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High Holy Days


A GUIDE TO HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES RUTH & ALLEN ZIEGLER SANCTUARY AND ZIEGLER HALL/STAGE Pouran & Parviz Nazarian First Floor Rabbi David Wolpe | Cantor Marcus Feldman | Aryell Cohen and Choir Continuing the traditions of Sinai Temple with a contemplative, educational and inspiring experience. Teaching and sermon by Rabbi David Wolpe, with the rich, liturgical music of Cantor Marcus Feldman, accompanied by Organist and Choir Director Aryell Cohen and our Sinai Temple professional choir.   BARAD HALL Pouran & Parviz Nazarian First Floor Rabbi Brad Artson | Cantorial Intern David Childs | Ty Woodward and Choir Traditional liturgy…

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Yahrzeit Names For This Shabbat


February 23-March 1; 18-24 Adar I Saltanat S. Adelpour Morey Aidlic Nader Aryeh Sofia Ashel Matthew Berman Pearl Caughey Rahim Chadorchi Nathan Chroman Ethel E. Cline Gohan Nourani Cohen Martin Cole Houshang Danesh Nematollah Dardashti Elias David Eschak Eslamboly Monavar Etebar Evelyn S. Goodman Elaine Gordon Ida Gould Irving Greenberg Albert N. Greenfield Naomi R. Gruberman Jaye Haddad Emanuel Harouni William Henkin Edith Houston Marion Jurich Revalene Kronick Yetta Krul Robert L. Lawrence David Lehman Harry Levine Samuel Michaels Steven Mouw Sion Naser Nourani Monireh Perleschi Esther Perlman Parviz Pirnazar Shmuel Pournazarian Elsie Prudowsky Helen Quinn Nemat F. Rad Zoltan…

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A Young Democrat’s Perspective At Policy Conference 2018


By Elizabeth Cushnir, 9th Grade I went into AIPAC not knowing what to expect. I knew I would be one of the more liberal teens in our delegation, and I also thought I might also be one of the more liberal people attending. While I consider myself very liberal, I love Israel. However, I also believe that Israel, like all countries, is not perfect. I went into my AIPAC experience hopeful, but also a little nervous. Would it be super biased? Would I feel singled out for being more liberal? Would I be called anti-Israel (as I have been called…

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My Very First AIPAC


By Aaron Benyamini, 9th grade The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) Policy Conference  is a yearly event that attracts people from all different backgrounds for one cause — Israel. Being a teen, Policy Conference surprised me in many different ways. Most adults and teens I have talked to see this event to be political event. I view it differently. I see it as a tremendous amount of different kinds of people — Jews, Muslims, Christians, people of color, Republicans, Democrats, anyone —  coming from all around the world to support one cause. It is beautiful and very rare to…

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Howard Kaplan


Howard Kaplan was born in Boyle Heights and grew up three blocks from the entrance to Griffith Park in Los Feliz. At the time, he could not have imagined that one day he would serve as General Manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, the largest Jewish cemetery organization in California, located just minutes from his childhood home. Howard joined Mount Sinai as its General Manager on February 1, 2018. Before joining Mount Sinai, Howard served as Executive Director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple for 13 years. Prior to becoming Executive Director he spent ten years as Director of the…

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Making Israel’s Desert Bloom


Sinai Temple and Jewish National Fund are excited to launch a new initiative in 2018- to plant a forest of trees in the Negev. Trees are available at $18 per unit and make perfect gifts in honor of simchas and lifecycle events.  How to order:  1. Visit www.jnf.org/trees & use promo code: 792233  2. Call 1-800-542-8733 and use the promo code: 792233 3.  Write a check payable to JNF & mail it to Sinai Temple    We hope that you will consider contributing to our lush, Sinai forest. For more information and to order your first tree on Israel, click HERE.

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Essential Items You Have to Pack for the Nazarian Israel Trip


By Eric Rachmani The annual Israel trip sponsored by David and Angela Nazarian is an extremely memorable trip that includes with intriguing activities, bonding with other Jewish teens, information about the outstanding history of Judaism and the Holy Land of Israel, and visiting some of the most significant landmarks in all of Israel; all compacted into one trip. In order to thoroughly appreciate the beauty of this trip, there were things that I am so glad I packed, or wish I packed, to maximize my enjoyment of this experience. First and foremost, a camera or electronic device that has the…

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The Power of a Story


From as early as I can remember, the Holocaust has always been a part of my life. By this I mean that I cannot remember a time where I did not know what the Holocaust was and what it meant for the Jews. This being said, nothing about the Holocaust or the Jewish narrative in World War II ever truly resonated with me. It was so long ago, and I live in such a safe environment for Jews, I never had to think twice.

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A Warm Welcome from our Vice President of Programming, Rachel Khorshad!


by Teen Council Vice President of Programming, RACHEL KHORSHAD Hi all! My name is Rachel Khorshad, and I am so excited to be the Vice President of Programming for the Sinai Temple Teen Center this year! I am a currently a high school senior at Beverly Hills High School, where I spend most of my time leading and being a part of a wide range of extracurriculars. But, while many of those extracurriculars focus on other important aspects of my life, my main source for Jewish fulfillment comes from my time at the Sinai Temple Teen Center. I have been…

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