Yom Kippur on film
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-09-03
Hollywood Beverly Hills
A Beverly Hills synagogue that counts many Hollywood stars as members and supporters including the parents of Ben Stiller as well as Angelina Jolie's father Jon Voight, has released a Yom Kippur DVD that is being offered for free to anyone who has difficulty attending High Holiday services.
The Creative Arts Temple DVD is aimed at the elderly, disabled and anyone who cannot attend due to mobility problems and features a special 48-minute Kol Nidre service with a number of celebrities taking part.
"My wife and I came up with the DVD concept last year, when one of our dearest congregants who had never missed a Kol Nidre service in his life, suddenly went into hospital. We decided to tape our service and bring it to him," explains Rabbi Jerry Cutler. "With our cache of congregants in the entertainment industry, we quickly had many volunteers offer to tape and edit the service for us."
According to Creative Arts Temple president Larry Crestol once everyone saw the DVD, they felt it would be an opportunity for others to also benefit from it. "The end product is so beautiful. We immediately said to ourselves that we have to share this with others who are homebound or in hospital."
Among those involved in the project are comedian and actor Ben Stiller's parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara as well as Angelina Jolie's father Jon Voight, who despite not being Jewish is a keen and active supporter of Jewish causes.
"Jon Voight is not Jewish but loves Israel and the Jewish people. When you see him speak to the Creative Arts Temple congregation on the DVD, it brings tears to your eyes," added a Creative Arts Temple spokeswoman.