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Sinai Temple is blessed to be led by a very talented team, its Senior Staff (Religious, Education, and Professional Leadership), and a committed group of lay leaders. We hope you'll give them the opportunity to get to know you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President

  • Joel Weinstein

Vice Presidents

Administration

  • Leslie Wachtel

Development

  • Jackie Ahdout

Education

  • Angela Maddahi

Finance

  • Rob Strauss

Membership

  • David Kekst

Ritual

  • David Matloob

Social Action and Programs

  • Jamie Berman

General Counsel/Corporate Secretary

  • Jonathan H. Anschell

Treasurer

  • Eric Swanson

Assistant Secretaries

  • Mayrav Gaslin
  • Cary Lerman

Chair of Cemetery Management Committee

  • Milo M. Mandel

Chair of Sinai Akiba Academy

  • Gary Lainer

Immediate Past President

  • Eric J. Diamond

Rabbi David Wolpe Howard Lesner
Rabbi Nicole Guzik Dr. Sarah Shulkind
Rabbi Jason Fruithandler Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin - Headmaster Emeritus
Rabbi Erez Sherman Danielle Salem - Kassin
Rabbi Emeritus Zvi Dershowitz Tracy Schatz
Cantor Marcus Feldman Joel Weinstein
Cantor Emeritus Joseph Gole  

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Rabbi David Wolpe - Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. Rabbi Wolpe’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, and he is a columnist for Time.com, he regularly writes for many publications, including The LA Times, the Washington Post’s On Faith website, The Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week. He has been on television numerous times, including the Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC this Morning, and CBS This Morning. In addition Rabbi Wolpe has been featured in series on PBS, A&E, the History channel, and the Discovery channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. Rabbi Wolpe’s new book is titled, David, the Divided Heart available from Yale University Press in November of 2014.

Honors/Awards

  • Named for Voices on the Jewish 100 (The Algemeiner, 2013)
  • Named one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world (Jerusalem Post, 2012)
  • Named the number one Rabbi in America (Newsweek 2012)
  • Offered the benediction at the Democratic Convention (2012)
  • Named one of the fifty most important Rabbis in America (Newsweek, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Named one of the one hundred most influential Angelinos (Los Angeles Magazine, 2006)
  • Named one of one hundred most influential Jews in the United States (Forward, 2003)
  • Winner of the Human Spirit award from the Wellness Community
  • Winner of a Simon Rockower award for Jewish Journalism (2009)
  • Award for excellence in single commentary by the American Jewish Press Association (2005)

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Rabbi Nicole Guzik is a rabbi at Sinai Temple. Rabbi Guzik works with the Torah in the Round and Dor Chadash communities and supervises our Caring Community and Beit Bracha, families with children with special needs.

Rabbi Guzik also serves as the Director of the Sinai Temple Israel Center. The Israel Center is a programmatic base that engages the Sinai Temple and Los Angeles community in pro-Israel education and awareness through speakers, classes, trips, and programs. Rabbi Guzik is proud to lead the David and Angella Nazarian Youth Leadership Program: a fellowship that engages our teen community in Israel advocacy and leadership training.

In the greater Los Angeles Jewish community, Rabbi Guzik sits on the UCLA Hillel Board of Directors, Executive Committee of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, and Executive Committee of the Board of Rabbis.

She is married to Rabbi Erez Sherman. Together they are the proud parents of daughter Annie and son Zachary.

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Rabbi Jason Fruithandler is excited to join the Sinai Temple community.  Rabbi Fruithandler has just finished two years at congregation Bnai Jeshurun where he served as, Teen Coordinator, Graduate Intern, and Rabbinic Fellow.  There he helped implement a mishpacha program combining adult education and family education with the already standing Hebrew School Curriculum.   He also sent 46 teens on service learning trips in New Orleans and Santo Domingo.  He is proud to have been the Student Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Israel in Kingston, New York.  Rabbi Fruithandler looks forward as well, to being a part of the STARS, ATID, and USY communities.

