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Judaism 360Judaism 360 Course Catalog

The 101 Series | The 201 Series | Drop In - Drop Out | Life & Learning | The Haimish Series


flagSinai Temple is pleased to introduce Judaism 360, a new, revitalized concept in bringing Jewish education to our community. Through the various tracks described below, specifically designed to meet your needs, you will reach a deeper understanding of being Jewish in the 21st Century. Our highly accomplished clergy and selected outside educators will teach and engage in the meaning of Jewish texts, history, halacha, ethics, theology and culture to rouse in all of us the excitement of Judaism in the modern world.

Most Judaism 360 Courses are free of charge* for Sinai Temple members. Non-members will incur a charge for each class, which is indicated in the class description.

*For classes that have materials fees, those fees will apply to both Sinai Temple Members and Non-Members. Sinai Temple members will also incur a charge for the Beginner Adult Hebrew class.

Register online at www.sinaitemple.org/registration or contact Rebeka Small, Program Director at (310) 481-3243 / judaism360@sinaitemple.org.


The 101 Series: Introductory Classes

The 101 Series is designed for those who are just dipping their toes into various forms of Jewish text study. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!

Alice & Nahum Lainer Learning & Lunch with Rabbi David Wolpe
Great Controversies In Jewish History

Were Jews ever unified?  This year we will examine the fights that marked Jewish history -- beginning with the Bible and moving to the clashes between the Sadducees and the Pharisees, the Hasidim and the Mitnagdim, the Orthodox and the modernists, and many others.  What did each side believe, and how did they promote their beliefs?  Join us for a fascinating look inside the struggles and sides that shaped our tradition.

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • 2014: November 4, December 2.
  • 2015: January 6, February 3, March 3, May 5.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $25 per session

Beginner Hebrew
Instructor: Dina Dvir

This 23-session class is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Hebrew who wish to focus on learning Siddur and Biblical Hebrew. The course is taught in English and emphasizes reading and comprehension. Additionally, students will be introduced to the printed alphabet and the Hebrew sound system. At the end of the course, students will be able to read from the Siddur, accumulate related vocabulary and have a more formalized Judaic background.

Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
November 5, 2014 through May 13, 2015

Sinai Temple Members: $450 (23 sessions) Non-Members: $550 (23 sessions)

Haftarah & Torah Trope

Join Cantor Marcus Feldman as he leads a class in the basics of chanting Torah and Haftorah trope.  Cantor Feldman will also cover basic Siddur literacy and review the common prayers, as well as their meaning and melody. 

Two class times available!!

Daytime Session
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
2015: March 10, 17, 24, 31

Evening Session
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
2015: March 11, 18, 25, April 1

Sinai Temple Members: Free of Charge Non-Members: $100

Tour The Torah

Instructor: Ralph Resnick, Ritual Director

Take an up close and personal look at the Torah with Sinai Temple's Ritual Director, Ralph Resnick. In this class you'll develop a deeper understanding of how a Torah is made, where the stories of the holidays are found, how the scrolls are rolled for various readings, and the blessings that are recited.

Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
2014: October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3, December 10

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $150


Intro To Mishna

Instructor: Ralph Resnick

How did the laws of the Torah become a code of conduct and behavior for all of us to follow? The Rabbis of the Mishna took the Torah laws and put them into more a concise and easier-to-find resource called the Mishna. Please join us in an easy to understand introduction to the Rabbinic writings of the Mishna.

Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
2015: February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, March 11, March 18, March 25

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $175

Ethical Wills: Passing On Your Heart's Treasures

Instructor: Norman Pell

An ethical will goes far beyond the distribution of material goods to your loved ones. Its purpose is to pass on life lessons that are not tangible, yet immensely important for future generations to have access to. Join us for guidance on starting your own ethical will and ensure that your heart's treasures and life lessons will be available to your family's future generations.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $50

Coffee & Commentary

Instructors: Judge David Yaffe, Dr. Stanley Karz and Dr. Ted Ehrlich

This lay led egalitarian group is now in its 15th year. We move through the whole Tanach [Torah, Prophets and Writings] in an ongoing open format of study and discussion using modern Biblical scholarship as well as insights from the Talmud and Midrash. Join us for this lively, ongoing discussion over coffee and cookies.

