Fascinating Riviera Resident

Local Actress, Producer Teaches Kids About Kindness

November 2015

IGOR_1115_RivieraIf Hollywood Riviera resident Stevie Sterling Lorentzen looks familiar, it might be because you’ve seen her on the big screen. Or the television screen. Or the stage.  Or on the cover of a magazine.  That’s because Stevie is a long-time actress, writer, producer, director and model.

And now she’s bringing her many talents to the stage to benefit our local schools. Stevie’s new show, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolfie,” uses humor and storytelling to teach students the power of kindness. Riviera Elementary students recently were treated to the show as part of the school’s Character Counts program. All eyes were glued to the stage as Stevie’s life-size puppet, Wolfie, navigated through an enchanted forest of characters practicing kindness along the way. Amid the laughter and smiles, students were encouraged to answer questions and interact with Wolfie and his friends as he demonstrated kindness in action. Stevie wrote and produced the show and portrayed all of the characters – putting to good use her acting chops and her mastery of accents (professional voice overs is one of her specialties). She plans to bring the show to schools throughout our area and beyond.

“I think one of the most important things for children to learn is how to treat others,” says Stevie. “Bullying doesn’t have to be a part of childhood if we teach kids at an early age how to respect and be kind to one another. I’m trying to teach kids empathy one show at a time.” Stevie is no stranger to the Riviera Elementary stage. When her two children were students there (son Sean is 23 and daughter Niki is 19), Stevie produced the school’s annual talent shows. After eight years the audience size for one of Stevie’s shows grew so large that they’d outgrown the Armstrong Theatre and had to produce her show at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College. Stevie’s career in the entertainment business started shortly after she graduated from Arizona State University, where she received a degree in bilingual education (she is fluent in Spanish). She has guest starred on many television sitcoms and dramas, including The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, Cagney & Lacey, Night Court and Roseanne to name a few. Before her children were born she made movies in Venezuela and was the heroine in the first ever interactive video game. She has been the principle actor in commercials and was a supporting actress in an award-winning bilingual play which toured for three years. Stevie is also a substitute teacher in the Torrance Unified School District, and through her special event business, Stevie Sterling Events, she organizes weddings and corporate events. Stevie and her husband Randy, a renowned automotive photographer, have lived in the Hollywood Riviera for 22 years. “This is the area we always wanted to live in,” says Stevie. “We love the community and its people. This will always be our home.” To bring Stevie’s show to your school, please contact her at info@StevieSterlingEvents.com.

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Riviera Retailer Spotlight

Everything Old is New Again at Riviera Resale Store

October 2015

IGOR_1015 (riviera)One customer shows up daily to browse. Others drive over an hour every week for the thrill of the hunt. And several flight attendants book their schedules specifically to be in town when the store is open. What do all these loyal shoppers have in common? Return Engagement, a women’s clothing store in the Riviera Village that has provided resale therapy for decades. A consignment and resale store, what makes Return Engagement an addictive pleasure for so many is you never know what you’ll find. One day it may be the perfect Louis Vuitton purse for less than half the retail price. Twenty-four hours later you may stumble upon a pair of Vince jeans or a Prada dress selling for a fraction of what you’ll find in specialty shops.

“We take in 700 new items a week so the inventory is constantly changing,” said Alicia Nay, who has owned Return Engagement for the past 22 years. “That plus the fact that we’re very particular about only selling items that are stylish and in excellent condition has led to a very loyal clientele. I hear all the time that customers get more compliments on the clothes they buy here than anywhere else.”

Alicia never planned to be in the clothing business. After earning a graphic design degree in college she planned to go to graduate business school at USC. She had just taken a pre-admissions test when she decided to relax with a little shopping in the Riviera Village. A chance encounter with the owner of Return Engagement changed everything.

“I was complimenting her on the products she carried when she mentioned the store was for sale, and it would only take a small amount down and a monthly payment for me to buy it,” said Alicia, a South Bay native. “I was only 24 at the time so while I was intrigued, I didn’t think I could possibly swing it. But I wrote her a heartfelt letter, borrowed the down payment from my parents and I haven’t looked back since.”