Rabbi Fruithandler graduated from the Joint Program between the Jewish Theological Seminary’s List College and Columbia University.  He received a B.A. In Talmud and Rabbinics and a second B.A. in Sociology.  Rabbi Fruithandler completed his M.A. in Jewish Education at JTS’s Davdison School of Education and recently finished his ordination at the JTS’s rabbinical school.  He is proud to have been a part of the first cohort of cross-denominational Schusterman Rabbinic Fellows.  As part of the fellowship Rabbi Fruithandler focused on the intricacies of non-profit work, reaching out to Jews on the periphery, and re-envisioning synagogues for the next generation.

Rabbi Fruithandler has a wife of five years Jessica Fruithandler and a beautiful baby girl Liba Shifra Fruithandler.


Rabbi Erez Sherman was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in May of 2009, where he was awarded the United Synagogue Award for Congregational Service. He is also a graduate of Albert A. List College and Columbia University with degrees in Music and Talmud, where he wrote his thesis titled, “Music in the Synagogue in the 21st Century.” He served as assistant to the Rabbi of Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT, during Rabbinical school. Rabbi Sherman creates energetic, upbeat, participatory and spiritual services.

From 2009-2014, Rabbi Sherman has served as assistant rabbi of Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, CA. There, he created the Israel Ambassador Program, enhancing Israel advocacy for teens and adults, doubling the size of the congregational AIPAC delegation. Additionally, he created “Torah Trainers,” a group of committed post-B’nai Mitzvah students who peer-mentor the next generation of Religious School students.

Rabbi Sherman loves working with the special needs community, has lectured around the U.S. on “Inclusion of those with Disabilities into the Jewish Community” and volunteered with the Conservative Movement’s B’nai Mitzvah program for those with special needs in Jerusalem. The personal narrative of the story of his brother Eyal, a quadriplegic, shapes his theological thinking. Over the past several months, he has spoken, with his father Rabbi Charles Sherman, on the new book, “The Broken And The Whole: Discovering Joy After Heartbreak.”

Rabbi Sherman is a native of Syracuse, NY, and comes from a family of rabbis. The son of Rabbi Charles and Leah Sherman, his father has served as rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse, NY, for the last 38 years. His sister, Rabbi Nogah Marshall serves as the education director of Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia, PA. Rabbi Sherman is married to Rabbi Nicole Guzik of Sinai Temple, and they have two energetic children, Annie and Zachary.


Rabbi Emeritus Zvi Dershowitz - Until he became Sinai's Emeritus, Rabbi Dershowitz served this congregation 25 years on the pulpit, teaching, administering programs and activities, and available for all life cycle events. He continues his presence at Sinai and is now available to the entire Jewish community for counseling, officiating at weddings and funerals, even as he continues his teaching at the University of Judaism and other communal activities.

Cantor Marcus Feldman - A Los Angeles native, Cantor Marcus Feldman is a musician, teacher, and the Senior Cantor of Sinai Temple in Westwood, California. Classically trained in opera as a Baritone / Tenor, Cantor Feldman graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in May of 2007 with dual baccalaureate degrees in Vocal Performance, B.M., and Business Administration, B.S. While at USC, Cantor Feldman was a member of the university's top choral ensemble for four years, touring and competing both nationally and internationally with the Thorton Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. William Dehning, and singing leading roles in two of the main stage operas at USC.

Ordained as a Cantor at the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR), California in May of 2011, he holds a Masters of Jewish Sacred Music from the same institution, the only one of its kind in the Western United States. In 2010, as part of his graduate and cantorial studies, Cantor Feldman spent a semester in Jerusalem, Israel studying hazzanut with the renowned Israeli Cantor Naftali Herstik. Inspired by his time with Cantor Herstik in Israel, Cantor Feldman set out to complete a transcription of the original nusach of Cantor Herstik for his graduate thesis, a publication that is used throughout the cantorial world. Upon graduation and ordination, Cantor Feldman served as the Second Cantor of Stephen S. Wise Temple from 2011-2012, serving alongside his mentor, dear friend, and one of the leaders of the American cantorate, Cantor Nathan Lam. In 2012, Cantor Feldman was appointed as the Senior Cantor of Sinai Temple in Westwood, California, the oldest and largest Conservative congregation in the greater Los Angeles area, an institution with a long and impressive history of cantors and musical directors, including Cantor Meir Finkelstein, where he serves currently alongside the influential and prolific Rabbi David Wolpe.

