whose most recent Hollywood Musical was
"America Salutes Our Veterans."
Previous musicals include
"We Have A Dream"
and "The Beat Goes On."
Star Search Finals was SRO.
Watch for more 2017 & 2018 attractions
featuring talent 60 years young
All new and original
Pink Lady's new book, "Get Up, Get Out, & Get A Life!
is now available - hot off the press
along with her Senior Star Power
Ladies and Gentlemen Calendars;
all proceeds go to Senior Star Power Productions, Inc.
(order them at www.seniorstarpower.org)
rang out the year, well past midnight,
on a grand note with John Zipperer and His Current Band.
Many friends brought instruments
"Jammin" portion of the night,
with, yes, 18 guitars!
We look forward to seeing
John Zipperer and His Friends again SOON!
Veterans' Holiday Celebration,
December 4th, 2016,
with Chaplain DOV as Emcee.
we honored our
active duty servicemen and women,
respected veterans, their families,
care-giver staff and crew,
who have brought holiday cheer to our
Mark the Date, December 3, 2017
for our Silver Anniversary -- our 25th Annual Event.
Hand-Crafted gifts were presented to all
made by the VIP Post #1 (Veterans In Prison)
of the California Institution for Women (Corona.)
Thank you Carol Taylor and Ronnie
Shupe from CIW
for working with us throughout the years.
Thank you Linda Badger,
who served as Chair,
and Rabbi Miriam Hamrell
with the Ahavat Torah Synagogue Volunteers
for your integral part in these past
three years events.
for your continuing support.
It is our blessing to know each of you
count you among our friends,
are blessed to share, with more than 50 faith groups from throughout Southern California, great musicians, wonderful
vocalists, challenging speakers and a gathering of dedicated and committed activists.
In September 2011, we were joined by our
Musical Director, Maestro Rev. Eli Gabbai SHIRIM Lester, who leads our SHIR HaSHIRIM Orchestra and the Jewbilation Choir,
enhancing our worship with spirited song and melodies that uplife and refresh each and every gathering. Our magnificent
Cantorial Soloists, including Suzie Shiaman, Kimberly Haynes and Dana Stone-Goldberg, excite and warm our time together;
our Chief Niggunist, Phil Bell, introduces us to the beginning of Shabbos
Peace; our Master Shofar Maven, Gerry Owen, begins and ends each service with highlights to bring us back again and again.
Every Shabbat Service began with our senior Woman Army Veteran, Sadie Sonnenreich, of blessed memory,
who blesseed our Shabbos Candles to open each service. We are most fortunate, indeed, to have such depth of spirit.
Sadie was interred at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.
Our Resident Cantor, Hazzan DEVORAH Gottesman, a fifth generation cantor, beautifully
leads and enhances our musical programs and Erev Shabbat services whenever she visits Los Angeles while continuing "PENNIES
4 PATRIOTS" her RIDE ACROSS AMERICA, riding her bicycle (accompanied by chase car) across this entire country to
raise awareness and attract funding for our wounded United States servicemen and women. In the summer of 2010, DEVORAH
rode the 1st leg of her journey from Washington State to Los Angeles. To continue the 2nd leg of her ride, she left
Columbus Day, 10/10/11 from American Legion Hollywood Post #43 to Jacksonville, Florida, the National Headquarters of Wounded
Warrior Project. We officially welcomed DEVORAH to SHIR HaSHIRIM on August 26th, 2011. After
the ride, Hazzan DEVORAH assumed the full time mantle of Resident Cantor here at SHIR HaSHIRIM; and will lead the Great Shofar
Blowout and High Holy Day Services here in Los Angeles. Special Guest to welcome DEV was our friend, Johnny Mathis,
whose Kol Nidre we have been playing since 1962 at all Kol Nidre Services.
Join DOV and DEVORAH and follow our marvelous
Resident Cantor as she brings her unique style of spirited musical talent to synagogues, temples, churches, mosques, VA Medical
Centers and military stations across the country. Our Cantor shares her God-given talents with more than 5,000
worshippers during the 9/11 weekend, commemorating the memory of those who lost their lives to terrorists. It is
truly our TIKKUN OLAM.
Chaplain DOV Cohen began his Chaplaincy 55 years ago, in June 1962, with the United States Air Force as
an Acting Jewish Chaplain during the Vietnam War, serving for more than four years in Texas, France, Spain, Morocco and
Libya, leading Torah Convocations in Berchtesgaden, Germany, and concluding his active duty tour at Eglin AFB, Florida.