Alicia’s innate business sense and inherent optimism are two big factors in the store’s success.

“I still do business with dozens of clients that have been shopping here before I even owned Return Engagement,” says Alicia. “It’s a win-win for customers whether they sell here, buy here or both. For me, the best part is seeing a client’s eyes light up when she finds the perfect item at a great price, and helping those selling their clothes make some money. It never gets old.”

Return Engagement was strictly a consignment store for years. Under that model, customers receive 50 percent of the selling price of their items once they are sold. Items that don’t sell after a set time are donated or returned to the customer. Recently Alicia introduced other options for customers to earn money faster. For example, they can sell their items outright at 30 percent of the estimated resale prices for cash on the spot. Or they can trade their items for a 50 percent store credit based on estimated resale prices.

“Designer luxury items that are unique and fit today’s casual lifestyle are among the most popular sellers, “says Alicia. “ I tell my customers that when choosing which items to sell, the harder it is to part with the more likely it will be profitable because it’s probably something buyers want.”

Return Engagement sells dresses, pants, shirts, skirts, coats, purses, shoes and other articles of clothing that are in new or almost new condition. Some of the brands you’ll find include Louis Vuitton, Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo, Tori Burch, Coach, Anthropologie, Lululemon, Kenneth Cole,Chanel, J. Crew, Max Studio, Vince and many more.

Alicia has 10 employees, including Chloe Marie who came to Return Engagement through Easter Seals’ WorkFirst job assistance program. “She’s a perfect employee because she’s detail oriented and is great at customer service,” said Alicia. “She’s an important part of our team.”

Return Engagement is located at 312 Avenue I, Redondo Beach, and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday 1pm – 5 pm. To sell your items, call 310-375-0570 to make an appointment or stop by with eight items or less any Tuesday-Saturday. All items should be new or like-new, clean and free of spots, tears and odors.

“We’re basically a candy store for women,” says Alicia. “Except we’re calorie free.”

 
 

Fascinating Riviera Resident

A Legacy of Learning

August 2015

IGOR_0915_RivieraErin Rojas is living the life she always dreamed of. Not only is she a teacher – the career she wanted since she was a little girl – she’s married to a wonderful man and has two beautiful children. And to top it off, she’s living in the area she always wanted to call home — the Hollywood Riviera.

Erin teaches kindergarten at our very own Riviera Elementary School, where she’s following a legacy of outstanding teachers. Islay Butler, Erin’s mother, taught at Riviera for 28 years, retiring just three years ago (two of Igor’s children were in her kindergarten class). In fact, Erin’s classroom was the same one Islay used for years.

Now that she’s retired, Islay volunteers every Monday in Erin’s class and on Wednesdays in another Riviera classroom, and is also a substitute teacher at the school.

“My mom never pressured me to be a teacher but since I was a small child I knew that was what I wanted to do,” says Erin, who graduated from USC with a degree in education. “I saw how much my mom loved her job and how much her students loved her, and that inspired me.”

Erin finds that one of the joys of teaching is helping to shape the lives of young children into the adults they will become, as well as being part of their families. The bond she forms with students continues even when they get older, as many stay in touch beyond their elementary school years.

Islay Butler once even taught the  Riviera. “I just got a college graduation announcement from a student I had in kindergarten,” says Islay. “It’s fun to see how my former students are doing years after I was their teacher.”

Both Islay and Erin enjoy being on the same campus as Erin’s daughters. Victoria, age 9, is currently at Riviera. Courtney, age 12, now attends Richardson Middle School.

“Another benefit of teaching is spending more time with my kids, both during the school year and during summer break when we all have time off,” said Erin. “We like to spend time as a family doing things in the Riviera, like biking at the beach, having dinner in the Riviera Village, and watching their soccer and softball games. This is such a tight-knit community we see friends and neighbors everywhere we go.”

And how is Islay Butler spending her retirement? “I’m knocking things off my bucket list, like going to a football game at every NFL stadium in the nation,” she says. “I’ve done nine so far, and plan to go to an NFL game in North Carolina this year.”

