Gov. Jerry Brown will speak Wednesday afternoon at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (TEBH) during the congregation’s yearly High Holy Days Contemporary Issues Program.
Brown will “share his perspective on the urgent challenges and opportunities facing the state of California,” according to a media advisory. The governor will be introduced by Temple Emanuel member Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation.
The temple and its congregation will be marking the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. The Haftorah that is read on Yom Yippur morning “challenges us to make real in our lives the values that we study throughout the day,” TEBH says on its website, noting, “We will spend the afternoon exploring contemporary social issues.”
Residents should expect traffic and security in the vicinity of the temple, which is located at the intersection of Burton Way and North Clark Drive (also known as Herzl Way). Brown is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. in the Corwin Family Sanctuary, after the conclusion of morning and afternoon services.
It is unclear if Brown will use the occasion to make a major policy address. His presentation is not open to the public, although it will be covered by local and state media. In recent days Brown has signed dozens of new bills into law.
Brown’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session moderated by Temple Emanuel’s senior Rabbi Laura Geller, whom Newsweek recently named as one of “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.” Rabbi Jonathan Aaron will also moderate the session.
TEBH is one of Southern California’s largest Reform Jewish congregations, serving 800 families, including many high-profile Beverly Hills residents. City Council members Barry Brucker, Lili Bosse and Julian Gold are long-standing members, and Brucker’s wife Sue is the immediate past president. Planning Commissioner Brian Rosenstein, who is running for City Council next year, sits on the TEBH Board of Directors, as does former Board of Education member Myra Lurie.
Recognizing that there is more than one way to be a Jew, the TEBH community includes many interfaith couples, gay, single parent, multi-cultural and other non-traditional families.