DOV has served as JWV Deputy Chaplain for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, conducted Jewish and Interfaith programming
throughout California and New England at Soldiers' Homes and VA Medical Centers and produced Veterans Day and Memorial Day
projects for veterans and their families. DOV case managed returning OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and OEF (Operation
Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan) veterans, working closely with young PTSD survivors. He currently serves as Department
of California (State) Chaplain of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America and one of only two California delegates
to the JWV National Executive Committee. He is JWV National Chair of the "End Homelessness" Commission; JWV
California State Chair of the "End Homelessness" Campaign; and serves as Commander of the JWV Tibor Rubin Capitol
Post #786, named after Holocaust Survivor and distinguished Medal
of Honor Recipient who passed in December 2015. Tibor Rubin's medal was 50 years in coming for service during the Korean
Chaplain DOV resided in Boston before moving to Los Angeles in 1970, returning to Boston in 2002 for 9 years. When
the new Veterans Home of California (West Los Angeles) known as CALVET (WLA) opened June 14, 2010, and the first residents
arrived in October, DOV relocated again from Boston and, on December 17, 2010, became the 15th
resident (of a projected 396 when fully occupied in 2017.) The following week, on Christmas Day, our
Chaplain Dov, attired in his snappy Santa Claus suit, complete with wig, boots, cap and spectacles, visited and distributed
more than 600 gifts provided by the JWV "Gift for a Yank" Program that began in 1946 by Eddie Cantor, one to every
patient in the Wadsworth Hospital (known as VA Building 500) thanking each for his and her service to our country. As
Santa, he repeated this effort in 2015 and 2016. Chaplain DOV chairs California's "Gift For A Yank" for 2017
and 2018. Dov's dedicated service to veterans continued with speaking engagements honoring Black History Month; Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day; eulogies for CALVET (WLA) residents; conducting funerals at the Los Angeles National Cemetery;
participation in Easter Services at the Hollywood Bowl and the annual Buddha Birthday Ceremonies and Regional Celebrations
in San Dimas; he performs weddings requested by the County of Los Angeles, and programs at the King Fahad Mosque. DOV
helped create and served as Publisher for the CALVET (WLA) KALEIDOSCOPE Magazine.
Chaplain DOV served
as Chair of the Los Angeles County ACCESS ParaTransit CAC in 2015 and 2016; is a Board Member of the Los Angeles National
Cemetery Support Foundation; President of the Veterans Holiday Celebration, (providing holiday dinners, gifts and entertainment
for more than 5,000 veterans, now in its 25th year); serves as Chaplain at the California Institution for Women (Corona) and
conducts Interfaith Passover Seders at the Maryvale Catholic Orphanage, at the Veterans Home of California (WLA) and
at the King Fahad Mosque. Chaplain DOV founded (with colleague Chaplain Steve Sterry) in 2014 VIP Post #1 (Veterans In
Prison) bringing services and support to honorably discharged veterans now "justice involved" and incarcerated and
to those veterans employed in these institutions. In 2016, Chaplain Sterry and Chaplain DOV founded three VIP posts in the
California Institution for Men (Chino). In 2015, 2016 and 2017, DOV was appointed and serves
as Jewish War Veterans Chaplain for the State of California by State Commander, Greg Lee, and JWV National Commander, Maxwell
Colon. And, in 2017, JWV National Commander, Colonel Carl Singer, appointed Chaplain DOv to serve as the National Chair
of the JWV "End Homelessness" Commission for the United States.
Secular action is central to both DOV and DEVORAH
and to SHIR HaSHIRIM; their affiliation with BIG SUNDAY, BIG WEEKEND (Mitzvah Days) is a highlight of that commitment.
Watch for BIG NEWS about BIG SUNDAY. And, watch for Hazzan DEVORAH's further adventures as she continues her exhilarating,
good will bicycle "Ride Across America" benefitting disabled veterans as national TV and Radio, print and the Internet
report on her journeys.
DOV and DEVORAH have reached into Southern California communities and number many clergy and their congregants
from the Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi and Zoroastrian communities among their colleagues and
friends. SHIR HaSHIRIM regular Musical Interfaith Kabbalat Shabbat Services occur as scheduled, along with High
Holy Day and numerous other programs. This year, 2017, Rosh HaShanah High Holy Day Services commence Sunday, September 20
at 7 PM. Kol Nidre begins at 7 PM, September 29; it's never too early to call and reserve your 2017 complimentary tickets;
space for Services and our Break-the-Fast is limited. (617) 605-7750.