For both Erin and Islay, one of the joys of teaching at Riviera Elementary is the parent involvement. “We have parents volunteering every day in the classroom,” said Erin. “This is such a great community because the families really care and are willing to roll up their sleeves to help.”

One example of that involvement are the iPads donated with the help of a Riviera parent to every classroom. As a result, under the guidance of their teachers students can use the internet to research topics they’re studying.

As a Japanese proverb says: Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. We’re grateful for the opportunities Riviera students have to spend so many days with such great teachers.

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Fascinating Riviera Resident

Riviera Sole Man Puts the Pep in Our Step

July 2015

IGOR_Riviera (0715)He may not be a preacher but  Hollywood Riviera resident Steve Windham has been saving soles for nearly 50 years.

Steve is the owner of Windham Shoe Repair, a Riviera Village staple since 1954. The store was first opened by his father who learned the art of shoe repair from Steve’s grandfather, who himself was an apprentice in the 1920s. Steve took over the business in 1981.

In an age where most young people associate the word “cobbler” with a baked fruit dessert, the chances of finding a third-generation shoe repair specialist is a rarity. Cobblers learn their craft by apprenticeship, as the trade is not taught in schools. During the Great Depression shoe repair shops totaled approximately 130,000 nationwide. That number has dwindled to roughly 7,000 today.

“Our shop has thrived because there will always be customers who want to maintain their fine leather shoes, boots, purses, belts and even luggage,” said Steve. “It’s a lot more economical to restore a nice pair of dress shoes than to buy something new.”

One of Steve’s frequent customers was actor Buddy Ebsen, who was best  known for his role in The Beverly Hillbillies but was also a talented hoofer who tap danced with Shirley Temple onscreen. While prepping for a dance role in St. Louis, Buddy turned to Steve to repair an old pair of tap shoes. The tap shoes had wood sown into the toe, and were in need of Velcro straps so Buddy could take them on and off quickly between costume changes. Academy-award winning actor Ray Milland was also a customer.

Steve was raised in the Riviera and attended Parkway Elementary School (which was located on Paseo Miramar, one block east of Torrance beach where the Riviera Beach Colony now sits), South High and El Camino College. He was one of the original Junior Lifeguards and played Little League Baseball and high school football.

Steve was drafted into the army in 1969 with a shoe repairman military occupational skill designation. He put those skills to good use at the Martin Army Hospital in Georgia where he make leg and hand braces for injured military men. He then spent a year in Quang Tri Vietnam, just 12 miles from the demilitarized zone, where he was the battalion commander’s driver and the mail man. He made specialist 5th class and served nearly two years in the army.

Whereas he once worked in the shoe repair shop side-by-side with his father and grandfather, today Steve works with his wife, Caan, his daughter, Lisa, and Tim Winter, a loyal employee for 30 years. In addition to repairs, Windham Shoe Repair sells a wide variety of polishes, dyes, brushes, shoelaces, paints, water-proofers, insoles, arch supports, shoe trees and heel grips, and also duplicates keys.

Steve and Caan have five children and nine grandchildren, plus a dog, Lilee, who comes to work with them.

Once situated next to Howard’s Market (now Trader Joe’s in the Riviera Village), Windham Shoes is located at 306 Avenue I (at PCH), phone 310-375-1981. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 6 pm.

“The best way to feel better about yourself is to help someone else,” Steve said, when asked about his philosophy of life. “You don’t know what someone has been through until you walk a mile in their shoes.” Wise words from a man who knows a thing or two about shoes.

 

Here’s What’s Cooking in the Riviera Village

June 2015

 

IGOR_0615_RGourmet chefs and novices alike have found cooking nirvana right in the Riviera Village in the form of The Catalina Cooking Store.

Since its opening on Catalina Ave in 2012, the well-stocked store has been the go-to retailer for locals looking for quality cookware  and great service with a home-town touch.

The Catalina Cooking Store is the brainchild of owner Don Koeberle, a life -long cook who left the advertising world for culinary school.

