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Torah Talk 1_22_2021
Torah Talk 1_22_2021
Listen as Rabbi David Baron shares timely and powerful insights on events happening around us through the lens of the Torah portion's story of Moses and Egypt. The Torah reading of Bo gives us a glimpse of darkness as it plagued its way to the lives of Egyptians. Pharaoh refused to listen to Moses and failed to acknowledge that there is a power greater than his, and that's how Pharaoh’s heart darkened every time. At the same time, this story also displays the light of hope as Israelites began the move towards freedom. During this time, it was said that the darkness was so dark, they were unable to physically see their brother. And this is symbolic of how we are unable to “see” someone, to care and show compassion towards them during dark times such as what we’ve experienced with the pandemic and political divisiveness. The inauguration has been hard for some and brilliant for others, but it’s all about coming together. By uniting as a nation and moving in the same direction of hope and light, we are challenged to become more human by showing compassion towards one another. Hope is essential for all of us as we persevere and come through these trying times. Shabbat Shalom!
Torah Talk 01 08 2021 | Hearing the Cry of Those in Pain
Listen to Rabbi David Baron as he speaks about the Torah reading and a subject that's deep in our hearts this weekend. This is such a trying time in our nation's history and where do we look at times like this for inspiration to help us get through? Where else but our Torah! It's filled with riches, guidance, wisdom, and instruction. We're called upon to imitate what God did in the Torah, hear the cry of those who are in pain and suffering in agony. Let’s open up our hearts and minds to listen to one another's pain and anguish. The pain and anguish do not just reside on one side of the political equation. They exist on both sides and the only way to unite our country is by hearing each other. This year of 2021 should be the end of misery, the end of pain and suffering, and the beginning of us opening our hearts and minds to hear one another. Shabbat Shalom!
Torah Talk 12_24
Listen to Rabbi David Baron’s message as he reflects on Joseph’s life. Joseph had an incredible journey of highs and lows, and yet he persevered through his faith and brought God’s mission to the world. He prays that this will be a time that unites us together as people of faith to do God’s will despite our own highs and lows. Our great aspiration and hope, as faith-filled people, is to bring peace to humanity. Joseph was sent by God to be a source of life. When we bring the message of love and peace to humanity, we become a source of life and light, just like Joseph. As 2020 comes to a close, we take and carry with us the mission to be a source of life to everything around us and strive to make 2021 the best year of our lives. Shabbat Shalom!
Torah Talk 12_17_2020_The Righteous Joseph
Listen to Rabbi Baron’s inspiring talk on the story of Joseph. Despite finding himself thrown into an empty pit by the selfish actions of his brothers, Joseph maintained his character of great integrity, honesty, and loyalty. The empty pit is symbolic of life as a vacuum. Being “thrown into” empty spaces challenges you to fill it with positive things as opposed to letting negative and destructive things flow in and fill that space instead. Despite ups and downs, Joseph maintains his righteousness. If we embody the same character of great integrity and decency despite all that life throws at us, we will also like Joseph persevere and make it through victoriously.
Dear Friends, I send you greetings and best wishes for the Chanukah holiday! In past years we have been able to come together and celebrate our beautiful tradition of Chanukah as well as spend time with those we love. This year however, we are unable to meet in person and celebrate Chanukah in our temple home, the Saban Theater, due to the rising numbers of Covid cases. This year we will not be holding our in person Chanukah and Shabbat service. In lieu of this, we would like to invite you to spend Hanukkah with us virtually, through our website or simply CLICK THE VIDEO ABOVE. As so many are finding prayer to be essential in getting through this difficult time, our gift to you is a collection of meaningful prayers for various occasions. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and light filled Hanukkah. Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah
Torah Talk 12_4_20 | Wrestling The Angel
Wrestling The Angel "Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome." - Genesis 32:28 Listen as Rabbi David shares another inspiring message about Jacob's wrestle with an angel. This powerful story helps us realize that we will persevere through struggles no matter the circumstance. As we stay united in faith, we will come through this time, as we look forward to a brighter future ahead full of blessings.
Shabbat Service
Shabbat Message 11.27.2020 | Jacob's Ladder & Thanksgiving
"And he dreamed and behold a ladder stationed on the earth and its top reaches the sky, and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold God stands above it …" Genesis 28: 12 - 13 Listen to Rabbi Baron’s message on understanding Jacob's dream, where the ladder represents a metaphor for "ascending" and "descending" - viewed as being gripped by fear as he questions what his destiny would be. Many of us experience this kind of fear especially this year with all the uncertainty, but our steadfast faith keeps us grounded and allows for an opportunity to strengthen our spiritual growth and service. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we are reminded that the best thing that connects us is gratitude. We are strengthened by coming together as one and maintaining gratitude as we serve our families and communities with joy. Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi's Shabbat Message 11_20_2020 | Relearning Compassionate Cooperation
Relearning Compassionate Cooperation Listen to Rabbi Baron’s message on how great kindness, love and compassion have the capacity to reconcile people despite their differences - inspired by how Isaac reunited his sons Esau and Jacob, through forgiveness, support and encouragement for the God-given talents they possess. This message also inspires us to bring forth the light of compassion and decency in this world, to reconcile our differences as a nation, and act from a place of love, acceptance and understanding. Shabbat Shalom.
Rabbi Baron's Torah Talk 11-06-20
Rabbi's Torah Talk. Listen to Rabbi Baron’s message on following in the footsteps of Abraham and mimicking his missional work and heroism. When we reach those around us with the truths of God, our life leaves a lasting legacy. Shabbat Shalom
Full Shabbat Service 11-06-20
Full Shabbat Service 11-06-20
Rabbi Baron's Torah Talk 10-30-20
Listen to Rabbi Baron’s message on the impact Abraham had as the great patriarch in demonstrating the kind of humanity to strive for. Learn about the concept of “being a blessing” to humanity as part of our mission. We are challenged to demand justice as our responsibility to the Abrahamic legacy which sets the standard on how each of us should be treated. Shabbat Shalom!