Please join us at SHIR HaSHIRIM, hear DOV's drasha, sing along with our Hazzan DEVORAH and with Music
Director, Eli Lester and Chief Niggunist and Guitarist, Fisherman Phil Bell, and Cantorial Soloists Suzie
Shiaman, Dana Stone-Golderg and Kimberly Haynes and then become "active participants" in "JAMMIN' @ THE ONEG"
immediately following our concert worship. Oneg is a fellowship and social engagement, with superb traditional foods
that include, but are never limited to, tantalizing pastries, DOV's Parisian apricot kugel, Susan's grapenut pudding,
Mordecai's herring in wine or sour cream sauce, Barry's geshmacht crunchy new half sour pickles and piquant green sour tomatoes,
Gerry's chopped liver, Roz's chopped herring, Arthur's Brooklyn corned beef & pastrami, Seymour's bagels and lox
with shmears, . . . . well, you get the idea. If you bake (or buy), please bring your best "sweets" and "treats"
and don't forget sugar-free for those who prefer such. Our Annual Kugel Kook-off in October with 3 categories is always
a big hit: we judge sweet, savory and non-kugel for prizes and bragging rights. Our perennial non-kugel winner
is chopped herring won by Roz Shraiar. Sponsor an Oneg? It's a real mitzvah. Please inquire how.
Your ideas, energy and support are most welcome; remember,
this is your shul, is an independent shul, and we can and will make accommodations for our collective interests. Sukkot
Under the Stars with Ahavat Torah? Pesach with Craig Taubman at the Pico
Union Project? Channukah Safganeot Decorating at Temple Aliyah with Hazzan Mike Stein? Purim Shpeil and Hamentaschen
Bake at Beth Shir Shalom?
We are so very blessed to have wonderful clergy in Greater Los Angeles; please know
that from time to time, we visit other dynamic Houses of Worship. Please make it a refreshing stop on your Shabbat Travels
to visit Rabbi Amy Bernstein at Kehilith Israel, Pacific Palisades. Her warmth, welcoming and kavanah shared with our
congregation is what will guarantee Judaism flourishing. Thank you so very much Rabbi Amy. We also recommend 1st Friday at Synagogue for the Performing Arts with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and Cantor Judy Fox; 2nd and 4th Friday
at Makom LA with Hazzan Danny Maseng; or Fine Arts Temple with Rabbi David Baron and Cantor Alysia Spector, on 2nd
Friday of every month; please do join us there. On 3rd Friday, don't miss Blue Grass/Country or Shabbat in Swing Time
Erev Shabbat at Temple Aliyah with Rabbi Stewart Vogel and Hazzanim Mike Stein and Mimi Haselkorn. Another wonderful
and meaningful worship opportunity is found every Shabbat at Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica with Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels.
And, please visit Rabbi Miriam Hamrell at Ahavat Torah for Shabbat morning services in Brentwood and visit Greg Metzker
at Kol Tuv Congregation in the San Fernando Valley for yet another marvelous way for Shabbos worship. AND,
never, ever miss Craig Taubman at the Pico-Union Project; truly amazing - always. And, 4th Shabbat morning of each month
at the California Instituion for Women (Corona) with Fisherman Phil Bell. But, please, reserve Final Friday
for SHIR HaSHIRIM with our veterans and active duty personnel; we'll miss you if you don't.
SHIR HaSHIRIM Community shares programming with the King Fahad Mosque; St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church; The Foursquare
Church on the Way; Village Lutheran Church; Hope Lutheran Church; Trinity Episcopal Church; FAME
First African Methodist Episcopal Church; and many more synagogues, temples, churches and mosques. We could not do what
we do without your support; working together, we
can and we do change the world for the better. Tikkun Olam. Make your voice heard and your action felt; join us
at SHIR HaSHIRIM (Song of Songs) today and thanks for visiting LetsGoToShul.com.
Thank you for visiting our SHIR HaSHIRIM website; for more personal information, please
call Chaplain DOV Cohen at (617) 605-7750, ChaplainDOV@aol.com.
We invite you to visit us and become a
vital and dynamic active participant within our community. After all, our community is you.
Have a life cycle event soon: birthday, simcha, anniversary, yahrtzeit? Please
let Chaplain DOV or Hazzan DEVORAH know at (617) 605-7750 so they may acknowledge you
during one of our programs. Want your loved ones
named in our Book of Remembrance? Send email to ChaplainDOV@aol.com or call (617) 605-7750.