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Another Inspiring Yom Kippur Ahead With Rabbi David Baron

He leads a deeply religious and inspirational service, but adds music, powerful sermons, inspirational readings, and very special guests. Below is the complete program beginning Tuesday at the Temple of the Arts in the magnificently-restored Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Rabbi David Baron

I greatly look forward to attending Yom Kippur services in no small part because of Rabbi David Baron. His beautiful, lyrical, deeply religious Jewish services, and memorable sermons, at Temple of the Arts are amazing, elevating. They were moving on Rosh Hashanah. It provided the perfect spiritual preparation for his uniquely powerful Yom Kippur services.

This year, Rabbi Baron’s special guests on Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre) services on Tuesday, Oct. 8.include violinist Vijay Gutpa; Jonathan Morales, from the Poway Chabad Synagogue shooting; and Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain Wall St. Journals reporter Daniel Pearl. honors for his tremendous humanitarian contributions.

Gutpa was for years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will perform “Violins of Hope” (with instruments taken from Jewish musicians by the Nazis during World War II). It marks the upcoming 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkeanu and other Holocaust concentration camps. A lady who is a Holocaust survivor Suzanne M. Reyto will also participate.

"All of my guests have incredible personal stories of transforming tragedy in their lives into meaning," Rabbi Baron wrote in a message to the Temple family. "Each of their stories exemplify the fragility of life and the strength of the human spirit which has been carried out in their respective lives through their acts of courageous deeds and humane kindness, all while bringing awareness and shedding light on subjects which need to be discussed globally. These are all inspirational and motivational messages we can learn from.”

That is why I want to share with you the announcement from the Temple of the Arts detailing the amazing program Rabbi Baron has prepared. Here is the full text:




WHO: Officiating at the Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Services:

  • RABBI DAVID BARON, Founder of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts, the largest arts and entertainment synagogue in the United States which owns the Saban Theatre.

Rabbi’s Guests for Kol Nidre, Tuesday Evening, October 8, 2019:

  • JONATHAN MORALES, a hero of the Poway Chabad Synagogue shooting.

  • VIJAY GUTPA, formerly 1st Violinist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will play one of the Violins of Hope in observance of the upcoming 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkeanu and other Holocaust concentration camps.

  • SUZANNE M. REYTO, Holocaust Survivor and Chairman of the Violins of Hope Los Angeles rescued from the Holocaust.

  • MICHAEL FITZPATRICK, Acclaimed Cellist whose grandfather, Bronislaw Huberman was the legendary violin virtuoso and Founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. (Page 1 of 8)

  • LANA MELMAN, CEO of Liberate Art Inc., a leader in combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign against Israel.

Rabbi’s Guests for Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9, 2019:

  • DR. JUDEA PEARL, Father of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter, DANIEL PEARL, will speak about the death of his son at the hands of terrorists and a global music month in October in his son’s memory.

Mary Hart

Performers and Service Readers for High Holy Day Services Include:

  • MARY HART, Iconic Former American Television Personality for Entertainment Tonight (10/8 and 10/9)

  • LEONARD MALTIN, Renowned American Film Critic and Historian (10/8 and 10/9)

  • STEPHEN MACHT, Actor, “Suits,” “The Monster Squad” (10/8 and 10/9)

  • ASHLEY BELL, Actress, “The Last Exorcism,” “Novitiate,” (10/8 and 10/9)

  • CHLOE TUCKER, Actress, “Junk,” “Mamma Mia!” Tour (10/9)

  • MICHAEL FITZPATRICK, World Renowned Cellist (10/8 and 10/9)

  • DR. JUDEA PEARL, Father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter DANIEL PEARL

  • JIM MORET, Chief Correspondent for the syndicated television news magazine, Inside Edition (10/8 and 10/9)

  • JULIE HAGERTY, American Film and Television Actress (10/8 and 10/9)

  • BERNARD HILLER, Renowned Acting Teacher (10/8 and 10/9)

  • AMANDA AND AARON KOGAN, Noted Singers (10/9)

  • SHARON FARBER, Member of Executive Committee/Music Branch/Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Four-Time Emmy Awardâ-Nominated Film, Television and Concert Music Composer and Music Director for the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre (10/8 and 10/9)

  • ILYSIA J. PIERCE, Cantor, Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” First National Tour) (10/8 and 10/9)

  • JORDAN BENNETT, Co-Cantor, Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre (Lead in “Les Misérables” on Broadway) (10/8 and 10/9)

  • ADRIENNE BARON, Noted Vocalist (10/8 and 10/9)

  • The creative services will also feature the temple’s choir

  • Instrumentalists for Kol Nidre will include:


  • Instrumentalists for Yom Kippur will include:


LEISEL ERMAN, Harp (10/9)

The High Holy Day Services will include:

  • The sounding of the was heard on the first of the High Holy Days, the Eve of that began the Jewish New Year 5780 on Sunday, September 29th, believed to be the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman.