Cantor Feldman regularly appears in concerts across the United States alongside fellow cantors and musicians, specializing in the interpretation of classic and modern cantorial recitatives. Cantor Feldman sees the cantorate as a sacred vessel for the seamless transmission of Jewish musical heritage throughout the ages. He strives to honor and preserve the rich traditions of the past while also always looking forward to the new gateways of the present and future in order to best serve the Jewish community and represent Jewish music in the modern era.

Cantor Emeritus Joseph Gole - A native of Southern California, Cantor Joseph Gole attended the University of Judaism, Hebrew Union College, and earned his degree in opera and voice at the University of Southern California. A product of the Conservative Movement, Cantor Gole grew up in Los Angeles and attended Adat Ari El, Los Angeles Hebrew High and Camp Ramah. He studied privately with Hazzan Allan Michelson, Hazzan Samuel Kelemer, and Jewish repertoire coach Erwin Jospe. He has been the Cantor of Sinai Temple for eighteen years. Currently, he serves as the International President of the Cantors Assembly – the largest professional organization of cantors in world with 550 members and is a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. A recipient of the regional United Synagogue Award for outstanding creative programming, Cantor Gole has served as faculty at the University of Judaism and the Baal Tephilah Institute, and has encouraged numerous young hazzanim who now occupy leading cantorial positions. He personally trains our B’nai Mitzvah students and participates in life cycle events of our congregants. A brilliant concert musician as well, he has appeared with many major ensembles, including the Pacific Palisades Orchestra, the Guild Opera Company of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Executive Director - Howard Lesner - A Los Angeles native, Howard Lesner graduated from UCLA in 1973 and from Pepperdine in 1976 with a Master of Science in School Management and Administration. His Jewish education started at Sinai Temple and continued at the University of Judaism. Howard served as a public school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1973-1979, where he taught grades K-6. He directed Camp Tikvah of Temple Beth Am for seven years and was the founding director of Sinai Temple's Camp Maoz. He also directed programming for the USY Youth Department. In 1979, Howard became principal of the Elementary Day School at Stephen S. Wise Temple assuming the role of Associate Executive Director for the Temple in 1992. In 1999, he returned to Sinai Temple to serve as Executive Director. Howard is currently on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Hebrew High School. He and his wife Michal live in Westwood.

Head of School - Dr. Sarah Shulkind
Sarah was raised in Chicago in a home of educators, and attended Washburne Middle School and New Trier High School, both excellent public educational institutions. Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and History. During her time at Penn, Sarah was awarded the Truman Fellowship, which is a national, prestigious graduate scholarship for college students committed to public service. Awarded for her work in educational reform and research, the fellowship experience helped her to focus and define her goals as an educational leader. Sarah has her M.Ed in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of California, Los Angeles. She received the National Association of Secondary Schools Dissertation Award for her research on Middle Level Advisory Programs.

Sarah has presented on curricular integration, reading comprehension, student-led conferences, advisory programs, academic achievement, parent education, personalization, differentiation, and service learning in local and national conferences. She has published articles in Education Leadership, Principal Leadership, and The Middle School Journal.

During her time as Milken’s Middle School Principal, Sarah worked with a team of exceptional educators who, together, created a model Jewish school. Alongside this team, her greatest accomplishment was the visioning and strategic planning for the new Middle School campus and the translation of this vision into reality. She is especially proud of building a nationally recognized advisory program as well as establishing a 1:1 learning environment and launching the innovative Israel education program, Nofim. Over the last two years, the Middle School has focused professional development and instruction on teaching reading at the middle level, and she and her colleagues have tracked statistically significant student growth in targeted areas. Sarah also celebrates her faculty who in this year alone have presented at three national conferences and published their work in educational journals.
Sarah was raised in a Conservative Jewish home, where the Jewish learning, values and celebration were part of her everyday life. Her strongest Jewish role models were her four grandparents, all of who remain a significant force in her life today. Sarah attended at worked at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, where she met her husband Andrew. Sarah, Andrew and their three daughters, Lucy, Olivia, and Sadie are all active members of IKAR.

Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin - Headmaster Emeritus is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds Master's degrees from UCLA and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained as a rabbi. Since 1977 he has led faculty, parents and students toward the advancement of education, religious life and institutional development at Sinai Akiba Academy. Under his direction Sinai Akiba Academy has grown from 170 to 700 students, developed an activities-based approach to instruction, an innovative learning support program, a culture of professional growth, and a warm parent community, engaged in major expansions and building renovations, and gained a reputation for excellence and creativity.

The school is known for its academic depth, the strength of its Hebrew language and Judaic program, and for its infusion of spiritual values in all aspects of the curriculum. Rabbi Scheindlin is a recipient of the Milken Outstanding Jewish Educator Award. He has published numerous articles, conducted workshops and taught courses on varied subjects including curriculum, school governance and administration, and in his area of unique expertise, the significance of emotions in both general and spiritual education.

Religious School Director - Danielle Salem-Kassin has had the pleasure of returning to the Sinai Temple community. She attended Sinai Akiba Academy Day School, where she met her husband in the 4th grade. She was also confirmed at Sinai Temple. Sometime later, she returned and taught at Sinai Akiba Academy and Sinai Temple Religious School. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Comparative Religions from the University of California Riverside. She holds a double Masters Degree in Education Administration and Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism. Danielle has visited Israel many times and has led teenage groups on tours throughout the country. Her pledge is to make the Sinai Temple Religious School the best on the Westside, offering the highest level of Jewish Education through dynamic, challenging, and interactive programs.

Center Director - Tracy Schatz - Growing up as a member of Sinai Temple, Tracy Schatz taught drama, music, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes. Her background is in Education and Psychology. For ten years she was the coordinator of the Secondary Educational Center at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute. She helped create Camp Ramah's Tikvah program, and taught drama and life-cycle courses for L.A. Hebrew High. She started out coordinating the programming and moved from that to coordinate membership and administration.  Now she's enjoying her job as Director of the Douglas Family Early Childhood Center.  Every day working with children makes her smile.  However, Her best credentials, are her four children and talented husband, Dale.

Joel Weinstein - Sinai Temple has played a central role in Joel’s life since 1985 when he and his wife Deborah became members.

Joel was first elected to Sinai Temple’s Board of Directors in 1990. In 1992, then Sinai Temple President Jules Porter (z”l) appointed Joel to the Honors Committee to assist with the Sanctuary High Holy Day honors program. For the past 20 years, Joel has enjoyed getting to know so many Temple members through this position while keeping in shape walking the aisles of the Sanctuary during the High Holy Days. From 1990 through 2000, Joel served several terms on the Board’s Executive Committee, including as Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Assistant Secretary. After a short hiatus, Joel rejoined the Temple’s Board of Directors in 2005, serving as Vice President of Development, and subsequently as Vice President of Administration and Chair of the Ritual Committee and the House and Grounds Committee.

Joel and Deborah met at Cornell Law School. Following law school, Joel practiced corporate law and was elected as a councilman in a suburb of Akron, Ohio, where he grew up and was active in Beth El Congregation. Shortly after Joel and Deborah married in Los Angeles in 1985, they joined Sinai Temple. In 2008, their twin sons, Perry and Adam, graduated from Sinai Akiba, and they now attend college.

Joel is a partner with the law firm of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, where he serves as chair of its Business, Finance and Tax Department. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, and securities offerings for private and public companies, and serves as outside general counsel for many Southern California and regional companies.

 

Rabbi David Wolpe  
Rabbi Nicole Guzik  
Rabbi Jason Fruithandler  
Rabbi Erez Sherman  
Rabbi Emeritus Zvi Dershowitz  
Cantor Marcus Feldman  
Cantor Emeritus Joseph Gole  

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Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. Rabbi Wolpe’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, and he is a columnist for Time.com, he regularly writes for many publications, including The LA Times, the Washington Post’s On Faith website, The Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week. He has been on television numerous times, including the Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC this Morning, and CBS This Morning. In addition Rabbi Wolpe has been featured in series on PBS, A&E, the History channel, and the Discovery channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. Rabbi Wolpe’s new book is titled, David, the Divided Heart available from Yale University Press in November of 2014.