“I was tired of having to drive out of the area for top-notch cookware,” said Koeberle, a South Bay resident for more than 30 years. “We carry top-ofthe-line cooking equipment, but our prices are not outrageous. If you want French copper cookware from Mauviel that sells for several hundred dollars, we have that. But we also carry excellent aluminum bakeware for less than $10. We have a wide range of goods.”

In addition to Mauviel cookware, The Catalina Cooking Store carries such well-known cookware brands as All-Clad, Le Creuset, and Staub. The store also carries top-notch knives and cutlery, bakeware, glassware, tableware, a variety of prep tools and more.

Some of the products are downright ingenious. The Snapi Single-Handed Food Server, for example, looks like a colorful clam shell but is actually a spring-loaded device that is a musthave for parties and buffets. While holding your plate in one hand, you can use the Snapi in your other hand to dish up the perfect serving of pasta, salad, beans and more. They cost just $8.99 each and come in a range of colors.

And then there are the colorful and remarkably useful silicone lids from Charles Viancin, which are quickly becoming a “must have” in every kitchen. Featuring designs inspired by nature, the lids create an airtight seal on any smooth-lidded bowl and can be used everywhere, from the freezer to the oven to the microwave. What’s more, they are available in a variety of sizes, all under $20.

“We’re adamant about only carrying quality items,” says Koeberle. “So you won’t find any useless gadgets or shoddy craftsmanship here. If I wouldn’t use it in my own kitchen, I won’t sell it.”

The store also features gourmet spices, rubs, oils and vinegars, as well as tapenades and salts. Koeberle uses most of these in his home cooking and is well aware of how they add that little something extra to many dishes.

The Catalina Cooking store is open daily (except major holidays) and is located at 1915 S. Catalina Ave in Redondo Beach (310-378-4830).

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13th Annual Torrance Relay for Life April 25 at South High

April 2015

 

IGOR_APRIL15_RIVIERAReady to help save lives? Then be sure to support the 13th Annual Torrance Relay for Life, April 25-26 at South High.

Relay for Life is the world’s largest grassroots fundraising event, with participants in more than 5,000 communities in the U.S. in addition to 20 other countries taking part. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society with the help of teams of volunteers who commit to having at least one team member walking on a track at all times over a 24 hour period because cancer never sleeps.

Relay For Life honors cancer survivors, pays tribute to those who have lost their lives to the disease, and raises money to fight cancer. This year’s Torrance Relay for Life goal is to raise $240,000 for the American Cancer Society.

A total of 1,658,370 new cancer cases and 589,430 deaths from the disease are projected to occur in the U.S. this year, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is there has been a drop in cancer mortality by 1.8% for men and 1.4% for women during the most recent 5 years for which data is available (2007-2011). However, with cancer the leading cause of death among adults aged 40 to 79 and the second leading cause of death overall, much work is still needed to address this deadly disease.

The Hollywood Riviera Sportsman’s Club is fielding a team again this year, with Igor Nastaskin serving as team captain for the 10th year in a row.

Please consider joining the Riviera Sportsman’s Club’s Relay team if you’d like to get involved (women and men are welcome). The team raised more than $12,000 for the American Cancer Society last year, and hopes to exceed that amount this year.

Relay for Life began in 1985 with the vision of Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington. In an effort to raise funds for his local American Cancer Society, Dr Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at the University of Puget Sound, logging in more than 83 miles. Nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt’s friends, family and patients cheered him on as he walked, while others donated $25 to walk 30 minutes with him. Ultimately, he raised $27,000 to fight cancer. The following year, Dr Klatt organized 19 teams to take part in the first team relay event, and a total of $33,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. Today, Dr. Klatt’s vision is a fundraising phenomenon.

Highlights of the Relay for Life are the opening ceremony Saturday, April 25 at 9 am followed by a survivors’ lap at 9:30 am. At 8 pm Saturday, a Luminaria Ceremony will honor survivors as well as those who lost their battle with cancer. The luminarias burn through the night to light the path for those walking to fight back against cancer. You can purchase and decorate your luminaria at the event on Saturday. Entertainment is provided throughout the event, which concludes Sunday at 9:00 am with a closing ceremony.