Sunday Mornings, 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: Free of charge

From a Talmudic Perspective: A Woman’s Role in Our Tradition

Instructor: Rabbi Nicole Guzik

What does the Talmud, the basis for all codes of Jewish Law, say about women? This class will explore what the Talmud dictates for women with regard to what is forbidden, what the obligations are, and what women are exempt from through traditional text study.

Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $100

Guilty Oneg: Exploring The Pleasures of the Here & Now

Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fruithandler

Judaism is a religion that encourages us to enjoy this world. When we aren't raising our kids, earning a living, and studying Torah, how much room is there for fun? This class will discuss what the Jewish tradition says about achieving this balance.

Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
October 30, November 6, November 13, November 20

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $100

The 201 Series: Intermediate Study

The 201 Series is designed for those who are looking for a more in-depth approach to learning, with classes that are more intricate in nature.

Mah Kasheh L'Rashi? (What's Bothering Rashi?)

Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fruithandler

Learn to read the text like our most famous commentator. Rashi commented on both the entire Talmud and the entire Tanach; we will focus on his comments on the Torah. Within Rashi's own lifespan, no one produced a bible without his commentary. What was his wisdom and insight?

Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
2015: May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $100

The Drop Off-Drop In Series

The Drop Off-Drop In Series is designed for those who have a little time, here and there, to get a dose of learning. These classes will primarily take place after Sinai Akiba Academy's morning dropoff, prior to their afternoon pickup, and after Sinai Temple Religious School begins on Wednesday afternoons.

Tea & Torah with Rabbi Andy Feig

Once a month, join Sinai Akiba Academy's School Rabbi, Andy Feig, for some morning learning. The class will focus on topics including the holidays, the weekly parsha, as well as topics suggested by you!

Tuesday Mornings, 8:15 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
2014: September 23, October 7, November 4, December 9. 2015: January 6, February 10, March 3, May 12.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $25 per class

Rabbi David WolpeThursday Morning Torah with Rabbi David Wolpe

Spend an hour every Thursday morning deepening your understanding of Judaism and our sacred text. Learn along with us as we go through the Torah together; no previous knowledge or Hebrew is required.

This class will begin on November 6, 2014.

Thursday Mornings, 8:15 a.m.-9:1 5a.m.

Pricing: details to come soon



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Coffee Talk

Meet up with Rabbi Erez Sherman at the Coffee Bean on South Beverly Drive for a cup of coffee (on him!) and some casual learning.  Drop in for as short or as long as you can and get a dose of Jewish insight with your morning caffeine. This class is for Sinai Temple Members only.

Tuesday, December 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Free of charge for Sinai Temple Members only.

Mitzvah In A Minute

Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fruithandler

A different mitzvah each month: where it comes from, why we do it, what you can get out of it, and how you can incorporate it into your life.....in 20 minutes or less!

Thursdays, 2:50 p.m. -3:15 p.m.
2015: January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, May 28

Free of charge for Sinai Temple Members only.

The Life & Learning Series

The Life & Learning Series is designed to infuse Jewish learning into our everyday lives. These classes will blend topics that we think about and discuss in our daily lives with the Jewish texts and teachings that apply. Come ready to participate and discuss with your own thoughts and questions!

Sinai Temple's Evening Book Group

Instructor: Lisa Silverman

Join us in discussing contemporary Jewish-themed books with the Sinai Temple Book Group. The group is open to all who are interested in good books and good conversation. Come to one or all of our meetings, held in the Lainer Learning Center’s Library Classroom (3rd Floor) and facilitated by Lisa Silverman, Library Director.

This season the group is reading the following titles:

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman    
October 30, 2014
A bewitching world of Coney Island and the sweatshops of the Lower East Side of New York in the early 1900’s blends magical moments, a mysterious disappearance and romance.