Honors/Awards

  • Named for Voices on the Jewish 100 (The Algemeiner, 2013)
  • Named one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world (Jerusalem Post, 2012)
  • Named the number one Rabbi in America (Newsweek 2012)
  • Offered the benediction at the Democratic Convention (2012)
  • Named one of the fifty most important Rabbis in America (Newsweek, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Named one of the one hundred most influential Angelinos (Los Angeles Magazine, 2006)
  • Named one of one hundred most influential Jews in the United States (Forward, 2003)
  • Winner of the Human Spirit award from the Wellness Community
  • Winner of a Simon Rockower award for Jewish Journalism (2009)
  • Award for excellence in single commentary by the American Jewish Press Association (2005)

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Rabbi Nicole Guzik is a rabbi at Sinai Temple. Rabbi Guzik works with the Torah in the Round and Dor Chadash communities and supervises our Caring Community and Beit Bracha, families with children with special needs.

Rabbi Guzik also serves as the Director of the Sinai Temple Israel Center. The Israel Center is a programmatic base that engages the Sinai Temple and Los Angeles community in pro-Israel education and awareness through speakers, classes, trips, and programs. Rabbi Guzik is proud to lead the David and Angella Nazarian Youth Leadership Program: a fellowship that engages our teen community in Israel advocacy and leadership training.

In the greater Los Angeles Jewish community, Rabbi Guzik sits on the UCLA Hillel Board of Directors, Executive Committee of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, and Executive Committee of the Board of Rabbis.

She is married to Rabbi Erez Sherman. Together they are the proud parents of daughter Annie and son Zachary.

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Rabbi Jason Fruithandler is excited to join the Sinai Temple community.  Rabbi Fruithandler has just finished two years at congregation Bnai Jeshurun where he served as, Teen Coordinator, Graduate Intern, and Rabbinic Fellow.  There he helped implement a mishpacha program combining adult education and family education with the already standing Hebrew School Curriculum.   He also sent 46 teens on service learning trips in New Orleans and Santo Domingo.  He is proud to have been the Student Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Israel in Kingston, New York.  Rabbi Fruithandler looks forward as well, to being a part of the STARS, ATID, and USY communities.

Rabbi Fruithandler graduated from the Joint Program between the Jewish Theological Seminary’s List College and Columbia University.  He received a B.A. In Talmud and Rabbinics and a second B.A. in Sociology.  Rabbi Fruithandler completed his M.A. in Jewish Education at JTS’s Davdison School of Education and recently finished his ordination at the JTS’s rabbinical school.  He is proud to have been a part of the first cohort of cross-denominational Schusterman Rabbinic Fellows.  As part of the fellowship Rabbi Fruithandler focused on the intricacies of non-profit work, reaching out to Jews on the periphery, and re-envisioning synagogues for the next generation.

Rabbi Fruithandler has a wife of five years Jessica Fruithandler and a beautiful baby girl Liba Shifra Fruithandler.


Rabbi Erez Sherman was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in May of 2009, where he was awarded the United Synagogue Award for Congregational Service. He is also a graduate of Albert A. List College and Columbia University with degrees in Music and Talmud, where he wrote his thesis titled, “Music in the Synagogue in the 21st Century.” He served as assistant to the Rabbi of Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT, during Rabbinical school. Rabbi Sherman creates energetic, upbeat, participatory and spiritual services.

From 2009-2014, Rabbi Sherman has served as assistant rabbi of Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, CA. There, he created the Israel Ambassador Program, enhancing Israel advocacy for teens and adults, doubling the size of the congregational AIPAC delegation. Additionally, he created “Torah Trainers,” a group of committed post-B’nai Mitzvah students who peer-mentor the next generation of Religious School students.

Rabbi Sherman loves working with the special needs community, has lectured around the U.S. on “Inclusion of those with Disabilities into the Jewish Community” and volunteered with the Conservative Movement’s B’nai Mitzvah program for those with special needs in Jerusalem. The personal narrative of the story of his brother Eyal, a quadriplegic, shapes his theological thinking. Over the past several months, he has spoken, with his father Rabbi Charles Sherman, on the new book, “The Broken And The Whole: Discovering Joy After Heartbreak.”

