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Lassana Bathily, Matthew Schrier and Edward James Olmos will be featured guests joining the Yom Kippur High Holy Day events for the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theater at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard on Sept. 22 and 23.
The temple is the largest arts and entertainment synagogue in the United States. High Holy Day services will be held on the Eve of Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m., and on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., including a Yizkor Memorial Service (memorial service for the departed) starting at noon.
Rabbi Baron invited guests to speak or perform during the events.
On Jan. 9, Bathily, a 24-year-old Muslim immigrant from Mali, saved 15 French Jewish hostages at the Hyper Cacher, a popular kosher supermarket in Paris, which was under terrorist attack. Bathily will join the festivities on Tuesday. Schrier is an American photographer and the only Jew to have escaped from al-Qaida, according to the temple. He will join the events on Tuesday. Golden Globe and Emmy award winning actor Olmos will give a speech and talk about his latest projects on Wednesday.
“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,” Rabbi David Baron said. “These are all inspirational messages we need to hear.”
High Holy Day Services will be conducted in the Winnick Family Auditorium on the ornate Harold Kapelovitz bimah. Tickets for the services begin at a tax-deductible donation of $400. Young adult memberships for ages 18 to 35 are available for a donation of $150. For more information, call (323)658-9100 or visit www.bhtota.org. Street parking restrictions have been lifted for the areas adjacent to the Saban Theatre for High Holy Days services.
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