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman 
December 11, 2014
A novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love, and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, Love and Treasure weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the Second World War.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
February 5, 2015
Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a zealous dentist addicted to his iPhone, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and as his quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past.


For questions about Sinai Temple's Evening Book Group, please contact Lisa Silverman at lsilverman@sinaitemple.org.

Ethics & The Real World

Instructor: Rabbi Erez Sherman

You know the difference between right and wrong, but are things always so clear when making decisions within the context of your everyday interactions?  Rabbi Erez Sherman will explore a variety of conflicts with different community professionals and also explore what our Jewish texts have to say about ethics in our everyday lives.

Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
2015: April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $100

Laying The Foundation For Successful Parent-Child Relationships

Instructor: Danielle Horwich, LCSW, M.A.Ed.

How can I understand my child's behavior? How can I talk to my child so that he/she will really listen? What are some ways to build my child's self-esteem?

Join Danielle Horwich, LCSW, M.A.Ed. to explore these questions and more in a dynamic 5-session parenting workshop. Based on the nationally recognized parenting program, Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), this workshop helps parents to develop more fulfilling and productive relationships with their children based on mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect. Appropriate for parents of children ages 7-12.

Space is limited to 10 families! Reservations will be given on a first come, first served basis.

2014: October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

This class is free of charge and is for Sinai Temple Members only.

Jewish Origami

The art of Jewish origami is more than simply folding paper. Through creating designs that are culturally symbolic, the opportunity is created to discuss where the various shapes come from and what mitzvot and teachings they relate to. In this four week class, Joel Stern, author and origami professional, will lead you through creating shapes that can spark discussion both in the synagogue and at home with your family.


Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge* Non-Members: $100*

*Both Sinai Temple Members and Non-Members will need to pay a materials fee of $10 per person.

Exploring The Mikveh

Instructor: Rabbi Nicole Guzik

What are the various biblical, Talmudic and cultural perspectives surrounding the mikveh? Learn about these perspectives, as well as the meaning of the mikveh at various stages in our lives. The class will culminate with a tour of the mikveh at the American Jewish University on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. This class is co-sponsored by Sinai Temple's Sisterhood.

Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
2015: January 20, January 27, February 3, February 17

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $100

Melodies and Songs of Our People

Instructor: Cantor Marcus Feldman

This class will explore the prayers and songs sung on Shabbat and the holidays that we know and love and will cover the tradition and history behind them. Class members will be encouraged to share their own songs and traditions and, as a community, expand and enrich your family's personal celebrations.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $100

Practical Judaism: A Modern Understanding of Ancient Laws

Instructor: Rabbi Andy Feig

From the laws of Kashrut to Shabbat observance, there are lot of ancient laws that are difficult to translate into modern living. Join Rabbi Andy Feig for discussion and insight into the laws of our religion and how to navigate them within the parameters of our everyday lives.

Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
2015: April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $100

History of the Persian Jewish Community

Instructor: Saba Soomekh


Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m-8:30 p.m.
2015: January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11

The Haimish Series: Building Community Through Learning

Scotch & Study

Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fruithandler

A group for dads, this class infuses learning into a fun and social environment....or is it the other way around? Either way, gather each month to meet new friends and engage in stimulating discussion over drinks and snacks.

To register and for date and location information, contact Larry Weintraub at Weintraub360@gmail.com.

This class is free of charge and is for Sinai Temple Members only.

Leading a Shiva Minyan

Instructor: Cantor Marcus Feldman

Sinai Temple is a community where all of us take on the obligation of "kol yisrael arevim zeh lazeh," to care for each other at all times.  This class will teach you everything you need to know to lead a shiva minyan and help make more meaningful and caring the time of mourning.  Cantor Feldman will teach the nusach of mincha and maariv, practical lessons for taking a leadership role in a house of mouring, as well as the halacha surrounding issues of death.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge Non-Members: $100 


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