Rabbi Sherman is a native of Syracuse, NY, and comes from a family of rabbis. The son of Rabbi Charles and Leah Sherman, his father has served as rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse, NY, for the last 38 years. His sister, Rabbi Nogah Marshall serves as the education director of Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia, PA. Rabbi Sherman is married to Rabbi Nicole Guzik of Sinai Temple, and they have two energetic children, Annie and Zachary.


Rabbi Dershowitz - Until he became Sinai's Emeritus, Rabbi Dershowitz served this congregation 25 years on the pulpit, teaching, administering programs and activities, and available for all life cycle events. He continues his presence at Sinai and is now available to the entire Jewish community for counseling, officiating at weddings and funerals, even as he continues his teaching at the University of Judaism and other communal activities.
Cantor Marcus Feldman - A native of Los Angeles, Cantor Marcus Feldman trained in opera as a Baritone / Tenor and graduated from the University Of Southern California in 2007 with dual degrees in Vocal Performance, B.M. and Business Administration, B.S. (concentration in Real Estate Finance). While at USC, Cantor Feldman was a member of the university's top choral ensemble and sang leading roles in two of the main stage operas. Cantor Feldman began the study of hazzanut privately with Cantor Nathan Lam in 2005. While a student he served as Cantor of Sun City Jewish Services in Palm Desert, California and lead monthly Shabbat services and High Holy Day services with Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin. In 2010, as part of his cantorial studies, Cantor Feldman spent a semester in Jerusalem studying hazzanut with the renowned Cantor Naftali Herstik. Ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, in May of 2011, Cantor Feldman holds a Masters of Jewish Sacred Music from the same institution. Cantor Feldman was appointed to be the Second Cantor of Stephen S. Wise Temple in 2011, serving alongside his mentor and long-time friend, Cantor Nathan Lam. Additionally, Cantor Feldman regularly appears as a guest cantor throughout the state of California. Cantor Feldman is both excited and honored to join Sinai Temple as its Senior Cantor. He looks forward to following in, and adding to, the long and impressive tradition of cantors and music directors at Sinai Temple. Cantor Feldman views the cantorate as a sacred vessel for the seamless transmission of Jewish musical heritage throughout the ages. He strives to honor and preserve the rich traditions of the past while also always looking forward to the new gateways of the present and future in order to best serve the Jewish community in the 21st century.

Cantor Joseph Gole - A native of Southern California, Cantor Joseph Gole attended the University of Judaism, Hebrew Union College, and earned his degree in opera and voice at the University of Southern California. A product of the Conservative Movement, Cantor Gole grew up in Los Angeles and attended Adat Ari El, Los Angeles Hebrew High and Camp Ramah. He studied privately with Hazzan Allan Michelson, Hazzan Samuel Kelemer, and Jewish repertoire coach Erwin Jospe. He has been the Cantor of Sinai Temple for eighteen years. Currently, he serves as the International President of the Cantors Assembly – the largest professional organization of cantors in world with 550 members and is a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. A recipient of the regional United Synagogue Award for outstanding creative programming, Cantor Gole has served as faculty at the University of Judaism and the Baal Tephilah Institute, and has encouraged numerous young hazzanim who now occupy leading cantorial positions. He personally trains our B’nai Mitzvah students and participates in life cycle events of our congregants. A brilliant concert musician as well, he has appeared with many major ensembles, including the Pacific Palisades Orchestra, the Guild Opera Company of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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The Board of Directors of Sinai Temple is the governing body of the synagogue. Its responsibility is to lead the Temple and all individual members along their Jewish journeys. With forty two elected members, it is responsible for long-term policy decisions, the financial health of the institution, the hiring of clergy and staff, and the overseeing of the Temple's many programs and schools.

