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Sinai Temple Basketball Camp


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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Reaching Beyond Our Walls: Century City Learn & Lunch


On Tuesday, May 1, Sinai Temple clergy, staff and members ventured beyond our synagogue walls for a productive and engaging Learn and Lunch in Century City. Hosted by Paul Lawrence and his firm, Mc Dermott Will & Emery LLP, Rabbi Nicole Guzik spent the afternoon studying Torah with a group of Century City attorneys and business leaders. The topic of the rabbi-led conversation was “I Believe In Miracles…Do You?” We supplied the learning (And the Kosher deli!), and Mc Dermott Will & Emery LLP graciously provided the space. Following the lunch, members commented on how refreshing it was to take a moment out of their jam-packed days to connect to their…

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Men’s Club & Social Action Committee Build A Home


Last Sunday, April 29, Sinai Temple Men’s Club and Social Action Committee partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in need. The group, which included Men’s Club President Mark Haloossim and Rabbi Jason Fruithandler, among others, hammered, sawed, painted and sanded for a fantastic cause. We look forward to future partnership with H4H and are so thankful to everyone who contributed! #MarkitwithaMitzvah  

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Friday Night Live w/ Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters LA


On Friday, April 13, Sinai Temple’s Atid community hosted its monthly Ted & Hedy Orden and Family Friday Night Live, an innovative Shabbat service, happy hour and dinner, tailored specifically to community members ages 21-39. This month’s FNL was sponsored by and highlighted the work of long-time community partner, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. The mission of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) is to assist youth in achieving their full potential through innovative, impactful programs, which facilitate lasting mentoring relationships and support positive development. One way they do this is through their well-known, one-to-one mentoring programming….

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2018 Sisterhood Torah Fund Luncheon


On Tuesday, March 20, over 150 Sinai Temple members and friends joined Sinai Temple Sisterhood for the 2018 Torah Fund Luncheon. The afternoon’s honorees included Ha’Yay Olam Award recipients Deborah Eisen Weinstein and Rabbi Jason Fruithandler, and Hannah Lippert Award recipient, longtime Sinai Temple leader and educator, Rachelle Marcus. The atmosphere was festive and celebratory. Both the honorees and presenters struck an emotional chord. All three honorees spoke of the importance of their Jewish identity, strong sense of community here at Sinai, and the vital need to give back, a core tenet of Sisterhood’s mission. The afternoon concluded with inspirational music…

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