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Rabbi Avi Taff


Rabbi Avi Taff joins the Sinai Temple community after having served the Valley Beth Shalom community for the last 13 years. Before becoming a Rabbi, Avi served as a paratrooper in the Israeli Army, worked as Youth Educator at Krieger-Schechter Day School in Baltimore, Maryland, as Director of the Special Needs Vocational Program at Camp Ramah in California, and directed a Jewish summer day camp for children with special needs. Avi has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Judaic Studies from the University of Arizona and was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2011. Upon…

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Sinai Temple Gala


SINAI TEMPLE GALA Sinai Temple is thrilled to announce the long-awaited return of our annual Gala. We invite our congregation to “Come Together” in honor of Jamie and Joel Berman – two of Sinai Temple’s most dedicated leaders – on the evening of Sunday, June 12, 2022. Invitation to follow. Sponsorship Opportunities Register For more information, please contact Mike Amerikaner. Thank you to our Gala Committee  

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Jobs


Sinai Temple is dedicated to providing a welcoming and caring community for its members, devoted to Jewish learning and support for Israel and the Jewish people, and committed to improving ourselves and the world through a growing relationship with God from generation to generation. We are committed to the principles and values of Conservative Judaism and we welcome Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations to observe life cycle events, and pursue our mission through prayer, rituals, learning, music and the other gifts God has given us. Interested in joining our team? We invite you to apply for our current job…

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Brad Smiedt


Brad Smiedt is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Rivonia Road Capital, a Los Angeles-based alternative investment firm focused on the financial services industry. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Fundworks, LLC a software-enabled alternative lender, also based in Los Angeles. Before co-founding The Fundworks, Brad sourced, structured and oversaw private equity investments with Lightyear Capital and Fenway Partners. Brad started his career as an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown. Brad’s son, Jonah, is a rising 7th grader at Sinai Akiba Academy and his daughter, Arielle, is a rising 4th grader. He is currently the Vice…

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Randy Schwab


Randy Schwab joined Mount Sinai as General Manager on April 1, 2021. Before joining Mount Sinai, Randy served as the Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles for nine years. Prior to becoming CEO, he spent five years as the Executive Director of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. Prior to working with non-profit organizations, Randy owned and operated a jewelry design and manufacturing business for 24 years. Randy has also served on several non-profit boards, including Builders of Jewish Education and Temple Isaiah where he served as Board President. Randy lives in Los Angeles, is married…

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Reuben Berman


Reuben Berman has been a member of Sinai since the early 1980s and has fond memories of his experiences including religious school, Bar Mitzvah, and wedding. Reuben’s children are currently enrolled in Sinai Akiba Academy. He recently joined the school’s Board of Directors. He is a past president and board of directors member of the Haas Business School Los Angeles Alumni Chapter. He is also a member of the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group’s Endowment Circle, the Jewish Federation’s Real Estate and Construction division, as well as AIPAC. Reuben is the co-founder of Entrada Partners, a real estate investment firm.

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Michael Silberstein


Michael Silberstein has been a member of the Sinai Temple Community for the past 14 years. He is the current Men’s Club President and participates in the Budget and Ritual committees, as well as the Chevra Kadish. If you come on Shabbat or Holidays to Sinai, you will see him greet the many people coming into the Main Sanctuary. If you ask Michael what he most enjoys about Sinai, it would be our community and the ability to grow our souls with the teachings of Rabbis and Cantor! Michael’s wife, Julie, sees Sinai as her home and helps to volunteer…

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André Leb


André R. Leb serves as Senior Vice President at Prodege, overseeing the launch and growth of international markets spanning Europe, the Americas and Australia. Previously, he successfully established partnerships and distribution channels for companies like PriceGrabber.com (acquired by Experian) and Compass Labs introducing new products to market using his strong operational expertise acquired over 20 years in online marketing, e-commerce, and digital advertising. He is a proud Bruin, loves Family Minyan and is an avid member of the Sinai Dads group that can be seen biking, swimming or running around town in the early hours of the morning. He has…

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