A board member is required to attend a minimum of 8 out of 12 monthly meetings, actively serve on at least two committees, and be current in his or her financial obligations to the Temple. The easiest and best way to be nominated to the Board is to become active in the Temple by serving on some of its many committees. In this way you will get to know how the Temple functions and your fellow members will get to know you. Currently there are 42 directors on the Board:

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President  
Joel Weinstein  

Board of Directors

 

 

Jackie Ahdout
M. Elie Alyeshmerni
Jonathan H. Anschell
Shervin Behnam
Jamie Berman
Rosa Berman-Ruder
Shirley Bilfield
Linda Camras
Ben Cosgrove
Dr. Gaby R. Cosgrove
George David Eshaghian
Joseph Gabbaian
Mayrav Gaslin
Roz Goldstine
Kam Hekmat
Andrei Iancu
Allen Kamrava, M.D. M.B.A.
David J. Kekst
Nahum Lainer
Angela Maddahi

Rachelle Marcus
David Matloob
Frank Navi
Michael Nazarian
Dr. Sharona R. Nazarian
Ellie Pourbaba
Rick Richman
Mehrzad Roshan
Peter Rothholz
Michael Silberstein
Arnold L. Stengel
Robert E. Strauss
Eric S. Swanson
Anna Tenenblatt
Leslie Wachtel
Joel Weinstein
Dayna Weintraub
Richard Weston
Harry Zimmerman

 

Ex-Officio
M. Milo Mandel, Chair, Mount Sinai Cemetery Management Committee
Gary Lainer, Chair, Sinai Akiba Academy Committee
Paul Herman & Barton H. Kogan, Co-Chairs Board of Governors
Clara Bruno & Michele Gabbai, Co-Presidents of Sisterhood
Cary Lerman, Men’s Club President


Honorary Life Board Member
Ruth Ziegler

Past Presidents

J. J. Jonas * William Friedland
J. Laventhal * Doris R. Siegel *
Peter R. Haber * Dr. Max Astrachan *
David Hirsh * Aaron J. Fenton*
Dr. L. G. Reynolds * M. Milo Mandel
Moses Tannenbaum * Fred Robin
Benjamin Platt * Dr. Malcolm Cosgrove
Theodore Strimling * Jules Porter *
Edward Hyman * Milton B. Hyman
J. D. Sterling * Judith A. Galperson
Eugene M. Rosen * Jan Zakowski
Matthew Berman * Hon. Jimmy Jamshid Delshad
Herman Platt * Abner D. Goldstine
Allen Ziegler * Brina Rosenbaum
Hyman J. Tanenbaum * Tom Flesh
Harold Easton * Kurt Smalberg
Dr. Edward Kamenir * Ira M. Friedman
Dr. Gerald Freeman Eric Diamond
Judge David J. Lippert *  
Herman R. Friedberg *  



* Of Blessed Memory

 

The Board of Governors of Sinai Temple is a highly committed group of volunteers who have representation on the Board of Directors. Every year they undertake certain projects, for which they obtain their own funding.

 

 

 

 

 


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The Ritual Committee is a fascinating and dynamic forum where our extraordinary tradition of prayer is examined, discussed, and ultimately implemented in our wonderful services throughout the Temple. Many members along with clergy join to discuss various topics during the year that affect a variety of aspects of the synagogue's services and ritual practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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havdalah 7:24p Havdalah (42 min): Saturday, September 27th, 2014
holiday Upcoming Holiday: Erev Rosh Hashana is on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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Sinai Temple is a partnership between its clergy, staff, lay leaders and devoted members who are committed to supporting the tradition and vision of Sinai Temple. Your gift to Sinai Temple will enable us to continue these holy tasks for years to come. Thank you for helping us to bring our history, our beliefs and our promise to a new generation.
We are a member of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs. We aim to provide a framework within which men can broaden their knowledge and understanding of the history and values of our people and in which they can make tangible contributions of their talents and treasure in an environment of good fellowship.
Our goal at Sinai Temple is to create a Bar/Bat Mitzvah program that is a spiritual and religious experience counseling child and family to God, the Jewish people and to each other.
The Sinai Temple Israel Center is the first synagogue center that provides programmatic resources and avenues for Los Angeles Jewry to establish cultural, professional, spiritual, and economic ties to the land of Israel.
Sinai Temple's 20's & 30's Community
Torah in the Round regularly meets on the third Shabbat of the month, usually located in Kohn Chapel. 
We are ready to commit to Torah—through reflection, persistence, and study. Are you? Welcome to Torah in the Round!
A warm, traditional lay-led family friendly service. We meet weekly, beginning at 9:30am and finishing at 12 noon with a scrumptious kiddush. Come join our family!