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Chai School


Chai School is a post-B’nai Mitzvah immersive Jewish experience. Register for these specialty courses and learn how to balance Judaism with your modern lifestyle. You will gain skills as well as invaluable access to elite teachers and speakers in the LA Jewish world! For more information, please contact Rabbinic Intern Kevin Lefkowitz at klefkowitz@sinaitemple.org. PHYSICALITY AND SPIRITUALITY | 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. Taught by Israeli professional basketball player, Daniel Tamir, Physicality and Spirituality will challenge you to become the best person, Jew, and basketball player. Sign up to learn how to live out your most authentic Jewish life and develop…

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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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Farideh Rafii


Farideh and her husband Farshad have been members of Sinai Temple since 2016. She is a member of the Budget and Membership committees. Farideh was active at the Sinai Men’s Club where she actively participated in planning and execution of major events for fundraising, debates, guest speakers, book club and movie club gatherings. Prior to Sinai, Farideh’s family was a member of the Sephardic Temple, where her three children attended Hebrew school and became B’nai Mitzvah. Farideh holds an MBA and was a senior executive at a major technology company. She currently works in the real estate industry, focused on…

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SOPHIE SZEW


My silver lining of this dare I say “unprecedented” time has been the ability to connect with my foundation. As human beings, we spend so much time building ourselves up and constructing entire cities out of our endeavors that we often forget to look at our foundation and grounding, which for me have been community. I am so grateful to Sinai for being that community for so many people, and am honored to be a part of that!

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Sinai Temple Religious School


WELCOME TO SINAI TEMPLE RELIGIOUS SCHOOL (STARS)! We are committed to instilling a strong connection to the Jewish tradition, Israel and the community at large. Our accredited, nurturing, and enthusiastic staff are passionate about teaching children the joy of Judaism. Starting in our elementary grades, we ‘do’ hands on Judaism, through art, movement in music/tefillah (prayer) and cooking. On Sunday mornings we ‘dance’ Judaism. In our upper grades, we continue to study Torah stories, Hebrew, Tefillah (prayer), and Israel. We have a unique Na’aseh program (5th-7th grades) that offers flexibility to our families, elective choices for our students and experiential…

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