Upcoming Events

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Passover 2021

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High Holidays at Temple of the Arts
Rabbi David Baron’s Yom Kippur Sermon 2020
Yom Kippur Sermon 2020
Rabbi David Baron's Kol Nidre Sermon 2020
Rabbi David Baron's Kol Nidre Yom Kippur 5781/2020 Sermon at Temple of the Arts.
Concluding Neilah Yom Kippur Services 5781/2020
Watch as Temple of the Arts' Rabbi David Baron, Music Director Sharon Farber, and Cantors Ilysia Pierce and Jordan Bennett conduct the concluding services and the final shofar blast in the Neilah portion of Yom Kippur services for 5781/2020.
Kol Nidre Yom Kippur 5781/2020 Services at Temple of the Arts
Watch and listen to the Kol Nidre "all vows" service that begins Yom Kippur, with Rabbi David Baron and Music Director Sharon Farber leading Cantors Ilysia Pierce and Jordan Bennett through the recitations.
Watch our 5781/2020 Rosh Hashana Service Here
Watch the Rosh Hashana morning services from Saturday, Sept. 19. Join Rabbi Baron, Cantors Ilysia Pierce and Jordan Bennett under Music Director Sharon Farber for a lively welcome to the new year.
Watch a Recording of the 5781/2020 Erev Rosh Hashana Service Here
We've recorded the livestream of our marvelous High Holy Day services from our Saban Theatre sanctuary stage. Click on the arrow to watch Erev Rosh Hashana services from Sept. 18, 2020.
Torah Talk: From Generation to Generation
Watch and listen as Rabbi Baron analyzes the Torah portion containing Moses' final farewell speech to the Jewish people, and how he meant to extend that message of learning to every generation. Hear how making good choices is one of the fundamental beliefs in Judaism.


TOTA has a variety of memberships designed to match your individual interests and lifestyle.

By holding any type of membership here, you are invited to experience the High Holy Days in our beautiful Art Deco temple for no additional cost.  Our magnificent High Holy Day observances feature the soul-warming voices of Cantors Ilysia Pierce and Jordan Bennett, our phenomenal choir, special guest artists, and performers, all guided by Music Director Sharon Farber.