To sign up for the Hollywood Riviera Sportsman’s Club team, or to donate funds to the American Cancer Society for the fundraiser, please contact Igor at 310-892-6016 or inastaskin2@socal.rr.com.

Donations are accepted until August 31, 2015, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t make the event. Your gift is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent allowed by law. For more information about the American Cancer Society’s support for survivors and patients, please call them 24/7 at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. We hope to see you at South High the weekend of April 25-26 as we pull together as a community to fight back against cancer.

Donations are accepted until August 31, 2015, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t make the event. Your gift is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent allowed by law. For more information about the American Cancer Society’s support for survivors and patients, please call them 24/7 at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. We hope to see you at South High the weekend of April 25-26 as we pull together as a  community to fight back against cancer.

 

Riviera Village Adds Ten Thousand Villages

March 2015

IGOR_MAR15_RIVIERA“India is not to be found in its few cities, but in the 700,000 villages… we have hardly ever paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient to eat and clothe themselves with.” It was this quote by Mahatma Gandhi that inspired the name for Ten Thousand Villages, a unique store which opened in the Riviera Village last June.

Ten Thousand Villages offers products hand crafted by artisans in nearly 40 developing countries who would otherwise struggle to earn a fair wage. In turn, the artisans use the income to improve their lives by being empowered to start their own companies, send their children to school, get health care for the first time, and buy their own homes. All the artisans are paid in full by the time their product comes to the store.

Strolling through Ten Thousand Villages is a feast for the eyes, with a colorful assortment of jewelry, personal accessories, home décor, sculptures, garden accents, textiles, musical instruments and more. The products represent the diverse cultures of the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and preserve traditional skills  while featuring sustainable and recycled materials.

The store is run by volunteers under the supervision of a paid store manager and assistant manager. The concept for Ten Thousand Villages began in 1946 when Edna Ruth Byler, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worker, visited volunteers in Puerto Rico who were teaching sewing classes in an effort to help improve the lives of women living in poverty.

From this trip, Edna brought several pieces of embroidery home to sell to friends and neighbors. The pieces became quite popular and she soon added cross-stitch needlework from Palestinian refugees and hand-carved Haitian woodenware to her inventory.

In the early 1970s, the flourishing project moved out of Byler’s basement and became SELFHELP CRAFTS, an official MCC program. Thousands of loyal customers and volunteers have helped to build this program into the strong alternative trading organization that, in 1996, became known as Ten Thousand Villages.

With a network of branded stores, wholesale accounts, community sales and an e-commerce site, Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s largest fair trade organizations.

The genesis of the South Bay store – one of only two such stores in California — began in 2012 when a group of South Bay residents looking  for a way to make a genuine difference in our world decided to start a non-profit organization and raise the necessary funds through donations to become part of the Ten Thousand Villages family. Tony Fadale, one of the founding members of the Ten Thousand Villages Redondo Beach board, is often seen greeting customers at the entrance.

Stop by Ten Thousand Villages today and bring this newsletter to receive 15% off your entire purchase.

Also, don’t forget to enter this month’s raffle for a $25 gift certificate to the store.

Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1907 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach (310-465-1600). Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6pm and Sunday 11-5pm.

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Riviera Resident Spotlight:

Mark Duncan, Hollywood Riviera Native & Local Businessman

 

February 2015

IGOR_FEB15 (riviera)The Hollywood Riviera is such a nice community to grow up in, many residents never leave. And it’s no wonder. With excellent schools, safe streets and the beach easily accessible, few places can beat this area for an idyllic childhood.

Mark Duncan certainly thinks so. Raised in the Hollywood Riviera, Mark and his sisters attended our local schools and grew up at Rocketship Park, the Riviera Village and Torrance Beach. His parents and a sister still live in the Riviera. And he and his wife, Heidi, are so happy with this community they just purchased their second home in the Riviera.

Mark spent much of his youth on our local soccer fields, where his talent as a midfielder caught the eye of high school, club and university-level coaches. He was a noted soccer standout at South High and also played for Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated with a degree in business.

It was easy for Mark to choose which business to apply his degree to – the family business, insurance. Mark’s father, Bill Duncan, founded The Olson Duncan Agency in 1981 and Mark grew up hearing about the importance of protecting against the unexpected.

