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Einstein and the Rabbi


On Thursday, March 1, Sinai Temple hosted 75 people at the beautiful home of Eddia and Moji Mirharooni for Einstein and the Rabbi, a conversation between author Rabbi Naomi Levy and Angella Nazarian. The conversation centered upon the book’s core theme- exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul, inspired by famous correspondences between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi. The evening concluded with a five minute spiritual meditation, led by Rabbi Levy. The group enjoyed a memorable evening of connection and stimulating conversation. Sinai Temple is proud of and inspired by the caliber of speakers we host, year after year. To learn…

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Packing with Purpose


On Wednesday, February 28, the Sinai Temple Social Action Committee and Alice and Nahum Lainer School of Sinai Temple came together to pack bags for those in need. This month’s beneficiary of the packing was Chai Lifeline, a preeminent international health support networks supporting seriously ill children, their families, and communities. Packing with Purpose is a brand new initiative of the Social Action Committee. It is held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 3-4pm. The next session will be Wednesday, March 28 at 3pm and will benefit the UCLA Food Closet. For more information about the program, please call (310)…

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Planet Purim!


On Wednesday, February 21 Sinai Temple was transformed into a giant, temple-wide carnival! Hundreds of children and their families joined us to celebrate Purim with an afternoon of crafts, rides, games, costumes and, of course, a Purim play (complete with animal onesy clad clergy members). This event was a joint effort, brought to our community by Sinai Temple Religious School, temple administration, our clergy, Alice and Nahum Lainer School of Sinai Temple and almost all of our affiliate groups (special shout out to Dor Chadash, our young families group). Click HERE to explore a full album of photos on or…

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Atid Event: How to Master Your Personal Brand Through Social Media


On Tuesday, February 20, nearly 200 community members joined Atid for an expert led panel discussion on How to Master Your Personal Brand Through Social Media. Moderated by lifelong Sinai Temple member Tiffany Matloob, the panel included behind the scenes strategists, social media stars, and business owners who use social media heavily for marketing purposes. Attendees gained access to insights on how to best use social media platforms for both personal and professional gain. This, of course, was accompanied by the opportunity to mingle and network with young professionals from across Los Angeles. To learn more about our Atid programming for…

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2018 Religious School Shabbaton: Memories to Last a Lifetime!


During the weekend of February 2-4, approximately 30 Sinai Temple Religious School families took time out of their weekly routines to spend a fun, enriching and spiritual few days at Camp Ramah in Ojai, CA. This weekend of activities, family and connection is an annual tradition and one of our religious school’s most popular programs. Highlights from the weekend included an engaging kids’ program, the bunkbeds (Always a big hit!), the Friday night adult tish program, belly dancing, adult massages, and wine tasting. This weekend is open to all religious school families and we invite you to join us in…

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Hoops in the Holy Land


On Sunday, February 10, all-star basketball player David Blu joined the Sinai Temple community and Rabbi Erez Sherman for a conversation about Jewish identity, determination and mindset in professional and competitive sports. David, a Maccabi Tel Aviv champ, is an LA native who was born to an African American father and a Jewish mother. He has two rules in life, “Be happy and be humble.” Playing around the world and specifically in Israel,  David witnessed “a country surrounded by enemies, [where] basketball was a way to bring people together.” This experience provided him with great perspective and a strong sense…

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Reaching Across the Political Divide with Men’s Club


On Tuesday, February 6, Sinai Temple Men’s Club held an engaging and insightful program with David Suissa, Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Journal, and moderated by author and temple member Rick Richman. This was as “non-political” of a discussion as possible about our political divide. The speakers emphasized the goals and aspirations we all share as Jews and citizens, regardless of party affiliations, along with ways we can come together to bridge the divide. To learn more about Men’s Club programing, please click HERE. To view video of the full program from February 6, please click HERE.

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Where in the World is Sinai Temple? We are Everywhere!


On Tuesday, February 6, Sinai Temple hosted two clergy-led “Learn & Lunch” programs, one here at Sinai Temple with Rabbi Jason Fruithandler and one at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with Rabbi Nicole Guzik. At the temple, Rabbi Fruithandler spoke to a crowd of over forty members about what it means to be Jewish and the essential cultural principles, history and traditions it encompasses for different people in different ways. Rabbi Guzik joined several high-profile Cedars doctors, nurses and staff, who took time out of their very busy schedules for a heartfelt discussion of visiting the sick and healing through prayer. Both…

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Learn & Lunch in Westwood


Today Rabbi Erez Sherman was joined by a group of over 15 Sinai Temple members for a Learn & Lunch in Westwood. The membership committee invited temple members who work in the area to carve out a small portion of their day for a dose of connection, conversation and, of course, Judaism. The theme of the lunch, “Is There Religion In Your Office?,” inspired conversation about how being Jewish influences our professional work, and how our daily work helps define our Judaism. The program brought together a diverse range of professionals, including lawyers, entertainment executives, real estate professionals, and even…

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A Spoonful of Hesed


On Thursday, January 11, over 50 temple members of all ages gathered at Sinai for A Spoonful of Hesed: Making Meals for Those in Need. An initiative led by Rabbi Nicole Guzik, Sinai Sisterhood and the temple’s Social Action Committee, this group came together to cook soup and bake cookies for those in need of a little healing. Together, hundreds of carrots were peeled, veggies were sliced and pounds of batter was mixed. In addition, members got to know one another and connect. The resulting soup and cookies were stored in a freezer and will be delivered to temple members…

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