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About the Temple

Experience Religion Through the Arts

The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts (TOTA) offers a unique, contemporary approach to engaging with Judaism through music, dance, drama, and film. For nearly 30 years, we have welcomed people of all backgrounds to gather and share values that transcend any religious or cultural boundary. Our congregation believes in the power of art to connect us all — a belief we have spread across the city of Los Angeles and beyond.

At TOTA, we harness creativity to explore the past, present, and future of Jewish life. Through magical performances and presentations orchestrated by the visionary Rabbi David Baron, thought leaders of every faith and culture can share their insights with the world. We create original music, art, and meditation prayer books, and host independent films, concerts, and engaging readings, helping our community interpret life and spirituality through the lens of art. When you enter the historic, Art Deco Temple of the Arts, you will discover:

– Internationally-recognized authors, singers, musicians, and speakers.

– A diverse, educated, and enthusiastic congregation.

– Breathtaking architecture and original design.

– Exclusive access to theater events and community and temple activities.

Experience Temple of the Arts today for an incredible blend of religion, art, and uplifting music.


Rabbi David Baron


A New York Times bestselling author, Rabbi Baron wrote the timeless business ethics and guidance volume “Moses on Management: 50 Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Manager of All Time.” A leader in our community, he believes in the power of art and religion to bring people together.

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News and Press


MAN/KIND Project Distributes 1,000th #CovidKindness Bag to Local Homeless and Other Vulnerable Populations

Temple of the Arts supports www.themankindproject.org in delivering food and meals to those in need. On behalf of TOTA and the Man/Kind project, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for all your donations to the Man/Kind COVID-19 #CovidKindness campaign that supplies crucial items to elderly, infirm, homeless and First Responders.

The temple has been crucial to the success of other outreach -- whether it is fighting anti-Semitism, or the new fight that has united us -- the fight against this killer virus.

Notes From Our Members: Expressing Gratitude for Our High Holy Days Services

From Barbra Night:
"Our family, Errol, Chloe, Leon, and I really enjoyed the services. We figured out how to screen on our huge television so it was even more spectacular to watch. But more importantly even is always that supreme effort you make to ensure that our Temple of the Arts Is the most inspirational and enjoyable experience for each of us. We are truly lucky for your inventive leadership year after year, and on a last note, the music was divine."

From Jim and Darolyn Ross:
"We must congratulate you for the extraordinary efforts that went into making this service such a meaningful event despite the challenges of the COVID virus. While we would have loved to be present as usual, we found the streaming service to be every bit as moving and inspirational as a live event. This, of course, was due to your amazing gifts as well as those of our world class musicians. Please accept our most enthusiastic thanks for making this a Rosh Hashanah to be remembered and cherished."

From Cynthia Berchan:
"As usual, your knowledge and warmth provided us with sustenance for the New Year!"

From One of the Temple's Biggest Fans:
"I wanted to thank you for all your joint efforts and congratulate you on your virtual services.
It was, obviously, not the warm, communal feeling, but it was such a comfort! I read my prayer book and tapped my foot to the music.
Mrs. Baron and the young lady singing were just perfect -- different generations passing the songs forward. Our cantors and music director sounded in great voice. Do thank your colleagues. They all made a difference and I so appreciate it."

Join Us Online for a Prerecorded Shabbat Service

You can join Rabbi David Baron online to observe the Shabbat anywhere that you can access the internet. “We're not here together with one another physically filling our beautiful Temple home, the Saban Theatre, but we're still together emotionally and spiritually,” Rabbi Baron says. “Someone said that somebody you love can be thousands of miles away, but you feel that powerful connection and bond as if they were sitting right next to you.” Watch Rabbi David Baron’s inspiring message from a timeless Shabbat service with Cantor Ilysia Pierce and Music Director Sharon Farber.

In Sympathy


Our condolences go out to the passing of member Lya Cordoba Latta, who was one of the founders of Theater 40.


We offer our sympathy to the family sustaining member Dave Alpert, husband of Meryl, beloved brother, dad and grandpa.


Our condolences also go out to the family and friends of Harry Morton.


Our condolences to the family and friends of Max Ramberg.


Our sympathy to the family and friends of Joe Smith.


We offer Steve Tisch and family sympathy for the loss of their beloved daughter Hilary.

“May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”