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A Spoonful of Hesed: Take 3!


Over 60 congregants attended Sinai Temple’s third A Spoonful of Hesed evening of cooking, led by Rabbi Nicole Guzik, and in partnership with Sisterhood and Social Action Committee. All ages, different cultures, men and women came together for a great cause. Our freezer is now packed to the brim and ready for serving—vegetarian soup, brownies and challah. Know a member in need of a bit of healing and a meal delivery? Contact rlevy@sinaitemple.org. What a great way to #GatheratSinai  

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Men’s Club & Membership Community Picnic


On Sunday, July 29 nearly 100 Sinai Temple members gathered at Roxbury Park for our annual Men’s Club/Membership picnic. There was delicious food, games and, of course, a clown to entertain the kids! Children ran around and played soccer, while parents played backgammon and got to know one another, as well as the clergy team. One of the best parts of the afternoon was the mini “Packing With Purpose” session, sponsored by Social Action Committee. Kids and adults helped stuff bags of essentials for homeless men and women in need. It was a fantastic Sunday for all! To learn more…

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Monthly Student D’var Torah


Sinai Temple is excited to have launched a new, monthly initiative as of June 2018! Once a month, a Sinai Temple post-B’nai Mitzvah student will provide his/her perspective on the week’s Torah portion, to be published in the weekly Shabbat Bulletin, available on Shabbat mornings at Sinai. Below are the two student submissions we have published thus far (June and July). We hope that you enjoy these unique and insightful perspectives, from a youthful lens! D’VAR TORAH BY MEMBER JONAH ANSCHELL Former Alice and Nahum Lainer School Student This week’s parasha happens to be one of the most well-known. The Torah turns the corner and…

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Thursday Morning Torah w/ Rabbi Rotenberg


On Thursday, July 26, Sinai Temple’s newest clergy member, Rabbi Sam Rotenberg, led his first Thursday Morning Torah class. Approximately twenty community members joined him to explore this Shabbat’s text and its interpretations. This week’s discussion revolved around review of the two variations of the Ten Commandments. In his very short time at Sinai, Rabbi Rotenberg has quickly won over the hearts and minds of many members of our community. We are excited to have him as a spiritual leader, available to our members and the greater Jewish community community. To learn more about Rabbi Sam Rotenberg, click HERE. Interested…

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Sinai Temple Basketball Camp June Session


This week’s inaugural session of 2018 Sinai Temple Basketball Camp was an astounding success! Sinai Temple had the privilege of hosting over 80 campers for five days of fun, drills, games, social action projects, friendship, learning, crafts and more.  Some of our campers even joined STBC from Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. A new and exciting element of STBC this year was the social action component- Beyond Basketball. All week, campers collected canned goods for SOVA, along with books for children who may not have access to them. In addition, on Thursday, our older campers were trained on how to…

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Sisterhood Installation


On Tuesday, June 12, Sinai Temple Sisterhood celebrated the successes of the past year, as well as the many exciting things to come in 2018-19, at the group’s Installation Brunch. Chaired by temple member Rosa Berman Ruder, over 75 people attended the event, which welcomed incoming board officers, including Co-Presidents Lisa Pompan and Leslie Wachtel. The theme of the event was embracing traditions of the past, while cultivating innovation and change. Outgoing board members, including Co-President Flora Ahdout, were also thanked for their incredible dedication and service.  Rabbi Nicole Guzik, Sisterhood’s spiritual leader, served as the installing officer. The Installation…

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You Are What You Eat


On Tuesday, May 15, the Sinai Temple community spent the day with author and teacher, Dr. David Kraemer. In town from New York, Dr. Kraemer spent the afternoon with eighth grade students from Alice and Nahum Lainer School, discussing Jewish identity and eating. Be it abiding by rules of Kashruth, or eating particular foods for Jewish holidays, students explored if and how religious and cultural identities influence eating habits, preferences and traditions. Is there such thing as “Jewish” food? What makes bread and wine so holy across religions? These were the sorts of thought-provoking topics we explored. In the evening,…

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Multifaith Harmony Without Conflict


On Monday, May 14, Sinai Temple, the American Jewish Committee-LA and the Consul General of Azerbaijan, Nasimi Aghayev, held a joint program, at which Muslim, Jewish and Christian community leaders from Azerbaijan discussed religious pluralism and tolerance in a majority-Muslim community. This important conversation, which pushed religious barriers and encouraged inclusiveness, was moderated by Rabbi Erez Sherman. Panelists included: The Honorable Mubariz Gurbanli, Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Milikh Yevdayev, President of the Religious Community of the Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan Mr. Aleksandr Sharovskiy, President of the Religious Community of European Jews of Azerbaijan Mr. Fuad…

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Sinai Temple Gala: Honoring Rabbi David Wolpe


On Sunday, May 6 over 720 Sinai Temple members and friends gathered to honor Max Webb Senior Rabbi David Wolpe’s twenty years of leadership, building a sacred community. The themes of the evening were inclusion, acceptance and unity. The Sinai Temple Gala not only celebrated Rabbi Wolpe’s legacy of leadership and community building, it also marked the official announcement of the naming of The Elaine & Gerald Wolpe Parenting Center of Alice and Nahum Lainer School of Sinai Temple, in memory of his parents. In his remarks of award acceptance, Rabbi Wolpe spoke words of great admiration and appreciation for…

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A Light Unto The Nations


On Tuesday, March 1, over 150 people attended  a Sinai Temple’s Men’s Club and AIPAC co-sponsored event, A Light Unto The Nations, featuring Yotam Polizer, CEO of IsraAID, in conversation with Rabbi Erez Sherman. The evening opened with Men’s Club President Mark Haloossim, who welcomed the group, followed by Rachael Ripps, AIPAC’s Southern Pacific Synagogue Initiative Deputy Director, who spoke about AIPAC’s diligent work to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, as well as Israel’s accomplishments over the past 70 years. Leading up to the evening’s main event, UCLA student activist, Amir Kashfi, spoke about how his grandfather’s bravery and activism during the…

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