Located in Torrance not far from where Mark grew up, ISU-The Olson Duncan Agency was originally established in 1945 as The Olson Agency prior to being purchased by the Duncan family. The experience of almost 70 years of serving the insurance needs of Southern California has earned the business an outstanding reputation.

Today, Mark has taken the reins of The Olson Duncan Agency, where he serves as president while his father is chief financial officer. A full service, independent insurance firm, The Olson Duncan Agency offers insurance products and risk management services for businesses and individuals. When he’s not in his office, you’ll find Mark enjoying spending time with Heidi and their three young children (a fourth is on the way). Whether he’s coaching his son’s little league games, watching his daughter’s AYSO soccer tournaments, or playing soccer and surfing with his own buddies, Mark is an active member of our community. The whole family is also very involved with Kings Harbor Church in Redondo Beach.

“We love living in the Hollywood Riviera because it’s so family oriented,” said Mark. “We ride our bikes to the pier, go to restaurants in the Riviera Village and socialize with our neighbors . I’ve never left the Riviera and I never plan to.”

To reach The Olson Duncan Agency, call 310-373-6441 or visit www.olsonduncan.com.

 

Sing, Love, Pray: Rabbi Cantor Didi Does it All

 

January 2015

IGOR_BULK_0115Didi Thomas didn’t set out to be a cantor. Or a rabbi. But fate has a habit of having its way, and today Rabbi Cantor Didi is both.

Raised in California by a Puerto Rican Catholic father and a Russian- Romanian Jewish mother, Didi grew up celebrating a mixture of traditions: a Menorah next to the Christmas tree in December, Easter baskets alongside the Passover table in the spring.

But religion didn’t play a big part in Didi’s life as a child. From a young age, Didi’s heart was set on performing on the stage. Her melodic, powerful voice and bubbly personality were a perfect fit for theater, and she sang and danced in 37  musicals, more than a dozen on tour, and also performed in films and on television.

Her years of performing led her to become a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, and the Actor’s Equity Association.

But during one particularly traumatic year when her mother-in-law was killed, her infant son almost died, and fire, floods and earthquakes erupted around her, Didi felt inexplicably drawn to a higher calling. It was then that she decided to merge her Jewish faith with her love of singing to become a cantor.

Also known as a hazzan, a cantor is a vocally-trained musician who helps enhance the prayer services in a  synagogue and leads the congregation in songful prayer.

Cantors serve as clergy, leading services, chanting from the Torah, officiating lifecycle events, and preparing children and adults for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Though the role was traditionally only represented by men, as of the 20th century female cantors have been trained alongside rabbis at the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist movement’s theological seminaries.

Cantor Didi served at synagogues in Los Angeles and Texas, including Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach. After 12 years as a cantor, Jewish music professional and educator, Didi felt called to the Rabbinate and was ordained in 2008 in New York from the Rabbinical Seminary International. She is schooled in the mystical teachings of Kabbalah, and is one of only a handful of clergy serving as both a rabbi and cantor. She’s also a volunteer clergy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

IGOR_BULK_0115-2Didi has brought many couples together in marriage throughout the country in interfaith, same sex and traditional Judaic settings. She is passionate about creating harmony within families and promoting peace in times of need, caring for the sick, and helping souls transition from this dimension into the next.

In 2010, Didi along with an inspired group of individuals formed a new Reform Congregation in the South Bay, Temple Emet. The congregation initially met at the Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, but will open the doors to its own synagogue on January 16 (located in Torrance at 2051 West 236th Street).

Didi’s daughter is following in her mother’s spiritual footsteps, and is studying to be an Orthodox Spiritual Leader. Her son works at a local restaurant.

Didi and her husband, Mark, love living in the Hollywood Riviera, near their work, the beach and their many friends.

“I didn’t pick my course in life, it picked me,” says Didi. “Temple Emet means temple of truth, and that seems to be my life’s motto: be good to people and live in truth. My goal is to foster a greater a sense of unity and connection among people regardless of their faith or level of observance. That’s my truth.”

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