  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar; it is a day of prayer and fasting for Jewish people around the world. The Eve of Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) on Tuesday, October 8th, and Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 9th represent the end of a 10-day period of repentance, which begins with the Jewish New Year 5780, Rosh Hashanah, on Sunday evening, September 29th continuing through Wednesday, September 29th. Historically, it is on the 10th day between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur on which Moses completed and brought down the second set of commandments from Mount Sinai, signifying that God had granted atonement for the people’s sin of the Golden calf.

Special Guests will include Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, started Daniel Pearl Music Month, which is observed throughout the world during the month of October, in loving memory of his son. Pearl is a computer scientist and philosopher, best known for championing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and the development of Bayesian networks. He is also credited for developing a theory of causal and counterfactual inference based on structural models. In 2011, the Association for Computing Machinery awarded Pearl with the Turing Award, the highest distinction in computer science, “for fundamental contributions to artificial intelligence through the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning.” He is currently a professor of computer science and statistics and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at UCLA.

Kol Nidre Service Highlights (The Eve of Yom Kippur) on Tuesday evening, October 8th, starting at 8:00 p.m. will include:

  • The who will speak include:

Jonathan Morales, Vijay Gupta, Suzanne M. Reyto,

Michael Fitzpatrick and Lana Melman.

WHEN: Kol Nidre Service Highlights (The Eve of Yom Kippur) on Tuesday evening, October 8th, starting at 8:00 p.m. will include:

  • On violinist will

Leonard Cohen’s “Halelujah” in a special arrangement for solo violin.

  • Service Readers will include: Mary Hart, Leonard Maltin, Stephen Macht, Ashley Bell, Jim Moret, Julie Hagerty and Bernard Hiller.

  • Jordan Bennett will sing “Shema Koleinu” written by Carlibach.

  • Composer will be performed.

  • Composer (Prayer For Healing) will be performed.

  • Final Benediction: Rabbi David Baron and Ilysia J. Pierce with Choir and Congregation.

Yom Kippur Service Highlights on Wednesday, October 9th, starting at 10:00 a.m. will include:

  • Rabbi Baron’s Guests who will speak include: Dr. Judea Pearl, Vijay Gutpa, Suzanne M. Reyto and Lana Melman.

  • Rabbi David Baron’s Sermon, “Transforming Tragedy Into Meaning” at 12-Noon.

  • Yizkor Memorial Service (memorial service for the departed)

will begin at 12:30 p.m. Composer John Williams’s theme song from the film “Schlinder’s List,” arranged by Sharon Farber will be performed by Vijay Gutpa, playing one of the Violins of Hope; cellist Michael Fitzpatrick and harpist Leisel Erman. Dr. Judea Pearl, Father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl will sing an Israeli song based on the Biblical words, “Mi Haish” (“Who Is The Man Who Desires Life?”) based on Psalm 34 from The Book of Psalms, composed by Baruch Chayat, arranged by

Sharon Farber.

The text of the Psalm is as follows: Who is the man, Who desires life, Who loves all his days, To see good, Guard your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit, Turn away from bad, And do good, Seek peace, And pursue it.

Cantor Jordan Bennett will sing the Yiddish Folk Song, “Mameleh” written by Mitchell Parish, Alex Alstone and Al Goodhart, with Yiddish by Miriam Kresyn. Jordan Bennett will also sing the song “Bring Him Home” from “Les Misérables” with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and James Fenton. Cantor Ilysia J. Pierce will sing the song “Dance With My Father” written by Luther Vandross and Richard Marx.

  • Servicemen and women who have served in the Armed Forces will light Memorial Candles, and Rabbi David Baron will read a list of names of those of have passed over the last year and are now forever sealed in the Book of Life.

  • Singer will perform the song, written by the late Academy Awardâ and Golden Globe Awardâ-nominated film composer, Michael Kamen.

  • Service Readers will include: Mary Hart, Leonard Maltin, Stephen Macht, Ashley Bell, Jim Moret, Julie Hagerty and Bernard Hiller.

  • Chloe Tucker will perform a song.

  • Singers will perform written by

  • From will lead a with his High Holy Day Special Guests,

Dr. Judea Pearl, Vijay Gupta, Suzanne M. Reyto, Jonathan Morales and Lana Melman, followed by the screening of a short documentary film, “The War Against Free Speech,” produced by Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of the New York-based, The Lawfare Project. The Closing Mincha/Neilah/Havdalah Service/Final Shofar Blast will begin at 5:45 p.m. at which time the “Haleluya” written by Kobi Oshrat, Sharon Farber’s uncle, will be performed.

