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Inheritance


Last night, over 200 people joined Sinai Temple for Inheritance, a discussion between author Dani Shapiro and Rabbi David Wolpe. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love is the name of Shapiro’s new book, which chronicles her real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life. From a young age, Shapiro felt that she didn’t quite “belong” in the Orthodox community in which she was raised. She was constantly reminded of her “otherness,” and told that her blue eyes and blonde hair meant she didn’t “look Jewish.” On a whim,…

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Growing Up Jewish In Iran


On Wednesday, January 30, approximately 200 people joined us for Growing Up Jewish in Iran. In conversation with Cantor Marcus Feldman, Hazzan Farid Dardashti discussed his Jewish identity and his one-of-a-kind journey to becoming a cantor. Hazzan Dardashti’s path was anything but ordinary. He grew up in Iran wanting to become an architect, got picked up for a couple of years as a TV Star and, finally, ended up studying music and becoming a cantor in the United States. All proof that there is no single “face” of Judaism! Over the past thirty years, Hazzan Dardashti has established himself as…

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Beverly Hills Lunch & Learn On the Go


On Thursday, January 24, Sinai Temple launched its very first Beverly Hills edition of Lunch & Learn On the Go. Hosted by members Ira Friedman and John Hay, approximately 15 Sinai Temple members joined Rabbi Sherman for lunch and a discussion of Is There Religion In Your Workplace? Attendees included both longtime and more recent Sinai Temple members, and also crossed industry lines. Lawyers, real estate professionals, doctors and software engineers, among others, found common ground in this engaging topic and discussion. The free deli lunch was a draw too! The Lunch & Learn On the Go series takes Judaism…

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STRS Mensch of the Month


Sinai Temple Religious School is excited to announce a new initiative, honoring Mensches of the Month! The Mensch of the Month program recognizes students who are respectful and honest with great attendance and positive attitudes. Mensches are good listeners, kind, and helpful to teachers and other students. Each month during tefillah, one Mensch from each class in honored, photographed and featured on our STRS Facebook page. They also receive our fun Mensch of the Month pens! To learn more about the Mensch of the Month program and other Sinai Temple Religious School programs, contact Sara Capland at scapland@sinaitemple.org or (310)…

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A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE PRESIDENT


Thank you for joining us for meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Despite having thousands of people in our synagogue, it could not have felt like a warmer, more intimate community, bound together by a profound commitment to Jewish life. If you were able to join us for services, on behalf of the clergy, board and staff, thank you. If you were unable to join us in person, please know that your Sinai family was with you in spirit. We hope to see you throughout the year. If you did not have an opportunity to participate in our Annual…

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The Real Taste of Judaism


On Tuesday, August 28, Sinai Temple held an event for Jews by Choice called The Real Taste of Judaism. Over 30 recent Jewish conversion students, now all members of Sinai Temple, attended the event, led by Rabbi Sherman and Lara Rabinovitch, Phd, a specialist in food culture and immigrant history. The duo served as a complementary team. Rabbi Sherman welcomed our newest members, recognizing that each of our sacred journeys contributes to our community as a whole. Lara analyzed peoples’ associations of specific “Jewish” foods/dishes with emotions, memories and their developing religious identities. It was a beautiful evening of sharing and community connection. The group also enjoyed food from new…

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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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