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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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The Sandwich Generation


On Wednesday, March 21, Sinai Temple hosted a program geared towards the “Sandwich Generation,” those who are still taking care of and supporting their children, while simultaneously caring for aging parents, often with health complications. Approximately 15 Sinai Temple members joined Clinical Psychologist Dr. Francine Lederer, attorney and long-term care expert Zoran Basich, and financial planner and investment advisor Zev Fried for a candid discussion about what can become a very overwhelming and stressful undertaking. The stories of shared experiences brought comfort and connection to the diverse group of attendees. This event was held in a lovely, private Westwood home and was exclusively…

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2018 Men’s Club Burning Bush Gala


On Sunday, March 18 Sinai Temple Men’s Club held its 31st Annual Burning Bush Gala, honoring Sinai Temple’s Rabbi Erez Sherman and Cantor Marcus Feldman. The Burning Bush Awards are presented annually to deserving men and women of the Sinai community who represent strong Jewish values, unwavering support of Israel and a deep commitment to giving back. This year’s recipients are pillars of Sinai Temple and are deeply defined by their Jewish identities. Rabbi Sherman’s award was presented to him by colleague and longtime friend, Rabbi Jason Fruithandler. Rabbi Fruithandler spoke of Rabbi Sherman’s unwavering commitment to both his family and…

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2018 Sinai Temple Shabbaton


Over 50 families joined us March 2-4 for the 2018 Sinai Temple Shabbaton at Camp Ramah in Ojai, CA. This annual event brings families together from across the Sinai community (religious school, day school, etc.) for a weekend of connection, outdoor activities, music, arts & crafts, and, of course, Judaism. This year, the group was joined by Rabbi Nicole Guzik, Rabbi Erez Sherman, Rabbi Jason Fruithandler, Rabbi Andy Feig and Cantor Lisa Peicott. Each of these clergy members took time out of their busy schedules to connect with our members and lead them on a spiritual journey. For more information…

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Sinai Temple Religious School Na’aseh Retreat


This past weekend, nearly eighty 5th-7th graders spent a fun-filled weekend at Camp JCA Shalom for Sinai Temple Religious School’s annual Na’aseh Retreat. Despite the clouds and rain, morale was high and students arrived in sunny spirits, ready for an activity-packed weekend of Jewish learning and connection. Students bonded in the cabins, experienced Shabbat dinner, Shabbat service and Havdlalah together, embarked upon a night hike, and enjoyed ruach-filled (spirited) singing. They learned lessons on Shomrei Adama (protecting the earth) and connected to nature. A  fan-favorite from the weekend was Robbo, the enthusiastic song leader, and the ultimate highlight was the community bonding…

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Century City Learn & Lunch


Sinai is on the road again! This week’s destination- Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow in Century City! Over 15 members who work in the area joined us for a “Learn & Lunch,” hosted by members and firm partners, Ron Nessim and Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer. Rabbi Erez Sherman led a spirited discussion around the question, “Is there religion in your office?” The answers were diverse and inspired some amazing dialogue. Most importantly, the mid-day session allowed our members to pause and infuse a bit of faith into the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. Sinai Temple’s “Learn & Lunch”…

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AIPAC 2018


March 4-6, our Sinai Temple delegation of nearly 200 joined over 18,000 pro-Israel activists at the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Sinai delegates included students (Nazarian Teen Fellows), long-time temple members, young professionals and both Alice and Nahum Lainer School and Sinai Temple Religious School families.  Sinai’s delegate of honor was an AIPAC newcomer, special friend and dear community partner, Pastor JP Foster of Faithful Central Bible Church. The overarching theme of the conference was the power of diversity and collaboration in support of Israel. AIPAC provided a platform upon which people of differing opinions and backgrounds found common…

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