High Holy Day Services will be conducted in the Winnick Family Auditorium on the ornate Harold Kapelovitz bimah, which includes a tapestry recreation of legendary artist, Marc Chagall, entitled “The Journey of the People.” The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre is now celebrating the close of its 25th Anniversary. The temple was founded and incorporated on November 5, 1992. The mission of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre is to promote religion through music, drama, arts, film and dance. To learn more, and to secure tickets, please visit the website,

Network with us at and on Twitter @templeofthearts The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre’s Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services will be streamed live at

About Rabbi David Baron’s Guests:

Jonathan Morales – On April 27, 2019 at Passover, Jonathan Morales attended the Poway Chabad Synagogue near San Diego. Morales, an off-duty US Border Patrol Agent, lives in El Centro near the United States/Mexico border with his wife and three children. On that fateful day, when a hate-filled shooter burst into the synagogue firing his weapon, killing Lori Gilbert-Kaye and wounding Rabbi Goldstein, Jonathan, an armed officer and another congregant chased the attacker. His act of heroism averted many more deaths and injuries.

Morales began rediscovering his Jewish roots after a few mentions from his mother and grandmother regarding their Sephardic Jewish ancestry. After his first son was born, he was inspired to become stronger in his Judaism and started to attend synagogue on a regular basis. Morales says that his Jewish discovery has been a great journey that has formed new friendships, experiences and countless blessings.

Suzanne M. Reyto is Chairman of Violins of Hope Los Angeles County, whose mission is to educate about the Holocaust through music and culture using a collection of violins, violas and cellos rescued from the Holocaust. Each Violin of Hope has its own unique and inspiring story as each were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Reyto is overseeing a global tour of the Violins of Hope. One of the fully restored Violins of Hope will be played on Yom Kippur at the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre. An award-winning author, speaker, world traveler and an ardent supporter of Israel and the free world, Reyto is an immediate past Chairman of the Board of Governors of City of Hope, American Freedom Alliance and board member of Beverly Hills Women's Club. She served as president of Hadassah Los Angeles and ZOA Western Region.

Being a child survivor, Reyto is a frequent speaker at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Her childhood experiences and her ultimate escape from Communist Hungary in the late 1950’s left her with an unwavering spirit of optimism and perseverance. She works tirelessly for the preservation of our American way of life, liberty and the education of our future generations about history including the Holocaust.

Vijay Gutpa is a violinist and social justice advocate. An esteemed performer, communicator, educator and citizen-artist, Gupta is a leading advocate in the role of the arts and music to heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connection. Gupta is the Founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization providing musical engagement, dialogue and teaching artistry for homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles.

Vijay Gupta is a 2018 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow. Gupta made his solo debut as a First Violinist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 11. He joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 19 and served as member of the first violin section through 2018 and is an active recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Gupta also speaks and advocates nationally on the intersection of music, health, and social justice issues.

Dr. Judea Peal, a college professor, humanitarian and father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl,. After a distignuished teaching career, he and his wife launched a foundation to honor their son. It now annually presents Daniel Pearl Music Month, which is celebrated all over the world in October. They have done many other good works and done great honor to their son, who was murdered for being a journalist.

Michael Fitzpatrick is the recipient of The Prince Charles Award for Musical Excellence conferred by HRH The Prince of Wales. Fitzpatrick’s collaboration with The Dalai Lama has been featured on PBS’ The Newshour with Jim Lehrer and on National Public Radio, and his pioneering recording COMPASSION, the unprecedented East-West musical convergence forged in the depths of Mammoth Cave, the largest cave system in the world. Fitzpatrick was instrumental in bringing together Muhammad Ali and The Dalai Lama for their historic Blessing Ceremony, and currently serves as Music Director of The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

Fitzpatrick performs as cello soloist around the world, with notable spotlight performances at The Vatican, Hollywood Bowl, United Nations and many more. He comes from a Jewish family of Polish and Ukrainian musicians that includes Bronislaw Huberman, legendary violin virtuoso and Founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lana Melman is the CEO of Liberate Art Inc., is a leader in combating the cultural Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and a Hollywood liaison connecting Israel to the international creative community. A 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Melman has worked as a writer, producer, attorney and creative executive for companies such as CBS, Warner Bros., and Paramount. The cultural boycott campaign impacts the arts and entertainment and is a threat to both Israel and freedom of artistic expression.

Melman has contacted close to a thousand representatives of artists targeted by the boycott campaign and was instrumental in preventing numerous cancellations of scheduled concerts in Israel. She produced the first anti-BDS celebrity panel including musician Alan Parsons and writer/director David Zucker. Together with other high-profile members of the entertainment community, she circulated a statement in support of Israel’s right to defend herself, which was ultimately signed by over 300 Hollywood luminaries, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seth Rogen, Kelsey Grammer, Sylvester Stallone, Roseanne Barr, and Sarah Silverman.

Melman also worked with seven-time Grammy winner, Ziggy Marley, in support of Israel and served as the Hollywood liaison behind Variety’s “Spotlight on Israel TV.” She is often interviewed on talk radio and TV and works to educate others about the tactics, strategy and goals of the cultural BDS through speaking engagements and conference lectures. Her commentary and interviews have been featured in international publications.

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